The Autumn/Winter 2018 Ready To Wear Fashion Weeks are all cinched, zipped and buttoned up – from the first show, Covolos in New York, to the last show, Paul & Joe in Paris – it was a month of thought-provoking designs, spectacular debuts and final bows. The AW18 shows were a dizzying whirlwind as designers delved into the past, interpreted our troubled present and explored our current psyche through the inspired use of colour, textiles, tailoring and styling.
Here are our top four unforgettable shows of the Autumn/Winter 2018 Season:
New York – Calvin Klein – Raf Simons
With a ton of popcorn covering the floor and post-apocalyptic out-buildings, Simons blended municipal uniforms with big country and ‘on the prairie’ knit balaclavas and jumpers, accessorised with race to space oversized white boots and silver gloves. Models walked to soundtrack of The Mamas & the Papas and Simon & Garfunkel, as Dazed aptly said, ‘Simons is giving us a dress code to watch the world burn.’
LFW – Burberry – Christopher Bailey
There were stunning collections on the runway this LFW, but the show we’ll still be talking about next season, is Christopher Bailey’s final collection for Burberry. His rainbow hue on the iconic Burberry check symbolised the brand’s support for LGBTQ+ charities, which appeared on the Burberry trench to puffer jackets to patchwork capes and trainers. Applause and applause for Mr Bailey.
MFW – Gucci – Alessandro Michele
A stream of weary wanderers from different places and from different times walked through a cold, clinical surgeon’s lab. They carried dragons, they carried severed heads, they had third eyes, wore turbans, masks, headdresses and were layered in head to toe mismatched prints. Designer Alessandro Michele said of his collection, ‘We are the Dr. Frankenstein of our generation.’
“For this collection, I had in mind something ultra-natural, something hybrid,” #AlessandroMichele on the #GucciFW18 show, featuring visual and special effects by creative factory Makinarium @makinariumsfxvfx, including a small dragon held by a model in a crystal embroidered velvet jacket and long skirt. #mfw
PFW – Maison Margiela – John Galliano
John Galliano explored hybridisation of traditional classics with sportswear in holographic and transparent fabrics for Maison Margiela. Oversized parkas and trainers mixed with dresses and skirts, jumpers over blazers, trench coats under dresses, Galliano offered a confident and controlled view of a topsy-turvy world.
Discover highlights from our Autumn-Winter 2018 Collection designed by @jgalliano . In a play between layers, transparency and reflection, garments become transformative and generate a sense of unconscious glamour. Makeup by @patmcgrathreal, hair by @eugenesouleiman And style by @lexyroche #MaisonMargiela
Of course, there were many other stand-out shows from Erdem, Coach, Chanel, Moncler, just to name a few – and as always we look forward to seeing how the styles and trends will shape how we dress next September!