Spring/Summer 2018’s fashion trends are nothing if not bright, bold and rather beautiful, not to mention as diverse as ever, featuring everything from 1950s pastels and colourful stripes, to totally tropical prints and uber-cool sportswear hailing from La‑La Land. Here, international fashion buyer Adrian Gibson rounds up the hottest items to adorn guys and gals this summer, whether strutting along the Strand in London, or striking a pose on La Croisette in the sun‑drenched South of France.
Mens - Ami Satin Hawaii Shirt
Parisian label AMI continues to go from strength to strength with Alexandre Mattiussi at the helm, who previously worked for Dior, Givenchy and Marc Jacobs. Combining two of this summer’s trends for camp collar shirts and bright tropical prints, this tribute to Hawaii is cut in a boxy, vintage-inspired fit, and will look as good paired with jeans in London as it will with shorts on La Croisette in Cannes.
Mens - Fendi Bag Bugs Swim Shorts
Founded in Rome in 1925, Fendi is one of the most iconic fashion brands of our time. Crafted in Italy from lightweight quick-drying fabric and cut in a straight-leg shape that sits comfortably on the hips, these Fendi ‘Bag Bugs’ swim shorts feature mischievous eyes, which will almost certainly attract playful attention at this summer’s pool parties.
Mens - Dsquared² Beach Towel
Canadian fashion designer twins Dean and Dan Caten, founders and owners of Dsquared², have always loved to play with themes of luxury and celebrity in their collections, and this beach towel, sporting their ‘24-7 Star’ logo, is no exception. Fashioned in black cotton-terry, that is both quick drying and exceptionally plush, it will surely make you look like a VIP on the beach.
Mens - Palm Angels Track Pants
Preppy tailoring meets skater influences inspired by designer Francesco Ragazzi’s relaxed yet distinctive style, are the hallmark of LA-based label Palm Angels. Imbued with a sense of urban elegance and nostalgia, and instantly recognisable thanks to the signature gothic text logo, these supremely casual uber-cool retro track pants can be worn to the gym or a night out on the town.
Mens - Givenchy Logo Flip Flops
The ‘ugly rubber poolside shoe’ was one of the surprise trends of last year, a style of footwear that sports giant Adidas had been producing since 1972. As the trend continues, it pays to go with a big name designer to stand out from the crowd, and these Givenchy logo pool sliders will certainly get you noticed.
Mens - Versace Vintage T-shirt
With both new management and design teams at the house of Versace, as well as a scandalous American Crime Story TV series about the assassination of its founder, there is renewed vigour in the Italian luxury fashion company which was established nearly forty years ago. Versace’s illustrious archive clearly provides the inspiration for this embroidered logo t-shirt, which elegantly harks back to Gianni’s day.
Womens - Dries Van Noten Cropped Top
Belgian fashion designer Dries Van Noten is known for his embellished and detailed pieces, so when he produces less elaborate clothing the results are usually bang on trend. This sleeveless ribbed knitted top, with contrasting striped trim reminiscent of a cricket jumper, is one way of keeping cool this summer whilst also following the current trend for cropped tops.
Womens - Gucci Charm Bracelet
Under the direction of creative tour de force Alessandro Michele, Gucci’s current eclectic and embellished outlook is helping to reinvigorate the iconic Italian fashion house’s previously troubled fortunes. The perfect adornment for your wrist whilst sipping fruity cocktails, this charm bracelet embodies retro chic and Italian style in one cute piece of jewellery.
Womens - Eugeina Kim Sunhat
Beginning almost by accident, this eponymous label was launched in 1998 when Eugeina Kim hastily created a feathered cloche to hide a disastrous haircut, catching the attention of a large number of local boutiques in New York. This ‘Emmanuelle’ sun hat is crafted from straw, trimmed with a black grosgrain band and finished with the word ‘undercover’ playfully embroidered on the brim.
Womens - Monokel Cleo Sunglasses
Stockholm-based sunglasses manufacturer Monokel prides itself on its simple designs, stylish looks and sustainable frames, the main component of which is a premium plant-based acetate. Pretty in pink, these vintage-inspired Cleo shades, complete with Carl Zeiss lenses, have been re-coloured for this season to add a feminine touch to your summer ensembles.
Womens - Dora Teymur Slip-on Loafers
Turkish-born shoe designer Dora Teymur lives and works in Hampstead, North London, producing handcrafted leather footwear. Whilst his designs certainly take influence from the past, all are updated making them modern day classics. Made for those effortless, summer strolls, these backless, block-toed, white patent leather slip-on loafers feature large metallic buckles and have seventies-style written all over them.
Womens - Miu Miu Beach Bag
The perfect beach bag for this summer comes courtesy of Prada’s little sister, Miu Miu. Fashioned in Italy from woven straw, finished with eye-catching striped canvas handles and branded with the Miu Miu logo, there’s plenty of room inside this tote to carry everything you need for a long and lazy day at the beach.