The Top Trends Of Spring/Summer 2018

Spring in three words? Feel good fashion. Phoebe Philo summed up the beatific mood: “If there is anything to say at the moment, let it be with love. Let it be joyful.” That translated literally as clothes to party in – sparkles, tassles, feathers – and to wiggle in – pencil skirts, sheer layers, fantastic plastics. But it also seeped into the sedentary staples which form the foundations of our wardrobes: trench coats, denim, slip dresses – all souped up via ingenious hems and washes and embellishments, having morphed into über versions of themselves. The other big story? Designers sticking to their guns. Having carved out an instantly recogniseable aesthetic – see Gucci, Balenciaga, Dolce & Gabbana – the tactic for many designers was delivered with a shrug: ‘Why mess with success?’ Still, even they know an injection of newness is always welcome. That wonderful confluence of timing, mood and coincidence produced numerous patterns that emerged in New York, grew in London, blossomed in Milan and exploded in Paris. Here are the ten trends from spring/summer 2018 you need to know.

Gelato hues. For spring. Ground-breaking, hey? Park the cynicism, though; this season’s twist comes in the pastel pile-up that saw parma violet head-to-toe at Victoria Beckham, lemon sorbet layers at Hermès and tiers upon tiers of pistachio at Sies Marjan. This might look like hard work, but it’s surprisingly fast to concoct: open your wardrobe door, select every pastel item in sight, and stack those ice cream shades one on top of another like a triple scoop coppetta.

  1. Tom Ford
  2. Michael Kors
  3. Sies Marjan
  4. Hermès
  5. Helmut Lang
  6. Victoria Beckham
  7. Giambattista Valli
  8. Chanel
  9. Alexander McQueen
  10. Preen

Remember the dark, selvedge denim you wore circa 2000? Well, in the hands of Tom Ford, Versus, and Nina Ricci, polished (rather than punked) jeans are back. We never thought we’d see the return of tailored denim, but then, we didn’t expect it to look this good the second time around.


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