After critiquing a month of the four major Fashion Markets and over 500 shows (!) let’s look at what I saw as the trends….I love reading all the experts views…it seems everyone is looking at the same shows but seeing different trends, I must admit Spring 2018 was filled with great variety. Variety of new designers of established Brands, emerging creators, new faces and sizes on the catwalks, extreme diversity of venues and on and on. I’ll try to break it all down to my point of view after all that is that this blog is all about….
THE NEWS STORIES:
- Interesting venues, such as in front of the Eiffel Tower, in the lower level of the Louvre, on the Streets of New York, next to a major waterfall, and on and on
- Many designers featured both their Women’s and Men’s Collections together a trend we are seeing more and more of
- Designers showing in cities other than their own such as Tommy Hilfiger
- Several designers acknowledged that not all women are a size 0, one of the best at this, in my opinion, is Christian Siriano
- The new model in all the markets…Kaia Gerber, whose professionalism for someone so young is to be admired. Loved when Mom, Cindy, was in the Versace show as well as in many of the audiences
- Many, many changes of designers with major Brands, some worked others didn’t
- Fascinating finales, again, in my opinion, more than in past seasons. A recap of some of my favorites are pictured below Saint Laurent, Thom Browne, Dolce & Gabbana and, of course, Versace
The finale to end all finales…..brilliant!
WHAT I FOLLOWED AS TRENDS:
- Trench coats
- Vinyl, patent leather, leather
- Shorts teamed with blazers
- Bold color especially Chrome yellow, red and vibrant blue
- The black dress
- All shades of pink
- Bold prints, especially at Comme des Garçons
- Flowery prints
- Feathers and fringes
- Bold shoulders
- Shoes, shoes, shoes of all shapes and sizes from stilettos to sneakers with everything from daywear to elaborate evening gowns and thongs with everything as well, but the stand out to me were sandals and socks (light in weight!) and high boots for Spring
The Black Dress…
The Bold Prints…
I could go on and on but you will need to review the past posts to find more of my picks. You are going to ask what my favorite Collections were…hard to single out just a few but here goes and not in any order other than my most favorite was…
- Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, I felt she has finally done her own thing
- Fenty + Puma for its happiness
- Alexander Wang for it’s staging on the streets of New York
- Ralph Lauren because for me it’s always Ralph Lauren’s classic look and shown with his vintage cars what could be bad
- I pretty much liked most of London, but would single out Burberry
- Versace, of course, for it’s ode to Gianni
- Armani and Fendi, always
- Ferretti for feminity
- A turn for the Brands that we all know…Ferragamo, Missoni, Etro let’s watch them
- Ah Paris…a brilliant start with Saint Laurent in front of a glittering Eiffel Tower
- Chanel, Karl does it again by dramatically chasing waterfalls
- Dries Van Noten just because…love his designs in clothing, his home and his gardens
- Loved Thom Browne’s aesthetic
- I want to keep my eye on Off-White, let’s see where that goes
- Andrew Gn amazes me every time with his creativity
- Of course, Comme des Garçons
- Many more….you know, I do love fashion….
What I will say is that I felt it was one of the strongest spring seasons trendwise in many years. Lots and lots of new looks to get consumers into the stores, and yes, I’ll even say on line….I just want them to shop. But that is in the months ahead. Perhaps this month long journey has whetted your appetite to go shopping, looking at Fall 2017 it is a very exciting trend and classic filled time to treat yourselves… I didn’t mean to leave the gentlemen out, I promise to review the next wave of men’s wear collections…there is just as much news out there for you.
And now back to my regularly scheduled blogs…..please give me your thoughts on what you would like me to cover in the coming months….this coming Friday will be the 1 year anniversary of nenasnotes, I have some new directions to share with you as well as continuing most of my daily posts perhaps with a new twist or two!
thanks for this great summary of the fashion “trends” Most of the clothes are silly – extravagant and unwearable and the money spend on this productions is really sinful – The best was the Versace finale with the great model ladies of a another era but still the MAJOR STARS OF THE RUNWAY
Thanks Lawrie as always for taking the time to comment on my posts. I think we need to remember that it takes many, many people (trades) to produce fashion shows therefore not only giving them work but also pumping $$ into the economy. I featured what I saw as news which I understand many readers would find silly and unwearable. Let’s see how they filter into the main stream. You should see the “Street Fashion” during fashion weeks, that is truly ”interesting”!!
Great summary Nena.
Thanks, as always for commenting on my posts. I so appreciate it.
Like the trend except for big shoulders. Never want to go back there again!!
Thanks Marcia….most of the broad shoulders aren’t that bad…some designers, as always, took it to the extreme…let’s see what ends up in the stores!!!