Fashion month may be officially over, but fashion editors, buyers, influencers, and trendsetters are already taking notes on the biggest trends to take away from the fall runways. From colorful plaids to bright magenta hues and animal prints, it’s clear to say the fall season was exciting and bold and one that filled a maximalist’s heart.
For a complete rundown of all the highlights and biggest trends from fashion month, we tapped MatchesFashion.com Buying Director Natalie Kingham, who attended all the major shows from New York to Milan. Below, she gives us her insight as to what will be some of the biggest trends we’ll be wearing come fall.
"The strongest and most prevalent trend for F/W 18 is animal prints and not any one in particular. From zebra to tiger and of course leopard, they are officially neutrals and every woman needs an animal-print piece of outerwear for starters! Look to Halpern and Haider Ackermann for a head-to-toe animal-print suit!"
"Plaid and check are becoming an accent. MaxMara’s leopard was amplified by the muted check and Versace featured plaid throughout with reconstructed plaid patchwork, full plaid scarves, and berets. At Gucci, the check was used to temper the otherwise loud mashup of prints, instantly making each look more wearable. Further suiting was seen at Bottega Veneta in fine check, and Emilia Wickstead used the print in her signature silhouettes from jumpsuits to vintage high-waisted trousers."
"There hasn't been a strong trend in headgear for a while, but it is a big trend for F/W 18. From hoods at Preen by Thornton Bregazzi and Maison Martin Margiela, hats and headpieces at Saint Laurent, lovely Swiss-doll veils at Erdem, it's one of the most directional trends of the season. Buy into this trend at Gucci who showcased a full spectrum of headwear from knitted balaclavas and Russian babushka headscarves to crystal headpieces and reworked hijabs."
"For the more demure customer, we love the trend of scarves being draped over your hair and tied under your chin—like the queen. Scarves are providing inspiration beyond how to wear them. Designers are developing the idea by executing print mashups and draping to celebrate the soft accessory itself in ready-to-wear form. Marine Serre used scarves for earrings, bag handles, and bralettes as well as full patchwork dresses and skirts."
"There will always be a demand and desire for the feminine pump, and more grounded heights are not scarce. However, the excitement in shoes are ones that make themselves known: buffalo boots at Vetements and Junya Watanabe; Western at Isabel Marant and Fendi; all-weather boots at Loewe and Chloé; and combat, the true stomping boot, at Marques'Almeida."
"This one is a really exciting trend for the season. We feel designers are developing innovative ideas around different types of people's uniforms. A fireman coat at Calvin Klein, school uniforms at Versace and Burberry, as well as less literal iterations like at Gabriela Hearst, who is always inspired by utilitarian uniforms."
There you have it: proof that you don't have to wait until fall to get ahead of the trends.