And that’s a wrap on another month filled with innovative fashion, enviable street style and, of course, glamour. The Spring/Summer 2018 collections brought back the essence of creativity that fashionistas across the globe crave. From New York to Paris, it was a celebration of unique, artistic expression. Each designer spoke to the true foundation of their brand and pushed that message into our modern age. After a lull of playing it safe, relying too heavily on “trendiness” and faulty abstraction, show after show left viewers eager and excited for the trend evolution that is to come.
I feel like we say this every season, but the (cliché) menswear trend made its way back on our radars, and it’s better than ever. Designers took the ever classic tailored look and made it just as interesting for the streets as for the office. Tom Ford kicked it off in New York with suiting in lustrous finishes and provocative silhouettes by utilizing a variety of deep V necklines with trouser shorts and strong shoulders. Another take on the classics was done by Virgol Abloh of Off-White. The collection was inspired by Princess Diana, the epitome of iconic fashion, with reimagined looks worn by the People’s Princess herself. A slew of other designers followed suit (literally) by elevating staple pieces to become next season’s statement necessities.
Continuing with the elevated staples trend, sheers and textures came into play to bring something new and exciting to otherwise simple pieces. In the final days of Paris Fashion Week, Chanel took an unconventional approach to their signature look by incorporating plastic-like fabrics into the collection making the looks both interesting and practical (Who wants their fabulous Chanel suit to be ruined in the rain, am I right?). Like Chanel, Burberry’s collection also featured clear outerwear while other designer’s took a more upscale approach. Exquisite draping was used at Alberta Ferretti and Prabal Gurung to craft beautiful, textured gowns and “nipple-friendly” tops- in the most tasteful way possible, of course.
(Chanel, Burberry, Alberta Ferretti)
People like to think fashion and glamour go hand-in-hand; as many of us who work in fashion know that’s not necessarily true, the collections this season were on a mission to prove that right. Swanky details, in-your-face prints and luxurious hardware swept the runways. Alexander Wang set the tone in New York with his show that was really more of a wild night out, but the real celebration was Versace’s celebration of Gianni Versace’s life in Milan. Versace oozed glamour with pieces directly from his archives as well as reimagined pieces drenched in gold tones, leopard prints and featured the original 90’s supermodels to close the show. Another glamorous come back was done by Prada. With recent financial struggles, it was clear Prada had to raise the bar, and they went above and beyond. Prada’s latest collection screams “look at me” with bold, contrasting prints and mixed media. Saint Laurent and Balmain also kept the party going in Paris with dramatic silhouettes and detailing throughout.
(Versace, Prada, Balmain)
Tiers, Ruffles, Frills
Just about anywhere you look nowadays, ruffles are being added to otherwise simple tops, jackets and even pants. Bad news if you think this trend has been overdone, because it’s not going anywhere for Spring/Summer 2018. Designers, like Christopher Kane and Marco de Vincenzo, found innovative ways to add extra, ruffled details to everything from sleeves to hems to collars. In contrast, Marchesa achieved this same look by utilizing feathered textures and tulle layering in her pieces. Whether they’re extreme or subtle, like Erdem or Ralph + Russo, expect unconventional detailing on your spring staples next season.
(Christopher Kane, Marchesa, Erdem)