Love and joy breezed down the catwalk, styled as fantastic plastic, revamped wardrobe staples, fun frippery and a whole lot of leg.
Cotton Candy Colour
It was a pastel pile up: move over millennial pink and make way for the lavender look. Lilac was the catwalk colour of the season (see Bottega Veneta’s violet suede spring coat) while other candy colours sugar coated everything from ethereal dresses and tailored suiting (Hermès’s pale daffodil suit was the way to wear this trend- head to toe).
Updating a classic’s always a good place to start when assembling your new season wardrobe. The trench, an eternal staple, is revived: at Celine with a billowing cape attached to a tailored undercoat; Christian Dior had a matching playsuit and trench combo; Alexander McQueen’s was deconstructed and delicately embroidered and functional epaulets detailed Valentino’s version.
The Frivolous Fun Factor
Fringe was at its most playful with over the top tassels at Sonia Rykiel and Salvatore Ferragamo, while feathers swathed dresses and knee-high boots at Saint Laurent; polka dots popped up at Prada- spots being the alternative print to that perennial spring/summer favourite, florals. Glitzy glamour is not confined to hot summer nights: Valentino’s sparkly tank tops and Gucci’s oversized paillette sweaters are definitely for day dressing.
Looking to the future fashion has a clear vision: plastic vinyl is the material that matters this season. Chanel’s space-age thigh high boots, astronaut-girl capelets, boater hats and bags, all in clear plastic, are definitive SS18 must haves while Valentino’s transparent cropped coat is ideal for April showers. Truly practical if you have sticky fingered children- simply wipe clean.
Designer denim is back. The noughties favourite is bleached and washed out at Chanel, tailored at Dior and embellished with diamante studded quilting (in the form of a bomber jacket) at Gucci. But it’s dark denim that reigns supreme, as seen at Alexander McQueen. Best worn head to toe, co-ordinate your denim jacket with a polished, smart jean or denim skirt, to achieve the Canadian Tuxedo look.
The Big Short
Shorts were not in short supply on the catwalks! This season wear them day to night either as part of a suit, or luxe leisurewear style (better known as the CYCLING SHORT- yes, they’re back and better than ever). Shorts were tiny at Saint Laurent, casual at Valentino and silky at Louis Vuitton.
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