What to wear: the designers guide

After the different global fashion weeks you get an idea of what trends are going to be huge for that upcoming season. Below is the guide to help you be as on trend as the people at the very top of the fashion hierarchy

Animalier.

Leopard is the print of choice according to Balenciaga, Christian Dior, N°21, Saint Laurent, Stella McCartney and Versace, who offered it in several versions – a photographic rendition, drawn or jacquard. Chloé, Mugler and Salvatore Ferragamo opted instead for snakeskin, either coloured or in neutral hues, with a micro or macro pattern. Tiger print is the way to go for Prada and Roberto Cavalli, who suggested a manga version the first and a stylized, almost abstract form the latter.

Asymmetric.

Most likely the most original trend seen on the Spring 2018 runways, the look brings together different pieces in one single ensemble, resulting in a patchwork style effect of everything we’d like to wear but can’t quite decide on. And so, lace tops are crossed with the half of a striped shirt, evening trousers on the left and denim jeans on the right – this is the asymmetric trend according to Alexander Wang. Long trench coats-cum-capes linked by the hem back to the shoulders is the proposal coming from Céline. While at Gabriele Colangelo pant suits are joined at the front with pleated dresses.

Check Patterns.

The winter pattern par excellence is transformed, ahead of summer, in a lighter rendition as suggested by Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Hermès and Miu Miu or mixed with florals at Fendi and Marni.

Feathers.

After its debut during last Autumn/Winter 2017-18 season, the feather trend continues renewed for next Spring. Tufts, threads, hems and embroideries in different shapes and colours at Alberta Ferretti, Céline, Maison Margiela, Mongler Gamme Rouge, Moschino, N°21, Nina Ricci, Proenza Schouler, Rodarte and Salvatore Ferragamo down to the feathered manifesto that were the magnificent feathered boots created by Anthony Vaccarello for his Saint Laurent show staged against the backdrop of the Eiffel Tower.

Fringe.

The Spring 2018 offering seen at Calvin Klein, Céline, Erdem, Loewe, Nina Ricci and Paco Rabanne promise to make you swing like Hawaiian hula skirts courtesy of long multi-coloured, multi-textured fringe covering the length of the body. More restrained (but equally swaying) the versions offered by Acne Studios and Marco De Vincenzo.

Splashes of colour.

Shading, splashes and tie-dye effect are the Spring trend of choice for Chanel, Calvin Klein, Miu Miu, MSGM and Salvatore Ferragamo. On the garments colour is broken into surprising effects thanks to sensual shading and explosive splashes of colour.