This spring “X” marks the spot on one of the hottest trends of the season. Last year, the sultry off-the-shoulder concept was plastered on just about every major runway. This season, designers have went the opposite way with the concept and, in turn, introduced a number of pieces with straps that crisscross in the front, creating an “X” shape. Givenchy, Jason Wu, Derek Lam, and Proenza Schouler are just a few to present the must-have silhouette of 2016 at their recent runway shows. Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci kicked off his tenth year at the house with a collection filled exquisitely tailored pieces, most of which adhered to a strict color scheme of white, ivory, and black. The designer utilized the crisscross pattern in everything from a sexy black top to an angelic white one to an edgy jumpsuit, proving the trend’s versatility. According to Jason Wu, his spring collection can be summed up in one word, “glamour,” which was definitely proven as models sashayed down the runway in ruffles, bright hues, florals, and every other opulent feature one can think of. Jason Wu included the popular “X” trend in both dresses and jumpsuits, and of course added his own glamorous touches, which came in the form of a vibrant floral pattern and cascading ruffles. Typically known for collections dominated by sportswear, designer Derek Lam’s spring line was a pleasant surprise as the designer leaned more toward his bohemian side. The real show-stopper, however, were the “siren-y” gowns used to close the show. The flowy dresses, all of which featured halter-style tops, exposed a sexy bit of shoulder. Citing Spain as an inspiration for their spring collection, Proenza Schouler designers Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCullough definitely did not disappoint. Between the black, white and red color palette to the ruffles, bows, and exposed shoulders, the motivation behind the collection was clear and flawlessly executed.

As far as fashion is concerned, shoulders are the new erogenous zone, which means jumping on the exposed shoulder bandwagon is a must this spring. And since the trend comes in so many variations, giving the cold shoulder is not a problem, no matter your body type.

– Daniella DiRienzo