From bold red hues to ruffles galore, the Spanish influence on the spring runways was undeniable. Pulling inspiration from the “Land of the Setting Sun,” fashion powerhouses like Proenza Schouler, Oscar de la Renta, and Michael Kors filled their spring 2016 collections with sultry looks bound to turn heads. Provenza Schouler’s designers Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough, cited Spain as the starting point for their recent collection, which was evident by the — black, white, and red color palette — abundance of ruffles, exposed shoulders, and pom pom embellishments. The inspiration choice was fitting since both designers have become synonymous with texture, decoration, and asymmetry. The end result was an array of sexy pieces and “some of the most knockout dresses” of the season. Peter Copping, the creative mind behind Oscar de la Renta, is known for having an amazing eye for color, and this collection definitely did not disappoint that aspect. The start off point for Copping was a red carnation – Oscar de la Renta’s favorite blossom and a flower that is commonly thrown into the ring after a bullfight. Aside from the bold hue, the designer pulled inspiration from bullfighting in general and the Hispanic Society of Harlem, resulting in vibrantly-colored dresses, swathed skirts, and frilled blouses. Following in Copping’s footsteps, Michael Kors presented a collection offering the utmost in versatility. The designer’s spring line included everything from androgynous neutrals to feminine florals, and was filled with edgy blacks, bold reds, layers, and ruffles – an obvious nod to the trend of the season. Ready to channel your inner matador? Look for pieces with red-hot hues, ruffles, brocade textures, and floral detailing.

– Daniella DiRienzo