Spring/Summer 18 Trend Forecast

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.

Menswear

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.

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Sheers

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.

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(Chanel, Burberry, Alberta Ferretti)

Glamour

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.

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(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.

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(Christopher Kane, Marchesa, Erdem)

Patterned Pants

Whether they’re harem, palazzo, or a printed skinny, it seems as though the statement pant is here to stay. What start as a questionable trend has turned into a staple for almost every girl. Sure, jeans and black leggings are super easy to match; but every now and then, everyones’ wardrobe needs a bit of a splash. Patterned pants are honestly easier to style than they may seem. I recommend using a neutral or complementary color to the pattern and a contrasting silhouette (adding more volume on bottom & keeping it simple up top). For this outfit, I stuck with a geometric theme. I played the geometric pattern with pointed toe pumps, statement drop earring, and an elongating turtleneck to keep the flow of the outfit.

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Patterned Pant: $14.80 Forever 21/ Turtleneck crop top: $10  H&M/Pumps: $30 Forever 21

Lightened Up Leather

Leather is always one key wardrobe concept that I have a hard time giving up every spring. Lucky for me, this faux leather A-line skirt is lightweight and easy to style for warmer weather. I styled it with a bold blue top and white blazer to incorporate some color into the outfit. I also added these strappy BCBG heels, because they add a mix of dark color with a “springy” vine from the open toe.

DSC00360 DSC00364 DSC00368 DSC00369Leather skirt: $15 Forever 21/Top: $15 Forever 21/Blazer: $20 (on sale) H&M

 

Trend Report: The 1970’s

As you’re flipping through a fashion magazine or browsing stores this season, you’ve probably noticed the immense take over of 70’s inspired fashion. The boho chic look is definitely an acquired taste, but certain pieces are fun to style and absolutely perfect for summer time.

Here’s a list of some of my favorite 1970’s inspired items:

Off the shoulder peasant blouse:

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$45 Asos

Suede Skirt:

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$30 Brandy Melville

Floral Shift Dress:

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$79 Brigitte Bailey

Fringe/Crochet Top:

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$38 Nasty Gal

Chunky Platform Heels:

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$110 Jessica Simpson

The Oversized Shift Dress

Oversized shift dresses may be one of the biggest blessings this season. They’re perfect for giving off the impression you tried hard enough to wear a dress, but wanted to be comfortable in soft, loose fabric. Another great asset about them is how simple they are. This makes them perfect to style and add your own creative touch to the outfit. Try styling it with a vest, chunky jewelry, booties, etc. to translate throughout the different seasons.

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Shift Dress: $32 H&M/Fur Vest: $25 (on sale) Forever 21

Welcome Back Color

As Spring continues, I’m finally starting to introduce more color into my wardrobe. Black and white with a pop of color is a turn into the right direction for me. I bought both of these items at an H&M clearance sale, and I’ve been dying to wear them ever since. Harem pants were a huge trend last year, and I couldn’t be happier they are still in style. They’re extremely comfortable, yet so simple to dress up for a sophisticated look. Playing off of that, I styled them with a crisp white blazer and black accent pieces. A perfect look for transitional spring weather when the spring showers are too prevalent for skirts and short sleeve tops.

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Blazer: $20 (orig. $50) H&M/Harem pants: $10 (orig. $25) H&M

April Showers

Weather in the midwest has taken unpredictable to a new level. Just today, It’s been 65 and sunny to dark skies with April showers. I recently bought this top in NYC, and it’s perfect for the awkward, in-between spring weather. It’s cashmere with a turtleneck, so it’s great for warmth; but, it’s also cropped and a baby pink perfect for a spring day. Because of the gloomy skies today, I styled this look darker by adding a long, black cardigan, leather skirt, and knee high boots. Hopefully the weather will start clearing up soon; but for now, I couldn’t be more happy I can still wear leather and black a bit longer than I expected.

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Cashmere top: $30 Beacon’s Closet/Leather skirt: $12 Forever 21/Black Cardigan: $15 H&M