eaving aside the key spring/summer 2019 trends for a moment, the Resort 2020 collections are shaping up to be a celebration of vintage heroines and polished femininity. From the return of retro-inspired suede to the staying power of the Bermuda short, here’s what we know (so far) about next year’s incoming fashion mood.
As seen at: Prada, Chanel, Jil Sander
When it comes to tailoring, we’re witnessing a shift away from fashion’s seemingly-endless appetite for die-hard minimalism. The new mood in suiting has swung in a more practical direction, with pockets signalling ready-to-wear’s new ready-for-anything ethos. Expect to see Prada, Chanel and Jil Sander’s refined take on military references leading the way. Your muse? Lauren Hutton, naturally. And model Anna Ewres, with her hands buried in the pockets of Bottega Veneta’s glossy forest-green trench for the label’s Resort 2020 lookbook.
Candyfloss pink is primed for a comeback
As seen at: Valentino, Fendi, Prada, Jeremy Scott
Imagine Pepto Bismol pink (the de-facto hue of Millennial marketing tools), but with a hint of subversion. The squeaky clean shade is undergoing a makeover for next year thanks to Valentino, Fendi and Prada, where acres of silk and pleated taffeta are sweeping away the ‘basic’ tagline that has haunted the mood-lifting tone over the past few years. This is a story with both glamorous and grungy ends. Plot twist: Jeremy Scott’s suburban prom queen wears a slasher movie rendition of the ephemeral pink gown.
Red carpet gowns get stripped back
As seen at: Burberry, Oscar de la Renta, Givenchy
While practical pockets and gymnastic body-con are set to have a moment next spring, there’s also a revival of monochromatic gowns (seen at Burberry, Oscar de la Renta and Givenchy) that riff off old Hollywood silhouettes. If it seems like the runway is giving mixed signals on modernity, take a closer look. There are bare-faced models defying outmoded red carpet tropes with a powerfully physical approach to modelling, and a unanimously stripped back approach. The sun has set on the condescension of the word ‘starlet’ and the stock character of the ‘ingenue’, and the very public uniform of the world’s most recognisable women is poised for action come 2020.
The Bermuda short is sticking around
As seen at: Bottega Veneta, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Simon Miller
This season’s roomy longline shorts – the sort that once populated yacht clubs in the 1980s – are here to stay. Credit to Daniel Lee at Boottega Veneta for resuscitating the look with the house’s chic SS19 collection. Whether you wear yours with a bustier, knitted twin-set or skater tee (seen at Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Simon Miller respectively), Bermudas are all about versatility, something we can definitely get on board with.
Ditch the trousers for 2020
As seen at: Chloé, Balmain, Chanel
Here’s your headstart on a fuss-free summer. Instagram’s favourite no-trousers look has come of age with Chloé, Balmain and Chanel offering up the shirt dress as next year’s warm weather style shortcut. Wear yours belted or layered beneath a lightweight jacket, powered up with an ankle boot or paired with a zero-hassle sandal.
Statement-making suede has been brought back from the archives
As seen at: Jil Sander, Alberta Ferretti, Prada
If ever there were a moment to channel a 1970s Jackie Kennedy, it’s now. From Jil Sander’s directional shift dress, to Alberta Ferretti’s loungey co-ords or Prada’s clean take on the trench, it pays to switch out denim outerwear for a more tactile approach. Accessories-wise, Bottega Veneta’s suede clutch is destined to be the new cult choice for 2020.
Leggings and full-look hosiery are having a moment
As seen at: Givenchy, Chanel, Gucci
When Givenchy and Chanel showcase the redeeming qualities of leggings, we take note. In theory, the structured-jacket-plus-running-tights could be the workwear dress code we’ve been waiting for. Or maybe it’s more about the full hosiery look seen on the runway at Gucci’s cruise show in Rome, where the tights themselves took centre stage. Ignore the niggling voice that’s saying no, you shouldn’t, you couldn’t. Because, yes, you can and you absolutely should.