The end of the fashion month is bittersweet: When the finale of a non-stop whirlwind of new collections coincides with the sigh of relief that life can resume as normal, it can result in complicated emotions, even for those of us in the thick of it. And just like that, another four crazy fashion weeks have passed us by, and it’s hard to remember where the time went.
With New York, London, Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks behind us, and in the blur of all of these clothing and accessories, the biggest spring 2018 fashion trends have crystallized for buyers and editors planning out the season. From sheer transparencies to saturated color and anoraks, it’s been a season full of energy and optimism. Here we’ve put together a handy guide to the top trends we anticipate hitting it big next season. Scroll through to see what designers are thinking for spring. We’ll see you at the Fall 2018 shows!
“100% Nitrile / Synthetic Rubber” read CALVIN KLEIN’S industrial-grade pencil dress. You’ll never look at your mother’s dishwashing gloves the same way again, with brands taking rubberized materials and molding them into unexpectedly chic silhouettes (like a pair of Balenciaga Crocs).
Seen at Altuzarra, Isabel Marant, and Prabal Gurung, this off-balanced silhouette dances along your shoulder, wraps around your neck, and twists around your collar bone. Simultaneously. Get ready for the asymmetrical neckline.
The Fanny Pack
As far as Spring 2018 is concerned, this is the fanny pack’s world and we’re just living in it. Need proof? The street style set got a huge head start on this trend, opting to sling them over their shoulders for a statement in each of the four cities. No matter your aesthetic, there’s a hip-slung bag for you: strap on a sporty number from Rihanna’s runway, go minimalist with Rochas, or wear it on the diagonal with Balenciaga.
Now is the time to layer on diaphanous fabrics. “A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity.” So says the Dalai Lama at the Spring 2018 runways. Whether transparency equates to near-nudity depends on you, and what you layer under your sheer dresses, suits, trenches, etc. Many designers presented looks featuring sheer tulle pieces layered over other ready-to-wear pieces, or simply on sheer pieces on top of other sheer pieces, to a dazzling effect.
Grab yourself a comb, folks: High-maintenance fringe was the statement of the season. Fringe made its way in all forms this season, so there’s a look for every level of commitment; We witnessed shredded tees s at Loewe, strips of sequins at Monse, and statement earrings at Sachin & Babi. For a different take on fanciful trimmings, give fringe a try—especially the Calvin Klein 205W39TH version of fringe, which is fashioned after a high school cheerleader’s pom pom.
There was definitely a huge Nineties urban vibe happening. It was expressed in different ways, but the common item was the Windbreaker/parka/anorak jacket. In whatever iteration, it will be everywhere next season — from the super casual versions at Public School, to the dressier takes at Oscar de la Renta. When a fashion house like romantic Valentino offers a parka as part of their spring line-up, it is hard to ignore the face that the lowly nylon staple is having a moment. The essential also showed up at Calvin Klein 205W39 and Balenciaga.