In the months since designers presented their fall 2018 collections on the runway, we’ve had plenty of time to ponder, plan, and narrow down the list of runway-approved trends we might actually make an effort to incorporate into our autumn wardrobes.
2018 A Complete Guide to Fall’s Best Women’s Fashion Trends
People at Fashion Week are usually hungry—and no, I’m not making an off-color joke about the models, who are typically provided with a catered buffet backstage. I’m talking about the editors and stylists and buyers and celebrities and socialites and bloggers—er, influencers—attending the shows. It’s cold outside, they’ve been running around all day, they’re wearing uncomfortable shoes, and they haven’t really eaten all day, all week, or even all year in order to fit into their Instagram-ready outfits.
Below we highlight some fall fashion trends that stood out from the pack, and suggest ways to shop ’em right now.
The Dark Night Rises
Inventive black evening wear was rife on the runways, providing options for those who love both drama and a degree of discretion. From left: distinguished shoulder embellishments at Chanel; Loewe’s extravagant cloaking; a neckline to die for at Saint Laurent; silken volume play at Giorgio Armani.
While capes of all shades came down the runways, beige ones particularly appealed. From left: a twist on the trench at Clare Waight Keller’s tour de force collection for Givenchy; Little Beige Riding Hood at Valentino; a long and snappy version at Salvatore Ferragamo .
A Change in the Leather
Moving beyond the tried-and-true biker jacket, designers embraced leather (and leather alternatives) in dress form. From left: autumnal splendor at Bottega Veneta; a citron coat dress at Hermès; leather and lace at Christopher Kane; a blue vegan version by Stella McCartney .
Winter Is (Really) Coming
Designers were big on massive overcoats for fall. Corollary trend: dwindling interest in visible or functioning hands. From left: a layered parka effect (actually one coat) at Balenciaga, which partnered with the World Food Program for a charitable initiative; Raf Simons’s outerwear idea for Calvin Klein 205W39NYC included reflective strips and a silver hood; a big-buckled shiny green coat at Marni; Marc Jacobs’s mega-shouldered graphic silhouette.
Print’s Not Dead
With new designers eager to mine the archives of classic fashion houses, retro, graphic prints on silk and synthetics clamored for attention. From left: a wallpaper-ish wonderland at Dries Van Noten; Chloé’s seductive mix; swirls echoing a dress’s drape at Givenchy; Louis Vuitton’s blown out houndstooth.