The Top 8 Trends We're Taking From Fashion Month

By: Iman Taouil

Fashion month is officially over! Designers around the world have been presenting their spring/summer 2018 ready-to-wear collections and setting the trends for the next season. While some collections and pieces are simply unique and inimitable (I'm looking at you, Versace S/S '18), the fun in fashion month also resides in spotting the trends and getting inspiration fresh off the runway to incorporate the ideas into looks you can (re)create. 

That being said, the collections and styles presented throughout the month are always very diverse, which can make it difficult to keep up and go trend-fishing. To help a bit, here's a selection of eight of my favorite trends, brought to you directly from the runways of New York, London, Milan and Paris.

1. Yellow

This bright color is often considered a fashion risk, but it's one that paid off for a lot of designers this month. Luckily, there are many ways to incorporate this bold color into your wardrobe. A warmer shade could suit one better than a paler shade, and vice versa. Patterns can tone this bright hue down for those who want to play it safe while color blocking can make it pop for those who feel bold. Either way, it makes total sense that the color of the sun would be in for spring. 

2. The All-White Look

Bold and luminous, the total white look has been very present on the runways this month. As there is not just one way to wear this staple wardrobe color, white on the runway came in all shapes, shades,  and styles, giving us the perfect amount of inspiration we need to dare try and appropriate this look. 

3. Metallic

I always love how a simple piece of metallic clothing has the power to give a futuristic edge to any look. The trend was notable in Ralph & Russo's first ever ready-to-wear collection, which debuted at this New York Fashion Week. In addition, metallics were striking at Tom Ford's show, with his seemingly robotic, metallic sleeves. My favorite take on this trend, however, is Sally Lapointe's monochromatic look, pairing a silver metallic skirt with a gray turtleneck. The skirt brightens and makes the otherwise dull look unique, while the jumper tones it down and makes it wearable. 

4. Python Print

Is it just me, or does snakeskin never go out of style? It's timeless, chic but cool and not old-fashioned. You can almost never go wrong with this print on a bag or pair of shoes, but that's the safer way to style it. For a bolder look, a python skirt or even a dress can be the way to go. Snakeskin was in abundance on the runways this month, making it impossible to miss.

5. We're Letting Our Socks Do The Talking

No, visible socks that are not over-the-knee shouldn't be automatically deemed as tacky, and the amount of times we've spotted them on the runway this month proves it. The right pair of socks can significantly uplift a look and make a simple shoe look more fun and sophisticated. 

6. Tartan

A recent Clueless repeat woke up my long-forgotten tartan obsession, thanks to Cher Horowitz' signature yellow tartan skirt suit. Naturally, I have been pleased to spot this look several times on the runway this season. A tartan skirt is pretty much a wardrobe essential, but tartan is a pattern that can bring skirts, scarves, dresses and trousers to life. Whether urban or preppy, classic red or more unusual colors, tartan was the main theme for collections like Tommy Hilfiger, Miu Miu, Versus Versace and of course, Burberry. 

7. Tiny Sunglasses

Seen on nearly every it girl and model this summer, it seems like this unexpected trend is here to stay. Prada and Prabal Gurung opted for a more angular version of the lens, giving them a serious Matrix vibe, while more round, softer shapes have been spotted in the streets. When worn of the bridge of nose rather than directly on the eyes, these shades can look more sophisticated and diva-like. Overall, these make the perfect accessory to complete a 90's-inspired look. 

8. Flowers

As Miranda Priestly from The Devil Wears Prada once said, "Florals for spring? Groundbreaking." But we're not Miranda Priestly, and let's be honest, we like florals. And apparently so do several designers this season. Collections this month proved there's a flower for everyone: ingenuous like Luisa Beccaria, laced like Faust Puglisi, or on earrings like Alexis Mabille. It's entirely up to you how decide to style nature's best accessory. Moschino even turned his models into giant bouquets this season, although that is one look we might avoid hitting the streets in. 

Whether we love the looks on the runway and how designers style certain trends or not, it's always good to remind ourselves that style is all about appropriating and customizing trends so they fit you and your tastes. If there's one collective take away from fashion month, it's that there is never only one way to style a look.