Fashion month: four cities, four weeks and endless style inspiration. Here, we explore the five key trends to note for SS19, showcasing new, iconic looks from the likes of Gucci, Chanel and Dolce & Gabbana.
1. Travel Bug
The travel theme was placed front and centre for the new season, with beach looks and explorer aesthetics washing up throughout the month. Lightweight shirts and jackets in neutral colours provided an investment piece opportunity at Tony Burch (left), while an injection of glamour came from the sand-hued ensembles at Chanel (right), with both designers finishing their key looks with the ultimate warm-weather classic: the straw hat.
2. Wild Western
Things got a little bit country on the SS19 runways, with western-inspired looks leaving the rodeo for the bright lights of the city. The classic all-American trend was realised through yoke-detailed shirts and kick-flare trousers at Kiko Kostadinov (left), while long prairie dresses at Gucci (right) were updated with statement colours, embellished necklines and precision pleats.
3. Romantic Lace
Having first surfaced in the Cruise collections, romantic lace has since established itself as a style staple for spring. But as well as honouring its historical roots, the ethereal fabric is appearing in fresher formations – consider the dropped-ruffled gowns at Tony Burch (left) and the exaggerated tiered sleeves at Bora Aksu (right).
4. Floral Therapy
Fashion’s preoccupation with florals is nothing new but for SS19, bigger, bolder blooms are coming into play, lending a fresher feel to next season’s signature silhouettes. Dolce & Gabanna (left) brought botanicals to the fore with graphic prints in saturated colour palettes on extravagant ensembles, while ditsier designs were picked apart at Thornton Bregrazzi (right) to create patchwork pieces with a more feminine feel.
5. Modern Minimalism
No fuss, no frills: minimalism is one to watch in SS19. This time, however, the trend has moved away from nineties’ silhouettes and adopted a more modern aesthetic that feels inherently chic. The proof? Agnona’s (left) blended, tonal looks in off-white, oatmeal and ochre, and the crisp white lines at A.W.A.K.E (right), both signalling the departure from classic to contemporary.