Designers Want You To Saddle Up and Go West For Fall 2018
After Isabel Marant's Fall 2018 runway show in Paris, Fashionista's own Maura posed the question, "Are we ready for some wild, wild West in our wardrobes?" Turns out the answer is a resounding "yes." Not only did Isabel Marant turn to the West for her next collection, but many other designers did, as well — a lot of 'em, actually.
In New York, Veronica Beard and Coach went heavy on a few cowboy-style characteristics, like shirts with stand-out yoke details and loads of swingy fringe. (Though, the latter was a functional detail in Native American garb, which helped buckskins repel rainwater and dry faster.) Calvin Klein's signature colorblocked button-downs are a subtle nod to the West, and Pyer Moss's memorable collection paid tribute to the community of Black cowboys.
In London, more designers showed western wardrobe influences, such as Rejina Pyo's animal-print neck scarves and David Koma's fringe, rustic metal belts and cap-toed boots. In Milan and Paris the trend picked up plenty of steam, from DSquared2's rodeo-ready looks to Vanessa Seward's collection, which was fit for those who want to work on the ranch like a French Girl™. Louis Vuitton, the final show of Fashion Month, even got in on the trend, too, with a handful of models boasting bolo ties.