Spring/Summer 2018 Trends Lock Down
To evaluate spring’s aesthetic in three simple words? Feel good fashion. Designer’s rejoiced with collections that imbued a real celebratory zeitgeist, full of party elements including feathers, tassels, and sequins, whilst championing a host of transparent looks that evoked a grown-up playfulness. And who could ignore the fundamental staples that will prove to be invaluable heroines of our wardrobes: slip dresses, denim and trench coats.
In other news, we saw several designers stay true to their well-known visions ”“ see Balenciaga, Gucci, and Dolce & Gabbana, all of whom questioned: ‘Why mess with success?’ Albeit, there was plenty of additional style surprises along the way too. Whilst it would be easy to relay the best part of twenty styles that indeed shone for Spring/Summer 2018, here’s an edited version to wet your trendy appetite….
Ice cream shades slid their way into an array of collections, with a scoop full of pastel hues that arrived deliciously tonal and desirable. Easy on the eye colours made for many palatable displays, coming in soft tailorings and luxe loungewear with an extra topping of lovely layers.
Sies Marjan showcased an abundant of tiers played out in pistachio; Victoria Beckham had irresistible incarnations of violet, and HermÃ©s homed in on layers of lemon sorbet.
The concept for spring’s sartorial dressing is to select one wardrobe staple and pimp it. This idea was reflected onto an outerwear piece that will effortlessly see you through many seasons but is especially ideal for the spring and summer months. Case in point: the trench coat, which arrived rendered in exciting and decorative additions.
The cream trench was ornately modernised with rose embroidered metallic-thread and raw edges at Alexander McQueen; inventively replicated, then sowed at the hem to encompass a cape-topper to a tailored undercoat at CÃ©line; as well as attaining a fringed and plaited skirt that cascaded from the thigh at Loewe.
There was just no getting away from it. Plentiful amounts of plastic descended on an overwhelming array of designer collections, starting in New York and still not showing any signs of slowing down all the way through to Paris. The futuristic, man-made fabrication certainly made itself known and is an ingenious way of stylishly revealing garments that lie beneath.
Head-to-toe body plastic wrapping with similarly see-through ponchos for extra rainproof protection was a thing at Chanel; lace dresses with a shiny plastic covering with pictures transferred on top prevailed courtesy of Raf Simons at Calvin Klein, and plastic jackets were pimped up with silver sequins at Valentino.
To be continued!
Words by Katie Farley