The last edition of trade show Who’s Next closed its doors yesterday, after 4 days in its usual venue at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles. All in all, the platform hosted 800 exhibitors –175 were newcomers- showcasing their spring/summer 2016 collections across the 5 areas into which the show was split: Fame, Private, Trendy, Urban and Studio. With a keen focus on the denim- and streetwear proposals available in the Urban and Trendy areas, here’s a list with the most spotted trends at Who’s Next that any retailer can’t ignore once the heat visit us again.

For further impressions from Who's Next, also check our image gallery!


Summer prints with color overdose
Brands have agreed on printing classic summer motifs into men’s and women’s apparel inked with vivid colors like pink, green, yellow and blue. From tree leaves and fruits to ice creams, fishes and… Flamingos! They were the hottest and broadest motif among exhibitors. Besides, sailor-inspired stripes are also celebrating their appearance in a more relaxed look with dresses, tunics, shorts and sweatpants.

Flamingo printed dress by Planet Palmer
Flamingo printed dress by Planet Palmer


print tee with ice cream motifs by Hymn
print tee with ice cream motifs by Hymn


Notch collars and nightgown-like dresses
If the current winter season is characterized by the high desirability of turtleneck collars, next spring notch collars will take over –yes, a similar one as your comfy silk pajama has! Nightwear in general steps into daylight also in form of nightgown-like dresses for her, like a stripey one spotted at Les Expatriés.

Shirt with notch collar by J'ai Mal à la Tête
Shirt with notch collar by J'ai Mal à la Tête


Sportswear doesn’t cool down
Despite the fact of not being overall embraced like it was only one season ago, sportswear continues being a key revenue-driver for retailers. Old heritage sportswear labels are currently the most demanded ones. On the show grounds, we saw the revamped varsity jackets of Majestic Athletic that were also worn at early ‘90s TV sensation Saved by the Bell. A newcomer cultivating luxury activewear brand in Les Geometries, who displayed geometric-printed tights, fluo-colored crop tops and perforated skirts with branded elastic waistband.

Varsity jacket at Majestic Athletic
Varsity jacket at Majestic Athletic


Denim: vintage light blue washes & ripped denim
In terms of denim, light blue vintage washings will have a strong momentum and also old silhouettes like denim mom skirts and jeans with ribbed knee panels. Like in this summer, ripped options continue being relevant during the next ones.

Denim mom skirt by Circle of Trust
Denim mom skirt by Circle of Trust


Statement and graphic tops
As highlighted in one of our previous Trendwatch in our site, statement tops and accessories will gain stature after a period where plain basic shirts were lord and master. At Who’s Next, we fell in love with the French statement t-shirts of brand Triaaangles and the sweatshirts of Faubourg 54 – Jamais Sans Rouge À Lèvres. FrenchKick exhibited funny graphic tees featuring celebrities like Nicki Minaj.

'La vie en slip' graphic tee by French Kick
'La vie en slip' graphic tee by French Kick


Shoes and accessories: let it shine
Concurrently to Who’s Next and also in the same venue, accessories tradeshow Premiere Classe revealed the latest trends on accessories and footwear. In general terms, holographic espadrilles with chunky platforms, sandals with encrusted sequins and accessories with metallic hues are the big winners!

Bag by Mila Louise
Bag by Mila Louise


Sneakers: zippers and Velcro
Laced-up sneakers will continue there, however the market is pushing to introduce further models like zipped and Velcro sneakers. For women, pastel adds an inch of elegancy to sporty kicks. The best designs were spotted at the stand of label Pairs in Paris.

Leather zip-up sneakers by Pairs in Paris
Leather zip-up sneakers by Pairs in Paris