Paris may have been last in the Fashion Month calendar, but it was by no means least. The maisons of France collectively presented the most diverse week yet, a melting pot of all things whimsical, structural, and spectacularly beautiful.
Most noteworthy were Valentino and Giambattista Valli, who submerged their showgoers into a fantasy world of floral fairytale with ruffles, plumage, and intricate sequin details. On the other end of the sartorial spectrum were Loewe and Céline, who kept their overall aesthetic simple, but added a few surprises like fringing and sheer fabrics.
In short, Paris provided the perfect conclusion to what was an interesting month of fashion. And now that it’s all over, what seemed like a random collection of off-the-wall ideas during our first #TrendTakeaway installment now makes perfect sense as a season. Keep scrolling to discover the last six trends of the season, and make a mental note (or Pinterest board) of things to buy next summer.
In the Trenches
Consider layering for summer.
Arguably the most timeless piece of all time, the trench coat is back for SS18 thanks to Céline, Christian Dior, and Loewe. The silhouette has proved its style longevity over the years, championed by everyone from Brigitte Bardot and Twiggy to Kate Moss and Alexa Chung. You probably own one already, but if you don’t, it’s a great investment piece.
Oh you flouncy, huh?
This season, if there were models, there were ruffles. Of course, labels such as Alexander McQueen and Giambattista Valli are known for their love affair with ruffles, but this season, even the clean-cut brands wanted in on the frou-frou action. Isabel Marant, Chloé, and Balmain all opted for added flounce.
Did someone call for a handy(wo)man?
We called it: boilersuits are a wardrobe staple and, for Spring/Summer 2018, designers incorporated the utilitarian piece into collections using denim, broderie anglaise, and thick cotton. Stella McCartney favored the silhouette in a big way, and featured stonewashed-denim versions in her show.
Pile on the check prints.
Also big for the current season, plaid played a big part in the narratives of collections for SS18, but surprisingly, it wasn’t only portrayed in the typical grungy 90s way. Instead, the print was used on fitted pencil skirts at Hermès and grown-up tailoring at Sacai.
Gather round for Paris’ biggest trend.
Not to be mistaken with ruffles, ruched fabrics (particularly chiffon and satin) were all the rage this week. Almost every collection featured this trend in some way, particularly Isabel Marant, which ruched off-the-shoulder tops and minidresses. Acne, meanwhile, used the detail to emphasize waists on mididresses.
Spring is in full plume.
They say birds of a feather flock together and, in this case, the birds are just about every big designer at Paris Fashion Week. Feathers are an opulent addition to your eveningwear wardrobe, and you can thank Saint Laurent and Nina Ricci for showcasing how to pull them off in stunning fashion.