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.
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.
3. Athleisure Takes On The Windbreaker
4. Cowboy Up! Western Wear Is In
Remember how good Rihanna looked in Dior's Wild Wild West-inspired get-up?
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.
6. Everything Stripes
So this isn't new or groundbreaking, but these bold stripes are just so eye-catching.
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