While the tides of change started to sweep through the industry this year, the full embrace of weird, ’90s throwbacks, impractical styling and fun-filled aesthetics will reach dizzy new heights next year. In real terms, that means prepare to wear more fantastical, strange and unlikely outfits than you’d ever give your cupboard credit for.
Oversized and ’80s-inspired: power suits are back in time for the new year. Emerging from the maximalist aesthetic that has pervaded design for a few seasons, the power suit dials back on the glitter and embellishment while still offering a statement and striking look.
2017 saw major fashion conglomerates such as Kering joining leaders of ethical fashion in rejecting the use of real fur in their products. As such, 2018 will see new levels of sustainable fashion, with faux fur firmly ‘en vogue’. Read our guide to the best faux fur pieces here.
Shirts that sit off the shoulder
First came the full off-the-shoulder looks from AW17, offering a fresh new perspective on a part of the body long overlooked. For SS18, the shoulder remains in style; never to stagnate, designers experimented with shirts that sat starkly at right angles, offering a more elusive take on this newly favoured area.
It was the colour that seem destined to be buried in sartorial history, and yet given fashion’s propensity towards the post-ironic, the return of neon is perhaps a trend we should have seen coming. Currently filtering from the catwalks to highstreet, expect to see an abundance of this blindingly bright hue in 2018.
All that glitters
No longer for Christmas parties alone, glittery clothes danced across the catwalks of Milan and London during the SS18 shows, offering an easy way to amplify the setting sun on balmy holidays and dazzle as you flit from rooftop to rooftop. The more adventurous should also covet over-the-knee, oversized and slouchy glitter boots – perfect for offering a slice of escapism wherever you are.
Christopher Kane introduced crocs back into fashion’s heartland last season when he offered bejewelled versions of a much-loathed shoe. Yet in Paris (where the life of trends is often curtailed or immortalised) Balenciaga brought a platform version of the abhorred shoe to the catwalk, thus confirming that we should all expect to see crocs breach the mainstream in 2018.
For men and for women, the bumbag reared its head this year as a more functional alternative to any ‘It’ bag on the market. What was once considered the preserve of anxious mums and awkward gap year students is now a firm favourite among the industry’s most stylish crowd: expect the bumbag’s hybrid of utility and sartorial kudos to ensure they become a mainstay in the wardrobes of basically everyone.
Layers of coats
Why wear one coat when you can wear three? Such was the innovative thinking of designers including Phoebe Philo at Céline and Denma for Balenciaga, where layers of coats offered a new twist on winter staples. Expect to see piles of outwear on the shoulders of anyone who doesn’t have to undergo a marathon commute on their way to work.
Skirts, for everybody
As a new generation of menswear designs blur the boundaries of male fashion, expect 2018 to be a liberated year for masculine tailoring – skirts, dresses and tunics are set to slowly trickle their way into the wardrobes of all, and their arrival is long overdue.