We’re mid-way through February which means we’re also mid-way through the fashion show season – New York Fashion Week has been and gone and now all eyes have turned to London, where everyone and anyone from the fashion universe have gathered to see what the likes of Burberry, Molly Goddard, Christopher Kane, and Erdem have to offer. After London, it will be onwards to Milan and finally – the optimum fashion capital of the world – Paris. With a new season comes new collections, and the designers this time will be revealing their Autumn/Winter 2018 collections, but before we take a closer look at those, let us look back at the shows of last September in which designers demonstrated their Spring/Summer 2018 collections to the world. It is, after all, almost spring and so it is well worth taking a glance at which trends to wear and which clothes to buy now.
There is no doubt about it, the pencil skirt is still a classic – ever since it was introduced to us in the 50s by Christian Dior, it has been a staple that every woman should have in her wardrobe. Since the days of Dior, it has been seen on every famous woman’s legs, from Marilyn Monroe to Michelle Obama, and is associated with the working and business world than anything else since it is a perfect item to wear to the office. However, the pencil skirt is more than something you wear to work – you can also wear it to a restaurant, to go shopping, to a bar, and even to a club. Indeed, the pencil skirt has been renovated and been given a modern twist by today’s fashion designers – a sparkly one with sequins all over it was seen on the catwalk at NO 21, ones covered with studs and metallic-rimmed holes at Bottega Veneta, and transparent, fashion-forward versions at Max Mara and Dolce & Gabbana.
Leather appears on the catwalks each season, and the Spring/Summer 2018 collections were not an exception. It was not surprising to see black leather skirts, trousers and jackets at Versace and boots and bags, also in black leather, at Céline. However, a unique, never-before-seen trend made an appearance at Alexander Wang’s show – black leather leggings underneath short denim cut-offs – perfect for spring and summer’s unreliable weather when nobody is sure if they should wear trousers or shorts before leaving the house.
Perfect for the festival season to wear over a dress or shorts and ideal to wear now over a jumper or a fleece on wet days, the raincoat is an item every woman needs in her wardrobe. Once again inspiration is found by looking at NO 21 – I love the yellow raincoat – and Isabel Marant, whose windbreakers are both colourful and metallic. It’s a shame that the cheapest is close to £600, but fear not as Topshop is good for a range of cheaper versions, and there is even a sale on at Petit Bateau, where some of the coats are down from £132 to £79.20 – bargain!
From the long-sleeved, blue dress with white stripes at Céline to the red suit with black stripes at Dolce & Gabbana, the popular pattern was seen everywhere in September and it is guaranteed to be seen everywhere in spring too. There was another striped suit at Emporio Armani – a colourful, summery one this time, and there were similar stripes at Sportmax, but on extremely comfortable-looking tops and skirts. So, in brief, if you are to buy only one thing this season, make sure it’s something stripy.
I’m pretty sure that the fashion universe’s obsession with slip dresses started properly after Kate Moss was photographed wearing a very see-through number at a party when she was 19. Since then, almost every famous fashion designer has created a statement slip dress, from Stella McCartney to Calvin Klein. Next season they will once again appear on the high street and in designer shops and they will be worn to the beach over a swimming costume, to the restaurant under a smart blazer, and in the club with a red lip à la Kate. Look at the Spring/Summer 2018 collections of Christopher Kane, The Row and Dries Van Noten for inspiration.