In a post Time’s Up era, designers experimented with female sexuality and by and large, the silhouette was decidedly covered-up. From extreme layers at Balenciaga (pictured) to Erdem’s evening dresses worn over prim shirts and stockings, hemlines were kept low and necklines high. Tailoring too was big news – especially at Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney. This is, of course, not new news, but never has modesty been more pervasive than this season – bar the exceptions of Christopher Kane and Saint Laurent.
Forget any trashy preconceptions you had about animal print – zebra and leopard are back in a big way for winter 2018, as seen on the catwalks of Victoria Beckham (pictured), Calvin Klein, Givenchy, Balenciaga and Tom Ford. To avoid straying into Kat Slater territory, keep the rest of your outfit pared-down and team with flats.
High-shine fabrics were key on the catwalks this season, whether vinyl, latex, plastic (a key look for summer 2018) or leather – offering a quiet dominatrix appeal. At Chanel (pictured), metallics were created in a glossy material, while Simone Rocha’s feminine dresses were given a subversive, fetishistic edge when created in patent red. Fendi updated the trench by giving them a rain-proof glossy finish.
Knit balaclavas made a surprise return for autumn/winter 2018, featuring on the catwalks of Calvin Klein (pictured), Gucci and Preen – surely the easiest way to keep warm next season. Dior offered more wearable takes on the trend with its cloaked baker boy styles
Add an air of heritage chic to your wardrobe next season by nodding to the tweed trend. Marc Jacobs (pictured) played with textures, styling oversized tweed coats with leather skirts. Louis Vuitton dressed numerous models in tweed skirts that most women will want next season, and then there’s Miu Miu’s bold, 80s-inspired tweed coats as fashion on the catwalk by Elle Fanning.