4 cues to take from the runway to your wardrobe
Words: Jabulile Dlamini-Qwesha | Images: REX Features
The cyclical nature of an industry hinged on newness has always been a fascinating matter to observe. Fashion strongly relies on seasons changing so that new trends can be adopted for it to follow function and be a viable business. However, the emphasis is not always on originality, but more on how a past trend can be adapted at that time.
Interestingly, the one decade that saw the most unique trends become fashionable at once was the 2000s. Continuing from what is recognised as its “2017 revival”, one would anticipate that we would progress into another era of modernization.
But, watching what is currently on international catwalks – the SS18 collections shown in New York and London, respectively, there seems to be a revival of a mixed bag of bygone periods for this spring. Asymmetrical necklines, bold shoulders and liquid metallics from the 80s, the Canadian tuxedo with origins rooted in the 50s which only really took off in the 90s, strong suiting from the 70s and surprisingly, ultra-feminine themes springing from the sixties. Indicating that we may solidly be dipping back into a reverence of adaptation over innovation.
At the same time, it is realistic to consider that new eras take years to swing into full effect. The fact that the 2000s have mostly been latched on to by indie labels and brands that can afford to take risks without considering large overheads may still mean that the authority brands whose runway rollouts impact the peaking and monetization of trends the most are yet to come onboard. Which would signify this as the interim before the mass popularisation of the 2000s that could ultimately give rise to an epoch of complete modernism.
In the meantime, these are the four runway trends that we’re zoning in on….
Blazers are having an undeniable moment right now. You may question whether they aren't always having a moment, seeing as some people even wear them as uniform, the answer is no. We’re about to see the blazer in every design imaginable: deconstructed, off the shoulder, oversized, cinched at the waist, boxy, in denim and any possible fabrication – anything that can hold elevated shoulders and a lapel.
Super feminine frills are all the rage right now. From ruffled bell sleeves, tiered ruffle dresses and tops, to skirts with ruffle hems. What you add to your cart is mind over matter, you’ll be bang on trend in any case.
The secret to sheer being a classic fabric is in its versatility, it can either add a super sultry feel or a quirky peek-a-boo air of playfulness to your look, depending on your taste.
This is the season of the shoulder. Bare shoulder, cold shoulder, bold shoulder, asymmetrical shoulder, designers have taken every opportunity to explore shape and size. So, naturally, you should be more than ready to try yourselves out with cut-out detail, off-shoulder ruffles and halternecks – the hint here is that ‘tis also the season to free the nipple (stay woke).