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Michael Kors Collection
Photo: Yannis Vlamos

Spring is officially here and the season’s styles are landing in stores just as fall 2018 collections are striding down the runways of every global fashion capital.

At a time when sustainability is at the fore, nearly everyone prefers to buy clothing and accessories that have longevity and value.

Even the Queen of England is championing this, deeming sustainability/value to the community among the criteria for the new Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design, which will be given annually to an emerging designer who shows great talent and creativity.

The Queen presented the inaugural honor to Richard Quinn at his runway show on February 20, where she sat front row next to Anna Wintour.

So, what’s gonna stick?
 

Gucci
Photo: Marcus Tondo

Designers continue to love bright colors. For fall, those center on reds, pinks, orange and greens. There are also plenty of classic neutrals – camel, gray, silver and black.

Silhouette-wise, enthusiasm remains strong for trench coats, track suits, athletic inspirations, slip dresses, puffer coats, sneakers, outdoorsy footwear and Americana, including western shirts.

Logomania still reigns on accessories as well as clothing.
 

Versace
Photo: Yannis Vlamos

The Eighties influence is growing, epitomized by strong shoulder pads, madcap print combinations and color blocking. Punk aspects of the era materialize in vibrant plaids, combat boots and heavy metal jewelry.

Likewise, men’s wear-inspired suits for women are back, though now they’re typically composed with pants instead of skirts.

Numerous textile trends are going strong, including artsy, floral and leopard prints, graphic stripes, sequins, satin, checks, Fair Isle knits, sheer overlays and fur. Plaid is bigger and better than ever in vivid colors and mixes with contrasting plaids and prints.
 

Michael Kors Collection
Photo: Yannis Vlamos

Gucci, Michael Kors and Versace are among the collections that featured many of these fabrics and silhouettes.

Keep these trends in mind when doing your spring shopping, and you’ll be well prepared for late summer and early fall.

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