Spring runway style and perfume pairings

Spring runway style and perfume pairings

Lace, metallic, skin, tie dye and denim: Spring’s hottest runway trends call for great perfumes. We make the matches.

Spring is here (finally) and we’re scouring Vogue.com for runway inspiration for our summer fashion shopping lists. What stands out for the coming season? A go-big-or-go-home mentality that is not for wallflowers.

Whenever a trend was spotted on a spring-summer runway, it was usually over the top. Which if you ask us is the perfect jumping off point for figuring out whether we’re opting for tie dye or metallics; whether we’ll be covering up with denim or showing skin with lace. Here, we’ve decoded the catwalk and cherry-picked the top trends and then matched our favourite new scents to suit each. Happy shopping!

Inline_SS16Style_SlipsLingerie, slips and lace as seen at Alexander Wang, Celine and Givenchy

Taking your bedroom wear outdoors is a big runway trend for spring and summer 2016, but this is not about delicate, overly romantic lingerie. Black lace detailing, slips paired with heavy footwear and metal hardware all give this look edge.

Channel the undone, bedroom vibe with the new Narciso Rodriguez Poudree. The perfume recalls the powdery, makeup scent of the past but with a decidedly modern edge thanks to jasmine and cedar. It’s sensual but powerful too.
Narciso Rodriguez Poudree, $110 (50 ml), www.holtrenfrew.com

Inline_SS16Style_MetallicMetallics, especially silver, as seen at Victoria Beckham, Vetements and Lanvin

Silver metallics took centre stage on the spring 2016 runways. And we’re not talking about accessory statements such as shoes and purses: We’re talking bold, in-your-face, notice-me metallics. While the original Angel perfume would be great if you wanted to match that bold intensity, we think the new Thierry Mugler perfume, Angel Muse, is a great choice to complement this modern sparkle. The addition of vetiver to the scent gives the classic gourmand a summery, green twist.
Thierry Mugler Angel Muse, $102 (50 ml), www.mugler.com

Inline_SS16Style_BareShouldersBare shoulders at Rosie Assoulin, Prabal Gurung and Peter Pilotto

Skin is definitely in this season, but the new erogenous zone isn’t your legs, cleavage or midriff—it’s your shoulders. The spring runways were  awash in shoulders, clavicles and collarbones, and we have to say we love it. This subtly sexy look is enhanced by a your-skin-but-better scent and Clean Reserve excels at this mandate. Try the new Sueded Oud, a fresh and creamy scent with notes of incense oil, white magnolia, fir balsam and praline along with that namesake oud.
Clean Reserve Sueded Oud, $125 (100 ml), www.sephora.com

Inline_SS16Style_DenimDenim, in all shapes, as seen at Chanel, Dries Van Noten and Chloe

Denim cutoffs are a summertime staple, but they’ve been given a high-fashion update this season thanks to luxury houses such as Chanel. Floor-length denim dresses, embroidery, patterned washes and lots of volume figure prominently in this trend, which depending on the runway, was influenced by decades ranging from the 1800s Victorian to the 1980s. Indigo might seem like an obvious note to associate with denim, but Atelier Cologne’s latest from its Orient Collection pairs indigo mimosa with leather, saffron, tangerine and vanilla for a spritz that defies category.
Atelier Cologne Indigo Mimosa, $270 (100 ml), www.sephora.com

Inline_SS16Style_TieDyeTie dye, ranging from bright and airy to dark and moody as seen at Altuzarra, Raquel Allegra and Valentino

This is not your summer camp tie dye. Spotted on ladylike dresses and masculine outerwear, it’s also not limited to colour palettes, shapes or even patterns. For spring 2016, craft-and-hippie-inspired tie dye is surprisingly versatile. Though you may think of reaching for the patchouli and cannabis scented perfumes, we recommend going for another green note: Vetiver. This grassy-woody note (a hallmark of men’s fragrances) gets a feminine update in Les Infusions de Prada Vetiver. Ginger, neroli and bergamot combine with it for a bright, earthy summer scent that would be just as at home in a drum circle as the front row.
Les Infusions de Prada Vetiver, $175 (100 ml), www.thebay.com

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Alexandra Donaldson is the editorial assistant at The Whale & The Rose and a freelance writer and content creator. Although she recently took up yoga in an effort to be a healthy adult, she still binge-watches cartoons on a regular basis and dreams of running away to a cottage in the woods. She has yet to nail down her favourite perfume, but knows that it smells green, earthy and maybe a little bit spicy, but definitely not sweet.