Early look at spring 2018 Fashionwear

From sheer transparencies to saturated color and anoraks, it’s been a season full of energy and optimism.

With New York, London, Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks behind us, the biggest spring 2018 fashion trends have crystallized for buyers and editors planning out the season. Here are WWD’s top spring 2018 fashion trends spotted by cities. From sheer transparencies to saturated color and anoraks, it’s been a season full of energy and optimism.

Here are some of the highlights

Sequins

To say sequins and sparkles will be a big deal next summer is an understatement. In every fashion capital, glitter prevailed, starting with Tom Ford and Marc Jacobs right through to Gucci (pictured here), Dior and Chanel. Style yours with a sweatshirt to give them daytime longevity.

Pastels

Whether lilac, pink, lemon or duck egg blue, expect to see an array of fashion’s prettiest shades next season. But as Victoria Beckham (pictured) said “delicacy can be strong”; saccharine these colours are not – consider tailoring in ice cream hues or wearing them in unexpected ways like at Celine.

Checks

It looks as if heritage checks are going nowhere for the season ahead. Balenciaga’s came via voluminous coats as seen here, while Victoria Beckham’s had a more traditional appeal. Anyone looking for floaty feminine styles should turn to Sonia Rykiel where they were bright and summer-ready. Burberry’s homage was perhaps the most overt – expect to see its check caps everywhere next season.

Fringing

Fringing made a surprise comeback this season. Far from its most recent (very tired) festival incarnations, Celine (pictured), Bottega Veneta and Loewe gave them a sophisticated, empowered appeal. Saint Laurent’s fringing boots have already been worn by Rihanna.

Bold colour

Next summer will be very bright indeed if the catwalks are anything to go by – least of all at Christopher Kane (pictured) and RoksandaIlincic. From New York to Paris, the shows were awash with vibrant, bold shades to suit every colouring.

Sheer

Transparency was a headlining trend – sheer coats, dresses and skirts revealed cycling shorts and full briefs. Basically, it’s all about what lies beneath next season, as demonstrated here at Dior. Consider it a more demure take on the ubiquitous naked dress.

Ruffles

Ruffles added a feminine air yet again this season, with Erdem (pictured), Alexander McQueen, Givenchy and Valentino all incorporating them in their respective shows.

Colors: What it says about your personality

Color plays a major role in our lives by the way it influences our moods and emotions. You wouldn’t think that a color can make you feel secure or make you feel un-easy, but it can. When you choose to use a color or avoid it, that action can reveal much about your personality.

Here’s a guide to what the color of your clothing may be saying about you (with or without your knowledge):

Black colors: It used to be that black was the color of mourning. You only wore black while you were grieving. Luckily, wearing black is no longer just to respect the dead, and it’s perfectly acceptable to wear it at any time.

Black symbolizes extremes — all or nothing — and is a color of strength, power, sophistication, elegance, and authority.

Blue colors: Blue soothes and cools. When you wear blue, you’re broadcasting creativity, positivity, peace, loyalty, and you’re saying that you’ve decided to live by your own rules, and by your own truth. Because blue wearers think for themselves, they’re smart, have a quick wit, and are independent.

Brown colors: When you wear brown, you’re representing all things solid and grounded such as the color of the earth. Brown is the color that people associate with someone who’s stable, smart, and dependable.

Grey shades: One thing we all know is that there are many different variations, shades if you will, of grey. Wearing grey can wash you out, and make you seem indifferent, depressed, and apathetic. It can also seem suppressive and give off the impression of a lack of confidence. There’s a reason the classic color of sweatpants is grey.

Silver colors: Wearing metallic colors like silver isn’t just for hookers or socialites any more; metallic clothing comes in everything from cute tops to sophisticated dresses. If you wear metallic, you’re letting the world know that you aren’t shy, but that you’re adventurous, up for anything, and hip.Not everybody can wear metallic; it reflects the light, which will make you look older, so either you’re young when you wear silver, or you’re a bad*ss.

Red colors: If you want to stand out and grab the spotlight, wear red. It’s the color of energy and is the symbol of life. An Indian bride wears red instead of white. Wearing red is empowering and can give you confidence. Red is also the color of sensuality, aggression, passion, and boldness.

Orange colors: Orange is known as the color that makes new possibilities happen. It’s creative, enthusiastic, and is associated with good times, warmth, and ambition. If you wear orange, you like to be the life of the party, and are in a positive, energizing, and engaging mood.

Pink colors: Pink is very much associated with femininity, but when a man is comfortable with both the masculine and the feminine side to his personality, he can really rock a pink shirt or jacket. Pink is the unconditional love color and it’s known to sooth out aggression.

Purple colors: Prince’s nickname of His Royal Purpleness is kind of redundant as purple is the color of royalty and is a symbol of wealth. If you want to convey that you’re rich — both of possessions and spirituality — then wear purple. Purple shows that you have a rich inner life, are intuitive, artistic, creative, and have great instincts about people.

Yellow colors: There’s no mistaking yellow, as it’s logical, happy, cheerful, and optimistic. It has the power to bring out creativity, but is completely overpowering if too much is used (you don’t want to dress head to toe in yellow or you’ll look like Big Bird). Yellow encourages intelligence and inspiration, and is a good color to wear when you need that added boost to finish a work project or ace those exams.

Green colors: Nature and money are green and both things are very important. Green is a calming color and is associated with generosity, healing, and a rejuvenated state of mind. People who wear green are charismatic and care deeply about the feelings of others.

White shades: Wearing white signifies cleansing and new beginnings. When you put on a white shirt or skirt, you feel as if you’re staring the day with a clean slate, and you appear to have a fresh and bright outlook. White is the color of balance, harmony, purity, and courage.

Most Romantic Winter Getaways in the U.S.

If your idea of the perfect romantic vacation includes cuddling in front of a roaring fire while snowflakes gently fall across a landscape of pristine, white snow or a winter storm whips up crashing waves onto a wild, scenic coastline, these destinations are sure to make for an unforgettable getaway that is practically guaranteed to reignite the spark of love.

Estes Park, Colorado

Estes Park sits at the eastern edge of Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, a charming town filled with elegant mountain-style cabins often featuring upscale amenities like claw-footed tubs or in-room Jacuzzis, a cozy fireplace and even private hot tubs on a deck overlooking a tranquil river or the park. Here you’ll find practically endless stretches of pristine nature and incredible opportunities for wildlife viewing – elk even roam the streets of the town while bighorn sheep can be spotted on hillsides. Outdoor enthusiasts can go snowshoeing, sleigh riding or ice skating.

Yellowstone National Park

As many as 97 percent of Yellowstone’s more than three million annual visitors arrive during the summer months, which means during the winter, couples have the opportunity for peace and seclusion in this 2.2-million+ acre park. Here, discover some of the most unique and spectacular scenery on the planet with more wildlife than people. Cuddle up at the historic Old Faithful Snow Lodge in a bed blanketed with thick quilts in the evening, and during the day spend time together enjoying active pursuits like snowshoeing or cross-country skiing on the miles and miles of trails found throughout the park –  passing brilliantly colored mineral pools, frozen waterfalls and erupting geysers. Or, you can always strap on a pair of ice skates and glide across Yellowstone Lake holding hands.

Chena Hot Springs Resort, Fairbanks, Alaska

Watching the Northern Lights together can make for an especially romantic, unforgettable experience. At Chena Hot Springs Resort in Fairbanks, Alaska, guests can watch the dazzling light show from the soothing hot springs. As the region’s cold weather produces unusually clear skies, the Aurora Borealis is frequently seen from August through May. Other activities here include dog sled rides, massage and flight-seeing, with guests flying north over the Arctic wilderness across the Arctic Circle.

Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Steamboat Springs is transformed into a picture-postcard winter wonderland with some of the most stunning mountain scenery on earth. Take a horse-drawn sleigh ride, getting cozy together under the blankets while gliding through the fresh powder on an especially memorable journey. Many sleigh ride tours include hot cocoa and some even feature a candlelit teepee dinner. Afterward, head to Strawberry Park Hot Springs where you can soak in the soothing hot springs surrounded by the frozen landscape. You can even choose to stay in the establishment’s most unique accommodations, a renovated train caboose that features a gas fireplace.

Simple flower arrangements to brighten a room

Making your own flower arrangement is easier than you think.

DIY Tulip Cabbage Arrangement 

Why let another vase take up space in your home? With this arrangement, once you’re finished with the cabbage vase, you can simply toss it in your compost pile.

See tutorial

Fruit and Floral Arrangement

Add slices of lime to your vase for extra dimension.

See tutorial

Variety of Blooms

Switch off between placing bold peonies and smaller flower varieties in a clear vase for an arrangement that is loaded with texture.

Tips For Your Powder Room Makeover

Check out these decorating ideas for your powder room!

Playful Stripes

Complete with trompe l’oeil tassels, summery blue and white stripes transform a powder room by a pool into a tented beach cabana. The stripes on the ceiling mimic a peaked roof and help fool the eye into seeing a taller, loftier space.

Lucite Accents

Since there’s no need to stash everyday necessities under a powder room sink, the vanity is liberated from its storage task and becomes strictly a statement piece. A Lucite-framed mirror in a zingy yellow continues the theme of transparency.

Animal Prints

In an opposites-attract powder room, a shared palette prevents the glam leopard-print wallpaper and pharmacy-style metal vanity from clashing. The distressed mirror with coral-pink streaks doesn’t see daily use, so it serves mostly to inject color into the bold but limited color scheme.

Grey and Gold

When used in such a small space, this silk ikat wallcovering’s large-scale print seems energizing rather than overwhelming. The 1820s French mirror’s reverse-painted frame keeps the graphic patterns coming.

Strategic Splurges

The combination of a few luxe touches — delicate Baguès-style sconces, an intricately carved Italian Baroque mirror, an antique French-limestone floating vanity — creates old-world elegance and a sense of fantasy without leaving the house.

Enticing Candles

Nothing says romance quite like candles. Whether they are being used for an intimate dinner, a relaxing bath or to enhance the atmosphere in a cozy bedroom setting, the soft flickering light of candles creates an ambience that is undeniably romantic.

Romantic Shapes

Romantic candles come in all shapes and sizes. The setting and the way in which the candles are used contributes more to the romantic atmosphere than the shape or size of the candle. However, there are some shapes that stand out such as:

  • Heart shaped candles
  • Rose or flower shaped candles
  • Lip shaped candles
  • Tapir candles
  • Round candles

Romantic Colors

Color can affect a person’s mood and has been scientifically studied in the aptly named psychology of color. Colors that stand out for romantic candles include:

  • Red- Most shades of red are associated with romance, vitality and love. Red is also the most common color associated with hearts and roses, which are two iconic symbols of romance.
  • Burgundy/Maroon- Although very similar and reminiscent of fine wine, these two distinct colors share a common base of red mixed with blue to deepen the tone. The subtle variation comes from a third undertone of black for burgundy and brown for maroon.
  • Pink- A lighter shade of red made by adding a touch of white, pink is associated with young, innocent or new love.
  • Purple- This color of royalty also represents passion and creativity.
  • White- A color that represents innocence and purity, white is associated with weddings and natural beauty.
  • Black- While seeming morbid or gloomy for some, black can also invoke a sense of mystery and romance. Black can be both submissive and empowering. Black candles alone may appear too dark and foreboding but mixed in with bright shades of red or purple, they can create a striking contrast.

Scented Candles

Scent is one of the most powerful triggers of emotion and memories. Certain smells can evoke strong emotional responses when linked to pleasant memories of comfort foods, locations and life experiences. Scented candles can be used as aromatherapy♂ to relax inhibitions or stimulate passions. Scented candles should never be used during a meal, as they would certainly interfere or compete with the scents and flavors of food. However, scented candles are perfect for a relaxing massage or soak in the tub and enhancement for a romantic bedroom setting.

Food Scents

Sweet smelling candles can wet an appetite for passion just like any other aphrodisiac. Some of the most romantic food scents include:

  • Chocolate
  • Cinnamon
  • Vanilla
  • Warm sugar
  • Strawberry
  • Cherry

Floral scents

What isn’t romantic about the smell of fresh cut flowers or a garden in full bloom? Top romantic floral scents include:

  • Rose
  • Lavender
  • Lilac
  • Jasmine
  • Honeysuckle
  • Cherry Blossom

Exotic Scents

Some people are more stimulated by exotic scents that might evoke memories of a great vacation abroad or inspire fantasies of getaways yet to come. Scents like this can include:

  • Pineapple
  • Coconut
  • Sandalwood
  • Amber
  • Patchouli

Perfume Scents

Sometimes you can find your favorite cologne or perfume infused into a scented candle. This is a great way to fill your bedroom with a scent that turns you or your partner on. Examples include:

  • Cool Water
  • Beautiful by Estee Lauder
  • Light Blue by Dolce and Gabanna
  • Chanel No. 5

How to achieve a celebrity look on a budget

Have you ever noticed that the best dressed celebs are often minimalist in their fashion choices? And the reason for this is simple; clean, classic styles are always in vogue and difficult to go wrong with. Minimalism in terms of accessorizing, layering and even makeup tends to create a more elegant, sophisticated look. Keep your inner boho-diva in check on days you want to sport a red-carpet appeal.

Concentrate on the Fit

Rarely would you find any celebrity wearing ill-fitted clothes. Even when the silver-screen prima donnas sport “boyfriend-jeans” or a loose kaftan, the clothes always complement their frame and body structure. When they go to A-list events, their outfits are often tailor-made to fit them perfectly. Now, we can’t customize each dress for a stellar fit, but we can always avoid clothes that don’t fit well. Next time you shop, concentrate more on the fitting rather than the colour, print, etc.

Don’t Forget Hair and Makeup

Celebrities are always called out when their hair or makeup is sloppy. Because unkempt hair and badly done makeup is highly noticeable and generally steals all the attention, no matter how lovely the clothes may be. So whenever you dress up, make sure your hair and makeup is on point too. Regardless of what your personal preference is – the “barely-there” look or something more dramatic – make sure it is done tastefully.

Have An “Air”

Another reason why celebs look the way they do is because they carry themselves with immense grace. If you want to look like a star, you’ll have to master that art too. Walk with poise, talk with composure and learn to pose. Developing these “airs” doesn’t mean you can’t have fun though! Just that you need to be a little more conscious of your carriage. After all, everyone’s going to be observing you!

Be A Sale-Monger

It cannot be denied that one of the reasons celebrities are our fashion gurus is because they wear the best of the best. We may not be able to afford their kind of couture pieces, but we can surely try. Make sure to pick up a few items during the sale season to wear on special occasions. Sign up for newsletters by individual brands to know of off-season sales too. Basically, you have to be thrifty and smart as a shopper. Check out how to get these celeb looks at an affordable price:

Irina Shayk

Why We Love It: Reigning as one of the season’s hottest outerwear trends, the shearling jacket makes for an effortlessly cool way to top off any look. And as Irina Shayk proves, it transforms even the simplest of outfits into a chic model off-duty look. Affordable Fashion Finds: BLANKNYC shearling jacket, $148, nordstrom.com.

The Duchess of Cambridge

Why We Love It: While her future in-law, Meghan Markle, dressed up for her first royal engagement ever, Kate Middleton showed off another, more laid-back, side of royal style on a casual outing. The duchess still looked chic in a must-have winter coat that won’t break the bank. Affordable Fashion Find: Zara coat, $170, zara.com.

Gigi Hadid

Why We Love It: Hadid dressed down her menswear-inspired checked trousers with a hoodie and loafers while out in Paris. And as one of the hottest trends of the season, the model’s gray checked H&M pants make for an affordable way to try the print this fall. Affordable Fashion Find: H&M pants, $30, hm.com.

Ashley Graham

Why We Love It: Making for the perfect sleek and sexy night-out look, the model stunned in the Australian brand’s two-piece set.

Subscription services that can raise your fashion profile

What’s better than a collection of surprise items arriving at your doorstep every month or so at prices that beat in-store options? The amazing little grab bags we found are full of trendy must-have clothing and accessories. Even if you have time to shop every month, having a personal stylist who pushes your fashion boundaries is totally worth the splurge.

Le Tote

For a monthly price, you can choose a “tote” of three clothing pieces and two accessories from the company’s inventory. You can try the items on, wear them to work or when you’re hanging out with friends, and once you’re done, just ship the stuff you don’t want back and purchase the pieces you do want. Another bonus: You get unlimited “totes” every month, so you don’t have to wait to try out more stuff.

Rocksbox

This is made for those who love a little bling but don’t have the money (or space) for a huge jewelry box full of designer baubles. First, you’ll create a profile on the site and add items to your jewelry wish list. Then you’ll get three hand-selected pieces in the mail based on your style. You can wear the pieces for as long as you like and send back when you don’t need them anymore. You can get an unlimited amount of boxes sent to you every month—the restriction is you can only borrow three pieces at a time, so you’ll have to return a piece before you can request a new one.

Gwynnie Bee

Looking for the newest in plus-sized fashion? This service is it. Based on your subscription plan, you can choose from one to 10 garments at a time from the site’s collections. Wear all the pieces from the box (for as long as you want, there’s no limit), keep the ones you want to purchase, and send back the ones that you don’t want

Stitch Fix

With this subscription box, a personal stylist will choose five pieces based on a style profile you make on the site. Once you get the box, you have three days to decide what you want to buy and what you want to send back. You can even send your stylist detailed feedback about the items, so she can make a better, more personalized selections the next time. There’s a $20 styling fee for every box, but that fee can be credited towards any item you decide to buy.

Fabletics

It’s time to change up your workout uniform of plain black leggings and a solid-colored tank. Customers first take a lifestyle quiz, then Fabletics will recommend some workout clothing for you to purchase. If you buy the VIP subscription, you’ll choose a complete outfit (a top and a bottom) by the 5th of each month to be shipped to your house. If you don’t like any of the choices, you can opt to “Skip the Month,” so you won’t be charged.

10 Creative ways to stay stylish this winter

With freezing temperatures and back to back snow storms, dressing to stay warm is an absolute must. However, staying warm throughout the winter doesn’t mean you can’t be fashionable while doing so! I’ve put together some tips that should help inspire your next shopping trip. Now if you’re a budget fashionista like myself, use these tips to work with what’s already in your closet.

1)Don’t underestimate the impact of Hats and Beanies

One of the easiest ways to pull a winter look together (and keep that head of yours warm and toasty) is with a cute beanie or hat. It’s also a bonus when having a rough hair day!

2) Bold lips colors can instantly transform your look

Look how effortless (yet pulled together) the stunning Joan Smalls looks with her bold lip color and beanie above. Her look is screaming casual chic winter fashion.

3) Don’t be afraid to rock a sassy pair of ear muffs.

For hair days when you want to sport an updo, swap out the beanie for a cute pair of ear muffs. The key is to simply have fun with them! I am simply loving the raccoon ear muffs from Revolve.

4) Chunky scarves are your best friend

This past fall I spotted a chunky cashmere scarf from Zara… I bought two in different colors and I have literally gone no more than 3 days without wearing either of them. Scarves are an absolute must during the cold winter days and the chunkier the better! Of course you can always opt for a more reasonable size if you don’t want the scarf to overpower your look.

5) Statement Coat… Enough said

Owning at least one statement coat (think bold colors or prints) is key to your happiness throughout the winter! No but really… it is the easiest way to brighten up those neutral layers.

6) Belt up to lose the bulk

The only way to remove the frumpy look that all those layers can cause is to belt it up! A lot of coats already come with a belt but don’t be afraid to mix and match to add some flair to your look. Simple trick: the easiest way to eliminate the bulk is to stick with tailored coats!

7) Add a few statement sweaters to your wardrobe

Rocking a statement sweater with interesting graphics or embellishments is an easy (not to mention cozy) way to transform your look.

8) Jazz up your outfit with gloves

Gloves are a great accessory for the winter time and yes… they are another must-have in the extreme cold but no need to rock oven mittens to stay warm. My personal favorites are the dainty low-cut gloves that work for a night out or the touch-phone compatible leather gloves.

9) Have fun with your boots

I like to think that this is every girl’s favorite part of dressing during the winter season. Boots are the ultimate accessory that can totally make a winter outfit pop! Whether you prefer chunky ankle boots or thigh-highs (my secret weapons), don’t be afraid to add some contrast and step away from the basic black.

10) Think smart when layering

Sounds simple but layering can be quite tricky when trying to stay both warm and fashionable. My go-to shopping spot is Uniqlo for their awesomely thin layers in the Heatteach collection. The tops can be worn as a second skin and the tights/leggings are perfect with a skirt and boots.

7 Stylish Sweaters For Women and Men This Winter

Turtlenecks and fall are two undivided friends. The high collar sweater is the ideal option to be worn daily for a cold and rainy time. It can be used to create that multilayer effect: usually it is worn under the sundresses of mohair, but if you want to break the stereotypes, dress it over a shirt, breathing the sleeves to the elbow. This season, the most current colors are the shades of red, gray, white-yellow, black.

Wide Sleeves

Equally demanded will be sweaters with wide sleeves. They can be with or without a cuff, long or short. Patterns can be worn as a single element and above thin blouses. Moreover, fashionable are sweaters with puff sleeves already seen on fashionable blouses and dresses.

Applications

The love of designers for birds and animals is reflected in various applications on cotton, wool and angora sweaters. Birds and puppies for stylish look, fox mutter, telephones and other objects can appear on teen sweaters. There are also glowing applications such as multicolored stones or floral motifs.

Oversize

The larger the sweater is, the more comfortable it is. You have not chosen the right size, no problem, your success is guaranteed. Wool and angora give volume, and the predominant range of colors are intense shades. Oversized sweaters have different shapes, they can be knitted in different techniques or they can have masculine elements. The large collar serves as a scarf.

Long and short sweaters

A long sweater can also serve as a dress, and if worn with pants, then you will surely be the most modern and stylish. Fashionable and tall women will be at the height of happiness this season due to the appearance of asymmetric and monochromatic patterns, which can be worn with a right skirt and also can exceed the length of the skirt.

Classic Designs

Fitted silhouettes, different types of knit, additional elements like polo collar or brand logo, Scandinavian traditional print, etc. are some of the classic sweaters designs for fall-winter 2017-2018. A classic sweater can be worn with any pattern of pants or skirt, it is important to have a harmony between the top and the bottom of the outfit. The trendy colors are blue, gray, beige and white.

Brooks Brothers Breton Stripe Cotton Cashmere Sweater

Worn by French sailors and made popular by James Dean, Pablo Picasso, and Andy Warhol, Breton stripes are at home in any season. Wear this cashmere cotton sweater under a pea coat to complete the look.

Billy Reid Shawl Collar Sweater

Lattice quilting gives this Billy Reid pullover added warmth and a unique structure. Suede elbow patches and buttonhooks add a vintage, lived-in look.