It’s the same sorry tale every year. Christmas comes and goes and with it our love of cosy gear. By the time February hits, we’re itching to swap our (faux) fur for frills and flounces.
If you’re living in Blighty, you won’t be holding your breath for Spring . But there’s no harm in dreaming. And trust us, you definitely don’t want to miss the feathery Western logomania that’s about to hit. Here are the top five trends from September’s SS18 shows.
If the 90s still give you nightmares, you might want to look away now. However, if like us, you want to Bend it Like Bella, read on. Instead of taking inspiration from the current world, numerous designers yearned for a more youthful decade. Fendi reignited its double F logo, sticking it on fur bomber jackets, transparent dresses, and bags. Burberry, too, brought back an iconic print, revamping the ‘chavvy’ check for SS18 sports jackets and baseball caps. But it was Donatella Versace that dominated social media. In honour of the 20th anniversary of brother Gianni’s death, the Italian icon went deep into the archives, combining stand-out prints with a supermodel finale to remember.
Feathers have long been a staple of the upper classes. But this season, designers from Paris to Milan brought the fun to all women with some serious plumage. Miuccia Prada’s penchant for marabou was adopted by the likes of Anthony Vaccarello, who sent out an ostrich feather explosion for Saint Laurent, and Jeremy Scott, who paired poufy ballerina skirts with tough leather at Moschino. If evening wear isn’t your thing, take note from John Galliano’s Margiela and its feather-adorned trench coats for a Rihanna-esque update to your wardrobe basics.
Wallflowers may want to change tack this season. Muted shades have been thrown in the garbage, swapped for crayon brights aimed at lifting the spirits in these tumultuous times. A kaleidoscope of colours were spotted at the SS18 shows. Whether you’re in the mood for tangy yellow courtesy of Calvin Klein or Tom Ford’s hot pink workwear, primary colours are the sartorial way forward. Props to anyone brave enough to don Balenciaga’s neon green platform Crocs.
Pastels rear their pretty heads almost every spring and this year is set to be no different. The likes of Victoria Beckham, Preen and Céline showcased contemporary designs in delicate shades. “They’re ice cream colours but it’s not too sweet or saccharine,” Beckham told Vogue. She’s right. Christopher Kane’s pale pink-wearing models looked as if they’d spent previous hours clubbing thanks to dishevelled knits. And Emporio Armani’s lilac woman could only be described as formidable.
Not that wearing pastels needs any particular inspiration – but here’s how we do it.
Get ready to slip into some fresh cowboy boots for the land of the tumbleweed has entered the fashion fray. Designers seem preoccupied with modernising the Western sliver of the States. For her first Givenchy show, Claire Waight Keller stuck heels on cowboy boots. Raf Simons went a little more fearsome with silky sheriff shirts and blood-spattered glossy boots. London’s flock was particularly obsessed. Cowboy hats and cow prints popped up at Ashley Williams and Marques’Almeida respectively. Just be careful not to veer into the realms of fancy dress.
I’m slightly nervous that the orange hair plus shiny tartan will leave me looking like Ground’s Keeper Willy – but I need this dazzling heritage number by Burberry in my life. – Shop £1,895 from Net-a-Porter.
Half a decade from now, one of my children will have a major WTF moment (parenting props now please) when they reach inside my wardrobe and pull out this Prada number. Until then, you’ll find me parading my plumage at the local playground. Shop – £1,120 from Net-a-Porter.
This hat is bad ass. No amount of ridicule will stop me. Shop £455 from Maison Michel at Net-a-Porter..