It’s as dull as dishwater outside, and bitterly cold and summer feels a very long way off, but rather than get down in the dumps about the weather it’s time to look on the bright side and take a look at the new trends for spring/summer 2018.
The high street stores are gradually beginning to replace the chaos of the sales with rails of clothes perfect for sunny spring days, and after months of sombre colour it’s always a welcome sight to see the shops full of bright red, blue, yellow and green…spring personified!
At the start of every new fashion season I pour over the designer fashion shows and collections so I can bring you my choice of the best and most wearable of the new trends. While twenty somethings may look great in head to toe ruffles it’s not necessarily what a woman over 45 would choose to wear, so you can be sure the trends I identify can be easily adapted to your wardrobe for an inexpensive update.
Primary colours featured in many of the catwalk shows and at Versace, Donatella commemorated the twenty year anniversary of Giovanni’s death by revisiting some of his famous bright bold and colourful collections from the nineties. Models strutted the catwalk in red, orange and electric blue. Victoria Beckham’s collection was generally made up of pretty pastel shades but a couple of gorgeous tomato red dresses added a punch of colour. At Salvatore Ferragamo a mustard yellow skirt was teamed with orange shoes, while at Marc Jacobs it was an oversized eye-catching orange suit.
The trench coat is a classic item of clothing that never goes out of fashion. Think of Humphrey Bogart in the 1942 film Casablanca or Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. More recently Emma Watson was the model of choice for Burberry’s magazine advertising campaign and the Duchess of Cambridge has been photographed looking chic in her trench coat. In recent years it has proved less popular with designers but this season it’s all change as the catwalks saw a host of gorgeous reinvented trench coats for spring/summer 2018. At Max Mara traditional gabardine was replaced with delicate organza, while at Ralph Lauren striking grey Prince of Wales check was the fabric of choice. Armani’s pretty spring collection which featured floral tops in pink and blue were teamed with white trousers and glamorous long white trench coats, while at Hermes it was dove grey and beige plaid.
A pencil skirt is the simplest of pieces but the classic shape will always be associated with the most glamorous of film stars… Marilyn Munroe, Sophia Lauren and Christina Hendricks in the TV series Mad Men. It’s a style that suits many body shapes and when it’s worn to the knee or just below it’s a very flattering item of clothing. Victoria Beckham teamed a turquoise blue organza pencil skirt with a white and turquoise checked jacket while at Calvin Klein mustard yellow rubber was the fabric of choice! If you’d rather avoid sweating in rubber, Erdem’s silver jewel adorned pencil skirt would be perfect for a summer party, while at Balenciaga a classic black and white dog tooth check was teamed with a bright blue checked shirt.
Slip dresses were all over the catwalks this season. These simple columns of fabric are usually produced in silk or satin, and get their name from the piece of lingerie they so closely resemble. At Christopher Kane slip dresses were adorned with lace and jewels while at Ralph Lauren grey and white satin dog tooth check was understated, yet beautiful. Oscar de la Renta always like a bit of glamour and he didn’t disappoint with his stunning red sequin, shoe string strap, slip dress, and Dries Van Norton’s vanilla slip dress was given a playful touch and printed with a repeating lip design.
Ice Cream Colours
There is something so uplifting about seeing an array of ice cream colours after a long dark winter, and designers have fully embraced pastels for spring/summer 2018. From lavender and apricot to cherry blossom pink and clotted cream yellow now is the time to update your wardrobe with ice cream colours. Models sashayed down the catwalks across the fashion capitals adorned in head to toe pastels. Victoria Beckham’s gorgeous lilac trouser suit was teamed with a matching lilac blouse, while Chanel’s pretty apricot dress would be perfect for a hot summer day. Hermes vanilla jacket, trousers and matching bag were chic and sophisticated while pale pink gowns from Giambattista Valli and Valentino were gorgeously romantic and feminine.
Over the next few weeks I will be showing you how you can easily and inexpensively update your wardrobe for spring/summer 2018 with some savvy high street and online buys.
In the meantime I’d love to know which of the new trends for spring/summer 2018 you are most likely to wear. Leave a comment below.
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