To be honest I had this post written over a month ago, but I really felt myself hesitating to actually publish it.
As many of you know by now, I studied Fashion Design in college, which I think added a sense of pressure to this topic that may not fall on others writing about trends. Influencers inherently write about trends as they observe them, and that is what I am doing here, but since I had formal training on predicting and recognizing trends I felt almost nervous about sharing my opinions (which is ridiculous). I felt pressure to write a lengthy post analyzing why I felt a specific style is going to be big this season or how the trend developed, or to even write about the current state of fashion. Well here is my post with a little bit of everything in it!
Let me just start out by asking… Are you as confused as I am? I feel we are all being pulled in a million directions with the current state of fashion. Are brands doing “see now, buy now” or is that not happening anymore? Are we getting rid of collections all together? Is there even a reason to go to fashion week anymore? There are about a million questions I have, and I am sure you do too!
As a person who loved scrolling/clicking through WGSN and what used to be Style.com (but is now Vogue Runway) to find the newest trends and scope the new collections, I am sad to think that these sites aren’t as frequented. *There will always be trend forecasting for mega or macro trends that effect fashion and many other industries, but I am simply speaking on how often fashion designers actually use them anymore.* Does anyone remember when style.com used to have posts about street style trends, whats coming next season, among a plethora of other fashion trend related topics? Trends are so quick to happen and can be seen in street style and on celebs instantly after they are shown on the runway.
No matter, I will forever live for scoping Paris Couture Week because the trends I am drawn to start there. When learning about trend forecasting in school it was said trends were driven by couture fashion and would then trickle down to ready-to-wear. (Mind you they do recognize that this is not the case any more.) Trends would also come from street style, but now trends stem from so many different places that it’s difficult to predict trends in fashion.
This may be a little controversial to say, but right now I don’t feel many trends coming from street style. Street style is always tough for me. There may be something I love on someone that I may incorporate into the styling of a piece, but I don’t know if I am inspired in a way that influences the design of a piece.
I have pulled some of my favorite looks from this past Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 Paris Couture Week and also some looks I love from the RTW collections. Couture collections always win me over because the designers take more risks and really push the limit.
To translate some of these looks into trends that you can identify on the market or while your out shopping or even when you see street style shots, I have laid some key ones out for you!
Spring 2018 Trends:
Return of point d’esprit. I LOVE point d’esprit fabric. There’s something vintage-y and sexy about it in the way that there should probably be Jazz playing in the background wherever you go. (Also similar is swiss dot.) I will be wearing this trend all spring and summer!
Sheers. Honestly, we can all agree, sheers have had a huge moment for many years now, but I think we will be seeing them in a more feminine and flowing way. Lets say frothy skirts and dresses made mostly of tulle are going to be huge.
Cape Back tops and dresses. Did you see it happening on the Globes Red Carpet? Or maybe you noticed similar styles at Paris Couture Week? I feel this trend is somewhat coming from the off the shoulder trend and morphing into something more interesting.
Feminine is still going strong. Think flirty silhouettes and ruffles in different and new ways. Also feminine in colors as well, I loved Victoria Beckham’s lavender look from her ready-to-wear Spring/Summer 2018 collection and also this pale blue I am seeing pop up.
White Silk Pants. Need I say more? I know we have been playing around with this for a while, but trousers are huge right now and I love a white wide leg trouser for spring. (I pulled some other spring colors here too, I mean who doesnt want a pale blue trouser?)
The top photo was taken by Andrea Sabugo. The designer photos were pulled from Vogue Runway.
PALE PINK SLIP – CALLE EVANS
ROBE – FIGLEAVES CASHMERE (SIMILAR)
SHOES – ZARA (ALDO or SERGIO ROSSI)
SUNGLASSES – DOLCE & GABBANA
RINGS – HARK & HARK, TIFFANY, NADIRI (SINGLE BAND & CRISSCROSS SIMILAR)
EARRINGS – TIFFANY
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