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THE A-Z OF SPRING SUMMER 2020 TRENDS
Let our A to Z of trends, sub-trends and fashion facts to know take you and your wardrobe into 2020 and beyond.
ALL OVER METALLICS
All-over metallics tap into the ongoing trend for glamorous partywear and day-to-night dressing. These metallic hues are still the gold standard of style, and deliver a futuristic sheen.
It’s time to pare back your silhouettes with the season’s fluid silk blouses and dresses from Bottega Veneta, Jil Sander, and Mugler.
DIOR’S INCLUSIVE GARDEN
Maria Grazia Chiuri created an “inclusive garden” that was inspired by archival photographs of Catherine Dior, Christian Dior’s sister, showing her surrounded by flowers in her garden, which was her passion. The impact of this inspiration was felt throughout the collection (on floral-embroidered pieces, straw hats and textured raffia dresses) and through the impressive set, which included more than 100 trees.
ERDEM ON MODOTTI
Erdem always arrives at his collections through the biographies of particular people. This time, it was the life of Tina Modotti, showcasing each outfit “like a postcard from a part of her life.”
Born in Italy, Modotti became a silent movie actress in Hollywood and a photographer in Mexico. The pictures of Modotti’s stylish life inspired Erdem’s voluminous proportions, the exaggerated shape of yoke blouses, rose embroideries, and the fringed shawls, along with bright pops of colour.”
Spell out romantic femininity with weightless frills. Frills and ruffles, from fine cotton to sheer organza, appear in abundance, setting an ultra-feminine mood for evening and occasion wear as seen at Victoria Beckham, Gucci and Isabel Marant.
Inspired by exotic destinations spring merges jungle hues with tropical tones. Oversized silhouettes in happy and uplifting colours are seen across the collections, from Amazonian green at Versace to neon brights at Valentino. Carefully crafted techniques of raffia and lace add rich texture to the high summer trend. Whether it’s the French countryside at Dior or the Sicilian jungle at Dolce & Gabbana, holiday dressing takes centre stage for the season ahead.
From surface and form to pattern and construction, a focus on intricate techniques like knotting and macramé - as seen at Loewe update designs with a refreshing and unique character. A sense of human connection and a traditional approach to workmanship is making waves this season.
IRISH LINEN & LACE
Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen made great use of Irish linen in her spring summer 2020 collection. She worked primarily with fabric from Northern Ireland made from flax grown at a particular female-owned farm. She also created damasks with the sole remaining linen weaver in Ireland; a process where cloth is covered in potato starch and then pounded on a wood machine. Burton also designed embroideries of vivid, blooming endangered flowers for a dress of silk faille and an ivory suit.
J-LO IN THE JUNGLE
Jennifer Lopez walked the Versace runway during Milan Fashion Week in a new version of her iconic “Jungle” dress, which led to the creation of Google Images in 2001. Her appearance received $94 million worth of media mentions and online engagement and “that” dress will be available in store this spring.
New to our Dublin store New York label Khaite is all about balance; be it between masculine and feminine, classic and modern, or strength and softness. The founder Catherine Holstein creates clothes for the 21st century woman.
Khaite is now available in our Dublin stor
LOVE DRIES VAN NOTEN X LACROIX
Christian Lacroix made a surprise return to the runway today via Dries Van Noten’s spring summer 2020 collection. Flowers, feathers, ribbons, animal prints, embellishments and exuberant silhouettes appeared on the runway, in a fusion of Lacroix’s signatures and the Belgian designer’s own design language. A fashion marriage made in heaven.
With Casey Cadwallader firmly at the helm at Mugler and a renewed fascination with Thierry Mugler’s vintage work from the 1980s and 1990s the brand is riding the wave of the zeitgeist. Mugler’s legacy pieces has emboldened Cadwallader with its extreme tailoring and sexy silhouettes—Bella Hadid opened the show in a cropped jacket, net corset, and derrière-lifting stockings, get ready to supermodel your way into spring.
What’s fluoro pink, orange, blue, green, and yellow, and refuses to blend in with the crowd? All the highlighter-inspired neons graced your favourite catwalks, from Valentino and Dolce & Gabbana to Victoria Beckham and MSGM. These vibrant shades are the only way to make an entrance this spring.
From Richard Quinn’s exuberant florals to Dolce’s Sicilian jungle and Dries Van Note’s blend of floral and polkas - the bolder and more over-the-top the print the better.
The 1980s-style power suit has the effect of making you stand a little taller and hold your head a little higher. Championed by fashion powerhouses Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta and Victoria Beckham this spring brings new meaning to what it means to wear a power suit.
QUEEN OF DOTS
The polka is the queen of dots next spring. We spotted the trend at Dries Van Noten and Dolce & Gabbana, where designers played with proportions and offered the classic print in new shapes and sizes.
A special collaboration between Dries Van Noten and Christian Lacroix resulted not only in fashion alchemy but in the introduction of sustainably minded fabrics, from an exquisite recycled taffeta a fabric made from plastic, in the hands of these great masters became a thing of real beauty. Available exclusively in our Dublin store.
SO HOT RIGHT NOW
The new brand to know Nanushka believes that if a garment is designed to function well, it will by definition be beautiful. Based in her hometown of Budapest, the contemporary label creates wardrobe staples in vegan leather (she doesn’t use animal products) for her jackets and separates. This one’s for animal and fashion lovers everywhere.
New to our Dublin store Totême is a fashion and lifestyle brand established in 2014 by Swedish couple Elin Kling and Karl Lindman. The Stockholm-based label specializes in effortless ready-to-wear with a sculptural edge, made with the contemporary woman in mind.
Totême is coming to our Dublin store this March.
In a politically turbulent year, customers looked to fashion for survival. Utility-inspired looks were hot on the catwalks, showcasing the continuing ease of silhouettes combined with an appreciation for multifunctional styles. Bottega Veneta and Prada Resort showcased utility inspired shirts and magnificently detailed tailoring teamed with fluid dresses to soften the mood.
When it comes to sleeves, go big or go home. Take your cues from the brands taking sleeves to the max.
Tonal dressing has been gaining momentum in recent seasons and spring favoured a top-to-toe white out, as seen at Victoria Beckham, Loewe, Valentino, and Bottega Veneta. Tricky to keep clean perhaps, but surely the most effortless way to look chic for the new season?
Seductive sweetheart necklines and off-the-shoulder silhouettes made a big statement on the catwalk and we think they are certain to be sure-fire hits: Mugler and Miu Miu reveal the décolletage just-so.
YOU’LL BE WEARING SUMMER SHORTS
Shorts take hold as the shape of the season; tailored, thigh-grazing or relaxed, they are all having a moment. Longer lengths in both suiting styles and leather are found at Bottega Veneta and Givenchy. While utility-style shorts remain at Dolce & Gabbana, and Khaite.
Wellness, self-care and sustainability have been buzz words for the 2010s, this decade think more mindfully and sustainably in all your fashion choices. Look to Stella McCartney to lead the way.
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