New York & Lon­don: Fash­ion take­aways for Spring/Sum­mer 2018

FASH­ION TAKE­AWAYS FOR SPRING/ SUM­MER 2018

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The past fash­ion month has given us am­ple fash­ion for thought to chew upon. From sheer trans­paren­cies to a rain-re­pelling plas­tic takeover and util­i­tar­ian glam, it’s been a sea­son full of vigour and a dip in the bright (sea) side. Ruf­fles ob­serve an ex­tended stay­over, re­vival cour­tesy ev­ery sec­ond de­signer who took it upon them­selves to in­ject a dose of fresh­ness into the overly sat­u­rated trend. Si­mone Rocha pre­sented floor­graz­ing frills over whim­si­cal white gowns, whilst Ryan Lo used them as dec­o­ra­tive el­e­ments over gloves. Trans­parency con­tin­ues its an­ar­chy with wispy sheer dresses at Fendi and Christo­pher Kane and with tulle upon tulle lay­ered at Si­mone Rocha and Preen. At Lon­don, ac­tivism reared its ugly head when anti-fur protestors flocked out­side show venues wav­ing plac­ards and mega­phones, bel­low­ing “shame on Lon­don Fash­ion Week”. This was a no more than a case of mis­placed and mis­in­formed pol­i­tick­ing as use of fur has greatly been ban­ished from the fash­ion scene in the past sev­eral years. A sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity and broth­er­hood emerged as an un­der­ly­ing theme at the New York and Lon­don Fash­ion weeks, which are also co­in­ci­den­tally two cities to have been at the re­ceiv­ing end of so­cial and terror-rid­den mis­for­tunes. A strong mes­sage of op­ti­mism was well re­flected in the col­lec­tions, which over­rides any qualms to defy the visions this in­dus­try is built on.

FFT has listed down the key trend di­rec­tions that will be shap­ing the fu­ture of fash­ion in the com­ing sea­sons.

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