It’s a new year, which means it’s time for new fashion trends.
We might still be very much within the Autumn/Winter 17/18 season; however, Spring/Summer 18 is only a few months away, so why not start buying into the new season’s trends now?
The good news is that you don’t need to push everything from A/W to the back of your wardrobe. Some of the key S/S 18 trends are simply an extension of current season favorites.
Without further ado, here’s our 2018 fashion forecast.
From lilac, to baby pink, to duck egg blue, ice cream shades were featured in abundance at the S/S 18 shows.
Simply take inspiration from designers such as Victoria Beckham, Michael Kors and Chanel, and invest in everything pastel-coloured. From tailored suits to romantic dresses, if your outfit features a washed out hue or two then you’re doing it right.
2. Double Dark Denim
Ladies, watch out! It looks like the noughties are making a comeback with the dark double denim trend of S/S 18.
Even though we adore our vintage, light-wash denim separates from S/S 17, we’re ready to embrace the resurgence of this dark, selvage textile thanks to designers such as Alexander McQueen, Tom Ford and Nina Ricci.
3. Underwear as Outerwear
Another key trend of S/S 18, it’s time to be daring and show the world what’s going on underneath your outfit. Literally.
S/S 18 is all about transparent coats and dresses, and featuring your underwear as outerwear, a la Dolce & Gabbana and Dior. Slip dresses were also a key piece at shows such as Christopher Kane where they were trimmed with crystals. They were even adorned with sequins at Preen.
It just begs the question: are you truly ready to bare all in 2018?
4. Rainbow Brights
In complete contrast to pastel hues – bold, primary colours are going to reign supreme throughout 2018.
If you’re feeling brave, you can adopt the look head-to-toe as seen at Roksanda Ilincic. Alternatively, you can simply add a pop of colour through a key piece, taking inspiration from Christopher Kane. All you need is the confidence to shine.
5. Plastic Fashion
Going hand-in-hand with the transparency trend, plastic is one of the key textures of S/S 18.
Raf Simons at Calvin Klein debuted vinyl for autumn, and now it looks like other designers have followed suit for spring. From sheer trench coats at Valentino to see-through dresses at Chanel, if you can wipe your clothing clean then you’re ahead of the style pack next season.
6. Ruffles and Ruching
Femininity also made a comeback at the S/S 18 shows, with Erdem, Givenchy and Valentino all showcasing ruffles aplenty.
Ruffles then went hand-in-hand with ruching at Tory Burch and Tom Ford, where fabrics had been manipulated to produce ruched, figure-hugging dresses.
Pretty and unique, add ruffles and ruching to your outfit for a girly, contemporary twist.
7. Purple Everything
In partnership with pastels and rainbow brights, purple everything has officially arrived on the fashion scene.
Practically every shade was showcased on S/S 18 designer catwalks, from lavender to indigo, in an array of different styles and designs. At Victoria Beckham and Michael Kors, it was all about lavender knits, suiting and formalwear.
Watch out world, purple will be everywhere very soon.
8. Monochrome Polka Dots
Florals are always going to be a popular print for spring; however, this year they will be joined by polka dots. And not just any polka dots… Monochrome polka dots.
This black and white print was spotted everywhere for S/S 18, from Carolina Herrera to Dolce & Gabbana.
Following on from the 70’s bohemian trend of S/S 17, fringing has returned once again for S/S 18. This time around, it’s made its way into all forms, from shredded tees at Loewe to fringed boots at Saint Laurent – and shows no signs of stopping.
Going to a festival this summer? Invest in some fringing for ultimate hippie chic.
10. Pink and Red Alert
In addition to purple, pink and red will continue to be key colours of 2018, following on from their popularity in A/W 17. However, this time they have teamed up to make for a show-stopping combo.
Simply take inspiration from designers such as Coach, Brandon Maxwell and Oscar de la Renta, who paired the sherbet color duo together in loud and proud ensembles.
It might be unusual, but we kind of love it. Plus, it’ll create the perfect outfit for Valentine’s Day.
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