AW18: The Trend Round Up
Fashion month is well and truly over; much to our disappointment. In the calm after the storm, we assess just some of the trends from the weeks of apparel. From animalistic prints to American dreams, we highlight our top trends from the autumn/winter 2018 collections below.
The essence of heritage comes in the form of tweed this fall. Seen at Marc Jacobs, where the American designer toyed with oversized coats using the woollen texture, and rendered hyper elegant at Chanel and Adam Lippes. A fan favourite at Louis Vuitton was their chic tweed skirts and not to forgot Mui Mui’s nod to the trusty material; 80’s inspired tweed coats fashioned on the catwalk by Elle Fanning. The trendy fabric is full of shapeshifting swagger in the cold months and is beautifully adaptable.
Be prepared for high shine fabrics in AW18; think whether vinyl, latex and plastic shines. At Tom Ford, many looks were finished with a glossy feel such as shiny leggings and eye-catching jackets whilst Simone Roche’s feminine dresses were given a slight fetishistic appeal using bursts of latex and patent reds. Fendi also took to high shine by updating the classic trench with a rain-proof finish.
In To The Wild
It’s in, it’s out and guess what? It’s in again. Fashion has gone wild for big animalistic prints; from leopard to zebra, ocelot to tiger, wild stripes and spots smothered the catwalks. Seen at Victoria Beckham, Tom Ford, Halpern, Balenciaga and just about everywhere else, the main trendy difference for this seasons iteration is boldness is key; dare the head-to-toe policy... it’s a winter winner.
The western American aesthetic has grown and grown from city to city this season. Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’ opened Parisen label, Isabel Marant’s show to models wearing prairie dresses and cowboy boots whilst Calvin Klein’s Raf Simmons gave a more futuristic insight into what America might look like complete with traditional western shirts and plaid skirts. Fendi also opted for a ‘yee haa’ alternative featuring cowboy boots and chic neckerchiefs.
Silk and velvet make up a luxurious and beautiful evening wear option however, what to wear when you mean business? Leather; the most dominate of all the fabrics this season. Short and sassy at Mui Mui; ankle-length and irresistible at Loewe; and shirt-shaped and versatile at Hermés, Tod’s and Givenchy, the dominatrix aesthetic will be a key player in all of our wardrobes this season.
Statement colours, statement fabrics and now, statement headwear. Knitted balaclavas have made a massive return to the AW18 collections this season, featuring at the likes of Richard Malone, Matty Bovan and Preen. Originating in 1854 when British women knitted head coverings for underprepared troops fighting in the bitterly cold Crimean war, the numerous encounters with the warm option made the trend hard to miss. Once again, Dior offered a more wearable alternative with its cloaked baker boy styles whilst they came embellished with costume jewellery at Gucci.