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Spring 2018 collections showing at Paris Fashion Week are known to be innovative in a ‘fresh’ and very spring-like way, but a lot of the cooler collections are focusing on a different aspect of spring. While everything looks fresh and new and interesting with a splash of color here and there, the new collections seem to be focusing on a more revitalizing version of fresh. The Off-White spring 2018 collection is a perfect example of this, while Isabel Marant revitalized the brand to include menswear, and her show was much more amazing for it.
Isabel Marant Spring/ Summer 2018 RTW Collection
Isabel Marant showed a collection that began with crisp white and flourished exaggerations that blossomed into an array of colors and styles, and ended in deep, rich black. Fortunately, French designer Isabel Marant designed a collection that included men’s clothing for spring 2018, and her audience is thrilled.
The request for men’s clothing has been repeated for about four years, and she did not disappoint. There were some issues with the volume in some places, as the way a few of the looks were styled did not play off the best features of the included pieces.
The Isabel Marant spring 2018 collection overall was interesting though. The knits for the men were unparalleled, looking both chic and comfortable with a touch of effortless swag. Who doesn’t want that?!
The inspiration for the Isabel Marant spring/ summer 2018 collection was sportswear and British lace. The inspiration could easily be seen throughout the collection, but the British lace was shown more effectively than the sportswear. It seemed like the sportswear aspect got away from them at some points, becoming muddled in the overall design but not bad-looking.
Most of the pieces that featured voluminous sleeves and worked beautifully were the ones that did not only emphasize the sleeve. For example, one of the white dresses with quite a bit of sleeve also had a lot of movement; it was interesting from top to bottom.
For a show that came together in 15 days, the overall effect was fantastic. It looked well put together and visually pleasing.
Off-White Spring/ Summer 2018 RTW Collection
Off-White is one of those brands that have so many ideas that are strung together with a singular purpose to create a collection that no matter what, is nothing short of cool. The singular purpose for the Off-White spring 2018 collection was a literal, then figurative inclusion of Princess Diana. Knowing that, the details were pulled from her signature and well-photographed style.
The volume and cuts and details were all there, in a reimagined yet totally relevant way. According to Virgil Abloh: “It’s the variance between imagining her living now with me iterating on what she meant,” and his concept was clearly beautifully infused throughout the show.
Every aspect of The People’s Princess that he could fit into the show, he fit into the show. The clever construction of a pattern nearly identical to one worn on a blouse by Diana was adjusted with the Off-White Logo and “Pattern” to create it. It was a clever set of ministrations to create a clever and stunningly cool show.
When Naomi Campbell did her signature blaze down the runway in the longer white jacket that featured an asymmetrical flounce across the front with Off-White branded cycle shorts, it was magic. As with a lot of great things it was the unexpected nature of the reveal that really clinched it. Naomi Campbell always looks amazing, she’s just like that, but the look still worked!
It was an odd set-up, and a very unusual take on what to pair with a jacket – but it worked, just like the entirety of the Off-White spring 2018 collection worked.
Photos via Vogue