26 trends for Autumn/Winter 2018

So what's new this season? Padding, protective lines and cosy knits came together on the catwalks, perhaps as a shelter from the doom and gloom of a world in crisis. But if trends are truly heading for more and more comfort, fashion is retaining its sense of fun, its color and glamour, always with an sense of determination and self-assuredness. In short, this season it's all about celebrating the individuality of style through the multitude of trends waiting to be worn.

GALACTIC PRINTS
 
 

From flying saucers to stars via the all-over astronaut prints at Chanel, fashion took flight for new frontiers with interplanetary inspirations. Think little 60s-style dresses, silver-studded denim and silk as light as zero gravity.

From left to right: ChloéChanelIsabel Marant

FOLK

Mixing, juxtaposing and stitching together what may first seem at odds, this season, the designers quenched their thirst for folk, mixing and matching unexpected pairings of prints, materials and tones. 

From left to right: Alexander McQueen, Maison Margiela and Gucci

OSTRICH FEATHERS

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A flurry of feathers for a touch of couture, the common denominator at Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen and Sonia Rykiel. White only, and soft, stylish and poised.  

From left to right: Sonia RykielBalenciaga and Alexander McQueen

DOUBLE DENIM

Heading to the top of the trends list this season are total denim looks à la Brooke Schield circa 1984, ultra luxury and impeccably tailored for maximum everyday elegance. 

From left to right: DiorCalvin Klein Collection and Stella McCartney

PLASTIC CHIC

Something a little less ordinary for Fall/Winter 2017-2018 as the runways saw color blocking coated in plastic. Re-worked rain coats at the highest end of the style scale, dreamt up by Raf Simons at Calvin Klein, Miuccia Prada at Miu Miu and Massimo Giorgetti at Emilio Pucci.

From left to right: Emilio Pucci, Calvin Klein Collection and Miu Miu

COSY KNITS

It's knitting but not as your grandmother knows it. A modern twist on the cosy classic where wool is broken down and reinterpreted in new and poetic ways, dabbling with fringing, sometimes stretched out or infused with a touch of Hygge, the Danish craze for comfort. 

From left to right : Sonia RykielLoewe and Joseph

MULTICOLORED FUR

With technicolored rainbows and bright bursts of color, fur is not holding back this season. An antidote to winter blues seen at Miu Miu, Prada and Fendi.

From left to right: Fendi, Miu Miu and Prada

OFFICE WEAR

Fashion can be a sociological study, and the new trend for gray business suits is intriguing. Styled-up tailoring for business girls straight from the office, or on their way out. 

From left to right: Stella McCartneyBalenciaga and Calvin Klein Collection

POLKA DOTS 

A simple but effective motif, polka dots zere all over this season. Use and abuse on one condition: stick to black and white.

From left to right: LoeweBalenciaga and Giambattista Valli

BLANKETS

Padding was prevalent on this season’s catwalks, suggesting that style is giving way to comfort. Creating new proportions, blankets came in quilted piles, made from technical materials for ever new hybrid forms.

From left to right: Sonia Rykiel, Junya Watanabe and Mulberry

LEFT UNDONE

For an artisanal feel, a left-unfinished effect is on its way next winter. A surplus of strings and materials bring a certain charm to a look.

From left to right: Maison MargielaAlexander McQueen and Sacai

WORKING GIRL

From secretary to business woman, the new generation of white-collared women workers has arrived. They're unwilling to reveal their true figure until their feet which are poised on brightly colored stiletto heels. 

From left to right: CélineFendi and Balenciaga

SPORTSLUXE

Although padded jacket mania is starting to die out this winter, the fashion world is feeling more and more intrigued by sportswear. Think spiced up ski jackets, rainbow tracksuits, retro gilets and cosy fleeces. Totally modern and no holds barred.

From left to right: Miu MiuChloé and Sacai

MATRIX

Black. Patent. Leather. As if in tribute to Trinity, the Matrix character, think futuristic dominatrix: sexy silhouettes for modern mistresses.

From left to right: Bottega VenetaSaint Laurent and Proenza Schouler

TURQUOISE

Never so prevalent, Lucite green and turquoise tones are totally modern while respecting the rules of elegance. Worn as a full look, the burst of color electrifies a wardrobe.

From left to right: Valentino, Nina Ricci and Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini

SHOULDER PADS

For now, it seems square shoulders are here to stay. An exercise in style seen on strict, exaggerated suit jackets and coats in a quest to create new forms of elegance and movement to get further in a world in crisis and fight from the front in style. 

From left to right: Isabel MarantBalenciaga and Jil Sander

SCARF PRINTS

Florals, bandana prints and paisley chanelled a hippy vibe as the prints played with conventions, flirting with kitsch on the border between bohemian and bourgeoisie.

From left to right: GucciAlexander McQueen and Etro

LEOPARD PRINT

Diana Vreeland’s favorite print prowled down the catwalks once again this season as Leopard spots were seen at Dolce & Gabbana, Michael Kors and Etro. Always a touch on the wild side, and not one to change its spots, the star print continues to tame the town, stylish by day and glamorous by night. 

From left to right: Dolce & GabbanaMichael Kors Collection and Etro

CHECKS

Following in the wake of the 90s spirit, a geometric game of checked flannel to wear open, to layer over a leotard or knit or alone as a top for the ultimate look of nonchalence. 

From left to right: ChloéGucci and Yeezy

WILD FUR

At once preppy and wild, a mix of genres to stay warm in the modern world.

From left to right: Michael Kors CollectionDries Van NotenLouis Vuitton

LAMÉ

Sparkles, sequins in gold and silver shine brightly with a resolutely contemporary energy, reflecting a desire for a dazzling elegance, made all the more magnificent when worn as a full look. 

SECOND SKIN

Cosy materials in sand and camel tones with soft lines: sheepskins are the natural choice for next winter. Dynamic and athletic with an urban edge, with a wild version at Coach 1941, mountainesque at Hermès and hip hop at Marc Jacobs. 

From left to right: Marc JacobsCoach 1941Hermès

THINK PINK

Next winter is in the pink with fringes and pearls. It's a color as refined as it is graphic for a new idea of evening wear. 

From left to right: Emilio Pucci, Emporio Armani, Prada

PADDED JACKETS

For Fall/Winter 2017-2018, the designers have restyled puffa jackets to the extreme with oversized quilted padding and comfy, chic detailing to counter the subzero temperatures.

From left to right: Versace, Tod's and Vetements

BLACK & BLUE

A flash of inky blue to light up the night in a duel chromatic look of the two chicest colors. 

From left to right: Giorgio ArmaniSaint Laurent and Versace

STERLING SILVER

Seen at so many shows this season, silver flirted with the conceptual, creating hybrids with padding and pleats, and providing a modern twist on classic quilted jackets which were posed simply on the shoulders.

From left to right: ChanelComme des GarçonsY/Project

Sourced from: Vogue Paris Online