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Four days into 2015 and it’s safe to say, we’ve officially bid farewell to 2015. It’s therefore time to turn our attention to the 12 months to come: what’s on the cards in the luxury fashion world for 2016?
The Dior mystery
Raf Simons became the most googled designer of 2015, making his departure from Dior one of the biggest news stories of the year. There’s no doubt that Dior will continue to be in the limelight in 2016, as everyone eagerly waits to find out who will become the new creative director at the luxury fashion house. Watch this space…
A new chapter begins at Balenciaga
Demna Gvasalia, the Georgian designer recruited to replace Alexander Wang will present his first collection for Balenciaga this year. The question that everyone is asking themselves: can Demna Gvasalia become as popular as Gucci’s Alessandro Michele?

Celebrating a centenary
2016 is also the year that British Vogue turns 100. Expect plenty of events, including a retrospective at the National Portrait Gallery. Entitled Vogue 100: A Century of Style, it will feature photographs by iconic names such as Cecil Beaton, Corinne Day and Tim Walker.

Image - Bulgari / Open Project
Jewels, more jewels
Europe is to welcome its largest jewellery factory yet, thanks to Bulgari. The Italian luxury label is to open a manufacturing unit in Valenza, Italy, by late 2016. Designed by Open Project, it will cover everything from prototypes to final products and will also become home to the new Bulgari Academy, a college to train new recruits.
All things digital
Finally, with 2015 having been a great year for digital ventures (such as the smartwatch) and e-commerce players (including for the likes of Net-a-Porter and Yoox, Farfetch or, to name but a few) we’re predicting that the digital realm is only going to get bigger and more powerful in the coming year.
How about you? What are you looking forward to in 2016?