The Spring/Summer 2020 Catwalk Report

With the new season is finally upon us it can only mean one thing, it's time to get shopping! Whether you’ve got your eye on a pastel palette, want to inject a little leather into your look, or fancy indulging in crochet's comeback, these are the new trends to try. Best get scrolling!
Jil Sander, APC, Saint Laurent

Back To Basics

This season, the catwalks were awash with wearable designs in pleasing colourways rather than the traditional extravagance. Noted at Givenchy and The Row models wore classic-cut denims, fitted blazers, and crew-neck jumpers for a refined and contemporary approach, while the ever-faithful cardigan reigned supreme at Christopher Kane and Miu Miu. This return to the basics allows us to reinvest in a capsule wardrobe, packed with timeless investments for a wearable and sustainable approach to our fashionable futures.

Purple Reign

For spring/summer 2020, the runways loved a lavender look. This quintessentially whimsical colour was best interpreted by Givenchy and Paul & Joe, where it really stood out from the crowd. Think soft wrap dresses and minimal silhouettes worn with pastel-hued accessories, thereby reinventing an otherwise understated tone. For instant wearability, mix with blush pinks and coral hues for a girly twist or pare back with creams or navy tones for a sartorial spin.

Marta Jakubowski, Valentino, Paul & Joe
Tod’s, N°21, Rochas

Summer Leather

While balmy summer days and heavyweight hides seem like a strange combination, designers seem to have gone hell-bent for leather. Featuring in the collections of Hermès, Bottega Veneta and Tod’s, get ready to follow suit by investing in biker jackets, midi skirts and trousers. (Feel free to swap for faux too!). During the warmer months style your leather wears with light and airy separates, such as cotton T-shirts and silky camisoles. These pieces are investments, but we promise they’ll become favoured wardrobe-repeaters – there’s no hiding from this trend.

Join The Dots

The saying goes ‘girls just want to have fun’, and should you find yourself looking to your wardrobe for a source of merriment this season then you will be greatly entertained, because polka dot prints are popping up everywhere. Over on the catwalks, Altuzarra, Balmain and Elie Tahari helped us to connect the dots, with spotted offerings coming in the form of matching two-pieces, daring day dresses and oversized tailored jackets. For real-life dressing a statement skirt or a printed pussy-bow blouse will lift the most sombre of separates. Either way, they’re sure to drive you dotty.

Altuzarra, Michael Kors, Paul Smith
Celine, Victoria Beckham, Saint Laurent

That 70s Show

We know, we know…the 70s…again! It’s taken on various forms over the last few seasons, however, for spring/summer 2020 this retro era is getting a re-spin. Flares are back (but this time they’re smarter), streamlined tailoring and exaggerated collars are sweeping the street-style scene, and billowing midi dresses in psychedelic and geometric patterns will glide you into summer. It’s not a case of stepping back in time, it’s a case of stepping up your game, and investing in core staples is key. Thanks to Marc Jacobs, Celine and Victoria Beckham we will be leaving our disco diva of last year behind in favour of a more grown up and polished style reminiscent of the post-Woodstock era.

Get Crafty

Crochet has made a comeback! Kate Spade’s catwalk was awash with colourful retro-inspired dresses featuring 70s-style floral embroidery. Loewe focussed on pretty lace pieces covered in fringing and styled with crochet jackets, while Zimmermann showcased statement whiter-than-white lace in head-to-toe looks. Along with our faithful summer friend broderie anglaise, we reckon these artistic fabrics will go hand in hand with a beautifully crafted straw basket bag when the warmer weather hits.

Alexander McQueen, Sonia Rykiel, Zimmermann
Huishan Zhang, Chloé, Givenchy

Modern Romance

Fashion has taken a romantic turn as sheer fabrics, corsetry and elegant pleats all became prominent features on the runway. Vera Wang exposed delicate bralets layered over the top of jersey tank tops, while Chloé and Gucci opted for sensual slip dresses with feminine silhouettes. Whether you’re ready to blur the line between lingerie and apparel or wish to add a touch of sensuality to your look, these are the romantic gestures to muse over.

Force of Nature

The utility trend is back for 2020, setting to transform the street-style set into a military metropolis. Tough tailoring and sturdy fabrics marched down the runways of Burberry and Boss, while Anteprima and Annakiki displayed billowing, printed chiffons in khaki and acid green. Finally, Dolce & Gabbana took the edge off by instead adding heat with complementary jungle prints and a surplus of beautiful botanical accessories. Our advice? Play it safe with safari and invest in a neutral utility-pocket dress, completing the look with minimal sandals for summer.

Anteprima, Boss, Hermès
Miu Miu, Victoria Beckham

Bright White

Get ready to wipe the slate clean, because brilliant whites are making themselves known as the trend to embrace this summer. Alexander McQueen and Victoria Beckham fully embraced the power of a tailored suit, while Prada and Isabel Marant teamed minimal designs with neutral raffia and straw accessories for a flirty high-summer spin. Whichever way you choose to work your whites this season, keeping your silhouette clean and simple will ensure you wear it with style.