NYFW SPRING/SUMMER 2020: RUNWAY TRENDS

Gypsy Sport, Area, Dion Lee.

The trends we saw at NYFW Spring 2020 are a dynamic mashup of several identities and styles, catering to a wide variety of body types, making it a celebration of diversity, innovativeness and glamour. Check out our favorite trends from the Summer 2020 runway shows at New York Fashion Week below.

CORSETS FOR ALL

Dion Lee, Gypsy Sport, I Love Pretty

In 2020, sleepwear and undergarments are not reserved for the bedroom. For the Summer 2020 runway shows, designers are creatively pushing the boundaries of what is acceptable to wear in  public spaces, adding corsetry and babydoll dresses in the mix. Designer Dion Lee presented clean, structured corsets and body harnesses in off-whites paired with sleek polished suit pants. The more adventurous Gypsy Sport paired the corsets with animal prints and Marie Antoniette hairdos.

METALLIC PASTELS

Area, Christian Cowan, Cynthia Rowley.

Metallics are getting a makeover next Spring. Adding a more diverse to the silver and gold metallic pieces we’ve seen the past several seasons, designers are giving us more shiny options to flicker and glare against the summer rays.

THE BLAZER, REWORKED

3.1 Phillip Lim, Vera Wang, Helmut Lang.

Chic working woman has been redefined by the catwalks at Spring/Summer 2020. The blazer suits were modernized with odd-placement slashes, statement shoulders, and color-blocking patterns. Helmut Lang paired his blazer with metallic leather pants, taking the term “working woman” onto a a lively, pleasant territory.

THE MODERN PEASANT DRESS

Anna Sui, Ulla Johnson, Tory Burch.

For Summer 2020 designers are taking cues from the 1800s victorian and peasant dresses and upgrading them with 21st century factors. Tory Burch’s rendition was a floral jumpsuit, while Anna Sui and Ulla Johnson did more traditional takes without losing the innovativeness of our era.

MELLOW YELLOW

3.1 Phillip Lim, Bibhu Mohapatra, Christian Siriano.

The color of Summer according to the NYFW Spring 2020 collections is yellow. Anna Sui’s rendition came in a two-piece set in pastel yellow, Christian Siriano amped up the brightness of the shade in a metallic fabric, and Bibhu Mohapatra’s yellow statement piece was a mustard mini A-line dress with bedazzled fringe detailing.

DENIM CRAZE

Brandon Maxwell, Cushnie, Alexander Wang.

Denim is no longer casualwear, according to Brandon Maxwell, who showed a floor-sweeping dress-slash-top paired with high-waisted bootcut jeans at his Spring 2020 show. Cushnie, known for red-carpet ready looks, also included a 2-piece denim set composed of wide-leg jeans and a strapless denim number. Alexander Wang opted for a more traditional approach: his idea of a Canadian tuxedo is a denim skirt with a long leg slit and a matching cropped denim jacket.

STATEMENT PANTS

Alexander Wang, Kim Shui, Area

Move over, statement tops – legs were the ones calling all the attention for NYFW Spring/Summer 2020. Whether it was hot pants, skinny smoking bottoms, or wide-legged jeans, the attention has migrated to the bottom part of our outfits. Brands like Area and Alexander wang used iridescent and leather fabrics, while Kim Shui printed hers in Chinese lettering all over.

ANIMAL INSTINCT

Gypsy Sport, Victor Glemaud, Batsheva.

Animal prints are going nowhere. Season after season, designers keep on bringing the classic print of zebra, cheetah, and snake–whether its summer (swimwear, mini tube dresses) or winter (faux-fur coats, fuzzy boots) brands (and consumers alike) can’t get enough of it. Some designers like Gypsy Sport concocted full cheetah-looks in different print styles, while others like Glemaud kept it consistent and monochrome.

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