The Surprising Colors You’ll be Wearing Next Fall

There were quite a few surprises at the Fall 2018 shows. But in my mind, none were quite as shocking as the color choices designers sent down the runway. Springtime pastels were everywhere! Fall seasons are usually characterized by more traditional fall colors- black, navy, earth tones, or muted shades. Or they go for bold color- jewel tones, bright pops, primaries. But it’s rare to see pastels in so many prominent shows, during a fall or winter season. What this means, is that by the time these designer collections have hit the stores in fall, Zara, H&M, Forever 21 and their ilk will have had ample time to take notice of this trend too, and pull together their own pastel looks for the fall season. So no matter what price point you’re shopping for Fall ‘18, expect to see shades of soft pink, whisper blue, meringue yellow and light lilac in stores near you. 

At Bora Aksu, below, even the styles and fabrications were spring-like. There was a heavy emphasis on frilly dresses in chiffon and organza, all in sherbet shades…

fa18 bora aksu show

At Nina Ricci, there were icy pastels peppered throughout the collection, but the styles felt distinctly “fall”- double breasted coats, quilted toppers and long sleeved dresses…

At Valentino, pastels were mixed in with other more traditional fall shades. The pastels here were a bit “muddier,”  like the greyed-out lilac and muted yellow-green in the images below…

At Acne, the focus was on layering different shades of pastel colors…fa18 acne show

At J.W. Anderson, the pastel looks were super pale, but fluttered down the runway in voluminous shapes…

fa18 jW Anderson show

At 3.1 Philip Lim, several different pastel shades were mixed together in each look…fa18 3.1 philip lim show

Sies Marjan pumped up the pastels a bit, offering a collection that mixed neutrals with punches of saturated pastels…fa18 sies marjan show

And speaking of saturated pastels, Mulberry showed one of the prettiest collections of fashion-month, just full of saturated pastel shades. The color-mixing was stunning and delightfully unexpected. And with a collection this pretty, I may not be able to wait till fall to start wearing these shades…

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