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Top 10 trends from Fashion Week 2018

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Style insiders know that colour and shape go a long way towards making an eye-catching, thumb-stopping #ootd on Instagram. The good news is that the recent 2018 fashion week collections had an abundance of both. With the latest Spring/Summer collections now available across Dubai, we’ve rounded up the best trends to try. It’s the perfect time to pick up a few statement pieces or be inspired to create your own signature look for the season.
1

Moody florals

Up the garden path

Moody florals

Up the garden path

Something gothic this way comes

There’s nothing sweet or demure about the latest crop of floral prints, which are rendered in dark and moody hues. Imagine a rambling gothic garden and you’re on the right path. Coach delivered some of the finest, with deep flame-coloured red and orange prints popping against a black background. Alice + Olivia took a more traditional route, while Kenzo gave their florals a high-octane twist in the form of a punchy digital print.
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  The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai
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2

Broad shoulders

Bigger is better

Broad shoulders

Bigger is better

The 80s silhouette returns

One of the biggest fashion week trends to emerge was a shift back to a 1980s-style silhouette. Like an inverted triangle, this shape favours strong, broad shoulders tapering in to a narrower waistline. Marc Jacobs took the look to the extreme, and his collection appeared to be a homage to 80s greats like Thierry Mugler and Claude Montana, with its puffball sleeves and hefty shoulder pads worn under everything, even casual sweaters. Those wanting to make an impact on Instagram will jump on this trend quickly for its graphic quality and the fact that it’s just so different to everything else on offer right now. Head to The Dubai Mall with your trend hit-list.
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  The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai
  +971 800 38224 6255

3

Not-so-mellow yellow

A full spectrum of sunny shades

Not-so-mellow yellow

A full spectrum of sunny shades

Yes, you can wear yellow

Yellow is just the thing to brighten anyone’s day. The sunny shade was a unanimous favourite of designers from New York to Milan, who offered it in every possible permutation, from pale lemon to eye-zinging acid yellow on coats, dresses and knits. With so much choice, there will almost certainly be a shade to suit you! But if you’re still reluctant to try it, ease into the trend with an electric yellow belt, as at Carolina Herrera, a pair of heels from Kenzo, or a shoulder bag from Jacquemus.
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  The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai
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4

All that glitters

Swing out, sister

All that glitters

Swing out, sister

Try a little tassel or a full-on swish of sequins

Fashion fact: wearing fringing or sequins turns an ordinary walk into a sashay, designed to elicit maximum swish from your outfit. And there’s plenty of potential for it this season as the likes of Proenza Schouler have gone tassel-happy. The New York label added full-length fringing to the front of dresses, or used it to create a long overlay over a column skirt. Coach took a twinkling approach to details, with casual jackets with a splash of shimmer thrown over sequined skirts.
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  The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai
  +971 800 38224 6255

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5

Enormous handbags

Built to tote

Enormous handbags

Built to tote

Carry all your essentials, and more

The era of the tiny handbag looks to be on the way out. It does make sense though, because if you’re going to splurge on a designer bag, it might as well be one that can be seen from a block away. Burberry certainly ticks that box with its oversized handbag in rainbow-bright stripes, while Gucci gave its suede totes a nod to the 1970s in suitable style.
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  Mall of the Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Road
  +971 4 399 8263

6

Dress over trousers

Layer it up

Dress over trousers

Layer it up

Have twice as much fun with this look

A dress or a pair of trousers – why choose? Getting theatrical with your look is right on point for Instagram, and this trend fits the bill nicely. For those trying it for the first time, choosing pieces in solid and complementary shades is the most failsafe approach. A more confident take on the trend is to clash different colours or prints with wild abandon, as seen at Preen. Volume offers another way to play with this look, as the pieces can be voluminous, as at 3.1 Phillip Lim, or more streamlined, a favourite silhouette of Gucci.
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  The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai
  +971 800 38224 6255

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7

Mad for plaid

Check it out

Mad for plaid

Check it out

Go traditional or tongue in chic

Tartan and plaid haven’t made much of a runway appearance for many seasons, so their return was significant, particularly because it was handled in a plethora of ways. Marc Jacobs worked his plaid into the overall 1980s vibe of his collection, using jewel-toned colour combinations. Burberry took its inspiration from ’90s-style ravers, and the house’s signature check print was shown in a kaleidoscope of colours. And Mulberry made a strong case for wearing tartan at work by rendering the print in pastel hues, paired with essential leather bags.
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  The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai
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8

Pastel shades

As sweet as sorbet

Pastel shades

As sweet as sorbet

Lighten up for the cooler months

Crisp, clear pastel shades are ideal for perfecting an ice-queen vibe. 3.1 Phillip Lim is no stranger to pastels and, this season, the designer played with soft and sweet sorbet shades such as blush pink, periwinkle blue and a standout lilac that was fashioned into an entire suit. Sacai also refreshed palettes with youthful pieces. Kenzo and Jeremy Scott, on the other hand, skipped the sweet in favour of acidic pastels that had real attitude. The many approaches show how versatile these shades can be – not to mention how great they’ll look on your Instagram grid.
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9

Flat shoes

Made for walkin’

Flat shoes

Made for walkin’

Stay grounded in high style

The past few fashion seasons have seen an overall rejection of towering heels, and this trend looks set to continue. There’s no denying that flat shoes make it easier to go places but this isn’t just a matter of practicality, as designers show just how much personality can be packed into a pair of flats. Gucci teamed sneakers with ballgowns and made embellished sandals seem very appealing. The Row favoured minimal black mules, while Burberry went to the other extreme with a pumped-up cross between Crocs and Tevas that will test even the most fashion-forward Instagram stars.
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  The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai
  +971 800 38224 6255

10

Colour riot

The sky’s the limit

Colour riot

The sky’s the limit

Show your true colours

One of the simplest trends is also the one that will put a smile on the face of your followers: it’s simply impossible to frown when looking at bright rainbow colours. This was a signature look at Dolce & Gabbana, which presented looks that were chic and far from brash. At House of Holland, colours were given even more pizzazz with playful squiggles and patterns. Wear one eye-catching piece or combine several for the ultimate in feelgood fashion.
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  Mall of the Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Road
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