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Designers are Making Flip Flops and Pool Slides Glam for Cruise 2018

6 trends from pleather to cowboy hats. 

By Adele Chapin
After Show: DVF on Success

Hold on to your ruffles, stripes, dramatic sleeves and shoulder-baring tops. Judging from the looks hitting the Cruise 2018 runways this summer, those trends seem like they are here to stay. What's new? Prada went all pastel athleisure, Dior took a spectacular trip to the Californian desert, and Gucci was all over the place, per usual, with fanny packs and cat lady-esque purses. Here are five takeaways we noticed from those shows and more of the many, many designers who rolled out Cruise 2018 collections. 

1. Pool Shoes and Flip Flops Get Fancy

Comfy shoes are still going strong on the runway, and Valentino and Dion Lee gave lowly flip flops and pool thongs a designer update. 

Dion Lee Resort 18 : Look 42. Collection available for Pre Order on @modaoperandi #MBFWA #DionLee

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2. Chanel Goes All In With the Gladiator Sandal

Chanel's cruise show took it way back to ancient Greece, and Harper's Bazaar UK asks the question: "Could Chanel be the key to reviving gladiator sandals?” Prepare your calves.

One more.. Chanel Resort 18!! 😻💥 #chanelresort2018 #chanel

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3. Athleisure Takes On The Windbreaker

As in seasons past, fashion houses like Prada and Off-White put their own spin on windbreakers and sporty jackets.  

System perspective, overridden method. #PradaResort18 #Osservatorio

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Our "Sara Jessica parka " and claes Oldenburg ice pack bustier dress ! Resort -8

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4. Cowboy Up! Western Wear Is In

Remember how good Rihanna looked in Dior's Wild Wild West-inspired get-up? 

Introducing the #AcneStudios Women's Resort 2018 collection.

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5. Pleather and Patent Leather Shines On

It might be a little sweaty for warm weather, but we think mod shiny leather looks super fresh.

@tibi #TibiResort2018 Collection. Photography: @reedyoung Makeup: @cygmakeup Hair: @josephmaine

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6. Everything Stripes

So this isn't new or groundbreaking, but these bold stripes are just so eye-catching.

Taking #Resort18 for a spin. #CarolinaHerrera

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Introducing the new Sonia Rykiel Spring Summer 2018 pre-collection by @juliedelibran #PreCollection #SS18

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... match point ... #thombrowne #tbss18 resort 2018 model: #mamecamara

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Explore the #DerekLam10Crosby Pre-Spring 2018 Collection.

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