It may be hard to believe, since February has felt distinctly Arctic, but spring is technically less than a month away, and the new season collections are arriving in shops all the time now.
Even if we can’t wear them yet, it’s never too soon to start boning up on the catwalk trends that have informed the high-street ranges – especially as the SS18 shows brought with them such a dazzling array of designs.
Tactile textures, zingy colours and retro motifs made new – this spring is all about forward-looking fashion that pays an homage to the past.
Ready to race into the new season? These are the major catwalk stories of SS18 and the transitional pieces you need to try the trends now…
Ice-cream hues were *everywhere*, from Celine’s Parma Violets tailoring, to Emilia Wickstead’s pistachio frocks and Tom Ford’s pink bodycon dresses. Play down the sweetness of these sugary shades by wearing them in loose, mannish silhouettes.
Hush Multi Colourblock Jumper, £110, and Frayed Star Jean, £79
Last season was all about Eighties eveningwear – and there’s still a lot of that about with Saint Laurent and Mary Katrantzou bringing back puffball hems – but now uber-cool brands like Y/Project and Off-White are making the case for vintage casuals, meaning your must-buy of the season is a pair of faded mom jeans, the baggier the better.
Miss Selfridge Camel Cropped Sweatshirt, £20, and Mom Black Ditsy Embroidered Jeans, currently reduced to £33.60 from £42
The mini has been having a moment, but now the pencil takes over as the skirt of the season, as seen at Hermes, Prada, Victoria Beckham and more. From understated neutrals to loud and proud prints, how you wear it is up to you.
Simply Be Check Pencil Skirt, £35
Even designers who usually favour a more modest colour palette went brilliantly bright for spring. MSGM lead the charge in Milan, with a riot of neons and saturated shades, while in London, fuchsia and tomato-red made an appearance at Roksanda and Preen.
PrettyLittleThing Red Scuba Curve Waist Band Detail Flared Trousers, £15
The current mania for healing crystals spilled over onto the SS18 catwalks, as Christopher Kane embellished dresses with the shiny stones and transparent fabrics showed up at Chanel, Valentino and Balmain. PVC thigh boots a step too far? Try a smattering of silver instead.
Guess Franky Reversible Metallic Jacket in Silver, £130, VeryExclusive
From fluffy feathers at Christopher Kane and Saint Laurent, to long, swinging fringing at Celine and Nina Ricci, many of the season’s standout looks came with edging that moved with the models – all the better to Boomerang, we reckon. Whatever the reason, it’s a textural trend we can get on board with.
George Fringed Trim Skirt, £14, Asda
At Burberry, Christopher Bailey delved into the archives and sent out a host of traditional checks on coats and capes, while punky plaids ruled at Alexander McQueen and Versus Versace – perfect for injecting your summer wardrobe with a bit of attitude.
PrettyLittleThing Red Crop Check Tie Front Shirt, £20
Perhaps the most surprising sight on the SS18 catwalks? Cycling shorts cropped up at both Saint Laurent and Chloe, while silky boxers appeared at Louis Vuitton and Topshop. You’ll want to wait until into warms up to bust out these summery styles, but for now, try a tailored pair with over-the-knee boots.
Lipsy Tailored Button High Waisted Shorts, £37, Next