With a new season of fashion and weather upon us it is time to refresh the wardrobe and get ahead in the style stakes. Here is a rundown of the biggest and best trends from the spring/summer shows that we can embrace here in Cayman.
This is a trend that always comes back around. Think Julia Roberts in “Pretty Woman” or Whitney Houston circa 1986. Strong shoulders, nipped in waists and long lean legs were the dramatic silhouettes on the runways at Off-White, Emanuel Ungaro and Saint Laurent last fall ahead of their spring/summer 2018 release.
The past few seasons have seen the “ugly sneakers” trend skyrocket in popularity and it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere anytime soon.
And while the global fashionista community may not mind stomping around in their enormous Balenciaga and Louis Vuitton shoes, for the rest of us it’s not practical or flattering. Opt for a pair of Vans Old Skools or Reebok Classics to stay on trend without the clump.
With the sense of female empowerment in the air, the power suit is back. With throwbacks to the ‘70s and ‘80s seen on the runway, this is a trend that surpasses eras: A timeless classic that will never truly go out of style. Michael Kors, Hermes and Victoria Beckham all saw models parading down the runways in pastel suits. Choose a summer-friendly fabric like linen and wear a wide leg trouser with heels to dress this look up for evening. To stay right on trend, opt for a double-breasted blazer.
This trend is bringing femininity of the ‘50s back onto the main stage. Wear as a two-piece as seen at Max Mara or turn it into a suit style with a blazer, as seen at the Gucci and Altuzarra shows. Another classic style, the pencil skirt can be worn a multitude of ways. The perfect trend to wear to work, pair yours with a silk blouse and kitten heels for ultimate ‘50s chic.
Pretty ice cream shades were the color of choice on runways like Nina Ricci, The Row and Tom Ford. From Parma violet to pistachio, every pastel made an appearance on the runway. Perfect for Cayman’s warm weather, wear instead of white for a subtle hint of color or go head-to-toe in your favorite gelato flavor.
Designers were fussing about all the trimmings this season; whether it is feathers or fabric, fringing is in. Elie Saab, Celine and Diane von Furstenberg all made fringes the focus of their creations. While not an easy trend to wear, high street stores like Zara and Topshop have incorporated it in many of their new season designs.
An irresistible trend, bold color is going nowhere. Wearing the primary palette will automatically give you confidence and this celebration of color was all over the runway at Versace, Isabel Marant and Stella McCartney. If you are brave enough, embrace this trend top-to-toe, otherwise a color block accent will suffice.
A little more than just a frill, the romantic ruffles seen on the runways this season were flattering, not to mention fluttering. We saw the whole spectrum of ruffles showcased with soft, cascading ruffles at Giambattista Valli, to strong and structured at Valentino. Labels like C/meo Collective and Keepsake The Label have embraced this trend with their new season designs that have just launched.