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5 key trends for spring

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By: Elizabeth Bradley

Designers across all the fashion cities highlighted a sense of femininity in their collections for Spring/Summer 2018. This comes at a time where women are driving change across various industries with the #TimesUp and #MeToo movements; they are re-defining womanhood and taking back control. Designers reflected these sentiments as they championed both feminism and color in their spring collections. A new season is the perfect time to experiment with new looks and re-vamp a wardrobe. With the official start to spring, take a look at five key trends to keep in mind this season.

One of the key trends this season was bold, vibrant colors. Using bold color is an easy trend to implement into one’s daily look. It can be monochromatic which Versace embraced on their runway this season. Or, it can be followed with a colorful bag, shoes, skirt, dress, or top. Bold colors are a great way to welcome the fun, carefree spirit that fills the air as summer draws closer.

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As the New York runways embraced bold, vibrant colors, the London runways embraced pastels from the softer side of spring. Pastels emphasize the romantic side of spring and are super feminine. From day to night, pastels can be a great way to use color in a neutral way.

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A great addition to any party outfit, sequins are not just for the holiday season. Sequins really demonstrate the fun side of warmer weather. Elie Saab utilized sequins to magnificently embellish evening gowns. However, sequins can be brought to an everyday look using shoes, bags, or a sequined top.

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From the Italian to the French runways, fringe was fluttering down the catwalk. To embrace the lighter, warmer feel of spring days and nights ahead, add fringe to an outfit. Here Celine shows fringe can be worn in your everyday look when paired with a trenchcoat.

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Ruffles are all the rage for spring. As seen on catwalks from Preen, Simon Rocha and Valentino, ruffles added a little something extra to the collections this spring. Erdem made ruffles feel like waterfalls cascading down the runway. On the other hand, the ruffles at Marques’ Almedia were tailored and edgy. However, Valentino’s ruffles embraced a sense flirtatious femininity that captured the magic of spring 2018. To re-create this trend at home, try a ruffled dress, skirt, shirt, or sweater.

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