Highlights of Paris Fashion Week SS18

From New York to London to Milan and finally Paris, designers showcased all things bright and beautiful with updated styles, silhouettes and interesting fabrications. Paris ended the Spring/summer 2018 show on a high note as shows exhibited fresh colour twists and design details.

Opaque’s and sheers were seen across all shows and became a key theme for Paris Fashion Week (PFW) as variations of sheers were displayed with polka-dot patterning, lettering and ruffles. These floor length garments once dressed over full looks progressed into more underdressed ensembles with only intimates and bodysuits below.

Spring/summer provided abstract silhouettes overall and Paris concluded that the deformed silhouette will most definitely be a key theme for the season as structured layering creates a more masculine look and feel, giving femininity a power boost.

Deep primaries such as red, cobalt, forest green with hues of yellow being the synonym for summer wardrobes. The electrifying cobalt blue demanded attention as designers such as Emanuel Ungaro set up an entire atmosphere of blue tube lights, emphasizing the cobalt movement.

Cobalt Blues

Forest Greens

In contrast to these powerful tones, PFW also displayed soft tones such as candy floss pink in soft ruffled silhouettes, as seen by Dries Van Noten and Giambattista Valli, while Redemption showcased muted skin tones in delicate materials – the epitome of modest femininity. In conjunction to the neutral colour palettes, ecru also played a part, yet with boxy, more structured silhouettes as Loewe sent an ecru contrast lapel look down the catwalk.

Soft Cosmetics

Prints and patterns are always an exciting aspect for fashion week as we wait in anticipation to view designer’s eclectic or understated graphics. Paris proved that slogans and typography are still relevant and has moved onto larger lettering and all-over prints as seen by Balenciaga and Each X Other.

Slogans & Typography

Stripes remained a consistency across all shows for the Spring/summer ’18 season with mixtures and combinations of thick, thin, verticals and horizontal placements with recurring patterns seen amongst outerwear and in coordinated fashions.

The reinterpretation of mosaics was found applied amongst a variation of styles for the season as PFW exhibited physical mirror pieces attached to blazers, as seen by Mugler and Maison Margiela, while designers such as Issey Miyake went for a patterned print fabrication in contrast hues of rusts and turquoise and in turn, creating dimension to the garment.


Metallics have been persistent across New York, London, Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks with differentiations in volume of presence. Paris approached a moderate metallic aesthetic as looks comprised of a mixture between metallics and non-metallics with the exception of a statement outerwear pieces as exemplified by Alexis Mabille.

The city of love provided many romanticized pieces with ruched details more specifically fabricated at the waist for a fitted, textural look and feel, often complimented by dainty florals and soft textile compositions. Isabel Marant makes use of the ruched waist detail and an off-shoulder puff sleeve in combination to the dark floral print.