The Summertime is perfect for taking risks when it comes to your wardrobe choices. Using bold patterns, bright colours, and different fabrics can be tricky, so we gathered for you all the best and biggest fashion trends for the hottest season of the year!
Follow these fashion trends and you’ll be sure to amaze in every single look you wear!
California on your mind? It’s on everyone’s mind with this fashion trend! Raf Simons kicked things off with Calvin Klein’s homage to Jaws (“one good bite deserves another”, as the Jaws 2 movie poster dictated), dressing models in fangirl T-shirts with unpeeling wetsuit skirts while Proenza Schouler brought up the rear with some polished takes on tied-and-dyed. The Italians caught shark fever in Milan, with surfing-inspired collections at Etro (two real-life surfer girls even walked the catwalk) and Sportmax. Meanwhile, in Paris, Marine Serre worked her usual magic on upcycled neoprene wetsuits and transformed them into statement-making gowns.
Change of Lace
A fashion trend that first surfaced in the Cruise collections cemented its status for summer: lace is no longer a lunching lady, and now has “down with the kids” aspirations. Next season’s exemplars at Christopher Kane, Erdem and Victoria Beckham saw lace sliced and diced and reworked into masculine silhouettes.
There will be no getting away from this design trend next season: from patchworked Seventies-era crochet to fisherman weaves to macramé appliqué, its threads left to fly, a crafty theme swept through the summer collections. There’s nothing homespun about this fashion trend, though: artisanal craftsmanship has gone high-end.
All The Trimmings
Next season’s partywear diktat is as frou-frou as they come: just add feathers and fringe. From Givenchy’s rhinestone capes, which boasted a healthy hip-skimming length of crystal fringing, to the explosions of feather trims at Richard Quinn, No.21, MSGM, Valentino and Loewe, a fanciful impulse for frisson-pumped clothing is a non-mover.
Head and Shoulders
No, the shampoo is not the fashion trend of the summer. You’re not fully dressed without a hat – but which will take your fancy? Rodarte’s tulle net explosions and Valentino’s raffia sun hats are so bombastic they require a drop-top; Simone Rocha and Erdem were both feeling a Victorian sense of discretion, and Max Mara has revived the chic scarf.
Get Into Print
Versace and Dolce & Gabbana set the tone in Milan with pieces that mixed the puritanical with the proud, executed in retina-searing hues; Balenciaga picked up the print pointer with a collection that fused the most severe of tailoring silhouettes with shouty print-splattered dresses, a take on the Balenciaga logo for those customers madly buying into branding.
The easiest way to energise your wardrobe? Take your tailoring in joyful tutti frutti shades next summer. At the recently revived Escada, suits came in saturated shades of mimosa, while citrus shades proliferated at Balenciaga, Roksanda, Peter Pilotto and Boss. Optic white shoes are the footwear match of choice, and as for underneath? Ideally, nothing.
Some people decorate their days with perfume or diamonds. May we suggest a supersized bow – preferably, pinned to your shoulder blades, left to trail majestically in your wake? At Emilia Wickstead, Erdem and Richard Quinn, bows were as bouncy as children’s castles; at Valentino, where they exploded from the bust of taffeta gowns, they announced their wearer with more fanfare than a trumpet.
On Your Bike
Chanel first paired slick black cycling shorts with an oversized bouclé jacket and logo chain belt back in 1991, via the lithe form of Linda Evangelista. An almost identical look graced the catwalk for 2019 when Anna Ewers donned a fuchsia jacket, sleeves rolled up, and waltzed across the beach barefoot. This means cycling shorts design trend, a slow-burn on the street style front as well as on catwalks last season, are back – and Fendi, Prada, Roberto Cavalli and MSGM all agree.
Party dresses and strong shoulders are still going strong, but it’s the acid wash denim that caught our eye, first at Proenza Schouler in New York, then at Isabel Marant, Off-White, Celine and Balmain, in Paris.
The ‘it’ item of the season? Time to renew your boiler service: an all-in-one suit is now your go-to wardrobe solution. At Hermès they came in pops of colour; elsewhere, at Stella McCartney and Giambattista Valli, jumpsuits confirmed the new design trend for utility in shades of white and cream.
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