10 Upcoming Trends, According to Chanel

I haven’t seen delight quite like that of the roomful of dressed-up adults who, upon entering Chanel’s Fall 2018 venue, realized it was literally fall again. It even smelled like it. The best part is that after Chanel’s fall, Paris’ spring is less than a month away.

Wet leaves stuck to the bottom of heels and dad sneakers as guests walked to their seats. Speaking of dads, the number of dad jokes I heard about this being “a walk in the park” were countless (I’m just as guilty). Tall, bare-branched trees lined the room, and for the guests to sit on: sliced-in-half logs. The whole set-up was social media heaven as guests paused for selfies in front of tree trunks.

The atmosphere was a little melancholy (Karl’s word choice, per Suzy Menkes’ Instagram), but maybe there’s just something inherently melancholy about autumn. Robert Frost’s “Nothing Gold Can Stay” always comes to mind when I think of my own “this is beautiful, so why do I feel glum?” late-autumnal mood during a particularly amber sunset. There’s also something to the idea that sadness is somehow intertwined with romance.

But anyway! The clothes weren’t sitting around crying so I don’t know why I am. The accessories were bright and the collection as a whole was elegant. Below, for your viewing and planning pleasure, 10 upcoming trends, according to Chanel.

1. Prepare to sample a boot combo platter.

Chanel Fall/Winter ’18

We might enter a bit of boot-height confusion, or boot-height inclusion: there were thigh-highs, mid-calf-highs, just-below-the knee-highs — and all of them worked. Isn’t it fun when “lots of options” is the trend and you get to interpret as you wish?

2. Mid-calf skirts didn’t go away, but at Chanel, they’ve returned.

Chanel Fall/Winter ’18

They’ve also found their way to the tops of ankles. I’m all for pants (especially when they’re all gold, or all quilted, as seen here) but sometimes, in the fall, it’s nice to wear a skirt without the brrr.

3. You know what else is “back”? The topknot. 

Chanel Fall/Winter ’18

Personally, I stopped a while back because it reminded me of how I did my hair during a really specific time in my life. But you know the Chanel effect: suddenly the most everyday thing (including yoga hair) looks ingenious.

4. If you’re thinking about a pair of patent leather oxfords…

Chanel Fall/Winter ’18

Think about finding a pair with super pointy toes. Not everyone’s a boot person, you know. (They also came in gold.) They’ll go great with your craving for knit skirts, lace skirts and bell coats, not to mention your penchant for shins that breathe (just me?).

5. Glitter skin. It’s a thing.

Chanel Fall/Winter ’18

I saw it at Chanel in a subtle capacity (but at Giambattista Valli on Monday, models faces were lacquered in it). It’s essentially a going-out top for your cheekbones.

6. Orange and salmon accents are just the thing to break up an otherwise monochromatic outfit.

Chanel Fall/Winter ’18

Perfect for those who want to try wearing more color but can’t stomach the full rainbow. Also, in the fall, it’s a sneaky way to dress thematically without looking like a pumpkin (not that I’m opposed) (you know I love a theme).

7. If you’re into layering, try a sweater around your shoulders, under a scarf.

Chanel Fall/Winter ’18

This is one of those tricks that looks super clever but is so easy even a baby chipmunk could do it. Magic? Nope — but close: Chanel.

8. Hoods are crowns if you think about it.

Chanel Fall/Winter ’18

If never been a hood person, but after Valentino and now Chanel, I want to wear mine up and over my head. Because of Chanel specifically, and over-bundled toddlers, I want to wrap a scarf around my neck to secure the hood as a crown.

9. Royal blue, though only present in one look, is very clearly the “next big” color.

Chanel Fall/Winter ’18

Leandra called this. I was hesitant at first, but I think I’m sold. Millennial pink needs a vacation anyway.

10. Gloves: the new sleeves?

Chanel Fall/Winter ’18

As relieved as my feet felt upon seeing flats with dresses, my neck felt upon seeing yet another balaclava, my shins felt upon seeing glitter tights, and my armpits felt upon seeing folded over tote bags, it’s my elbows who are the most thrilled: hot pink gloves that reach all the way up to twin biceps? Yes please! And thank you!

Feature photo by Peter White/Getty Images.

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  • Patrizia Chiarenza

    CHANEL rules all others, every time. <3

  • Love the setting and the coats in slide 3 and 4 knocked me out! Also very much here for the face glitter…

  • Rosie

    The first five are all screaming The Labyrinth (the movie with David Bowie) at me, and I love it, I’d like to start channeling Jennifer Connelly in an oversize shirt and waist coat as soon as possible.

  • Kattigans

    I saw this show on IG and omg I loooove it. I love the black lace dress Kaia Gerber wears so good. Also how did they pull of the production of the show + scour for all those leaves!?! Were they real? C’est magnifique!

    Also yes to royal blue and cerulean! I feel like primary colors have been making a comeback since the back half of 2017. Any one else agree?

  • Kasey

    This show gave me chills. Even through a computer screen I had butterflies.

  • Been craving royal blue (and ultra violet) these days like there’s no other…

  • “Yoga hair” exactly!! This is like an elevated version of the topknot I do for Pilates. So cute!! And I am thrilled that it’s a hair trend that I almost can do already and will not require a lot of efforts to do in everyday life. Hooray for wearable runway inspo!

  • Anna Impson

    Can I add another new trend Chanel brought to the table? Being posh af in the woods. I mean, this contrast is just so beautiful, and the idea of having a v glamor party in the middle of the woods fills me with excitement.

  • Court E. Thompson

    The GLOVES! Yes, yes, yes!

  • Olivia Black

    glitter skin! that’s been happening! I love it it’s better than a highlight & more fun/festive!!

    • Olivia Black

      also…. shiny pants??? can I cop???? like wow

      • Emily Michaelis

        definitely agree that shiny pants are a trend as well.