As FROW-ers, supermodels, and street-style stars pack up their suitcases and head across the pond for the second leg of Fashion Month in London, we begin to decipher what we just saw on the runways in the Big Apple. With so many shows and so little time, Savoir Flair is decoding the catwalks week by week. With this, we bring you the New York edition of #TrendTakeaway.
In just seven short days, we were served enough 2018 trends to last all of next summer, and the best part is this is only the beginning. Although many of the trends seen were a natural progression from some of fall’s biggest looks (red, suiting, supersized shoulders, and checks are here to stay), many are new and welcome palate-cleansers for summer 2018.
From sartorially safe to downright brave, keep scrolling to discover what the likes of Calvin Klein, Coach, and Victoria Beckham brought to the table, and begin making your very own SS18 wish list.
Wild Wild Western Jackets
In the words of Will Smith, “Welcome to the wild, wild West.” The boxy-shaped, double front-pocket jackets and shirts were by far one of the biggest key pieces seen this week. Everything from Calvin Klein’s satin version to the longline silhouette seen at Dion Lee proves that variations in size, fabric, and color all work. If you’re going to invest early in an SS18 piece, make it this.
Yes, it’s a trend that you’re guaranteed to see almost every single summer, but athleisure really did come up trumps in New York. From subtle details like toggle fastenings at Calvin Klein and airtex-style crochet at Prabal Gurung to racing stripes and tracksuit pants (think: Fenty Puma), no sport was left untapped at NYFW.
The Color Purple (Well, Lilac)
It seems that, as seasons progress, so too does our journey around the color wheel and, this time around, the spotlight is on lilac. Victoria Beckham and Tibi heroed the color in a big way across suiting and cool separates, while Tom Ford used the hue on bomber jackets.
The off-the-shoulder neckline that has proven immensely popular for the past three seasons has taken a turn for the 80s. Asymmetric necklines and draping across one shoulder was a silhouette seen in almost every show, no matter the narrative. Tory Burch and Zimmermann favored the shape on dresses, co-ords, and blouses.
Underwear as Outerwear
If you’re living in colder parts of the world, this one may be a little tricky, but bold girls in warmer climates can probably get on board with this trend. Bralettes and bikini-style tops were worn with trousers at both Helmut Lang and Alexander Wang, and we’re opting for this the next time an event dictates a “beach club” dress code.
Brush strokes, illustrations, and colorful splatters were painted onto dresses at Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera, creating real-life masterpieces. Other designers opted for rainbow-colored freehand drawings or paint-marbled shirts – a great trend for those who favor all things boldly beautiful.
Walking the Line
Left to right or top to bottom, stripes are all the rage for the summer season. 3.1 Phillip Lim used super-wide horizontal stripes on sporty pieces, while Jason Wu opted for thinner pinstripes on poplin dresses and co-ords. If you want to start trying the trend immediately, mix it with Fall/Winter 2017’s polka dots for the perfect print clash.