10 Standout Trends From The Spring/Summer 2018 Runways
Every single major trend you need to know for the upcoming season.
Paris Fashion Week ended earlier this month, rounding off a month of fashion shows and collection previews for the spring/summer 2018 season.
So what the womenswear essentials and the season's hottest colours? Will sportswear still be a major theme in ready-to-wear collections? Time to take stock of the key trends spotted on the runways of the four fashion capitals—New York, London, Milan and Paris—during fashion's most recent month of shows.
Sportswear has been a major womenswear trend for several seasons. This showed no sign of waning during the recent fashion month, with lots of sports-inspired details seen on elegant and feminine silhouettes or sometimes on highly sophisticated looks. For spring/summer 2018, this is characterized by flat shoes—sometimes even sneakers—as well as technical fabrics used alongside luxury fabrics, shorts worn with glam blazers, and soccer jerseys or polo shirts worn as dresses and matched with refined accessories and details.
New York, London, Milan and Paris agreed that frills will be big next season. Dresses, blouses, tops and skirts all came adorned with frills, in styles ranging from glam to ethereal to sophisticated and sometimes even a touch pastoral. With their highly feminine feel, frills were seen in various fabrics and were sometimes paired with fringing.
While some fashion houses opted for bold, vibrant colours—sometimes going fluorescent in homage to the 1990s—most labels showed pastels for spring/summer 18. Soft, subtle shades will abound next season, with pastel blues, pale greens, powder pinks, white, nudes and light yellow shades.
Seen at: Chanel, Michael Kors, Bora Aksu, Armani and Daizy Shely.
The season's sensual styles put transparency at the heart of spring/summer 2018. Long skirts and lightweight dresses feature sheer layers, while tops, blouses and dress bodices come in see-through lace, revealing everything beneath, or sometimes preserving modesty with strategically placed patches. Low-cut necklines and décolletés are popular too.
Seen at: Christopher Kane, Emilia Wickstead, Calvin Klein, Prabal Gurung, Zadig & Voltaire, Les Copains, Blumarine and Saint Laurent.
5/10Ode to the 1980s
The spring/summer 2018 collections featured lots of denim jackets, shirts and pants, as well as high-waist darted pants, satin and shiny fabrics, glittery details and garments with striking shoulders—all echoing fashion trends of the 1980s.
Seen at: Lacoste, Gucci, Versace, Tom Ford and Topshop.
Designers showed a multitude of pieces with asymmetric cuts for the spring/summer 2018 season. Tops, blouses and jackets were first in line, revealing a single shoulder for a sensual and glamorously feminine touch. Miniskirts were also seen shorter at one side than the other, along with some tailored jackets and a handful of dresses.
Seen at: Céline, Taoray Wang, palmer//harding, Daizy Shely, Lacoste, Stella McCartney and Thom Browne.
The roaring twenties are in vogue next season. It isn't a huge trend, but the fringing seen all over spring/summer 2018 runways nods to the era. Tops, skirts, pants, crop tops and jackets are all finished with fringing for a refined, retro look. More elaborate creations use layers of fringing to bring movement to stylish dresses. Karl Lagerfeld even brought fringing to Chanel's iconic tweed.
Seen at: Tod's, Daizy Shely, Chanel, Veronique Leroy and Elie Saab.
8/10Cards, comics and everyday objects
From the Queen of Hearts at Dolce & Gabbana and American comics at Prada, to Annakiki's critique of smartphones and social networks, Andy Warhol's pop art and Vogue magazine covers at Versace, or tiny toys on hoods and in hair at Comme des Garcons, references to culture and to everyday objects were legion on the spring/summer 18 runways.
Seen at: Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Annakiki and Comme des Garçons.
9/10Flowers back in bloom
In keeping with the spring season, flowers are back, with colourful blooms and natural florals seen in mini and XXL versions. Blooms adorn dresses from head to toe or are combined with other spring-inspired motifs. Jeremy Scott even turned models on the Moschino runway into walking bouquets.
Seen at: Francesco Scognamiglio, Vivetta, Moschino, Giorgio Armani, Etro, Marni, Dolce & Gabbana, Dries Van Noten, Rochas and Ungaro.
10/10Leather, denim and PVC
Leather and denim will be on trend next season. Leather brings a punky rock ‘n' roll vibe to the season while denim adds a retro, sportswear and streetwear touch to sophisticated silhouettes. PVC—preferably of the clear variety—is another key material for spring/summer 2018, especially for accessories.
Seen at: Balmain, Chanel, Alexander Wang, Tommy Hilfiger, Moschino, Annakiki, Trussardi and Christian Dior.
(Related: Milan Fashion Week Goes Bold On Beauty For Spring/Summer 2018)