It’s time to whet your fashion appetite with the sweetest trends of spring/summer 2018. This is pretty-meets-powerful dressing, using your femininity to frolic through the new season in everything from deliciously frothy ruffles to sugary sorbet shades. Read on for Senior Fashion Features Editor Charlene Barton’s edit of must-haves: think pale, interesting and beautiful.
If you’re shy of bold colour, this is your season to shine. Yes, Crayola brights still have their place in the fashion rainbow, but designers are offering up a softer, more delicate side of the spectrum, too. Lavender takes the lead as the colour du jour, as the likes of Victoria Beckham, Max Mara and Tibi brought their catwalks into the violet hour, but don't forget that pistachio, lemon sorbet and rose pink are equally there to tempt you. Whether you wear them head-to-toe or pick and mix with your accessories, the key is to keep it sweet, but not sickly. If in doubt, look to French powerhouse, Céline (above) – exaggerated shoulders on a dusky pink blazer matched with sharp pleats says pretty woman on a mission.
It may not be groundbreaking (cue the infamous Miranda Priestley quote from The Devil Wears Prada), but no springtime collection would be complete without a darling bud or two. Choose the woman you want to be: the effortless bohemian as seen at Chloé, frolicking through the season in an airy midi dress, spattered with ditsy blooms or Erdem’s regal young Queen (above), the epitome of elegance in a gauzy frock decorated with delicate dandelions. Either way, finding your perfect summer dress will be no mean feat.
Go on; try a ruffle this season, just for the frill of it. You can wear them on your sleeve, your neckline, your hemline – anything goes as long as it looks pretty. It’s all about lighter-than-air textures as dresses, tops, skirts – you name it – were all whipped up into a frothy, ruffled frenzy during the spring/summer 2018 shows. Our favourite? Preen’s millennial pink gown (above), flaunting a fun, yet flattering silhouette that will take you from garden party to summer wedding in style. One thing’s for certain: it’s time to embrace the flouncy side of fashion.