Cruise presentations (otherwise known as Resort) are considered to showcase some of the most important collections of the fashion calendar. As a collection, it ends up on the shop shelves and rails longer than any other, and it’s a chance to ease your wardrobe from autumn/winter into spring/summer as seamlessly as sartorially possible – offering a transition between two cornerstone seasons.
By January, we’ll all be pining for a wardrobe refresh so we decided it was time to get a head start. Here, we’ve rounded up the key colour trends for Cruise 2020, the spectrum leads from monochrome to white, camel to yellow, and then on to passionate red. These are the looks that really caught our eye…
If black is usually your go-to – these monochrome looks are guaranteed to inspire. The many ways Chanel reinvents this humble pairing is unfathomable, the same colour combination somehow manages to look fresh and current season after season. For Resort 2020, it was this tiered dress that had us dreaming of summers on the Riviera. Versace headed back to their ’80s heyday for a power-shoulder infused collection of very sexy separates, while Stella McCartney offered an easy-to-wear, effortlessly chic take on the trend.
To wear top-to-toe white and stay pristine is every girl’s fashion dream. Its purity is so appealing and somehow manages to make the most tired of skin seem fresh when set against it. Chloé and Valentino offered romance with ruffles and billowing chiffons, while Stella offered a feminine take on a utility-style boiler suit for Cruise 2020. And Max Mara’s appliquéd wool and cashmere coat-and-trouser combination managed to be understated and opulent at the same time.
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Nudes, beiges and camels are the hues wardrobe staples are made from, and a perfect base to add colour to. SemSem is known for precision tailoring and glamorous evening wear – this two-piece suit with its soft and flirty feather details combines the two elements perfectly. Saint Laurent’s Resort line showed one of the most wearable looks we’ve seen so far – we predict this lace-up utility dress will be a cult buy for the season. Burberry and Stella used beige and camel to add a touch of classicism to modern silhouettes.
Nothing prepares you for spring summer quite like a colour injection, and no colour is more closely associated with dawn of the aforementioned season than yellow. Giambatista Valli didn’t hold back when offering his take on the trend. Meter upon meter of silk chiffon was gathered and layered into a show-stopping tiered floor-length gown. In a slightly richer tone, Paule Ka offered pleated chiffon dress which oozed wearability. Elsewhere, MaxMara and Versace turned to mustard to add a ‘70s spin to tailoring.
Moving on from deep and dark yellows to complimentary rich reds, it’s a bold colour choice which makes a comeback season after season. Alexander McQueen’s looks offered a juxtaposition of femininity – tulle and ruffles – and business-like structure – sharply tailored blazers. Zuhari Murad presented a Cruise 2020 collection with an unabashedly ladylike delicacy through lace-trimmed dresses. Valentino’s turned to terracotta for impactful drapery, and Versace used deep orange and red as a base for leopard print – providing a doubly sexy fashion assault.
- Words by Elaine Lloyd-Jones
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