Jul 18, 2018 | By Laura Welch
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Mar 21, 2017
By Marian Park
As Youth editor at WGSN, I work with the esteemed catwalk team. Each womenswear season we scour the global catwalk shows to dissect and highlight the key youth fashion trends that are most likely to trickle down from the runway to the consumer. The runway is always a marvel to watch, and this season we were dazzled by Raf Simons for Calvin Klein in New York and inspired by Dior’s Maria Grazia Chiuri in Paris. But not everything you see on the catwalk will catch on, it depends on so many factors whether an item will be a retail hit, from consumer habits to the changing political landscape, so now that the dust has settled on the recent A/W17/18 shows, here’s a teaser of the young, female apparel key trends.
What does it mean to be a young woman, or to be feminine? In light of our political climate, the fashion industry explored new notions of femininity beyond stereotypes such as florals and pink.
The collections presented a season to look forward to, with a fresh outlook on all the winter necessities such as Holiday dressing, cosy cold weather and the continuing revival of boho – but quite unlike what you’ve seen before.
A new take on power dressing saw textural play by Raf Simons at his debut Calvin Klein presentation plus Clare Waight Keller’s injection of 1980s tech sport at her final Chloé show.
Athleisure is out, but there is a new, truer sense of sport in town for our ever-evolving health goth. And, new variations of print are key this season. Traditional feminine prints are redefined to become more abstract via collaging and new geographic elements.
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