The Power of Now
Power dressing is no longer about appropriating men’s clothing and trussing it up in curves. This season’s power is all woman. Loose, utilitarian, flattering, competent. Useful clothes that get the modern woman to where she needs to be. Now. It’s a commanding blazer that brings purpose to jeans or ballgowns. It’s a wider cut on the shoulder to add strut to fluid suiting. It’s hair pulled back and minimal make-up because you don’t need to put on a show. You’ve already got all you need.
It’s only two years to go ‘til we reach the Twenties, and designers are predetermining a Roaring time with an abundance of feathers, fringing and fun to let loose in this spring. Add a little Josephine Baker vigour to every step with bouncing ostrich feathers and swaying lengths of silken fringe made modern with asymmetric cuts and offbeat pairings. It’s sensuous, frivolous and downright fabulous.
Nothing to hide
This season there’s strength in allowing vulnerability to show. Get happy in a half naked state, with whispers of barely-there silk and smacks of techy plastic worn to reveal and conceal what lies beneath. Whether it’s big knickers, your favourite jeans or freed nipples, this season’s transparencies act as a layering tool to highlight rather than cover up. This is not a blushing game of peekaboo, it’s a self confident step into your summer uncovered.
Mid Century Modern
A little bit Teddy Boy, a little bit Elvis Presley in Blue Hawaii, this season look to the 1950’s for your new springtime proportions. Spring sees the masculine waist make a return with bold and boxy summertime shirts tucked into neatly cropped trousers, and camp collars popped with James Dean flair. Modern fabrics and generous cuts ensure it stays on the cool side of kitsch.
It’s time to loosen up. Skinny jeans will always have their place, but this spring demands a broadening of horizons with trousers, shorts and jeans cut wide to liberate the legs and accentuate the torso. From Kenzo’s full-throttle pleated shorts with high-rise cinched waists, to Haider Ackermann’s generous carrot pants cut with a subtle taper, there’s plenty of reason to go large for spring.
Daddy’s cool. Demna Gvesalia’s vision for SS18 was a dad at the playground, scruffy and tired out but unwittingly an icon of manhood. This has been trickling into fashion subconscious for a while, but suddenly, mid-wash roomy jeans, sloping sweaters and commuter greatcoats look like an aspirational way to dress. It’s about functional clothes thrown together to make it look like it’s always Saturday morning.