It’s an understatement to suggest that the spring summer 19 trends should come with a (credit card) caution. Most of the main styles we’ve come to adore for next summer will be obsolete (sorry), and new, fresh concepts will take their place. Animal print and the current brown palette are still appealing, but they’ve been joined by a new casual coolness that’s a bit more undone and multicolored. As a result, tie-dye joins the likes of pedal pushers and the large bag, our personal favorite return trend. Yes, women, we can finally say goodbye to our obsession with impractical tiny bags since colossal totes have made a comeback!
As usual, New York Fashion Week was the opening stop on fashion month’s four-month, four-city, two-continent merry-go-round. Rodarte and Proenza Schouler returned to the calendar, Marc Jacobs showed late but brilliantly, and Rihanna did what she does well (disrupting the status quo) with a Fenty presentation featuring extremely pregnant women.
The approaching Brexit did not overshadow London Fashion Week’s designers. It made them bolder and braver, if anything. A neon flood washed over House of Holland, while wallpaper designs created waves at Richard Quinn. Meanwhile, Riccardo Tisci made his debut at Burberry with a ‘bad and bourgeoisie’ collection. Why? Because he injected a hint of sarcasm into the standards of elegance – a muted palette and precise tailoring (see: duck taped heels and maroon passport holder accessories).
Italy had lost one of its big-draw presentations, Gucci, to Paris Fashion Week, but that didn’t stop Milan fans from putting on their usual dose of glitz (courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana and its varied ensemble, Fendi’s luxurious ‘functional’ clothes, and Prada’s tie-dye gowns with plush headbands).
The buzz around Hedi Slimane’s debut collection as creative director of Celine (not Céline) had reached fever pitch by the time the SS19 presentations began in Paris. Insiders may have had mixed feelings about his debut, but one thing everyone agreed on was Chanel’s out-of-office message. Karl Lagerfeld, together with Jacquemus and Chloé, got (almost) everyone in the Christmas spirit. When we say nearly, we’re not referring to Givenchy, Miu Miu, or Gucci, which all showed tights and full-body leather suits for the spring and summer seasons. Madness? Perhaps, but when isn’t fashion a little esoteric?
Look no farther than our definitive SS19 trend report for individuals wanting to immerse themselves in the only spring trends worth knowing.
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