THE past year has given birth to some serious fashion trends, and from the return of romance to pretty pleats, extreme fringing and the rise of luxurious athletic wear, 2015 certainly had plenty of good to offer. However, there were a few trends that might be better left on the catwalk.

Furry footwear

If the term ‘furry footwear’ conjures up images of the comfy slippers you wear secretly around the house, then you may be in for a shock. Fur was huge on the Autumn/Winter 2015 catwalks this year, appearing on long, swishy coats at Marni and in brightly dyed colors at Emilio Pucci and Saint Laurent. Sonia Rykiel gave us opulent scarves and eco-fashion champion Stella McCartney came up with a widely lauded synthetic version for hats and coats. The indisputable leader, however, was Fendi, which divided opinion with its controversial ‘Haute Fourrure’ Paris show, featuring swathes and swathes of mink, chinchilla and sable. The fluffy jackets and stoles were nothing we haven’t seen before, but the furry stilettos that clipped down the runway were something of a surprise.

Extreme puffball sleeves

Puffed sleeves were also big news this year, adding volume and drama to the Spring/Summer 2016 collections of Johnathan Anderson, Simone Rocha and Proenza Schouler. Although it is easy to envisage incorporating the gentle billowing shoulder silhouettes seen at Erdem into our 2016 wardrobes, it is more difficult to imagine an occasion requiring the conceptual, Elizabethan structures seen at Giles Deacon or the bold shapes adopted by J.W. Anderson.

Socks and sandals

This has always been a controversial look out in the real world, where the combination of socks and sandals has traditionally incited embarrassment rather than admiration. However, the fashion labels are pushing for the look, and New York label Nicholas K’s Spring/Summer 2016 runway show teamed tan sandals with eye-catching toe socks for an additional dose of quirkiness. Betsey Johnson also adopted the approach with enthusuiasm, although the floral socks that were worn high on the calves were tucked into bright patent heels rather than sandals, making the look slightly more conventional.

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