From the latest in fashion to the biggest runway beauty trends, here is your go-to style encyclopedia for 2020...
From left: Burberry S/S20; Alberta Ferretti S/S20; Alexander McQueen S/S20; Zimmermann S/S20
Sass-laden sequins and ’70s silhouettes proved to be the playful injection of colour and fun we needed at fashion week. Versace and Balmain were amongst the designers to put out Cher-worthy pieces dripping in glamour, while a cooler, simplified version of night-fever dressing was seen in the cowl-neck slip dresses at Bottega Veneta. We’re investing in the patchwork prettiness of Prabal Gurung that will see us through right through everything from wedding guest season to Balearic nights.
From left: Versace S/S20; Tommy Hilfiger S/S20; Tommy Hilfiger S/S20; Tom Ford S/S20
Write a Check
While the check may be more typically associated with autumnal fashion and Crombie coats, summery silhouettes and shorter hemlines cement plaid as a spring staple, too. Cutesy co-ords at Dior and Carolina Herrera were the pre-packaged layering heroes the transitional weather so often calls for, while at Charlotte Knowles and Khaite, designers rendered the traditionally office-appropriate textile into playful eveningwear that boasted a punk-rock glamour.
From left: Carolina Herrera S/S20; Christian Dior S/S20; Beautiful People S/S20; Carolina Herrera S/S20
The trend that fell to earth is best encapsulated by the original space odyssey himself, David Bowie. Metallic space suits, iridescent capes and flashes of foil are the basis for S/S20’s most intergalactic trend that should be approached with a little caution. Ease yourself in with a metallic trouser or shirt before any full-on foiled fashion.
From left: 16Arlington S/S20; David Koma S/S20; Brandon Maxwell S/S20; Balmain S/S20
Short, full, slashed or asymmetric – theatrical tulle stole the show in a big way. Tomo Koizumi’s vivid creations first caught our eye earlier this year at the A/W19 shows, but the most recent outings celebrated frothy volumes in more muted tones. Dior’s duo-layered, gathered fabric will serve you well for daytime, while Molly Goddard’s sublime creations are best reserved for the most outlandish of occasions.
From left: Molly Goddard S/S20; Chanel S/S20; Oscar de la Renta S/S20; Molly Goddard S/S20
While kaleidoscopic colour was a constant across all four fashion weeks, a darker trend also rose to the surface. Proving Bram Stoker’s influence is still alive and well, Victoriana necklines and inky-black hues gave us a bump in the night. Skirts were largely floor-skimming, and intricate collars were chingrazing and modest. Hardware details and antique fabrics played key supporting roles in this gothic fashion fantasy, but the most accessible way we’ll be working the trend is with a boned corset-top – in black, of course.
From left: Christian Dior S/S20; Alberta Ferretti S/S20; Olivier Theyskenes S/S20; Vera Wang S/S20
Pastels for spring? Not so groundbreaking. Let us instead introduce you to the Crayola-centric colours that are here to brighten up your wardrobe. Joining Pantone’s Classic Blue shade of the year, primary hues red and yellow are best worn in a head-to-toe fashion for maximum impact. Make like Altuzarra and keep the colour-by-numbers trend refined by experimenting with textures and cuts in the same punchy shade.
From left: Salvatore Ferragamo S/S20; Balmain S/S20; Ralph Lauren S/S20; Balmain S/S20
It’s a jungle out there, so ensure your new-season style reflects it. The largely beige and khaki-based trend makes buying wardrobe staples that boast serious longevity a major perk. Start with a utilitarian safari jacket (the more pockets the better), and work your way down to durable hiking boots. Fancy trying this trend for the office? Make like Dolce & Gabbana and wear sand-coloured separates in a tailored silhouette. Out of Africa , eat your heart out.
From left: Dolce & Gabbana S/S20; Alberta Ferretti S/S20; Etro S/S20; Alberta Ferretti S/S20
Dotty for You
One of the more wearable trends spotted on the catwalk was indeed spots. Monochrome in palette and effortless in effect, we saw the print’s hype take social media by storm over that sell-out high-street dress, however the polka dot was given a high-fashion makeover through scale, placement and cut for S/S20. Balmain breathed a sophisticated air into the whimsical pattern through sweeping lengths of cut-out fabric, but it was Tommy Hilfiger’s masterclass in mixing circular proportions that we’ll be recreating come spring.
From left: Tommy Hilfiger S/S20; Tommy Hilfiger S/S20; Carolina Herrera S/S20; Michael Kors S/S20
Sitting between the warm tones of yellow and red, orange is renowned for its joyous energy on the colour wheel. While shades of saffron have been infiltrating the catwalks of seasons past for a while now, S/S20 saw a full-frontal wash of the new-season It colour, and our wardrobes couldn’t be happier. From the mellow, tie-dye takes at Alberta Ferretti to near-neon sashes of silk at David Koma, this is the zesty shade to invest in now.
From left: David Koma S/S20; Osman S/S20; Valentino S/S20; Zimmermann S/S20
White Chantilly may seem like appropriate attire for a conventional wedding, however the catwalks proved there needn’t be anything antiquated or traditional about ivory lace. The generally larger motifs showcased gave a sheer effect, but the similarities in designer’s interpretation of lace looks stopped there. Applied to boxy suits at McQueen and MSGM, the result was one of uber-feminine power dressing, whereas over at Loewe, the oversized, lace-trimmed dagger collars spoke to dramatic, statement-making eveningwear.
From left: Kate Spade S/S20; Alexander McQueen S/S20; Burberry S/S20; Giambattista Valli S/S20
Go for Gold
The runways were quite literally paved with gold when it came to spring’s most opulent trend. While metallic tones ranged from iridescent coppers through to brassy yellows, the trend felt geared up largely for eveningwear, however, as proved by the sundress silhouettes at Rochas, perhaps not exclusively so. It may be a new decade, but if the designer’s metallic of choice is anything to go by, then we’re quite firmly back in the Golden Age.
From left: Marc Jacobs S/S20; Oscar de la Renta S/S20; Rochas S/S20; Prada S/S20
While the term ruffles ordinarily conjures up notions of soft romance, S/S20 saw a more aggressive approach to volumous silhouettes. From the cascades that enveloped models from the ears down at Marc Jacobs to the more structural, asymmetric separates seen at Giorgio Armani, ruffles were anything but in short supply. Frills proving a little too reminiscent of elementary school? Wear them in grown-up, muted, ’70s shades à la Christopher Kane.
From left: Oscar de la Renta S/S20; Marc Jacobs S/S20; Bora Kasu S/S20; Giorgio Armani S/S20
Nothing sparks joy quite like a vivaciously hued bouquet of blooms – except, perhaps, wearing one. Aside from the obvious factor of a floral-print garment’s extended shelf life in comparison to a bunch of buttercups, there is something truly joyous about a bold, floral statement piece, and S/S20 brought the latter in droves. From the ’60s tablecloth prints at Fendi to the hyped, mammoth motifs at Richard Quinn, the message was clear; the bigger (and brasher) the better.
Say hello to the boyfriend jeans’, chicer, more formal friend: The boyfriend suit. Relaxed in fit but not in statement-making ability, this is the tailoring that requires very little, well, tailoring. Whether you ease yourself into the style with an oversized, belted-in boyfriend blazer, or make an unabashed power play with a bold three-piece set, wear it in soft, muted hues for quietly confident power dressing that will carry you from the boardroom to the bar.
From left: Rag & Bone S/S20; Burberry S/S20; Alexander McQueen S/S20; Alexander McQueen S/S20
While there’s nothing new about the recurring leather trend’s presence on the catwalk, S/S20 saw a wave of autumnal fruit shades dominate. Arguably an extension of the ’80s resurgence, strong, bold hues such as inky teals and colour-blocked garnets were showcased in often full-leather looks. While the audacious pieces may seem like a fleeting moment in fashion time with a tentative shelf-life, we guarantee investment in a colourful leather piece will nail the cost-per-wear for years to come.
From left: Hugo Boss S/S20; Coach S/S20; Givenchy S/S20; Hermes S/S20
The headwear trend that’s as stylish as it can be modest, we’re recommending you (quite literally) top off your look with a vivaciously coloured dash of silk luxury. Wear it double-knotted under the neck for Brigitte Bardot elegance or wrapped, turban-style, paired with doorknocker earrings.
From left: Elie Saab S/S20; Missoni S/S20
While it goes without saying that here at Harper’s Bazaar Arabia we take our fashion pretty seriously, that doesn’t mean we don’t find it to be one of the biggest reasons to smile there is. So as we enter into a new decade, the biggest trend to note is, quite simply, a dazzling, mega-watt grin. You’re never fully dressed without a smile, after all.
From left: Coach S/S20; Helmut Lang S/S20
Honey, I Shrunk The Bag
For such a small novelty, the micro-bag has gained insurmountable popularity over the past few seasons, with its seeming crescendo washing over the catwalks of S/S20. From tiny totes to pint-size purses, our love of nano bags shows no signs of stopping. Tell the ‘What can you even fit in there?!’ non-believers that we’re taking answers on a (miniature) postcard.
A trend that has been in fashion since the reign of Cleopatra, heavy, blacked-out eyes is no groundbreaking manoeuvre, however S/S20’s beauty experts saw a new wave of ’the only rule is there is no rules’ storm the emo-eyed catwalks. From the smudge-and-go finishes of Halpern’s winged look, to glittery, barely-there enhancements at Fendi, the message was clear; it’s time to fall in line for kohl.
From left: Helmut Lang S/S20; Halpern S/S20
Eyebrows can, over the ages, be seen as indicative of a decade’s trends. The sharp arch of the ’80s, the sparse (even non-existent) lines of the ’00s, and of more recent popularity, the HD, threaded-to-perfection shapes of now. If the S/S20 catwalks are anything to go by, however, your eyebrows are in for a break. Untouched, barely plucked, brushed eyebrows are in. So-long, tweezers; it has most definitely not been a blast.
From left: Haider Ackermann S/S20; Christopher Kane S/S20