Ahead of January’s trade show, Interfilière and design consultancy group Concepts Paris have released their trends forecast for SS18. The trends are inspired by urbanisation and digitalisation and focus on wellness and healthy living. Lightness is also a key word across all themes.
Floral blooms are the hottest design source of this trend, but not as we know them. The photographic floral manipulation of Ysabel LeMay in this mood board illustrates how historical styles can be mixed with modern elements to create contemporary looks. Idiosyncratic designers will take a nostalgic look at the works of Valentino, Gucci and Dior for inspiration.
The erotic lingerie world has for a long time been dominated by bondage styles in black, but now is the time to analyse what other ways there are to enjoy and decorate the sensual curves of the body. Designers are expected to take inspiration from various cultures such as the Orient to combine bondage looks with intricate floral prints and embroidery. Transparent looks will also be a big trend, featuring either layers of delicate fabrics or tattoo elements. This is a theme for true bodyfashion artists.
Garden of the Mind
This is where the combination of technology and everyday comfort meets. SS18 will see the comeback of cut and sew after years of T-shirt bras dominating the market. What makes this a key a development for 2018 is the coming together of shape, lightness and the ‘athleisure’ wardrobe. New fabrics will be mixed to create a multi-functional wardrobe.
A number of graphical, playful and technical influences inspire this bold theme. Expect an electric mix of emojis, Pop-Art, graffiti and Picasso-inspired prints. Key looks will combine sportswear with streetwear and the lingerie market will risk losing contact with generation X-Z as bloggers and music festivals rule.