The Runway Recap

The Big SS18 Overview

Fashion month has officially come to a close, so it's time to take a step back and analyse what's coming to us next spring/summer 2018. We highlight the upcoming season's most breathtaking styles and reveal how you can start incorporating them into your day-to-day outfits, today. Because while anything worth having is worth waiting for, being ahead of the curve certainly has its charm too. 

by Chloé Bauwens

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From left: Balenciaga, Dries Van Noten, Marni, Alexis Mabille, Dolce & Gabbana

Dainty danglers & striking showstoppers

If you're looking for the quickest fix to showcase some spring/summer 2018 flair with your current vestimentary choices, a pair of stunning earrings is the way to go. While we applaud those who run out to buy silk flowers for a do-it-yourself Alexis Mabille look, there are easier ways. If you're looking for a mismatched effect that we witnessed at Francesco Risso's Marni girls, splurge on a couple of petite earrings in different shapes and styles that you can then alternate and switch up according to your mood. When you swoon over the 'more is more' kind of approach, invest in a pair of big and bold earrings that demand attention. Wear them together like the models did at Balenciaga and Dolce & Gabbana or opt for a single asymmetric style, as seen at Dries Van Noten. The biggest advantage of choosing the latter option is that you'll always have a spare on hand, in case one of your sparkling earrings would go tragically missing. 
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From left: N°21, Valentino, Sonia Rykiel, Alberta Ferretti, Halpern

Tinseltown

This fashion month unveiled an abundance of sparkling sequins and glittering accessories. While Milan decided on a soft and feminine approach to the glitzy glamour by sticking to elegant silhouettes and muted colour palettes as seen at N°21, New York, Paris and London went all out. Michael Halpern took notes from a colourful 'Studio 54' scene, while Italian designer Alberta Ferretti coated athleisure-inspired gear with an overload of glimmer. Valentino and Sonia Rykiel presented the more traditional, sparkling cocktail and floor-length dresses but made sure that you can imagine yourself wearing them during the day as well, by adding a cardigan or pair of platform sandals. While the presence of all this glitter and glamour isn't exactly new or unexpected, it's SS18's suggestion to wear these dazzling outfits in your everyday life that adds novelty to the previously nighttime-reserved silhouettes. In order to be at the forefront this season, take your sequined dresses out for a spin around the office or combine a glitzy top with your favourite trousers over weekend brunch dates. 

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  From left: Véronique Leroy, Prabal Gurung, Calvin Klein, Fendi, Victoria Beckham

Translucent dreams

Layering and playing with transparent fabrics is almost impossible to avoid within the current fashion scene. For SS18 designers left little to the imagination and allowed sheer silhouettes to reveal almost everything. With underwear and naked skin peeping out at nearly every runway from Véronique Leroy and Christopher Kane to Joseph and Fendi, the more demure approach at Prabal Gurung, Calvin Klein and Victoria Beckham seemed almost too goody two shoes compared to next season's 'show it all'-vibe. Still, it's this slightly modest point of view that's most accessible with your current closet. By layering see-through items over existing blouses and dresses, you can don out any and all pieces from previous seasons and make them fresh and relevant again. 
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From left: Toga, Chanel, Valentino, Off-White, Tibi

Plastic fantastic

Plastic's cheap? Think again. For SS18 designers all around gave this artificial material a luxurious update by embracing the material's qualities. First of all, the material's clear form works amazingly well with the sheer tendency on the runways. Aside from that, its waterproof characteristics come in useful for raincoats, shoes and hoods that literally have got you covered. Where Chanel and Valentino took the weatherproof practical approach to plastic, Toga decided to wow us with colour and Off-White's Virgil Abloh wrapped us in plastic sheets. Amy Smilovic took on a more subtle approach at Tibi and had transparent, colourful PVC belts wrapped around blazers, referencing Eighties-inspired waist-trainers. For those won over by plastic's fashionable quirks, the wait for the spring/summer 2018 collections to hit will be a long one. To ease the suspension, we recommend integrating some plastic-inspired accessories into your autumn/winter 2017 look. Or stock up on plastic film on your next trip to the supermarket... Unfortunately the last-mentioned doesn't include a guaranteed fashionable effect.
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From left: Tibi, Loewe, Louis Vuitton, Chloé, J.W. Anderson

Who wears short shorts?

For SS18 designers are all on board to show a little leg. Instead of opting for the obvious miniskirts and dresses, shorts are making a comeback next season as the trousers of choice. At Loewe, Louis Vuitton and Chloé shorts were as short as they could be, sometimes even disappearing underneath the upper-layer of the outfit. For his namesake label, Loewe's Jonathan Anderson added some extra fabric in the mix and went for a longer version of the shorts reaching over the models' knees on the J.W. Anderson runway. Tibi met the length-trend somewhere halfway and had shorts cropped above the knee for a more relaxed feel. To avoid your legs going numb and blue during the AW17 cold, settle for the culotte-like lengths or combine your short shorts with a nice pair of tights. 
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