Take a good look at some of the key trends witnessed on the runways of four of the most prominent fashion capitals across the globe- London, New York, Paris and Milan- during fashion’s most trending and awe-inspiring month of shows.
Left to right: Dolce & Gabbana celebrates the Queen of Hearts – Spring/Summer 2018, Frills at Giambatista Valli – Spring/Summer 2018, Leather brings rock ‘n’ roll vibes to Tommy Hilfiger – Spring/Summer 2018. (AFP)
Paris Fashion Week reached its conclusion, rounding off an exhilarating month of collective previews and fashion shows for spring/summer season of 2018. So, the question arises, what essential womenswear are making a way in your wardrobe collection for SS18? What are the most trending colors of this season? Will sportswear still rule the roost and remain a significant theme when we talk of ready-to-wear collections? It is time to have a look at some of the major trends that hogged the limelight on the runways of four of the most renowned fashion capitals- Milan, Paris, London, New York-during the most recent month of fashion shows.
As some of the prominent fashion houses opted to go with bold, vibrant colors-occasionally going fluorescent as a tribute to the 1990s- most designer labels showcased pastels for SS18. Soft, subtle shades will thrive next season, with pale greens, pastel blues, white, powder pinks, light yellow shades and nudes.
Seen at Bora Aksu, Michael Kors, Chanel, Daizy Shely.
London, Paris, New York, Milan came up in unison and established that frills will be the most sought after trend next season. Blouses, tops, skirts and dresses all came bejeweled with frills, in trends ranging from glam to sophisticated to ethereal and in some cases even a tad pastoral. With their extremely feminine impression, frills were observed in many fabrics and were paired with fringing on a few occasions.
Seen at Zadig & Voltaire, Giambattista Valli, MSGM, Vivetta, Givenchy.
The sensual styles this season laid transparency as the focal point of spring/summer 2018. Feature sheer layers, lightweight dresses and long skirts, blouses, white tops and dress bodices came in see-through lace, revealing everything underneath, or occasionally maintaining modesty with patches placed strategically. Décolletés and low-cut necklines were admired too.
Seen at Emilia Wickstead, Christopher Kane, Prabal Gurung, Calvin Klien, Les Copains, Zadig & Voltaire, Saint Laurent, Blumarine.
Sportswear has been an integral part of the womenswear trend for numerous seasons in the past. There was no indication of fading away during the fashion month gone by, with plenty of sports-oriented details witnessed on feminine and elegant silhouettes or occasionally on very urbane looks. This is exemplified by flat shoes- in some cases even sneakers- and technical fabrics as well which is used next to luxury fabrics, soccer jerseys, shorts worn with glam blazers or polo shirts worn as dress corresponding with details and refined accessories.
Seen at Koché, Off-White, Lacoste, Atsushi Nakashima, Burberry, Annakiki, The-Sirius, Jour/ Né.
Cards, comics and everyday objects
From American comics at Prada & Queen of Hearts at Dolce, to social networks and Annakiki’s critique of smartphones, Vogue magazine covers and Andy Warhol’s pop, or small toys on hoods and in hair at Comme des Garcos- inclination towards culture and everyday objects were amassed on the SS18 runways.
Seen at Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Annakiki, Prada, Comme des garçons.
Ode to the 1980s
Spring/summer 2018 collections showcased a wide range of shirts and pants, denim jackets, satin and shiny fabrics, as well as high-waist darted pants, garments with striking shoulders and glittery details- all inspired from the fashion trends in the 1980s.
Seen at Gucci, Lacoste, Topshop, Tom Ford.
The deafening twenties are back in trend next season. It’s not a huge craze, but fringing witnessed all over the runways of SS18 indicates to that era. Pants, skirts, tops, jackets and crop tops are all given finishing touches with fringing for a polished, retro look. More detailed creations make use of layers of fringing to shift the movement towards stylish dresses. Karl Lagerfeld also brought fringing to Chanel’s archetypal tweed.
Seen at Daizy Shely, Tod’s, elie Saab, Chanel, Veronique Leroy
Designers showcased a massive number of pieces with asymmetric cuts for the season of spring/summer 2018. Blouses, tops and jackets were the first ones in queue, highlighting a single shoulder for a sensual and a feminine touch with a tinge of glamour. It was also seen that miniskirts were shorter from one side than the other, along with a handful of dresses and tailored jackets.
Seen at Taoray Wang, Céline, Palmer/harding, Lacoste, Daizy Shely, Thom Browne, Stella McCartney.
Leather, denim and PVC
Leather and denim will be high on the trending list next season. Leather carries a punky rock ‘n’ roll touch to the season whereas denim brings in a spotswear, retro and streetwear vibe to classy silhouettes. PVC- preferably of a lucid variety- is another significant material in the spring/summer 2018 runways, especially when it comes to accessories.
Seen at Chanel, Alexander Wang, balmain, Moschino, Tommy Hilfiger, Annakiki, Christian Dior, Trussardi
Flowers back in bloom
Complimenting the spring season, flowers have returned to the fore, with natural florals and colorful blooms seen in XXL and mini versions. Blooms beautify dresses from top to bottom, or are united with some of the other motifs inspired by spring. Jeremy Scott went one step further by turning his models at the Moschino runway into walking bunch of flowers.
Seen at Vivetta, Moschino, Francesco Scognamiglio, Etro, Giorgio Armani, Marni, Dolce & Gabbana, Rochas, Ungaro, Dries Van Noten.