Aintree ladies are famous for their ‘Dress to Impress’ glamour and high fashion, so get ahead of the crowd with the next hot trend tips to wear at Grand National 2018 – straight from the catwalks of London Fashion Week.

Frilled with Ruffles

Queen of the trends in 2017, the Ruffle is not yet ready to give up its frilly crown. Once more the ruffle waves to the fashion crowd and reigns supreme for the next season. From subtly small to ostentatiously oversized, 2018 will have a ruffle for everyone.

David Koma’s oversized structural lace ruffle proudly stands upright and meanders its way down a bright blue mini dress:

Emilio de la Morena’s large flounces of tiers cascade softly down mini dresses whilst rows of tiny ruffles encircle and hug body con midi skirts:

Left to right below: Sharon Wauchob keeps the Latin look alive with polka dots on a flamenco style dress.

Temperley London breezes in Riviera style with loose flowing ruffles on asymmetric necklines and hemlines

Preen’s ethereal ruffles incorporates the transparent trend too!

Sheer Delight

It is clearly transparent this trend is on its way up the Must Have list. But for Aintree, you may have to modify some of the catwalk looks by wearing a camisole or slip underneath.

Sharon Wauchob  embellishes her pale rose sheer chiffon dress with embroidered spots and delicate feathers. The knee length satin slip dress underlay with metallic beaded straps stylishly keeps modesty in check (below left).

Markus Lupfer adorns his sheer mini dress with a scattering of royal blue sequinned floral appliqués (below right).

Minki ruches the body of the dress (another trend for 2018) whilst keeping the sleeves and skirt sheer (below left).

Ralph & Russo’s sky blue silk gazar trench coat just needs a simple on trend slip dress underneath to complete a raceday outfit (below right).

A touch of sheer delight from Temperley London’s powder pink fitted dress as a transparent panel flares out below the knee (below left) whilst Preen is definitely the Scarlet Woman of the sheer trend (below right).

A One Off (the Shoulder)

The asymmetric style is on the way up to be the favourite neckline for 2018.

Emporio Armani shows off the simple diagonal neckline we all know and love. This little number (pictured below) hits all the trends with ruffles, sheer overlay and sequins. It is also in THE colour for 2018 – lavender.

Ralph & Russo square off their one shoulder style with an asymmetric fan sleeve (below).

David Koma balances his sexy cut-out shoulder with a figure-hugging thigh-high split skirt (left), whilst for a statement piece he half wraps his mini dress in a low cut asymmetric sheer ruffle (right).

Peter Pilotto also goes for the half wrap dress, this time a soft lingerie style in the fashionable lavender hue (below left).

Preen favours the dishevelled ‘just slipped off the shoulder’ look teamed with the handkerchief hem – another hot trend (below right).

Rise and Fall

Necklines are not the only ones to be off kilter this season, as variations of the handkerchief hemline zig zag their way in to the top trend list for 2018.

Preen stays true to the handkerchief style with a metallic off the shoulder dress:

Temperley London’s uneven hemlines billow for the soft bohemian look:

Peter Pilotto goes whimsical combining a fluid handkerchief hemline on a ruched skirt and off the shoulder lace bodice (below left). Pilotto also shows the sharper side of the asymmetrical hemline on a satin floral mini dress (below right).

Antonio Berardi teams soft undulating hemlines with smart tailored jackets whilst crisper Broderie Anglais layers cover a mini skater dress:

Putting on the Glitz

Sparkling onto the fashion wish list for 2018 is the sequin. Not only for the evening, this shining star will brighten up your Grand National day. Just keep the style simple during the day.

David Koma throws a glittering left hook with his sport luxe racer style mini dress embellished with vertical rows of sequin embroidery:

Emporio Armani softly veils the shimmering sequin mini dress with a sheer overlay and ruffle:

Temperley London goes dotty with oversized sequins adorning a chiffon jumpsuit, whilst abstract lines of sequins twinkle on her pistachio satin and lace wrap dress:

Jiri Kalfar dazzles with a silver sequin bodice jumpsuit and metallic blue blazer:

The King of the Sequins is designer Ashish who has always included these shiny discs in his range ever since he set up his label in 2001. This season is no different with the fashionable slip dress spicing up the catwalk in tomato red sequins:

These are just five of the trends for SS18 to whet your fashionista appetite. Main colours to look out for range from the softer pastel shades of lavender, rose pink, mauve and light green to the bolder hues of yellow, lime, bright blue and tomato red. Choose a shade that will complement your own colouring.

Photography: Markus Lupfer – Andrew Vowles; Emilio de la Morena – Antonio Salgado.

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