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7 TRENDS TO HAVE ON YOUR RADAR
Say hello to spring’s most glorious new trends. Our Fashion Director Shelly Corkery sums up the season...
“Spring Summer 2020 is a romantic season that merges topical themes, clean lines and a shot of 1970s and 1980s nostalgia. Fabrics take centre stage with Irish linen and lace at Alexander McQueen to recycled taffeta at Dries Van Noten x Christian Lacroix making sustainability and a focus on hand craft the order of the day.”
See our guide to the 7 fashion trends you need to know here…
1. 1970S ELEGANCE
THE SHOWS: A trend that is all about bringing back the nostalgic elegance of the 1970s in a thoroughly modern way; Paco Rabanne, Victoria Beckham, Celine, Saint Laurent and Prada were leaders of the look.
THE WOW PIECES: Sheer, vintage-style dresses from Paco Rabanne, and tailored jackets and midi skirts from Victoria Beckham are set to be your go-to summer look.
HOW TO STYLE NOW? 1970s midi-dresses and elegant suits get a modern spin when layered with unexpected colourways and summer boots.
If I can give women the confidence to wear greens and purples or windowpane checks, I think it’s great.Victoria Beckham
2. CONSIDERED CRAFT
THE SHOWS: A sense of craft returned to the runway with Irish linen and lace in particular taking a moment in the spotlight. Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen created dresses made by damask linens woven by Ulster weavers Thomas Ferguson, the last linen weaver in Ireland, while Dries Van Noten and Christian Lacroix made fashion magic with a collaboration that resulted in archive prints and recycled fabrics.
THE WOW PIECES: Alexander McQueen’s intricate Irish linen dresses were masterpieces in handcraft while Dries Van Noten x Lacroix archive prints were poetry in motion.
HOW TO STYLE NOW? Define the season’s white or black dresses with a contrasting black leather belt as seen at Alexander McQueen.
I love the idea of people having the time to make things together, the time to meet and talk together, the time to reconnect to the world.Sarah Burton, Alexander McQueen
3. EXUBERANT 1980s
THE SHOWS: Designers had fun with unabashedly extravagant 1980s shapes and lavish prints this spring. Balenciaga, Versace and Richard Quinn paid homage to the true era of exuberance.
THE WOW PIECES: Mugler’s head-turning silhouettes and Richard Quinn’s explosive prints.
HOW TO STYLE NOW? Let your florals and your sleeves do the talking.
I design for strong, independent women so there are no barriers to what can be created. I take a subversive take on the familiar, putting textile designs into lots of different contexts.Richard Quinn
4. CLEAN FUTURE
THE SHOWS: It’s time to ease into effortless dressing; clean lines meet a feminine sensibility for a thoroughly modern look.
THE WOW PIECES: Heroes include Bottega Veneta’s fluid silk dresses and Mugler’s striking 1990s supermodel dresses.
HOW TO STYLE NOW? Stay tonal and work a gentle palette of barely there nude tones in easy to wear silhouettes, finish with slides and sleek hair.
I want to make a statement – I don’t see the point in making fashion that doesn’t say something.Daniel Lee, Bottega Veneta
THE SHOWS: Embrace a new Victoriana this spring. Erdem, Khaite and Dries Van Noten offer the most exquisite florals and fanciful ruffles to revel in now.
THE WOW PIECES: When Dries Van Noten collaborated with Christian Lacroix, a maximalist, eccentric collided with a pure minimalist, and the result was a symphony of puff sleeves and recycled taffeta (embracing a sustainable slant) – while Erdem and Khaite’s elegant Neo-Victorian ruffles and flounces are set to be true crowd-pleasers come wedding season.
HOW TO STYLE NOW? Don’t restrict yourself to any silhouette. Shapes sculpt the female form or fall completely with ease - the choice is yours.
It was the combination of period dress and traditional dress that interested me... as well as the amazing colours of Mexico City – all those saturated cardamom, yellows, and pinks.Erdem
6. MODERN UTILITY
THE SHOWS: The catwalks brought an effortless vibe to the fore with looks that showcased workwear details (from pockets to shirting) in truly elegant ways. Bottega Veneta, Prada Resort and Sportmax worked utility-inspired tailoring and magnificently detailed cotton dresses to the max.
THE WOW PIECES: Bottega Veneta’s workwear-inspired suits with patch pockets and Prada’s floral tailoring will be the take-you-anywhere pieces of the season.
HOW TO STYLE NOW? Embrace the return of heels. This look is made to be worn with sandals or square-toed pumps.
Personal style is more important than clothes.Miuccia Prada
7. PARADISE ISLAND
THE SHOWS: Fashion wants you to have fun this summer. Designers were inspired by exotic destinations, from the French countryside at Dior to the Sicilian jungle at Dolce & Gabbana.
THE WOW PIECES: That Amazonian green jungle dress as seen on Jennifer Lopez at Versace to neon brights at Valentino.
HOW TO STYLE NOW? Raffia accessories and bucket hats are the only ways to accompany this haute holiday look.
We went to the Sicilian jungle this season. We enjoy making something glamorous, and we love a sense of happiness and summertime. It’s our philosophy.Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana
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7 FASHION TRENDS FOR 2019
See and shop the biggest spring/summer 2020 fashion trends here from the runways of New York, Milan, Paris, and London.