Spring 2018 Runway Trends to Know

By Caitlin Aquino

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(From left to right: Models of Dries Van Noten, Burberry, Marni, Tom Ford, and Dior walk down the SS18 runways.)

      Unlike last season’s focus on the street’s athleisure boom, this season’s collections blossomed with prettier, softer impressions on several Spring/Summer 2018 catwalks. From flashy, bold prints to pale palettes of lavender and pink, many runways provided us with iconic styles considering that the whole concept was a tribute to Gianni Versace at the 20th year of his unfortunate death. To help you with your spring style, here is a compilation of this season’s trends to try out.

Sheer/lace

      The sheer style is so intimidating. It can be incredibly chic; however, with one small mistake, it can go downhill very fast. The key is styling pieces just right so you look fashion forward rather than appearing as if you’ve tried too hard. Some of the best ways to wear the trend during this spring season can be through items such as socks, shirts, or lengthy skirts. Sheer lace, mesh and stripes are also other interesting ways of incorporating the trend into your wardrobe.

Double denim/dark denim

      Denim on denim has been a taboo for the last decade, but now that the ‘90s are “vintage,” double denim is mainstream again. Lots of trendy fashionistas are even creating new ways to incorporate more denim into their wardrobes. Katy Perry and Riff Raff matched in a studded rendition of Brit and Justin’s iconic full denim outfits, Beyoncé revisited the retro trend by wearing a denim romper, Rihanna slayed her denim ensemble and blue jean boots, Kim Kardashian paired her denim with translucent shoes and Louisa Johnson proved that destroyed denim looks amazing on everyone.

      Dark wash denim, however, has progressively made its appearance in runways of Versace, Max Mara, Tibi, Tom Ford, Fendi, Adam Selman, Chloé, Derek Lam and many more. Apparently, they’re going to be everywhere this spring in the form of inky, indigo washes and raw denim. The best thing about dark denim, perhaps, is that it’s one of, if not, the most versatile trends, as it can be worn at the office, for a night out or for off-duty days.

Florals

      Offered in a variety of colors and retro-inspired prints, this season’s florals were bigger and bolder than ever. The trend can be arranged into three categories: soft, micro and ‘60s.

      Soft florals are generally printed on floaty materials to emphasize their romantic, airy appeal. This particular style of print was most notably seen on the Self Portrait, Tadashi Shoji and Prabal Gurung runways, giving spectators a new perspective on styling soft silk with edgy splits and cutouts.

     Micro florals are petite prints designed for more feminine and fresh springtime wear. Both soft and micro prints were usually displayed on sheer and semi-sheer clothing. Ulla Johnson, Hellesy and Brock Collection runways used the trend to their advantage, ultimately catching eyes and turning heads.

     Compared to other floral trends, the overall size, shape and colors for ‘60s florals are entirely unique. Drawing from the ‘60s signature designs, fashionistas characterized the trend with dramatic colors and large buds. Marc Jacobs, Miu Miu, Marni and Thom Browne were some houses that embraced this look.

Checks/plaids

      Carried over from last fall, checks, tartans and plaids re-emerged in amazing styles for the SS18 print trends. On the runway, Marni mixed checks for an entirely new pattern; Dries Van Noten provided viewers with embellished suits; Balmain, Calvin Klein, Carven and Chanel produced stunning options of tartan with variations in size and color; Balenciaga displayed checked options on coats and separates; Sonia Rykiel showed vivid summer apparel, featuring a feminine allure; and even Victoria Beckham offered multi-piece sets in nude and tan check.

Trench coats/trouser suits

     The classic trench has always been a closet staple; however, for spring 2018, designers have updated the look to fit the needs of those who already own one. For instance, at Céline, two trenches were combined together to make one cape-like coat, and at Loewe, Jonathan Anderson sliced his classic trench, creating a coat favorited by many street style lovers.

      Trouser suits were also deemed one of the biggest fashion trends to dominate the red carpet while exhibiting messages of female empowerment. At the Grammy Awards, Anna Kendrick nailed the look in a cropped checked suit paired with a lace corset, Claire Foy suited herself up and was booted in all black and even Beyoncé and her daughter Blue Ivy sat front row in all-white suiting. Meanwhile, the SS18 couture catwalks asserted the trend is here to stay.

Fanny packs

      The controversial ‘90s look showed no signs of hindrance during many SS18 fashion weeks. In fact, Gucci, Chanel and Louis Vuitton all favored the bag on their runways. They were especially huge at Marc Jacobs and were worn with almost everything, including suits, groomed dress and sequined skirts.

Lavender

      While mix ‘n’ match pastels were showcased everywhere from New York to London and back again, lighter purples proved to be this season’s new It shade. Tom Ford, Victoria Beckham and Tibi all showcased their pale purple pieces at the front of their collections. According to them, lavender creates a chic contrast with denim and bold lip colors. To effortlessly style the trend, opt for a chic midi skirt, wide leg trousers or a minimalistic sweater. If you’re already a pro at wearing color, consider going for a head-to-toe lavender look. The pastel purple hue is super feminine while its silhouette radiates an attitude of confidence.

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