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Spring 2018 Fashion Inspiration

Spring 2018 Fashion Inspiration

Now that the weather is (finally!) improving, I can't wait to store my coats, boots, hats and scarves and contemplate a summer wardrobe. I've always found it such a tease that the spring/summer ready-to-wear shows take place in September of the previous year, leaving me with great summer fashion ideas and no place to wear them. Fortunately, it wasn't hard to remember the exuberance of color and pattern that almost every designer proposed. Minimalism is out the door, and fashion is all about expressing individuality and embracing a positive, joyous attitude. Just my cup of tea!

As always, I'm seeing lots of cross-over ideas for decorating and home furnishings as well. Here are some of the top trends I spotted (all fashion images via style.com):

Gingham - The Spanish fashion house Loewe wasn't the only one to embrace gingham weaves in a range of pretty colors and bold proportions. Did you know that Brigitte Bardot famously wore a pink gingham dress when she got married? This started a trend which actually caused a shortage of this fabric in France.

Madras – Hot on the heels of the gingham trend are the madras plaids, in a riot of fun color combinations. It's been said that madras first came to America from India in the form of a donation to the Collegiate School of Connecticut from Elihu Yale, the governor of Madras, India at the time. The school was later renamed in in his honor (I'll give you one guess as to the new name…).

Mixing and matching – Take the previous two trends, add a helping of florals and multi-colored stripes, and finish off with contrast-colored trimmings. Et voilà: a celebration of design history, 1920s to the present, deconstructed, reconstructed, artsy yet appealing, glamorous yet generous.

The New Camo – Last season's camouflage patterns have taken root and the new crop has sprouted flowers and dramatic blooms, rendered in shades of ochre, gold, emerald and olive. A whole new take on flower power.

Fun – Novelty prints were embraced by cutting edge labels such as Balenciaga. I saw newspaper prints, euro and dollar bills, cheesy sunsets and mountain scapes, quirky photo prints - a clear indication that fashion is not taking itself too seriously this season, this is meant to be creative and fun!

Anachronism – Cutting-edge designer Nicolas Ghesquière at Louis Vuitton offset his penchant for high-tech active wear and futuristic sneakers with the most beautifully tailored metallic brocade frock coats. In other words, it's all about the design tension created when making unexpected pairings, but also: anything goes as long as your design components are top-notch.

The New Pink – Last season's pink is still going strong, but the newer shades are less warm, more blue. Think orchid, mauve, even lavender – truly spectacular when paired with gold and bronze tones.

Eighties – What goes around comes around. Since I was a teen in the eighties, it's interesting to see that what I once considered the epitome of cool is now again in fashion, but ironically so. For the best inspiration, look at the quintessential designers of the early eighties Paris fashion scene: Claude Montana, Thierry Mugler, Kenzo and Sonia Rykiel - you'll see what I mean.

Freshen Up!

Freshen Up!

Cooling Down with Candice Olson

Cooling Down with Candice Olson