It's time to get ahead and jump on board the trend train - here's our ultimate guide to the SS19 trends from the catwalk
The Fashion Month dust has settled, we’ve finally emptied out our cases from Paris Fashion Week (still can’t find that missing earring, dammit) and the street stylers are back to Kira Kira-ing their breakfasts, instead of each other outside show venues. We’ve done our Spring Summer 2019 fashion trends research, and now we’d say it’s high time for some next-season wardrobe plotting. Let’s face it, it’s never too early to start that wish-list – especially if you want more than a hope in hell of getting your hands on that Simone Rocha feathered shoe. So, what did we learn from the NY/London/Milan/Paris Fashion Week whirl?
We’ve got two words – Something Special. Couture-level creations with overblown OTT silhouettes were laden with habderdashery details, or the season’s hand-worked feel showed up in artisanal hippie pieces trimmed with fringing, hand-threaded beads and macrame. The new acid-wash denim, beige that’s anything but boring, and the 60s gamine…The message: there’s a lightness of spirit and a focus on the unique and the individual for spring. Welcome to the reach-out-and-touch-me treats of SS19…
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Summer trends 2019: couture dresses
The ruffles, exaggerated silhouettes and ladylike embellishments of 50s couture wafted across catwalks from New York to Paris. Marc Jacobs pumped up the volume with giant rosettes and capacious satin capes, while Emilia Wickstead formed her dramatic dresses from supersized bows.
Feathers, fringing, ribbons, clouds of tulle… it’s enough to make you feel like a kid in a candy shop.
Summer fashion trends 2019: dance clothes
From Maria Grazia Chiuri’s full-skirted ballerinas at Dior to Virgil Abloh’s athletic leotard/ballgown hybrids at Off-White, spring’s got a thing for graceful dance inspiration. Up the sportswear vibe by adding trainers, or go full prima ballerina by teaming filmy tiers with the new sexy stilettos.
Summer fashion trends 2019: Sixties clothes
The V&A’s upcoming Mary Quant exhibition is in the fashion air – Prada’s gamines were subversive in peek-a-boo satin tunics and knits, teamed with spiky padded hairbands and sheer knee-highs. Meanwhile, psychedelic swirls and retro florals brightened the view at Kate Spade and Molly Goddard.
Summer fashion trends 2019: beige colour
The runways were awash with all things beige and beautiful, encompassing every shade from palest creme caramel to deepest amaretto, with peachy blush on the side. An array of fabulous trenches is a given for spring, but a buttery leather Miu Miu blazer or a tailored Givenchy jumpsuit in shades of biscuit? Delicious.
Summer fashion trends 2019: cycling shorts
You’d better start booking that SoulCycle course. Ladies, the cycling short is staging a surprise mega comeback. Eek! In the main, they’re not that SoulCycle-suitable though (phew). Not so much athleisure, more like a long tailored short. See Prada’s structured geometric print versions worn with sheer stockings and kitten heels, and Chanel’s jaunty knitted shorts. If you’re feeling very brave, try ’em on – with a crisp long shirt for cover…
Summer fashion trends 2019: crop tops
Slivers of stomach, expanses of abs…yup, the mid-section is another SS19 hot spot. Go for the full crop in a bra top or a cut-off blouse, or embrace the curve-flattering high waist. See Saint Laurent’s corseted trousers and Altuzarra’s killer pencil skirts for inspiration.
Shop now: POLKA DOT TOP for £19.99 from ZARA
Summer fashion trends 2019: craft fashion
The hand-worked and the artisanal abound – from the joyful DIY spirit of Matty Bovan’s trailing wool ballgowns to Dolce & Gabbana’s exquisite crochet and JW Anderson’s dazzling wood-beaded and fringed macramé. Granny was right! We so should have learned to knit.
Summer fashion trends 2019: surfer clothes
Only Calvin Klein’s Raf Simons could turn Jaws into a fashion moment. It turns out this was his last collection as the creative director of Calvin, and boy, did it have teeth. Surfing and the sunny spirit of California infused collections including Marine Serre, who worked neoprene into ballgowns, and Etro – modelled by real-life pro surfers. Offshore, it’s all about tie-dye and acid-washed denim.
Summer fashion trends 2019: hippie clothes
Natacha Ramsay-Levi is bringing boho back with her new Chloé girl – splicing paisleys and florals into flowing silk dresses and flares, slung with rope belts. Take your pick from a melting pot of ethnic inspirations – North African stripes, Navajo patterns, Indian patchworks – for a cool update on ‘haute hippie’…
Summer fashion trends: hats
Hats and head coverings are huge – literally. Marc Jacobs perched 80s cocktail hats and fascinators atop all his models, Pierpaolo Piccioli’s finale hat at Valentino almost needed its own catwalk. Homages to the OTT padded hairband at Prada will be flooding a high street near you soon, and they’re a wearable take on the hair while other innovative headgear offerings include the raffia baseball cap at Chanel. However, the top spot goes to the veil, cloaking ladies in mystery at Erdem et al. And the millinery prize goes to Simone Rocha for her epic beekeeper efforts.
And that’s a wrap on SS19 – and our bank accounts.
Time for a major wardrobe upgrade…