Fashion week has finally arrived at its final stop in Paris, and with New York, London and Milan now behind us, the biggest trends for the Spring/Summer 2018 season are beginning to take shape, offering us a few insights into some of the gorgeous styles we should be keeping an eye on for the upcoming season. Too busy to keep up with all the shows? Don’t worry, we’ve already done the homework for you — simply scroll down to discover eight of the biggest trends for Spring/Summer 2018 that you can start incorporating into your wardrobe now.
Yes, the underwear-as-outerwear trend is back again and we’ve been seeing them in a number of fabrications from leather at Proenza Schouler to denim at Tom Ford, while both Kenzo and Fendi had theirs styled into a full-on striped ensemble to achieve an eye-catching, contemporary look.
Florals for Spring are, of course, far from groundbreaking, which is why designers are always thinking of fresh new ways to reimagine this classic element for their latest designs. For SS18, in particular, designers such as Christopher Kane and Simone Rocha have experimented with laser cuts while keeping it clean with a minimal palette for a modern, elegant and slightly futuristic flair.
Feathers and fringes
Fanciful trimmings are out in full force and, instead of accessorising hemlines like we saw in prior seasons, these light-weight feathery fringes are now covering dresses from Erdem to Bottega Veneta to Monique Lhuillier, and even dressing up long boots over at Saint Laurent.
Typically associated with the Fall/Winter season, the classic checked patterns have been given a delightful update, as designers at Ports 1961, Prabal Gurung and Peter Pilotto mixed and matched them in vibrant colours, and on flowing fabrics and silhouettes, too.
Step aside millennial pink — for Spring/Summer 2018, lavender is looking to be the “it” colour of the season. Appearing on runways from Dion Lee and Missoni to Victoria Beckham and Michael Kors, this light purple hue is making a statement everywhere from feminine dresses to edgy streetwear.
Given its history as more practical attire, jumpsuits usually come with an entrenched utility vibe. For Spring/Summer 2018, however, designers from Tibi to Salvatore Ferragamo are showing us the many possibilities of this garment by reimagining it with sophisticated cuts, silhouettes and a range of fabrics.
The stripe trend is definitely not slowing down any time soon, with designers including Kenzo, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini and Tome infusing the pattern with contrasting technicolours for an extra visual boost, while Fendi and Delpozo have opted for a softer and more gracious approach.
Twist and drape
This season, it’s all about letting the fabric speak for itself as we saw many designers — including Dion Lee, Jason Wu and Jacquemus — present dresses that were casually twisted and draped for effortless sophistication.