I am so happy to be back with all of you! We all know fashion doesn’t rest so let’s get right back it.
The shows for New York, London and now Paris Spring/Summer 2018 just happened, which means you have plenty of inspiration to set you up for the coming months. But the thing is, no one has time to decipher it all. That’s where I come in.
After combing though every show I could, I’ve uncovered multiple trends (including a few that are already in your closet!), the top colors for spring and two standout collections you need to know about. Here are my 13 best-of-the-best takeaways from NYFW Spring/Summer 2018.
Trends Worth Space in Your Closet
Graphic Tees – This trend will not leave you scouring sales racks or rushing off to the store to pick-up the latest thing. Instead, it’s more than likely already in your closet. (Queue a smile from our bank accounts!) We saw graphic tees in Givenchy‘s all-red collection last season, the rebirth of the logo tee and if you’re like me, half the shirts from your college wardrobe. (Remember back in school when you couldn’t turn a corner without getting some promo shirt for free? If you’re like me, you had 20 by the time you graduated; It came to the point where I wore one with Coach sneakers and jeans to class almost every day. Now it’s time for a slightly more grown-up version.) I’m very happy to see that multiple other designers followed suit. Using either a fun print or their own logo, brands such as Rebecca Minkoff, Cynthia Rowley, ICB and Coach have given us free reign to be comfortable and on-trend. (Yes! Because let’s face it, nothing feels quite as comfortable as t-shirt.)
Tiered Ruffle Skirts – This trend can be a little bit tricky and I honestly was not expecting it to make a comeback. When done right, tiered skirts are a whimsical mix of twirl-inspiring ruffles and statement-making detail. Wearing one is an easy way to make your look complete without much added styling. The thing is, when you’re on the shorter and curvier side, like me, it’s hard to find one that’s the right length and doesn’t make you look like a sideways pumpkin. You know what I mean, all bumps and no style. But, if you happen to be lucky or know a great tailor, it can come out like this:
Alice and Olivia, as you can see, plus Marchesa Notte, Naeem Khan, Jenny Packham, and more have made it work. So, you have plenty of places to look for inspiration on this trend. (One easy way to see it all is listed below!)
Gingham – Yes, the pattern that filled every one of your favorite stores and probably half a drawer in your room, is still in style. Your clothes from last season are safe. Carolina Herrera, M. Martin and The Great are all in agreement on this one.
The Two S’s: Sheer and Sequins – At the end of the day, we all want to show off our best assets. One way designers help is with barely-there and jaw-dropping trends. This is why I’m not surprised that sequins and sheer looks are still top of mind. Each one seems like it requires a master in styling, tons of Spanx or an expertise in photoshop to pull off. Plus, they’re often shown in the same look, making it seem even more complicated. The thing is, it doesn’t have to be that way! I’ll say it again, style is about making the trends work for you, not the other way around. If you’re a little more modest, like me, swap out the full-on sheer looks for an illusion skirt or neckline (like this!). To re-vamp your wardrobe, pair a sequin skirt with a button down top, belt and your favorite shoes. The juxtaposition will do all the work, making styling a little easier.
Vintage Florals – Wait for it. We all know spring fashion brings two things: pastels and florals. This time, there’s a shift to it. Take a tip from fall and experiment with this tried and true pattern by using bolder hues (including dark florals!) and vintage-inspired designs. (By the latter I mean larger flowers with spacing between each group on the print, not necessarily tons of little bunches.) The juxtaposition will ensure it doesn’t look like you stole you granny’s wardrobe and can easily be merged with what is already in your closet. For those who want to try an all-over print, try it with statement jewelry such as stacked rings and a pendant necklace for a modern touch. When in doubt, focus on one piece at a time. Go for a top or bottom with the floral print of your choice and pair it with another on-trend piece such as a ruffle, off-the-shoulder shirt. For example, BY. Bonnie Young styled a bold floral skirt with a striped bandeau bra.
Colors Worth Noting
We all have specific hues that work best with our skin tones. If you’re basically translucent, like me, you tend to stay away from soft whites and beige but love to go for brighter hues like yellow and neons. (That 80’s throwback with neon hues a few years ago was great for that!) The good thing is, each season of ready-to-wear brings multiple hot colors too choose from; I focused on 5 that kept popping up.
Let’s start with my boyfriend’s favorite hue (and my favorite from kindergarten!), yellow. Mustard has grown in popularity over the years and lemon goes with common colors of spring. The trick with this season is that it was captured in more than just those classic pastels. Alice and Olivia, Edun as well as Elizabeth and James all showed off different versions of the color. So, feel free to play with brights and muted hues in your wardrobe.
The same goes for pink, which came up in multiple shows, including Marc Jacobs, in it’s purest form. I love when designers go for the brightest version of a color! Don’t worry, red was carried over from the fall so the pieces you amassed for this season can easily transition into the next. A.L.C., Marchesa, Delpolzo and J.Mendel demonstrated that one.
Now for the two new colors that I cannot get enough of: aqua and orange!
Given my blue eyes, it’s probably no surprise that I love blue tones – especially this color! It always reminds me of crystal blue waters and wanderlust, seeming to draw you into the new season with bright eyes and a reason to try something new. Feel free to bust out of the gray, black and navy winter uniform (You know we all do it.) with this statement-making hue.
Yes, I said orange and I don’t mean the fruit. A challenging color, it doesn’t necessarily fit all styles or skin types, but this hue does add diversity to a wardrobe, which everyone needs to evolve his or her look. This is a tone for someone who is willing to take a risk and go for an all-over look that instantly turns heads.
One image captures every color you need for the season, and you’ll never guess which designer it comes from…
Yes, Juicy Couture is back and no, not everything comes in a velour jump suit.
Now that you know the top colors and trends, it’s time to talk about two shows that made the biggest headlines.
Standout Fashion Shows
Not many people know about this but I’m actually a bit of a car fan. My dad used to sell cars for a living and I grew up learning about different makes/models. Give me a late 1950s corvette or a 2018 Z06 and I will literally stop in my tracks. (It’s true! My friends have seen me stop walking/talking out of nowhere just to grab an extra look at some on the street!) This season, Ralph Lauren blended my two loves for an exclusive show at his personal car garage. It was simply stunning!
The runway was lined with elegant models in one-color looks, full-skirted gowns, tons of plaid, statement-making suits and more. This combined Men’s and Women’s collection demonstrates a movement towards the shopping needs of the consumer as well as an ongoing trend of bringing men’s and woman’s looks into the same show and theme. You can blame Burberry for that one.
Typically during a runway show, the room is filled with the sounds of flashing cameras, chatter and booming music. Marc Jacobs completely changed the game for the brand’s Spring 2018 show. Each model walked down the runway in silence with a whimsical look covered in bold hues, mixed materials, a hijab and sometimes a fanny pack. As Vogue put it, it was the bringing of “joy” with each look and I couldn’t get enough. The finale ended in song and reimagining of what fashion should be in this modern age. See it for yourself, here.
Need more details on Fashion Month and all it’s Spring/Summer 2018 glory? It’s all on my latest Pinterest Board.
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