At the end of every fashion week, we always like to revisit the shows and create our own little round up of the biggest trends of the season so, with Paris drawing to an end earlier this week, I have shortlisted five of our favourite trends from the Parisian catwalks.
Asymmetrical hems, Frankenstein garments and quirky styling elements have set the trend for deconstructed fashion in SS18. Balenciaga’s half trench/half denim jackets are the perfect example, whilst Alexander McQueen’s double denim ensemble is literally held together with button fastening for true Frankenstein fashion.
Ruches and ruffles
They’ll always look a little romantic, but this season’s ruches are less retro and much sexier, statement looks. Both Valentino and Saint Laurent have given the LBD a major update with ruffle detail.
The shortest skirts might not always be associated with Parisian fashion, but after Chloe, Lanvin, Chanel and a host of other designers sent short hemmed designs down the runway at Paris Fashion Week, it’s set to start a trend for SS18.
Last summer, it was all about gingham. Next year, the key print of the season is still a form of check, but is much more grown up for SS18. Balenciaga led the way with varying shapes and colours of check, some resembling tartan, even clashing three different prints on one pair of trousers (see also: deconstructed fashion). If you’re not brave enough for that, Hermès very tastefully combined two different styles of check, for a much more wearable look.
Athleisure is nothing new for next season, but was seen in different forms on the Paris Fashion Week catwalks. Whilst Dior showed some seriously sport-influenced looks, Isabel Marant’s SS18 collection makes shell-suit inspired ensembles sexy enough for evening outings.
As if there wasn’t enough about summer to look forward to (as far away as it may be!), I’m now excited to take on these trends when the new season rolls around, too. Which do you think you’ll be rocking come summer 2018?
– Melissa Hassan, Account Executive