Gingham always comes around for Resort and Spring, but this time the newness is in the scale and the attitude. Rather than sweet little checks for flouncy Bardot dresses, the new checks are bigger and bolder, and are used for stronger silhouettes. There are slouchy gingham pantsuits and oversized checks for camp shirts, knit dresses and slubby sweater sets. The pattern is used head-to-toe or mixed with florals. Our favorite mismatch is the juxtaposition of gingham with checkerboard, an approach that brings out the graphic quality of this timeless warm-weather motif.

Altuzarra Resort 2019
Stella Jean Resort 2019
Michael Kors Resort 2019
Jil Sander Resort 2019
Natasha Zinko Resort 2019
Antonio Marras Resort 2019


Leather and pleather abound for next fall, looking freshest in cosmetic shades like beige, blush, mocha and camel. Real or faux skins in this new palette are used for for everything from trench coats to tailored suits, soft tops and crisp shirtdresses. Surfaces can be matte, buffed or high-shine. Super-supple qualities are shown off with plenty of gathers, ruched details at sleeves or channel elastic at neckline or waist.

Gabriele Colangelo Milan Womenswear Fall Winter 2018-2019 Milan February 2018
MSGM Milan Womenswear Fall Winter 2018-2019 Milan February 2018
Michael Kors New York Womenswear Fall Winter 2018-2019 NYC February 2018
Vionnet Milan Womenswear Fall Winter 2018-2019 Milan February 2018
Adeam New York Womenswear Fall Winter 2018-1019 NYC February 2018
Tods Milan Womenswear Fall Winter 2018-2019 Milan February 2018

Gabriele Colangelo Fall/Winter RTW 2018
MSGM Fall/Winter RTW 2018
Michael Kors Fall/Winter RTW 2018
Vionnet Fall/Winter RTW 2018
Adeam Fall/Winter RTW 2018
Tods Fall/Winter RTW 2018


Pen and ink is having a moment. Black lines against a white ground inform prints, embroideries and intarsias; motifs suggest astrological diagrams, toiles, Aubrey Beardsley curlicues or vintage illustrations. Dior even used a model drawing with ink and brush for their Spring 18 campaign, emphasizing the timeless sensuality of the hand-drawn line.

Dennis Basso Fall/Winter RTW 18
Dries Van Noten Fall/Winter RTW 18
Michael Kors Fall/Winter RTW 18
Dior SS18 RTW Ad Campaign
JW Anderson Fall/Winter RTW 18
Dries Van Noten RTW Fall/Winter 18



The leopard coat, an outerwear staple of fashion icons and influencers, emerges as a key item this season in a variety of iterations. Updated silhouettes include oversized duffels, trim trenches, and patchwork furs, while classic tailored versions are still relevant. Additional newness comes from exaggerated proportions and stylized motifs, some featuring colorful overdyes or pattern mix.


The padded scarf has been edging its way onto runways for a few years, but this season it seems to be taking hold. There are rich jacquard versions, floral prints, leopard patterns and reversible solids. Some take the shape of a shawl (like a tiny portable duvet) or a shawl-jacket hybrid. Embellishments include fringed edges, toggle drawstrings, or pyramid-shaped brass studs.

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi Fall/Winter RTW 18
Phillip Lim Fall/Winter RTW 18
Michael Kors Fall/Winter RTW 18
Fashion East Fall/Winter RTW 18
Roksanda Ilincic Fall/Winter RTW 18
Jil Sander Fall/Winter RTW 18