The key trends from NYFW AW18

All eyes have been on New York as the first of four Fashion Weeks began in style, and we’ve loved every show with lots of new trends coming off the catwalks.

Victoria Beckham got the front row talking with her leopard print trench, while Tom Ford’s metallic outfit had everyone reminiscing about the 80s. Workwear blurred the lines between formal and informal dressing with oversized tailoring and a variety of colour was added with bright knitwear and pastel pleating.

We already know this is going to be an exciting season…

Animal prints

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It’s time to be brave when it comes to our wardrobe choices according to New York, as animal print is back in a big way. Victoria Beckham’s hero piece was her lightweight, belted trench which is perfect for making a statement whatever the weather. Kenzo presented us with equally fierce separates and paired their statement skirt with an oversized, relaxed hoodie and nude heels.

The 80s

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The 80s trend continued to brighten up the AW18 collections with a focus on party wear. Molly ensured we’d stand out in high-waisted, sweet-wrapper pink trousers with a bustier Madonna would have been proud to own, whilst Tom Ford gave leggings the ultimate update by a styling metallic pair with a deep plunge, wide shoulder blazer and large diamond hoops.

Relaxed workwear

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Workwear had a more relaxed feeling to it with loose tailoring and large silhouettes. Matthew Adams took a more informal approach by pairing an extra-large collar and cuff shirt with straight leg jeans and gem-studded heels. With a nod towards SS18’s utility trend, Tibi used a buckle belt to pull in the waist of their lavender check blazer and added pointed ankle boots to toughen up the look.

Colourful knits

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Knitwear is a staple piece every season and AW18 focuses on bright, bold knits. Ulla Johnson carries the roll neck and balloon sleeve jumper into the new season and adds a matching knitted scarf, while Sally LaPointe offers us an elegant alternative with a cropped, structured pull-over knit. Both looks are finished off with waist-tie trousers and skirts to complement the proportions.

Pleating

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Pleating was seen all over the catwalks creating a nice transition between the seasons. Maryam Nassir Zahed made a dramatic statement with structured pleating and contrasting colours, whereas 3.1 Phillip Lim continued the more relaxed style of summer with head-to-toe pleating and a patchwork of fresh soft colours.

Words by Laura Smith

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