ONE month, four cities and hundreds of SS19 shows later – fashion month has come to a finish. In New York, Raf Simons splashed Jaws posters over ready-to-wear wet suits for Calvin Klein, and Rodarte’s cemetery visit exposed glorious gowns of total romanticism. For London’s leg, Riccardo Tisci infused heritage with streetwear for his first Burberry collection, and Victoria Beckham returned to her British roots for a celebratory 10th Anniversary show. Made in Milan, Miuccia Prada brought back babydoll chic through satin schoolwear, and Jeremy Scott played with a pot of pens to create modern masterpieces for Moschino.
For the final shows in Paris, Hedi Slimane shook things up with a total re-vamp at Celine (who has quickly travelled from business meetings to rockabilly gigs), Jane Birkin stood up to sing in the middle of an opulent Gucci show, and Nicolas Ghesquière concluded the season with starship-inspired sartorialism. All in all? A season of countless shows and statements. So after tracking the running trends from city to city, here’s the Glass verdict for your upcoming SS19 attire. Ready? Over to the runway.
Super Sharp Shoulders
Masculine-meets-feminine, you say? Why yes – in the form of oversized structures. To be specific: sharp shoulders. A structural nod to boxy menswear was a recurring motif from city to city. No boyfriend? No problem – buy your own boxy blazer for a fitting piece of the SS19 uniform. Suited and booted.
A Cycle Calling
Athletic attire? It’s been a favoured form of fashion for awhile now, but as the recent shows proved, SS19 is the season of the cycle short. Serving as a fitted base, you can decide your level of formality through styling. Pair the sporty shorts with a box shirt and bumbag for a casual, Fendi-style look, or delve deeper with a low-cut, white shirt and platform sandals to embody the Jacquemus woman. This is your wardrobe essential that is sure to suit the high-degree seasons.
The cherry on the SS19 cake? Turbans. Tom Ford opened fashion month in New York with pastel pieces pretty much everywhere, and so a fitting tone was set. Crafted layers of cloth subsequently popped up in London, Milan and Paris – finished in florals, block colours and stripes, to name a few. For a scarf-wrapped sensibility that communications complete elegance and style, turban’s are your perfect answer.
Craving those summer days? Always – and thanks to the hype of the Chloé girl (who continued to call the shots during PFW), the bohemian break is set to be back. She’s striving in earthly tones for the upcoming season, while styling billowing silk gowns, long roped belts, asymmetric structures and plenty of stripes. As for the accompanying accessory? Wicker proved the perfect pairing. So the casual, chic stance is back, with nature well and truly taking an artistic course.
Sensual Power Suiting
Tailoring remains timeless, but for SS19, it’s taken a sensual turn. Saturation was strong at Matthew Adams Dolan and ESCADA, who opted for eye-catching palettes to clad eighties-inspired suits. A point towards the past? To the right extent, also explored through softer shades at Boss and Erdem. How to top off a suited sensuality? A fine finish in the form of extravagant headwear.
Tiny sunglasses continue to reign accessory attire on the street, but inside the recent shows, eye-wear took an opposing turn. Extra grand, to be frank. Shades appeared more like ski goggles – eye-catching and practical alike. Sportswear or streetwear? These framers cater to both. To point to Alessandro Michele’s styles in particular, eccentricity has proven to be a winner for Gucci since his arrival. So for SS19 – the bigger the sunglasses, the better. Masquerade ball meets ski resort – and so too do fashion’s extensive possibilities continue.
Say hello to hippie attire: a tie-die takeover. Bleeding waves of popping colour were clad across countless casual looks for SS19, proving that a fashioned form of psychedelia is set to explode next season. It’s a playful nod to youth, and we’re certainly in favour of it. Nothing infuses fashion and funk more than a technicolour trend, splashed onto slip dresses, t-shirts, jumpers and jeans. And when it’s a running runway thread across the globe, it’s set to be a seasonal success.
OK – we have to mention Celine. When Slimane debuted his SS19 collection for the house, jaws dropped. The central reason may have been somewhat associated with his evident “in with the new” approach, but a glitzy tailoring of craftsmanship was also pretty clear. Enter the SS19 sequin statement, which soared across shows from city to city – from Alexander Wang, to Alexander McQueen, to Saint Laurent. Structured on mini dresses, bodysuits and alluring ensembles, the starry-eyed style has been set. Say hello to your go-to glam for the season ahead.
Instead of bustling capital cities, provincial settings might have been more apt backdrops for a large selection of shows. Why? Because well woven womenswear took centre stage. Particularly crochet, which spoke for designers as their favoured folk-style material. For their form, fitted, floor-length dresses proved most popular. Finish the look in simple shades like black and white, and you’ll be channelling mother nature at her finest. Interlocked – voilá!
Finished in Feather
How to celebrate through sartorialism? Make sure to finish your look with feather. With a weight lighter than air, emit a sense of SS19 style with total exoticism. Designers addressed the decoration across a range of levels, so whether you’re feeling a flamboyant takeover like at Marc Jacobs or subtle trim injections like at Dries Van Noten, either way – you’re good to go. As long as you embrace the extravagance, your SS19 style is set to be pretty fancy. Cheers to that!
by Faye Fearon