Key Spring/Summer 2018 Trends

Fashion Weeks are almost over and I must say I never dreamed of the return of the 80’s and 90’s trends. I mean I enjoyed the T.V. show Friends very much. But do we really want to go back to all the bling-bling? Remember the crazy makeup and Cyndi Lauper 80s hairstyle. Yerk… I do have a photo of myself with a similar look but don’t even ask you will never see it!
Though I love the idea of a badass attitude – read, dress accordingly to OUR aesthetic desire and lifestyle. For that “feel good vibe” and practical sense that inspired a lot of designers this year I definitely say YES! So you want to wear your snickers and sweatpants to do your grocery? Go ahead, it’s trendy. Who wants to put on 3 inch heels to run some errands anyway?
Feel like exposing yourself in a sheer dress or rocking metallic and sequin in daytime? No problemo. These were ubiquitous styles in many catwalks such as Dolce & Gabbana, Dior, Chanel, Paco Rabanne, Miu Miu, Fendi, Tom Ford and Marc Jacobs to name a few. There is no hiding no more nor limits. What lies beneath is revealed with confidence. After all you are a gem! But rest assured you can also adopt the transparency effect in a much more demure way. Ouf!
So what’s really trending for Spring and Summer 2018? The key trends to look for comes in pastel hues (lilac, peach, mint, baby blue, pink…), but also in bold colors such as bright yellow, red, fuschia and deep violet. Three words summarize the trends well: comfy, femininity and socio-eco-friendly.

Comfy 

Athleisure, clean cut clothes, tailored denim and practical embellish shoes. It’s the Nirvana for a fashionista like me who likes relaxed, comfortable yet sophisticated clothing. I gaze in awe at Mansur Gavriel’s flats, Prada and Bottega Veneta’s low kitten heels and Salvatore Ferragamo’s block heel sandals.

Femininity: ruffles, flowers, feathers and fringes 

You’ll want a ruffle asymmetric shirt or skirt and some floral prints for the warm season. Floral designs this year are either inspired from the 60s, romantic English countryside or tropical prints such as palm leaves and big flowers. These tropical motifs are the IT items to get. But hey, it’s only my opinion. I’m definitely looking for a kimono-like dress with one of these patterns. I regret it so much that I did not pre-order one flowery piece from Johanna Ortiz’s spring collection (see this post Fall’s Do: Wear Floral Print to view her collection). Tory Burch Fall/Winter 2018 Collection that was launched during New York Fashion Week was a high fashion forays into flowers as well. Any items from Burch’s collection are worth the investment. You’ll be blooming! Here are some pictures of their spring collections.
Magnificent feather pieces were also prominent on the runways, most notably at Alberta Ferretti, Rodarte, Gucci and Lanvin but also at Nina Ricci, Ann Demeulemeester, Proenza Shouler and Saint Laurent. But the eye-catching trench with fringes that was seen in Loewe’s catwalk got everyone talking. Again this season you will see fringes on clothing and bags.
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The fringe trench from Loewe’s Spring 2018 Collection/Vogue

Socio-Eco-Friendly 

More and more brands and designers are socially and environmentally conscious as it was seen in the recent Fashion Week shows. Indeed, since 2017 many are rethinking their production cycles, taking measures to reduce their carbon footprint and assure safe labor conditions, while others like Gucci have banished the use of real fur. Thanks to Stella McCartney, Tom Ford, The Organic by John Patrick, Maria Carnejo and Diane von Furstenburg who set high standards for the industry, sustainability in fashion seems now a trendy thing. One can only hope that this trend will go mainstream. In other words, socio-eco-friendly brands have to become a fashion essential! For this to happen it’s also up to the customers who need to know about the damage of fast fashion and instead of buying new stuff all the time learn to get as much as possible out of their garments. Because ideally the fashion industry, second polluter in the world, should produce less bran new clothing!
Stay strong, stay stylish!
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Les Fashion Weeks sont presque terminées et je dois admettre que je n’ai jamais rêvé au retour des tendances des années 80 et 90. J’étais une fan de la série télévisée américaine Friends. Mais là s’arrête mon enthousiasme. Voulons-nous vraiment revenir à tout le bling-bling? Rappelez-vous le maquillage excentrique et la coiffure de Cyndi Lauper dans les années 80. Yerk… J’ai une photo de moi avec un look similaire mais c’est hors de question que je vous la montre!
J’aime bien par contre l’idée d’une attitude badass – lire, s’habiller selon NOS préférences esthétiques et NOTRE style de vie. Pour cette “sensation de bien-être” et le sens pratique qui a inspiré beaucoup de designers cette année, je dis OUI! Vous voulez porter vos snickers et vos pantalons de jogging pour faire votre épicerie? Allez-y, c’est tendance. Qui veut mettre des talons de 3 pouces pour faire des courses de toute façon?
Envie de vous exposer dans une robe transparente ou d’oser le métallique et le sequin pendant la journée? Pas de problème. Ces styles étaient omniprésents dans de nombreux défilés tels que Dolce & Gabbana, Dior, Chanel, Paco Rabanne, Miu Miu, Fendi, Tom Ford et Marc Jacobs pour n’en nommer que quelques-uns. Il n’y a plus de restrictions. Ce qui se trouve en dessous peut-être révélé avec confiance. Après tout, vous êtes un petit bijou! Mais rassurez-vous, vous pouvez également adopter l’effet de transparence d’une manière beaucoup plus sage. Ouf!
Alors qu’est-ce qui est vraiment “in” pour le printemps et l’été 2018? Les tendances phares à rechercher se déclinent dans des teintes pastel (lilas, pêche, menthe, bleu ciel, rose poudre…), mais aussi dans des couleurs vives comme le jaune citron, le rouge, le fuschia et le violet. Trois mots résument bien les tendances: confort, féminité et socio-écologique.

Confort

Les vêtements de sport, le denim et les chaussures pratiques mais élégantes seront populaires. C’est le Nirvana pour une fashionista comme moi qui aime les vêtements décontractés, confortables et sophistiqués. Je regarde avec admiration les mules de Mansur Gavriel, les petits talons à la Audrey Hepburn de Prada et Bottega Veneta et les sandales à talons carrés de Salvatore Ferragamo.

Féminité: volants, fleurs, plumes et franges

Vous aurez besoin d’une blouse ou d’une jupe asymétrique à volants et de quelques imprimés floraux pour la saison estivale. Les motifs floraux de cette année s’inspirent des années 60, de la campagne anglaise romantique ou des imprimés tropicaux tels que les feuilles de palmier et les grandes fleurs. Ces motifs tropicaux sont les items à se procurer. Mais bon, c’est seulement mon opinion. Je suis définitivement à la recherche d’une robe-kimono avec un de ces motifs. Je regrette tellement de ne pas avoir pré-commandé une pièce fleurie de la collection printanière de Johanna Ortiz (lire ce post Fall’s Do: Wear Floral Print). La collection de Tory Burch de l’Automne/Hiver 2018 qui a été lancée pendant la Fashion Week de New York était aussi une incursion dans la mode des fleurs. Toutes les pièces de sa collection valent l’investissement. Vous allez être resplendissante! Voici quelques photos des collections du printemps de ces deux designers.
De magnifiques vêtements faits de plumes étaient également à l’honneur dans les défilés, notamment chez Alberta Ferretti, Rodarte, Gucci et Lanvin, mais aussi chez Nina Ricci, Ann Demeulemeester, Proenza Shouler et Saint Laurent. Mais l’imperméable avec des franges qui a été vue sur la passerelle de Loewe a fait parler tout le monde. Encore cette saison, vous verrez des franges sur les vêtements et les sacs.
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The fringe trench from Loewe’s Spring 2018 Collection/Vogue

Socio-Écologique

De plus en plus de marques et de designers sont davantage socio-écologiques comme en témoignent les récents défilés de la Fashion Week. En effet, depuis 2017, beaucoup repensent leurs cycles de production, prennent des mesures pour réduire leur empreinte carbone et assurent des conditions de travail sécuritaires, tandis que d’autres comme Gucci ont banni l’utilisation de la vraie fourrure. Grâce à Stella McCartney, Tom Ford, The Organic de John Patrick, Maria Carnejo et Diane von Furstenburg qui ont établi des normes élevées pour l’industrie, la durabilité dans la mode semble désormais être une tendance populaire. On ne peut qu’espérer que celle-ci devienne omniprésente. En d’autres termes, les habitudes socio-écologiques doivent devenir un incontournable de la mode! Pour que cela se produise, cela dépend aussi des consommateurs qui ont besoin de connaître les effets de la Fast Fashion et de modifier leur façon de consommer les produits. Par exemple, au lieu d’acheter de nouveaux vêtements tout le temps il suffit d’apprendre à tirer le maximum de ceux-ci. L’objectif idéal? Que l’industrie de la mode, deuxième pollueur dans le monde, produise moins de nouveaux vêtements!
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48 Comments

  1. I am all about comfy, femininity and socio-eco-friendly. Not so sure about the 90s hair coming back around. I’ve noticed on the news, their hair seems to be trending a bit bigger 🌞 I absolutely love the color trending for spring and the botanical flair. Fantastic article!

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    1. Thanks Lisa. I totally agree with you. Not a big fan of the 90s bling-bling but love the colors and botanical prints. Check your mail as I will send you something soon. A special project… Thanks so much for your comment. xoxo

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    1. Nope, Niet, Nada… You won’t see that pic! That kimono is a source of frustration right now… I definitely have to visit my friend over at Era Vintage Wear. She might be able to find something similar looking.

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  2. All those gorgeous feathers reminded me of a 1920s fancy dress party I went to recently, feather boa and all. Love the comfy feminine looks in this post and some of those classy looking sandals. Great post Dominique x 🙂💕

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  3. I am so onboard with the comfy look! I am waiting for active wear to hit the runways! It always seems to me that the fashion looks will only work for the 5′ 11″ models-when do the short chicks get some love? 🙂

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  4. Now I would have loved to see that throwback pic.
    I’m all about the comfy life sometimes too comfortable to actually not own a pair of heels…. yeah I know the gasp but i’m very flat footed and my feet bug me a lot so mostly I’m in flat shoes.

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  5. Well, you got me with the comfy style trend – I have been “practicing” it for years 🙂 I loved the shoes and the fringe trench coat! Hope you have a lovely day!
    DenisesPlanet.com

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  6. To combine comfy with feminine elegance is my motto too! And I look forward to those floral patterns! I think I still might have a skirt with big palm leaves somewhere hidden in my wardrobe, it´s time to get that out again. 😉 Ahh – the 80´s! Being born in that decade I can not help but actually love the style and Cyndie Lauper was/is one of my heroes. 😉 Although I have to admit that I never wear anything that resembles it. LOL! 😀 But I just like the attitude! And ruffles are so not my thing, but fringes, we can talk about that 😉 I think I also have a lovely brown leather handbag with fringes somewhere hidden too – good that I seldomly part with clothes and bags, the styles return every so often it seems. 😉 Have a lovely week, Dominique, and thank you for telling us what trendy this Spring/Summer! xoxo ❤

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    1. Hello Sarah. What a beautiful comment! You are so right about Cyndie Lauper’s attitude. She is definitely an Alpha woman and I do like the way she ages too. Beautiful! But the hair styles back in those days were awful. And I have one pic of myself to prouve it. I like ruffles and fringes. I was a tomboy as a child so I guess I’m trying to compensate with all the girly things. I am also a collector at heart so I keep a lot of my clothing and accessories and I often transform them because I don’t like to look like a retro postcard and updated. I am very happy that you found this post useful. Thanks again for reading me. It is always such a pleasure to read your awesome comments my friend. Have a great week. xoxo

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    1. I knew you would like these girly trends! 😄 Love them so much myself, especially the embellish shoes and the bold floral prints. Have a fabulous week Cris. xoxo

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    1. Hello Martina. Yay! Spring is almost here and I can’t wait to share with you all the new outfits and DIY projects. Thank you so much for visiting me my friend. Hope everything is alright with you? On my way to visit your blog. xoxo

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    2. Same here. Very busy and almost no time for blogging but so excited with l new project coming up. You will soon hear about it. Take care Martina and have a fabulous week!

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