London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2018 Trends
As we approach the last day of another London Fashion Week extravaganza, a particular cohort of trends can be identified, reflecting a theme of fairytale femininity and romance. From pink being the desired choice of colour and plentiful amounts of tulle to romantic ruffles and sparkling sequins galore, London is all about the fantasy.
The signs were there at Rihanna’s millennial-pink mountain set for the Fenty X Puma show in New York, and the awe-inspiring feminine hue has continued to capture attention amid the London designers.
Preen and Erdem radiated girly, rosy ruffles; a penchant for peach was admired on suiting at Emporio Armani, and magenta silks at Roksanda left show attendees slightly flushed, whilst JW Anderson reaffirmed that the adored red-and-pink coupling aren’t fading for Spring/Summer 2018.
Opacity isn’t something to be ignored for Spring/Summer 2018 as almost every designer is in favour of revealing the garments we usually feel we should cover-up underneath, courtesy of tulle. The sensual nature of the fabric has transpired as a prevailing trend throughout New York and has shown equal signs of popularity amid London.
Erotic breast-baring’s were witnessed through tulle creations at Topshop Unique and Ryan Lo; wispy layers swished at Preen By Thornton Bregazzi and Simone Rocha, whilst Burberry kept its modesty by styling a long-line t-shirt under an ultra gossamer, embroidered dress.
You could assume that the avalanche of ruffles that have descended on the spring/summer 2018 catwalks is a rebellious remedy to the many smooth, languorous silks and long, lean silhouettes we have adopted for autumn. Ruffles are indicative of playfulness, and there was certainly ample to go around.
Marques’ Almeida’s ruffles arrived with panache on a voluminous, stripy sleeved shirt; Simone Rocha showcased enough ruffles that would make even Queen Elizabeth II proud, and Erdem continued his renowned love of waterfall ruffles on uber feminine, almost floor-length dresses. Christopher Kane decorated dresses, cardigans, and shoes in the adoring trend too.
The instant, uplifting feeling when seeing a sight of sparkle is undeniably infectious, and so far, a bedazzling bevy of designers have illustrated an inflation in the glittering trend.
Synonymous with wintery festive celebrations, the party mood remains in full swing for spring/summer 2018.
First seen in New York at the likes of Tom Ford and Marc Jacobs, the trend has traveled over fields and onto dresses at good-time-girl, Molly Goddard’s party wear and innocent embellishments at Simone Rocha. JW Anderson even showcased some twinkling dresses styled with sweatshirts, but if that was too subtle, Michael Halpern’s psychedelic, sequined-infested evening flares, and mini dresses should be plenty to get excited about!
Words by Katie Farley
Images from top to bottom: SS18 Roksanda, Ryan Lo, Erdem and JW Anderson.