Move aside, millennial pink. After ruling runways last spring, the rosy shade gives way this year to its less-ubiquitous pastel partner, lavender. The pretty floral hue bloomed everywhere from Michael Kors to Max Mara this season in a spectrum from pale lilac to vibrant violet, showing up not only in the expected feminine frills, but also sleek suits and textured knits.
Pleats and plisse are still going strong on skirts and dresses for 2018, and with good reason: this feminine element has stood the test of time, adding texture and visual interest to modest midis, glamorous gowns, and everything in between. Fashion houses are unbounded in the creative fabrics and patterns they accordion up, from Alexander McQueen’s romantic floral chiffons, to Vionnet’s Old-Hollywood swinging silks, and Chanel’s easy, casual maxis.
Night and Denim
Days may be getting longer, but it’s all about nights when it comes to the Spring ’18 take on denim. The essential blue jean shows its dark side this spring, with deep indigo-coloured blazers, tailored tuxedo trousers, and even dresses. No longer relegated solely to daytime, some of the season’s denim styles get glitzy enough for formalwear and glam nights out.
That classic staple, the khaki trench coat, gets a facelift for Spring ’18 that takes it from a fall standby to a must-have for those not-quite-warm spring days. Lightened fabrics and swingy shapes soften the piece for the season as designers played with caped cuts at Celine, and fringed hems at Loewe.
Bermuda in the Savanna
The relaxed pant suit has made a big-time comeback in the fall, and it’s not giving up its status come spring. Couturiers take the cut for warmer days, chopping off sleeves and hemlines for a chic, workable update on the Bermuda. Alexandre Vauthier goes tailored in crisp white, while Delpozo plays with demure voluminous shapes, and Michael Kors explores casual boyfriend-inspired khaki.
Text by Kate Missine Produced by Many Ngom