5 sartorial rules from the Michael Kors AW18 show

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  • A Valentine to personal style

    Set on Valentine’s Day, Michael Kors‘ AW18 runway show was appropriately a ‘Valentine to personal style’, and the overarching theme was that as long as you do you, your style will always be on point.

    It was a riot of colour and clashing prints, a bit of a departure from the designer’s usual tailored coats and fitted dresses in muted shades.

    Here are five key fashion rules that set the agenda for next season.

    If you’re sitting front row, red is really the only outfit of choice

    FROWs don’t get much better than Emily Blunt, Zendaya and Blake Lively, who were all singing along to Britney Spears (one of the many tracks from the show, which ended with Julie Andrew’s My Favourite Things in a totally random yet brilliant twist). Running with the V Day theme, both Blake and Zendaya wore red, Blake in a PVC trench and Zendaya in a tracksuit and it totally worked.

    AW18 is about clashing ALL the prints

    And I mean all of them. Tartan, checks, camo, florals and leopard print all featured in the show, mixed and matched to your heart’s content. There were camo cargo pants with leopard print slides, floral slip dresses with checked blazers and leopard print coats over face print frocks. Take note: next season, anything goes as long as it clashes beautifully.

    Don’t ditch the hats just yet

    Hats are back in full force for AW18, and they come in all shapes and sizes. There are zebra print trilby hats, faux fur berets (Michael Kors has stepped away from using real fur) and striped beanies. It’s officially chic to be warm next winter.

    Hi-lo fashion is still a winner

    Whether it’s teaming a biker jacket with a hoodie, a feminine floral dress with heavy duty boots or suits with slides, it’s all about putting a casual spin on your chic favourites.

    Do shop in the menswear section next season

    A nice touch for Valentine’s Day, the show encouraged gender fluid fashion, with men walking down the runway in similar checked trousers, striped tops and patent brogues to the women’s. Loose tailoring is a key trend for AW18, so don’t be shy.

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