Not so long ago NYFW was, if I'm being honest, a little bit dull. The same power brands producing the same, safe, commercial collections—it never lured me in in quite the same way the vivacity of London's up-and-coming, vibrant scene continues to do. But over the past few seasons, the Big Apple has been shaking it up with exciting, new, home-grown talent being so influential that even those bigger names have ripped up the rulebook and started over. There are cult brands taking to bigger stages—see Maryam Nassir Zadeh, or Ulla Johnson for example—women who are carving out an alternative day-dressing method. American designers have long been famed for their ability to create covetable casual clothes, but a booming group of designers are giving the idea a real reboot—and the global audience is interested, buying from these smaller labels even if it means taking a hit on the import tax front.
So there's some exciting movement, and therefore there are some enticing new trends to get to grips with for spring 2018. We've cherry-picked a few of our favourites—the ones you can shop now if you can't wait until next February (guilty!). Keep reading to see NYFW's headline trends and to shop a key piece for each now.
Rex Features, Getty Images; PICTURED LEFT TO RIGHT: Victoria Beckham, Michael Kors and Gabriela Hearst.
Style Notes: Most commonly double-breasted and dreamt up in soft pastel shades, the trouser suit will not be going anywhere for the next year at least.
Rex Features, Diane von Furstenberg; PICTURED LEFT TO RIGHT: Rosie Assoulin, DvF, Tome.
Style Notes: Eclectic bands of colours are where it's at for spring 2018's stripe brigade—wear them top-to-toe and clashed or via some joggers. Or invest now in the rainbow knit, because it's taking over autumn already. These don't have to stick to the traditional colour spectrum, so don't feel limited.
Getty Images, Rex Features; PICTURED LEFT TO RIGHT: Calvin Klein, Sies Marjan, Maryam Nassir Zadeh.
Style Notes: This weird and wonderful clashing has already been noticed on the streets of NYFW, but you'll find that the mood for spring 2018 is about forcing unexpected power pastels together. Lilac and sage green, anyone? We're getting stocked up on strange combinations via Monki.
Rex Feature; PICTURED LEFT TO RIGHT: Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, Fenty Puma by Rihanna.
Style Notes: When three designers who couldn't be more different decide to flourish more than a selection of looks with bum bags, you know this is the accessory to come. Kendall Jenner, Kim Kardashian West and more celebrities have already adopted it on the streets.
Rex Features; PICTURED LEFT TO RIGHT: Self-Portrait, Jill Stuart, Zimmermann.
Style Notes: Whether 1980s, Victoriana or channelling those prairie vibes, there's no escaping the new shoulder detail in town.