What’s scarier than a middle-aged man with a flammable acrylic beard dressed in Santa’s outfit? No, not Xmas office parties and celebratory seasonal get-togethers. What is scarier, is the amount of money spent on “Xmas outfits”. Yes, I am talking about you, who thinks it’s a good idea to buy a cheap sequinned dress, believing it is ok to wear something once. However cheap the garment, it is false economy my friend, these are no times for throw-away anything…
In the first part of my Seasonal Edits I look into which ‘party’ outfits you can invest in, and wear, and wear…it includes pieces that are very fashionable now, but also for upcoming seasons.
Blend it girl
The idea of ‘blending’, as discussed in a previous post, is gaining traction. It refers to mixing two unconventional styles, sporty and dressy, to create a timeless outfit. Holiday season is the best time to experiment. Added bonus? All those separates will be worn again on different occasions, dressed up or down.
(L-R clockwise) Simone Rocha cotton and viscose mix army jacket with oversized pockets; Joseph chunky wool jumper; Georgia Alexandra aquaprase 18K gold earrings; N.21 satin bow small shoulder bag; Gianvito Rossi Satin peep-toe ankle boots; Christopher Kane knitted wool viscose and metallic yarn pleated skirt with sequin details
I have talked about the rise of the separates in popularity for a while now. SS18 runways cemented their importance. I believe it was the first time to see so many. And this is because they translate really well the current mood of “put together” / “hybridisation” trend. Also, they are great vehicles for another seasonal trend; the layering trend.
In this fourth and final post of my SS18 Runway Overviews (phew), I choose to present the must haves for tops, trousers, and skirts.
T o p s
Alexander Wang was the first to toy with the idea of ‘hybridisation’: merging different styles together. That negligee / sweatshirt number is an instant classic. It takes artful pattern-making to achieve but the results are incredible.
When you think of summer, outerwear and knitwear are not the first things to come to mind. That is if you live on the northern hemisphere and closer to the equator. But remember in other places of the planet SS18 collection hits the shops just when their autumn starts.
Reverse seasonality aside, recently the two product categories have been growing stronger each. Even for the summer, designers choose to pay more attention to them. Below I summarise this season’s key take-aways for the two categories. I also added a little something on suits; just because I want to, and because they kind of go with the dress-for-all-weathers theme I wanted to highlight…
O u t e r w e a r
The below styles are great examples of the biggest theme of the season; the “homemade” trend. Contrasting fabrications put together, and unexpected materials used for outerwear, result in an overall “put-together” look.
If I had to summarise the key messages from the SS18 runways, I would say that they were all about empowerment & play on what feminine is. Is power dressing less feminine than a strappy dress? Does a woman fully covered in a maxi dress look less sexy than a woman in a tiny LBD? Not really.
Stop thinking either or, think how different opposing styles can be merged together. ‘Hybridisation’ is the answer, and Alexander Wang’s spliced negligee and sweatshirt tops are a great example for this trend. More on this in my next post…
Throw in the mix a touch of the “homemade” (major direction – take notes), and the right amount of bad taste and you have a show. If you are looking for old Hollywood glamour, you should look away now!
Let’s see what is happening with dresses and key details…
D r e s s e s
As predicted in previous posts, one shoulder and empire-waist dresses are making a comeback. Shirtdresses continue to be a stable product category for most brands; becoming as classic as the LBD. However, please note that this season they are deconstructed and longer in length.
Overall, shapes felt more relaxed and flirting with gravity; no dress was too short or too tight…
What else is going on? Check below for my pick:
Fraggle Rock dresses
Feather galore and Fraggle Rock references make me happy. Where and why would one wear these I have no idea but I love…