From the runway to your wardrobe, these are the summer-ready looks you will be sporting this season.
While some of the more sensible themes of Autumn/Winter 2018 shall prevail into the warmer months – nude shades galore and powers suits – this summer is all about clothes and accessories that scream carefree fun and wanderlust.
This is most epitomised in the comeback of neon shade, tie-dye, surfer chic style and acid-wash denim. So prepare to throw caution to the wind as you embrace the runway trends of the month ahead.
The ofttimes provocative fabric is being utilised in a whole new manner for SS19. But rather than a delicate material reserved for evening wear, this season is adding a casual flair to the fabric by using the silk or cotton knitted material as a smaller detail on garments. Erdem Moralioglu embraced a romantic Victorian flair while Victoria Beckham and Alexandra Wang gave it a masculine edge patching onto shirts and T-shirts. The latter used the garments to add a luxe feel to sporty garments too, while Christopher Kane clashed shades of lace to give it a new feel.
Already being a strong favourite in AW18, clashing prints are going nowhere this season. From polka dot jackets over striped tees to animal print dresses topped with a checked blazer, the combinations are limitless. But there are two key ways to work the trend; either purposefully picking opposing designs, such as mixing horizontal and verticle lines, or unleashing chaos with an array of designs and colours. With this trend, she who dares certainly wins. On the runway, Paco Rabanne layered different floral patterns while Etro laced patched together suit jacket and trousers with a different hue after ever seam.
Here’s one eighties takeaway we never expected to have a grown-up renovation. Neon ruled the runway for SS19 on Bluemarine, Ashish, Emilia Wickstead, Natasha Zinko and Jasper Conran. But of course, it was ever-vivacious Henry Holland who owned the movement this season. The English fashion designer styled his models in full-length dresses and clashing three-piece suits. But the grown-up neon trend also merged with other takeaways from the SS19 shows with Off-White creating a snakeprint neon design and Emporio Armani working it into the colour power suits trend.
From designer giants to smaller but just-as-worthy player, tie dye garments reigned on the runways. Both Prada and Dior used faded tie die print as the backdrop to more complex designs such as floral patterns and bold embroidery. Stella McCartney toned down the trend with muted, faded shades for a worn-in feel. On the other end of the spectrum, R13 overlaid fun motifs onto high-volume prints. Basically, however, you want to wear tie dye this season, you can.
Once again nodding pack to fashion trends that represent free-spiritedness, the surfer chick look is making a comeback this spring too. Riding the wave this season is the likes of Calvin Klein, Richard Malone and Michael Kors. The first of which tapped into the beachy aesthetic with scuba suits and Jaws tees, while the second send models in ash-guard reminiscent looks down the runway. Kors, on the other hand, tapped into the nonchalant, beachy style with short-shorts and sun hats galore.
Acid Wash Denim
First the 90s ‘mom jeans’ made a return, and now its time for 80s denim to see a resurgence on the runway. And for ss19, switching out your go-to denim jacket or lazy-day jeans for an acid-washed version is the way to quickly update your look. Faded denim graced the runways during Balmain, Alto, Isabel Marant, Celine and more. Balmain doubled down on the look pairing together loose-fitting shorts with oversized jackets while Celine merged the comeback with the utility trend, styling oversized pockets onto faded fabric designs.
50 Shades of Nude
From court heels to nail polish shades and evening dresses, so-called ‘nude’ has been a wardrobe style staple throughout the 21st century. But over the last few years, the fashion trend has gone from a neutral look to a loaded term, with the industry’s idea of what’s classified as ‘nude’ being thrown under the microscope. Hence why for SS19, the trend it being adapted to be deemed nude for every skin shade. This season, brands such as Burberry, Max Mara, Balmain, Chanel and Marni explored the colour wheel, from peachy-pink nudes to deep beige hues.