Just as yellow reigned supreme on the autumn/winter catwalks, another bright colour was prevalent for the new season with designers across the cities injecting tangerine orange into their collections. Seen in ballgown form at Valentino and Emilia Wickstead, in day dresses at Stella McCartney and Rejina Pyo and in separates at Prada and Ferretti, there is no bolder way to brighten up your SS20 wardrobe.
Valentino, Stella McCartney, Emilia Wickstead, Rejina Pyo, Prada, Alberta Ferretti
2 Who wears short shorts?
It seems that next summer is going to be all about showing off your pins with plenty of designers sending the tiniest of shorts down the catwalk. While Chanel paired jersey hotpants with tights, Etro gave the trend an officewear spin, Saint Laurent and Brandon Maxwell betted on leather and Isabel Marant, Ferretti and Givenchy made a case for the denim cut-off comeback.
Etro, Chanel, Alberta Ferretti, Brandon Maxwell, Isabel Marant, Saint Laurent, Givenchy
3 The spring boot
While lace-up gladiators are key in the sandal game next spring, the most surprising footwear trend to come out of the SS20 shows was the boot. In what can be seen perhaps as a signal of the loosening of seasonality, numerous designers chose to accessorise their spring collections with what was previously winter-appropriate footwear. Christopher Kane did it with the cowboy, Saint Laurent made it slouchy, while Prada and Pyer Moss championed the leather knee-high and Molly Goddard and Loewe gave boots a summertime spin with an injection of bright colour.
Prada, Pyer Moss, Molly Goddard, Christopher Kane, Loewe, Saint Laurent
4 The power of polka dots
Pack away those florals next spring because there is a new print in town. Polka dots were seen all over the catwalks, covering statement mini dresses at Richard Quinn, layered up at Max Mara, given a colourful spin at Erdem and worked into ladylike looks at Carolina Herrera and Michael Kors. Whether with your workwear or for a night out, polka dots are taking pride of place for the new season.
Altuzarra, Erdem, Carolina Herrera, Richard Quinn, Michael Kors, Max Mara, Balmain
5 Happy blues
Designers seemed to be turning to blues this season, but not in a moody way. At Molly Goddard, Stella McCartney and Boss, punchy bright blue shone through the collections in the form of tulle or pleated dresses and a pair of striking satin shorts stole the show at Staud. Prabal Gurung meanwhile created the ultimate bright blue power suit, while Preen’s most talked-about design was that punchy tiered dress.
Prabal Gurung, Boss, Stella McCartney, Molly Goddard, Preen, Staud, Jonathan Simkhai
6 Weird and wonderful hats
If you’re in the market for a statement accessory next spring, you better make it a hat. Weird and wonderful designs were shown, from Rejina Pyo’s floppy, wide-brimmed number to Max Mara’s army caps and Prada’s unique turned-up bucket hats.
Lanvin, Burberry, Rejina Pyo, Alberta Ferretti, Max Mara, Prada
7 The fashion safari
From Dolce & Gabbana’s jungle-inspired collection to Max Mara’s army outfits and the numerous bulky, pocket-heavy jackets seen at Hermes, Stella McCartney, Jonathan Simkhai and Bottega, there was an injection of safari-inspired fashion across the collections, which you can channel in everything from shirts and shorts to jackets and belt bags for the season ahead.
Dolce & Gabbana, Hermes, Max Mara, Stella McCartney, Jonathan Simkhai, Bottega Veneta
8 Hold on to your handbag
Clutch bags have been enjoying a revival of late with the street-style set particularly favouring Bottega Veneta’s ‘Pouch’ – and next season, it will be the bag to be seen with once again as the likes of Versace, Givenchy, Bottega, Isabel Marant, Marc Jacobs, Miu Miu and Rejina Pyo all championed them in a big way.
Versace, Givenchy, Bottega Veneta, Rejina Pyo, Isabel Marant
9 Take me back
You could call it the Tarantino effect as numerous designers harked back to the late ’60s/early ’70s with a free spirited take on their collections. From Alberta Ferretti’s retro suede to Fendi’s psychedelic touches and Rixo’s full-blown recreation of Woodstock, the style icon for SS20 might just be found at the Once Upon A Time In Hollywood ranch.
Missoni, Alberta Ferretti, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Rixo
10 Total whiteout
Tonal dressing has been gaining momentum in recent seasons and SS20 favoured top-to-toe white. Gabriela Hearst, Victoria Beckham, Ralph & Russo and Tom Ford layered up the white suit, while Pierpaolo Piccoli made the entire first section of the Valentino show stark white. Chanel, Pyer Moss and Off-White also used the colour heavily throughout their spring collections. Tricky to keep clean perhaps, but surely the most effortless way to look chic for the new season.
Gabriela Hearst, Off-White, Valentino, Victoria Beckham, Tom Ford, Ralph & Russo, Pyer Moss
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