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Lilac SS18


A penchant for pastels swathed the catwalks during the Spring/Summer 2018 shows, where designers championed a particular colour that transpired as the prettiest of them all. An angelic yet sophisticated empowerment that simultaneously suggests a feminine luxury, lilac loomed over New York, London, Milan, and Paris, cementing its place amid all the major capitals as the shade of the season.

Spotted at the likes of Tibi, Victoria Beckham, Michael Kors, Pamella Roland amongst many, many more, the pleasingly popular, pleasant pastel paraded an array of diversifying looks, from smart and sharp, to delicate and dreamy and all the way through to athletic and awesome.

At the house of Victoria Beckham, the British designer pioneered the pastel in a dichotomy of styles. The first saw super smart suiting in the form of tonal tailoring with skinny trousers and a slightly oversized blazer, and the other arrived with a sultrier and sensual zeitgeist, appearing in a gossamer dress with criss-cross detailing.

If there was one designer who favoured the hue to new heights it was Tibi, where lilac was witnessed in just about every sartorial style you could imagine. Starting from the top – first came an athletic aesthetic with long shorts and a cropped sweater, then a relaxed tailored look emerged via a silk plunged V neck shirt and high waist baggy trousers, followed by a handful of ethereal evening gowns with delicate albeit exaggerated ruffles that decorated the hems.

Michael Kors channelled a more nonchalant, casual sense of dressing in a bohemian style, tie-dye skirt, oversized jumper and ankle strap stilettos, all in beautiful lilac tones, whilst additionally parading a safari expeditioner, via a leaf print belted trench, a coordinating explorers hat and flat buckled sandals.

Alas, nothing came close to the enchantingly beautiful evening gown that arrived in terribly delicate layers of cascading tulle, which arrived short at the front and elegantly tumbled down into a trailing train at Pamella Roland. The soft lilac tones that adorned throughout evoked the ultimate princess couture like no other.

Words by Katie Farley

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