It’s time to shut the book on another fashion month, but the story doesn’t stop there. Now comes the dissection of the countless catwalks and the announcement of ‘key trends’ for your Spring/Summer ’18 wardrobes – can you believe it’s that time already?

Keeping up with the shows, let alone attending them, can be a full-time job (twice a year…). It would be wonderful to be taxi’d uptown and downtown, or in the case of Ralph Lauren up-state, seeing looks first hand and attending the post-showcase soirees. But, most of us aren’t quite in that fashionista bubble; although we do our best to stay informed via the ever-mounting number of sources, be they bloggers, Instagrammers or actual fashion reporters. So, in the spirit of free speech, post-fashion month, and the fact that this is our September issue we thought we’d add in our two cents and give you the Elite Top Five trends for SS18:




We love orange:

Firey as the summer sun, we saw shots of orange across all four fashion capitals this season. Be it in vibrant hues or at the pastel end of the spectrum, orange made an appearance in all shapes, sizes and garments. Whether it’s a jumpsuit as seen at Missoni and Pringle of Scotland, a silky slip via Adam Selman, or a beautiful trench from Tom Ford we’ll be ready to inject a little tangerine dream into our wardrobe post-Christmas.




Crop it:

To quote Diesel, this might be for only the brave. Or at least the abdomen-confident. The term crop-top might also be a little be stretched in this case, more so that the garments themselves – we’re looking at you Helmut Lang, where Hood By Air’s Shayne Oliver took full advantage of the label’s namesake’s signature cut-out stylings. If you’re going to rock it, pair with a strong pair of pants. The higher the waist the braver you may become.




Suit up:

The suit was out to play this season! White iterations definitely had their moment in NYC but overall the rule is: wear however you want. Natacha Ramsay-Levi went for print in her debut Chloe collection, we love the one pictured above paired with a snakeskin shirt. Marc Jacobs gave us power shoulders and double-breasted dreams in countless colours; all looks came inclusive of head wraps whiles models walked sans music.




Sheer delight:

Love thy body and let the world bask in its beauty. If you don’t want to sport an itty bitty crop top there was another clear way to free the nipple, torso, arms, legs etc. We saw a range of sheer looks for SS18, whether it was a subtle nod at Victoria Beckham paired with white trousers, or a lime-green powerhouse at Jeremy Scott, adding a little mesh next season can go a long way. We personally need the see-through Margiela trench.




Double denim:

Forget diamonds, give us denim. Well maybe diamonds, but we’ll be wearing them with our double denim ensemble. This season, denim can really do no wrong. Raf served up further Americana dreams in his ‘paint effect’ pair, Selman added a touch of Spring with his floral numbers. Kenzo explored Japanese culture and sent several denim creations down the runway. Pull out your old denim jacket and get matchy-matching.