- Whitney Sylvain
SPRING 2020 MAJOR RUNWAY TRENDS.
From the runways of New York, London, Milan, and Pars, statements were made and the production teams behind these shows really outdid themselves. Pyer Moss shut down King's Theatre in Brooklyn as models walked the runway to the voices of a 65-person choir. JLo made us clutch our pearls when reinventing her iconic VMA red carpet moment for Versace’s SS20 finale. Rihanna took us to Savage X Fenty-land with a runway show complete with live music and choreography exclusively for Amazon Video subscribers. (Someone check on Victoria’s Secret, please!) Fashion week was simultaneously Instagram-worthy and memorable. The Spring/Summer 2020 shows created moments we devoured and will revisit and reference in fashion’s future.
While the shows productions accumulated excitement this month, the catwalks are keeping us on our toes with new trends to refresh our wardrobes for next Spring. One look at fashion month’s runways and you’ll see that Spring/Summer 2020 fashion is going to be a mixture of sophistication, functionality, and wit—all of which we can’t wait to be a part of. Designers are answering our call for celebrating the women of today, from her most modest moments to her need to embrace her sexuality—in all of its forms. Read further to see the major runway trends from the SS20 collections, and prepare your budgets to react accordingly.
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Bring back the Mad Men wardrobe, baby. The suiting trend, which made an impressive impact on our SS19 style has solidified its status for more seasons to come. The Spring 2020 rendition of the blazer and pant movement is reinvigorated this time with key updates like Bermuda shorts, drop waist pants, and reconstructed blazers.
FROM LEFT: Genny, Ottolinger, Max Mara, Saint Laurent
DOSE OF DENIM
Does denim on denim ever really go out of style? Nope. At Cushnie denim danced with momentum and rhythm and at Margiela, denim confirmed structured silhouettes. Maintaining the fabric’s wearability, elegant jumpsuits and blazers are reinterpreted in denim fabrics for a more elevated-casual update.
FROM LEFT: Gucci, Givenchy, MM6 Maison Margiela, Cushnie, Celine, Lutz Huelle, Chanel, Alberta Ferretti
IN THE TRENCHES
Typically, when spring begins, we’d rather not need outerwear; but with the way the weather is set up, we may need a trench coat—or two—to stay warm until the temperature rises. From Michael Kors to Rokh, mixed materials, puffed shoulders, and moto closures take center stage to refresh this classic silhouette.
FROM LEFT: Michael Kors Collection, Rokh, Versace, Koche
All hail the trend that single-handedly rescued us from micro-purses. Utility pockets take even the most feminine silhouettes to a more functional level. Look forward to seeing utility features in every aspect of design for SS20.
FROM LEFT: Maison Margiela Maz Mara, Bottega Veneta, Ottolinger
Finally, a trend that feels a bit more Spring-forward. Keep the body shimmer on deck, peek-a-boo skin is a subtle way to exude that summer sex appeal we all crave when the temperature rises.
FROM LEFT: Stella McCatney, Antonio Grimaldi, Maki Oh, Guy Laroche
Why are we accustomed to reserving our shiny fabrics only for holiday festivities? While sparkle is typically associated with a more jubilant time of the year, this trend is changing that narrative. The newest rendition of sequins is offered alongside casual fabrics and in high-summer colors for easy daytime wear. So, this time around from March through October, let the good times roll.
FROM LEFT: Iceberg, Faith Connection, Vaquera, Christian Cowan
Craving a tropical getaway? Must be all the palm-printed looks that slunk down the SS20 runways. Versace showed tropical prints representing that fast-paced Miami style with electrifying colors and sharp silhouettes. Giorgio Armani made us crave a seaside, with a tranquil watercolor version of the leafy pattern. Now, all I need to do is book a trip that appropriately complements these vacation prints!
FROM LEFT: Leonard Paris, Cividini, Giorgio Armani, Versace
ORANGE YOU READY FOR SPRING?
The catwalks have spoken. The color of the SS20 season is orange. From delicate sorbet tones to tomato-enhanced hues, embrace citrus colors in 2020.
FROM LEFT: Valentino, Rochas, Miu-Miu, Alberta Ferretti
UNDERWEAR AS OUTERWEAR
Garter Belts! Bralettes! Corsets! Rather you call it letting your freak flag fly, or simply being fly af, the runways are showing us just how sexy our style has the potential to get. The underwear as outerwear trend is heavily encouraged. Dion Lee presented a utility chic undergarment aesthetic while Vera Wang took the mysterious and sensual route. There will be no getting away from lingerie elements this season.
FROM LEFT: Vera Wang, Olivier Theyskens, Dion Lee, Dolce & Gabbana
When Kia Gerber donned a buttoned vest, a low-cut pair of shorts, and strutted the runway in riding boots for Saint Laurent, it felt so nostalgic…so right. With suiting being a key trend, it’s no wonder this menswear staple is making a comeback. Tap into vests for Spring. Wear them under your suit or simply wear them alone for an effortlessly sensual rendition. Vests are back. And Celine, Dion Lee, and Ermanno Scervino all agree.
FROM LEFT: Saine Laurent, Celine, Dion Lee, Ermanno Scervino
SLINKY LOW WAIST SKIRTS
High-waisted everything dominated our closets for the past decade. Now, it seems low waist skirts are making their way back onto our radars. Is the pendulum swinging the opposite direction? Will this 80’s trend give us life one again? Balmain, Mugler, Versace, and LaQuan Smith all seem to think so.
FROM LEFT: Versace, Mugler, Balmain, LaQuan Smith
DRENCHED IN DOTS
There’s no way one can wear this trend and not feel—and read—more youthful. Even when presented in a more refined and sophisticated light, like from Altuzarra and Haider Ackermann polka dots are spontaneous and spark true joy. It’s no wonder Minnie Mouse made it her print of choice.
FROM LEFT: Sacai, Michael Kors, Haider Ackermann, Altuzarra
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