The Top 10: The Best Fall 2016 Collections


Fashion month offered up plenty of memorable moments, from Demna Gvasalia’s successful debut Balenciaga collection in Paris to Sarah Burton’s positively enchanting, fantastical Alexander McQueen show in London. After attending weeks of shows and seeing hundreds of collections, these are W‘s choices for the best collections from the Fall 2016 season.



Demna Gvasalia’s debut collection at Balenciaga was a knockout. He showed an impressive ability to rework the codes of the house with a modern sensibility. The parkas and oversize tote bags are sure to be the most wanted items of the season.”

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“The show had a plethora of rich ideas and fabrics in one collection all drawn together through the same corseted silhouette. The brocade dresses and military coats were highlights.”

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“Jonathan Anderson’s best show yet at Loewe. The collection was sophisticated and polished – highlighting the houses signature accessories.”

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Saint Laurent

“Saint Laurent opened and closed fashion month. First, Hedi Slimane staged a ’70s-inspired show in Los Angeles in early February and then shifted decades to the ’80s for their intimate Paris presentation for Part Two.”

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“The Alessandro Michele effect is still in full swing. The mash-up of a collection (ruffles, ‘80s, hats, sequins, etc.) threw a million ideas at the viewer and the result was pure fun to watch. He enlisted Brooklyn based artist GucciGhost (Trevor Andrew) to mix up the Gucci logo for fall, giving us a new graffiti inspired GG that was splashed over bags and fur coats alike.”

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Alexander McQueen

“Sarah Burton moved her show to London for Fall 2016 (as she was two weeks away from her baby’s due date), but the story was purely the same – fantastic evening wear and embroideries that feel more haute couture than ready-to-wear.”

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Shayne Oliver continues to push the envelope, whether putting gender fluid models on the runway or bringing streetwear to the forefront of fashion. He shook up the ordinary runway by having models walk back and forth and into the audience for an exciting and interactive experience.”

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Simone Rocha

“Simone has quietly been making a name for herself and showed a fantastic collection just a few months after giving birth to her first child. The collection was highly feminine and dreamlike.”

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Brandon Maxwell

“The one to watch. The longtime Lady Gaga stylist-turned-designer’s latest collection was perfectly polished, from the model casting to the venue (Monkey Bar) to the well-tailored clothing. The exclusively black-and-white collection laid the foundation for a brand that is on the up and up, and newly an LVMH Prize finalist.”

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Marc Jacobs

“Following a lackluster week in New York, Marc Jacobs closed NYFW on a high note (literally), with models wearing massive platform boots! It was a dramatic show – oversize skirts, endless layers, and a good dose of embellished shine – that will be a stylist’s dream to shoot.”

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