Well, that is a wrap, it has been a wacky runway season for Fashion Week and the trends are just as crazy as the runways themselves for the season. A few memorable moments of the week were Phillipp Plein’s futuristic winter runway stage which happened to be the most elaborate runway compared to other brands and Alexander Wang created a throwback runway show with her reference to an 80’s office setting, Wang showcases “Boss Lady,” collection that speaks to the 80’s time when women first emerged into the workforce and became the real “Boss.” There were many stand out moments through the week and we can see those fashion designers are always innovating, recycling old trends to create newer ones.
Here are a few trends to look out for this year;
Forget about the 90’s, we are bringing back the 80’s
Yes, the 80’s are back and it’s a bold one! Throughout the runways, there was a common theme dedicated to the 80’s. What is the 80’s without the bold neon colours. Designers such as Prada, Marc Jacobs, Moschino, Mulberry, and Burberry incorporated as many rainbow colours as they could in their show. From oversized neon jackets to neon accessories – it was an adjustment everyone had to make to their eyes. Neon colours did not just stop there, the 80’s trends continued with animal print, hair accessories like scrunchies, velour tracksuits, and shoulder pads, all took place on many runways.
Watch out for Violet
Pantone named “Ultra Violet,” termed as the colour of 2018. Several designers incorporated the colour into a few pieces such as Anna Sui who designed beautiful dress suits, coats and styled them with violet accessories. Not only is the colour such an intense cool tone but it represents a sense of imagination and visionary – for the future says, Pantone. Other designers following the trend are Burberry, Dior and Marc Jacobs.
How convenient would it be to have two bags and not feel bulky eh? This year’s runways were packed with not one but two handbags on a few models, from purses to fancy packs to backpacks, models walked up and down the runways featuring two handbags. Designers like Alexander Wang featured the opening of his runway with a model wearing two bags as well designers like Gucci, Channel and Dolcé & Gabbana had the same idea.
Big Prints, Bold Shapes & Clunky Patterns
Designers like Moschino, Calvin Klein, Burberry, Dior, Tory Burch and Michael Kors featured stunning mixtures of prints and patterns into their show. Shapes and sizes paired with bold vibrant colours to create eye-catching runway looks. Many common prints and patterns through the week were animal print, checks, plaids and big florals.
Whether it was necklines, long sleeves or long dresses a majority of the clothes had ruffles paired with sheer delicate fabrics making the models look elegant on the runway. Especially Tory Burch, her show featured the most elegant garden setting which definitely reflected on the clothing as well. Many white sheer ruffle dresses made an appearance as well as patterns and prints on shirts/dresses. Other designers include Ralph Lauren, Mulberry, Dior, Coach and Alexander Wang.
Feminine Trench Coats
Inspired by femininity, the trench coat is a standout trend and re-inventive of the classic trench coat by adding and creating shape/style to the structured coats. Almost every single runway featured a number of trench coats. Some of which are; Marc Jacobs, Oscar de La Renta, Salvatore Ferragamo, Max Mara, Zimmermann, Dolcé & Gabbana and Victoria Beckham. The iconic coat is a must-have staple piece in your wardrobe for this season and be sure to look out for that feminine touch to the coats.
Super High Waisted Pants
Like high-waisted was not enough, runways like Tommy Hilfiger, Noon by Noor and Marc Jacobs had clean-cut dress pants that really emphasized the silhouette of a woman. Having the pants be extra high-waisted made models looks taller than they already are and created the illusion of a slimmer taller look. Another must-have wardrobe item in your closet for the season.
A super prevalent FW trend was animal print as it was featured in 70-80% of the weeks. From Max Mara, Tom Ford, Victoria Beckham to Phillipp Plein, all showcased various forms of animal prints. Now it isn’t your typical leopard print but also snakeskin, tiger, and zebra. It was almost a safari runway show and many designers mixed in different prints with others to create a new look.
Remember when shoulder pads were not acceptable in your wardrobe? Well, re-consider the style since it is a huge trend this season. Many designers like Tom Ford, Alexander Wang, Prada, Gucci and Marc Jacobs managed to pull off the odd style. Especially Marc Jacobs who featured it from beginning to end intense bold colours & broad shoulders and not to mention how oversized they were. Additionally, many power suits featured broad shoulders for a trendy new silhouette.
Let’s hit the slopes
A lot of ski-inspired outfits were featured across the runway from puffer jackets, moon boats and snow suites – expect to be ready & trendy for the ski days to come. Jeremy Scott, Phillipp Plein, and even Alexander Wang created ski outfits to die for. If you are bold enough to wear these styles like these well let’s just say you will be the star of the slope.
Over an out for this season! xoxo
Written and research by Amanda Navai