Following on from the recent global Fashion Week events, we take a look at the key trends hitting the runways. First identified in our Womenswear Themes Forecast and now emerging on the catwalks, these essential looks will be impacting across the F/W17-18 womenswear market.
Having played host to the industries most directional influencers and innovators, the fashion capitals of New York, London, Milan and Paris are once again driving the season’s essential trends. For Fall/Winter 2017-18 we see opposites attract as masculine meets feminine, stark modernism and comforting loungewear are blended together and casual cargo cleans up with a minimalist urban appeal.
Utilitarian, cargo and army inspirations take on a youthful, urban aesthetic for Fall/Winter 2017-18. Designers including J.W. Anderson, Eudon Choi and Creatures of Comfort run with a functional cargo sensibility teamed with oversized practical pockets and sleek utility D-ring fastenings.
Left to right: J.W.Anderson, Eudon Choi, Creatures of Comfort all Fall Winter 2017-18
Khaki tones with accents of slate grey and black dominate the core palette, staying true to army origins while introducing a contemporary city-ready vibe. Protection and performance elements bring a new level of innovation to classic cargo basics that coupled with a more understated approach to detailing, refreshes and modernises the more literal military looks of past seasons.
The New Modernist
Tactile fabrications introduce a comfort aspect to clean-lined modernist styles, offering an increasingly sophisticated take on the loungewear trend. Enhanced by single color looks in soft muted hues, relaxed daywear comes with a formal edge, mixing body conscious flowing shapes that follow the female form, with gently cocooning silhouettes.
Left to right: J. JS Lee, Stella McCartney, Tibi all Fall Winter 2017-18
The collections of Stella McCartney, Tibi and J. JS Lee tap into this fresh take on minimalism with their gentle neutral tones, subtle slouch and fluid wool fabrications.
Weighty fabrications, dynamic cuts and unexpected texture combinations are the hallmarks of the season’s new masculine/feminine mix. A mannish palette of neutrals compliments premium fabrics with a contemporary update coming from new tailoring innovations while the feminine aspect is evidenced in the fluid silhouettes and elegant lines.
Left to right: Christopher Kane, Lacoste, Victoria Beckham all Fall Winter 2017-18
On the runways, Victoria Beckham, Lacoste and Christopher Kane juxtapose sharp tailoring and oversized proportions with an emphasis on the masculine with draping fabric qualities that enhance femininity.
About The Show
Womenswear Fashion Week events are held globally twice a year. The Spring/Summer 2018 European and U.S events are scheduled to begin in September 2018.