From modern minimalism to pared-back power dressing and top-to-toe colour, here’s your guide to the breakout trends of SS20
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Leather is taking on a more cheerful direction this season, so ditch autumn’s harsh matrix blacks and shop for rainbow brights instead as encouraged by Rochas and Louis Vuitton. Soft buttery leather in purples, blues and browns are giving us that spring feeling.
Denim dominated the runway with a casual, every-day aesthetic that ranged from stone wash to indigo. From Bermuda shorts at Chanel, to patchwork jackets at Alberta Ferretti and a fresh take on flares at Celine, the only way to wear denim is with more denim. Do we call a Britney and Justin revival?
Last season’s knee length styles have been given the chop, as shorts become even shorter for spring. Hermès, Longchamp and Ferragamo channelled 1950s beach babe with high-waisted briefs, whilst Isabel Marant’s relaxed cotton styles will see you through the season with ease.
Just as yellow was for AW19, orange is quite literally the hottest colour for SS20, and designers from Bottega Veneta to Moschino weren’t afraid of this tangy shade. From day dresses to sharp separates, Vitamin C never looked cooler.
Create prime space in your wardrobe for polka dot spots, or as we’re calling it, the new leopard print. For AW19 retro animal prints were reworked, which proved the season’s biggest hit, now the classic polka dot has been refreshed for spring with a mix of prints to try.
Take a trip down memory lane with flares, ruffles and suede signalling a nostalgic return to the 1970s. Designers proved that a mash up of clashing prints work best when layered or strewn across a free-flowing maxi dress for the modern woman.
Whether a simple slip dress or chic separates, designers portrayed a more minimal mood this season, leaving behind unconventional trends and adopting a make-under. Take cues from Daniel Lee at Bottega Veneta, with a less-is-more approach.
Spring’s make do and mend trend comes in the form of luxury crochet — that’s far from your grandmothers knitting. Simple beach cover-ups, upscaled knitwear and feminine bralettes set the tone for refined arts and crafts.
A springtime favourite associated with floral blooms, lilac reigns supreme for sheer feminine dresses spotted at Loewe, Nina Ricci and Preen by Thornton Bregazzi. This pale purple is the grown up millennial pink.
Florals, but groundbreaking. Graphic 60s inspired prints replaced the usual pretty petals this season, whilst wallpapered outfits at Fendi and Louis Vuitton ushered in a retro-revival. The bolder, the better.
For SS20, tailoring takes us out of the office with exaggerated proportions, wide-leg trousers, and pinstripes that aren’t reserved for 9-5. Proenza Schouler and Philosophy by Lorenzo Serafini prove that soft suiting is the new power dressing.
Get ready to clinch it in — sheer bodices and sharp boning are an absolute must for spring. Last season saw the beginning of a Renaissance revival, which has been carried into SS20 with Mugler-style corset spotted across the runway. Layer underwear as outerwear for an alternative take on the look.
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- Words by Gemma Deeks