The 2018 Fashion Trends To Know Now

Your NEED-TO-KNOW guide for spring 2018. We DECODE THE SEASON now and find out what YOU’LL BE WEARING from head to toe …

Saint Laurent

Ruffling of feathers

The trim of the season? Wispy-light plumes: feathers flocked so many of the SS18 catwalks. Following on from the sell-out Saint Laurent sparkling, slouchy boots (we tipped them as the accessory to have for AW17), Anthony Vaccarello of Saint Laurent debuted his latest Insta-hit incarnation – the feather boot.

Andrew Gn

In full bloom

Florals will start to bloom in our wardrobes soon to mark the change of the fashion season. And they’re just as key at home. From the exotic to the retro, blooms will be oversized and, predominantly, on a white background. We love Andrew Gn’s renditions, above.

Just one line

Originally popularised by artists like Picasso and Matisse, we’re seeing line drawings appear on everything from jewellery to interiors this season. Get out the pencils and DIY some artwork for your home, or invest in some abstract pieces for your ears.

Carolina Herrera

Colour of the year

Pantone named violet as the colour of 2018. We say, think all shades on the spectrum, from ultra violet to mauve, lilac and soft lavender. Violet shades appeared on catwalks too. It cropped up in smart suiting at Victoria Beckham, and resurfaced at Carolina Herrera in the form of pretty day dresses.

Ralph and Russo

Hello yellow …

We’re set to have sunshine all year round this year. In fashion, at least. Bold and lively yellow dazzled on catwalks from Erdem to Miu Miu and Prada. But will we wear it? We may be craving daylight, but discarding our habitual black for shades of lemon is a challenge. Take your lead from the Olafur Eliasson installation in the Monochrome show at London’s National Gallery (until February), where you step from areas dominated by black and white into a room that’s saturated in yellow – it’s astonishingly uplifting. A yellow dress feels really fresh for spring, it goes with all our black, navy and greys, and it dazzles on darker skintones. If it all makes you want to hide behind sunglasses, confine your hit to Chanel’s Giallo Napoli, the only nail colour to be seen wearing this spring.


Plastic fantastic

Give the crowd a cheeky peek at what lies beneath with the season’s most original micro trend: the plastic mac. Designers have elevated the synthetic stuff to luxury status. We spotted a really smart transparent, less expensive version at Penneys’ SS18 press day.


Making hay

The straw bag has had a lot of loving this past year, solidifying its status as summer’s It accessory. This season, switch the basket bag and shape up to a 90s-style bumbag or a miniature bucket bag or try something different like an embellished box clutch, depending, of course, on where you are going.

Marc Jacobs

Wrap it up in a turban

We couldn’t help but notice that Marc Jacobs has been influenced by citizens of the world and their wonderful wardrobes for his SS18 collection. Channel the super-cool turban trend yourself with a little help from pattern collector, turban outfitter Thaís Muniz’s project Turbante-se (a Brazilian neologism meaning turban yourself). Muniz’s next turban workshop will be in Dublin in March.


In the trenches

Undoubtedly a classic, the trench coat is the timeless outerwear your wardrobe needs. This season, designers got creative: think ultra-modern cuts, belted at the waist, plenty of ingenious panelling, luxe finishes and bleached-out variations on the classic beige. Wear over pretty much anything.

Modern modesty

Modestwear is the latest fashion buzzword, cover-up chic is in. While Mipsters (Muslim hipsters) are choosing high-end designer sub collections, this chic way of dressing has already trickled down to the high street (see Mango, & Other Stories, COS). While we are not encouraging dowdiness, we love that uncharacteristically, a large proportion of SS18 collections have long sleeves. Midi and maxi lengths are also here to stay.

Aislinn Coffey

Photographs by Jason Lloyd Evans

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