Spring Trends from New York Fashion Week 2018

New York Fashion Week in the Fall showcases the trends for the Spring. Designers including Brandon Maxwell, Tom Ford, Calvin Klein, and others show collections to the fashion elite and buyers. This year, there was a thread of commonality among the various American brands. Here are the trends to look out for in the Spring of 2018:

  1. Sheer Cutouts- Designers (Jonathan Simkhai, Jason Wu, and Rodarte) experimented with abstract shapes using sheer fabric exposing popular areas such as the midriff, chest, and legs. The provocative aspect of the transparency is contrasted by the feminine colors and gossamer texture. The overall effect is quite delicate and ethereal.
  2. Suits in Light Neutrals- Nearly every designer (Diane Von Furstenberg. Victoria Beckham, and Tibi) this season showed light, trim suits. The shapes varied, but many had sharp and clean lines; others kept the masculine form but belted the waist of the suit.
  3. Long Transitional Overcoats- Many a designer (The Row, Victoria Beckham, and Calvin Klein) had models walking down the runways in coats that brushed the ground. Many were in traditional neutrals, especially the tartan pattern. The trend is Sherlock Holmes-esque.
  4. Bright Colors- While fall collections had been filled with blood reds, cobalts, and mustard, designers (Tom Ford, Calvin Klein, Fenty by Rihanna for Puma) filled this season with lavenders, hot pinks and oranges. Not only that, but the mixing of colors of similar tone (red and pink, pink and orange) has continued into Spring.
  5. Upscale Utilitarian- In previous seasons, the jumpsuit had been in sleek and sensual silhouettes. This season, designers (Tibi, Rag and Bone, and Calvin Klein) were inspired by the utilitarian, making them looser and comfier.
  6. Monochrome- The monochrome trend has gone nowhere, and this season designers (Fenty by Rihanna for Puma, Sies Marjan, and Tom Ford) used both neutrals and bright colors.
  7. Small Prints- This season’s designers (Brock Collection, Jason Wu, and Monse) used prints to add interest to separates and dresses, specifically micro floral and stripe prints.
  8. 70s Drug Culture- Designers (Derek Lam, Diane von Furstenberg, and Brandon Maxwell) were also inspired by  the 1970s disco culture depicted in movies. Pieces included rose tinted glasses, suede coats, and bell bottoms.