Spring's new mood
FASHION DIRECTOR’S NOTE
Our Fashion Director introduces the key pieces and designers to know, as seen at our seasonal show in our Dublin store.
Spring Summer 2018 is all about the colourful maximalist explored by the femininity of Springtime Whimsical, the playfulness of Western Heritage, stately Regal Opulence, the art- inspired cool of Picasso Baby, simplified silhouettes at Meta Referencing, a 1980s and 1990s mash up at Newstalgia, classic meets utilitarian Trench Dressing and inspiring Transformed Traditions.Shelly Corkery
Nostalgia goes regal
Nostalgia took over the runways with designers looking back to the past and showing a Regal Opulence with decadent silks and extravagance as seen at Gucci, Erdem and Valentino.
Florals become whimsical
The elegant garden party is a recurring theme and this year is no different. Springtime Whimsical combines delicate sheer silks and pretty florals. Zimmermann, Alexander McQueen and Peter Pilotto adapt this theme using feminine florals sprinkled over delicate materials in both ditsy and oversized proportions.
Western Heritage is tamed with a sophisticated sensibility at Saint Laurent, Calvin Klein and Sies Marjan. Rodeo dresses in mini length, western shirts, and trucker jackets in pastel suede with embellishment add a fun aspect to the Wild West.
Take on Transformed Traditions
Traditional tailoring took unexpected shapes and Transformed Traditions this season with Victoria Beckham and Stella McCartney twisting, draping and folding looks in modern ways.
Pastels and whites are right
Luminous pastel hues in pink, lilac, blue and yellow lit up the shows at Zimmermann, Preen and Céline and exquisite whites evolved as a key colour and is the perfect foil to a bright and colourful season.
It’s time for Newstaglia
A focus on the 1980s and 1990s has swept the catwalks with alluring silk-cut slips sitting alongside 1980s shoulder-focused jackets in what we like to call Newstaglia. Dolce & Gabbana opened and closed their show with distinctly 1990s looks while Miuccia fused decades and movements in retro patchwork of the 1960s and 1980s at Prada.
Ready to reference
Gucci is all about the Meta Referencing this season. 1970s old-school branding is embraced with colourful maximalism. Gucci became ‘Guccy’ in a brilliant act of self-referencing and Alessandro Michele rocked out another eclectic and colourful season with clashing prints, bejewelled denim jackets and track jackets with playful slogans.
Mr. Pablo Picasso inspired at Prada, Céline and Dior with art fused prints and colourful graphic designs brought to life on striped cashmere knitwear, printed jackets and embellished bomber jackets.