Fashion: Directional trends for spring/summer ‘18

LAVENDER: Softer than violet but no less inspiring, the calming and serene tones of lavender were seen at Michael Kors Collection and at Victoria Beckham. It's the must-have shade for the coming spring and, come wedding season, it will be everywhere for special occasion looks, plus also appearing in knits and tailoring. 'Lavender print dress, �229; blue mules, �129. At Hobbs for SS18.
LAVENDER: Softer than violet but no less inspiring, the calming and serene tones of lavender were seen at Michael Kors Collection and at Victoria Beckham. It's the must-have shade for the coming spring and, come wedding season, it will be everywhere for special occasion looks, plus also appearing in knits and tailoring. 'Lavender print dress, �229; blue mules, �129. At Hobbs for SS18.
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There’s a fresh focus on statement silhouettes and inspiraional colour for spring/summer 2018. Stephanie Smith points the way to the new trends.

What’s in a colour? The dawning of a new mood and a new way of thinking, that’s what. We are moving toward a new, higher level of awareness and understanding. This we know because the designated colour for 2018 is Ultra Violet, a shade denoting creativity, reflecting an age characterised by inventiveness and imagination.

PAINTBOX: As a counterpoint to this season's whimsical and sweet pastels, there are also paintbox bright shades to mix and wear in bold yet considered new ways, rethinking pattern and print in strong silhouettes and, most ofn all, with a confident attitude. J by Jasper Conran skirt, �75; jumper, �45. At Debenhams.

PAINTBOX: As a counterpoint to this season's whimsical and sweet pastels, there are also paintbox bright shades to mix and wear in bold yet considered new ways, rethinking pattern and print in strong silhouettes and, most ofn all, with a confident attitude. J by Jasper Conran skirt, �75; jumper, �45. At Debenhams.

It’s all very inspiring, but it’s not the only must-have colour for 2018. There’s also Millennial Pink, although fashion cannot seem to decide what shade this actually is. Vibrant salmon seems closest.

There’s lavender, too, which has similar empowering connotations as violet, but is softer, more flattering and easier to 
wear, which explains why is popular in UK High Street collections for spring/summer 2018.

Energy and clear-thinking underpins new fashion for the coming year, with bold, clean silhouettes, clever use of pattern, head-to-toe tonal looks and a fresh, sweet new colour palette.

Here are the trends to look out for:

SWING SHAPES: It's all about the statement easy shape for this coming spring/summer 2018, so look for cropped jackets with A-line cuts and swing backs and longer shapes in knitwear and effortless dresses. Note the pairing of earth tones with clean white and sleeve detailing - two more important spring trends.'Jacket, �34.99; and trousers, �25.99. Coming to New Look.

SWING SHAPES: It's all about the statement easy shape for this coming spring/summer 2018, so look for cropped jackets with A-line cuts and swing backs and longer shapes in knitwear and effortless dresses. Note the pairing of earth tones with clean white and sleeve detailing - two more important spring trends.'Jacket, �34.99; and trousers, �25.99. Coming to New Look.

EXAGGERATED SILHOUETTES: Oversized shapes and designs cut to creat clean, bold new lines and sweeping curves come to the fore in both casual and formal dressing. The look is more sophisicated than slouchy, so enjoy this easy modern approach and don't overthink or complicate it with layers and accessories. Breton dress, �69, and trainers, �75. Both Kin by John Lewis.

EXAGGERATED SILHOUETTES: Oversized shapes and designs cut to creat clean, bold new lines and sweeping curves come to the fore in both casual and formal dressing. The look is more sophisicated than slouchy, so enjoy this easy modern approach and don't overthink or complicate it with layers and accessories. Breton dress, �69, and trainers, �75. Both Kin by John Lewis.

MILLENNIAL PINK: This vibrant salmon shade continues to dominate spring dressing, but the way to wear for SS18 is as a pop, here delightfully offsetting lavender and blue, as part of a wider trend for blending sherbet pastels. Lavender shirt, blue jeans and pink bag, all coming for spring to House of Fraser.

MILLENNIAL PINK: This vibrant salmon shade continues to dominate spring dressing, but the way to wear for SS18 is as a pop, here delightfully offsetting lavender and blue, as part of a wider trend for blending sherbet pastels. Lavender shirt, blue jeans and pink bag, all coming for spring to House of Fraser.

DENIM ELEGANCE: There are new ways with denim coming for the spring, offering polished, easy, refined looks to wear from work to weekends. Expect to see denim used imaginatively, perhaps applied to other fabrics over dresses and jumpsuits, and also look out for sleek denim tailoring. This shirt and clean-cut wide-leg denim look is coming to Marks & Spencer for spring.

DENIM ELEGANCE: There are new ways with denim coming for the spring, offering polished, easy, refined looks to wear from work to weekends. Expect to see denim used imaginatively, perhaps applied to other fabrics over dresses and jumpsuits, and also look out for sleek denim tailoring. This shirt and clean-cut wide-leg denim look is coming to Marks & Spencer for spring.

TRENCH REWORKED: Trench coats and parksa are star players for spring outerwear (and perfectly accsptable to wear indoors too, casually, for say events). Classic tailored looks have been deconstructed and reimagined, become oversized or differently proportioned. Wear over everything, from work and weekends to special events. Trench parka, �129, at John Lewis.

TRENCH REWORKED: Trench coats and parksa are star players for spring outerwear (and perfectly accsptable to wear indoors too, casually, for say events). Classic tailored looks have been deconstructed and reimagined, become oversized or differently proportioned. Wear over everything, from work and weekends to special events. Trench parka, �129, at John Lewis.

EARTH TONES: Caramel, ochre, khaki and sand layer languidly with brightening tones of rust and blush to create a luxurious global-inspired look where billowing fabrics and unstructured pieces blend beautifully. It's easy-smart and a little bit bohemian. Collarless coat, �250; knit cami, �75; frill hem linen dress, �120; slippers, �89. Modern Rarity collection at John Lewis, coming in May.

EARTH TONES: Caramel, ochre, khaki and sand layer languidly with brightening tones of rust and blush to create a luxurious global-inspired look where billowing fabrics and unstructured pieces blend beautifully. It's easy-smart and a little bit bohemian. Collarless coat, �250; knit cami, �75; frill hem linen dress, �120; slippers, �89. Modern Rarity collection at John Lewis, coming in May.