10 fashion trends to try in 2020 from the runways of the top designers in New York, London, Milan, and Paris
It's a new dawn
The sexy shoes of choice for noughties party girls are back with a vengeance — credit going of course to Daniel Lee for resurrecting them at Bottega Veneta and subsequently flooding the street style circuit.
Since the Matrix 4 was announced, the long, all-black, mysterious aesthetic of the film's characters have made a creeping comeback on the runways. Ready yourself with a stock of turtlenecks, duster coats, and scowling expressions.
Sorry to tiny bags (that means you, Le Chiquito) but things are about to get big. It was a matter of time before the trend of miniature sacs turned on its head, and brands like Hermès, Marni, and Bottega Veneta are leading the charge.
Credit goes to the iconic Marc Jacobs for being an early adopter of this trend when he wore the Rick Owens Larry platform boots. In spring/summer 2020, platforms also turned up all over designers' collections as boots, heels, and sandals — proving there's a platform for everyone.
Since Pantone announced Classic Blue as its colour of 2020, that particular no-frills primary colour has begun to stick out like a visual beacon of clarity and vibrance. We saw it in the entire scenography of Balenciaga's spring collection, but you're also going to be seeing this colour everywhere in the year to come.
Maybe it's the confluence of feminism and power dressing, but designers were keen to give women's tailoring its own distinct sexiness. The key idea to note is the balance struck between a clean, sharp line and draped movement in the silhouette — helped by details such as lacework at Alexander McQueen and smart deconstruction a la Peter Do.
The moment Freja Beha stepped out to open the Prada spring/summer 2020 show, it became clear that polo necks were going to become a fashion agenda for the year. The runways offered a variety of fabrics and finishes, but the idea is to keep the polo shirt elevated and unfussy.
Part of the great '90s revival is the minimalist aesthetic and philosophy of designers such as Helmut Lang and Jil Sander. Think of Lang's streamlined suits and their skinny shoulders, or Sander's perfected variations on a working shirt.
Zebra is going to be the animal print of the year, which became clear when you saw how much of it designers in the vein of Dries Van Noten, David Koma, and Riccardo Tisci at Burberry used. The upside for those hesitant about all-over animal prints is that zebra is less graphically noisy than, say, leopard, and will prove easier to incorporate into a wardrobe.
No, '90s kids, Regina George did not do it first. But yes, to the rest of us, cutouts are indeed back in fashion. Our vote for the most elegant implementation goes to Jonathan Anderson's feminine dresses, cut at the sides with sensuous figure-of-eights looped around the breast.
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