The Spring/Summer 2020 Runways were an explosion of colour, sparkle, and shimmer that will effectively dampen any hint of the harshness of winter. There is an essence of femininity not seen for many decades as an 80's resurgence is now in full swing. Let's take a stroll down memory lane as we learn what our favourite designers want us to be seen in.
Marc Jacobs brings shock value to his collection with his bright, vibrant hues in pantsuits and floor-length skirts. Marigolds and yellows are prominent in this collection, along with shimmery fabrics. This spring there will be a resurgence of dark florals and plaids and vertical stripes. Pant legs are wide and flared. The shock factor is most prevalent in his voluptuous mini dresses and gowns with their floral feathers and fluff. Great stuff!
Michael Kors is bringing us a lot of A-line fashion in trench coats and knee-length skirts. Patterns will have bold checks and plaids in navy, blue and red with bright emerald accessories to bring in some zing. Pantsuits will be prominent again this year with wide leg widths, pleats, and very long leg lengths that are sure to trip you up! Jackets paired with pantsuits will still be tailored but with lots of poufy material in the shoulder area. Lots of volume in the hip area in the way of ruffles and ruching will be seen on dresses and skirts. Expect a lot of sparkle and glitz in vertical lines on dresses and pants. And don't think polka dots are going away because you will definitely be surprised!
Christian Siriano has created a beautiful collection of coat dresses, formal pantsuits, jumpsuits and cocktail dresses in stunning opulescent fabrics. Jumpsuits with billowy sleeves and asymmetrical off-shoulder cut-outs. Color-blocking will be prominent in dresses and gowns with shimmering insets. Pastels are part of the collection in shades of green. Fringe with sparkle added to skirts and sleeves are something we will be seeing a lot of in his collection this spring.
Jason Wu creates the ultimate in flirty, feminine fashion and didn't disappoint on the 2020 Spring Runway. His collection included mid-length floral dresses in light, filmy fabric; pretty satin cocktail dresses with asymmetrical and plunging necklines; satin skirts with thigh-high slits; see-through tulle skirts and dresses with fringe and feather detailed bodices; and two-piece pantsuits with sashes and ruffled bra tops. Just lovely.
2020 Handbag Trends
The Teeny Tiny Bag
Keep an eye out for those tiny bags again. They are all the rage in celebrity circles and some major players are bringing more in. Look for tiny satchels with handles from Longchamp; pretty yellow floral bags by Tory Burch; and small rectangular-shaped clutches from Oscar de la Renta.
The Sling Bag
One of the latest trends is the Sling Bag. These bags have wide shoulder straps and large bottom portions somewhat like leather potato sacks that mimic kangaroo pouches and hold almost as much! Designers making them include Jonathan Simkhai; Sies Marjan; Miu Miu; Hermes and Bottega Veneta.
The Rounded Tote
The Tote has been refined with a more circular shape and a top handle made of metal. Alexander McQueen has a lovely crochet model with floral appliques in white. Other designers of this handbag style are Miu Miu and Chloe.
Circle Shoulder Bags
Chloe brought this bag forward a few years ago and it is still a cult favourite. A lot of copy cat versions are now available by designers of vegan handbags.
Bags with Fringe
Fringe is going to be prominent in many fashion collections this spring and handbags are not an exception. There are many colorful versions of it being added to designer bags, in everything from pretty pastels to jewel-tones. The designers include Missoni, JW Anderson, Prabal Gurung, Staud, and Ulla Johnson.
2020 Shoe Styles
Chunky shoes are definitely being brought forward again in 2020 but the strappy sandal is also here to stay, for awhile anyway! Loafer-style sandals are being brought in by Lanvin and Louis Vuitton, both sporting high chunky heels; a Mary-Jane style shoe with a high chunky heel by Chloe; some clog-like block platform sandals are being offered in jewel-tones by Dries Van Noten; and some '70's style tall platform boots will be offered by Gucci and Louis Vuitton. The designers of a variety of strappy sandals include Dior, Valentino, Isabel Marant, and Versace. Etro has gone full-on Bohemian with their strappy sandals with fringe, and their fold-over stiletto boots with studded patterns on the brims. Fendi have adapted the block heel trend to their sandal design that looks somewhat like a cross between sandals and loafers. Halpern has a unique way of designing chunky sandals with a feminine flair by adding embroidered detail and large satin bows. Burberry's strappy numbers have slope-backed heels and Christopher Kane has gone right off the rails with odd looking sandals I can't even describe!
If you are feeling overwhelmed by all this "spring in the air" don't worry. It will all make sense when the snow is behind you!