Every season delivers some new and exciting sartorial direction that makes us want to run down to Aventura Mall to refresh our wardrobes. News from New York’s Spring 2020 collection was all about exuberance. Although part of that feeling flowed naturally from the sunny hues and floral themes that traditionally signal spring season, there were a number of other trends, in silhouette, theme and color, that underscored the upbeat vibe. Here are our predictions.
The polka dot made an unusually strong showing in the spring and summer 2020 collections, sprinkled liberally through the collections of Tory Burch, Kate Spade New York and Carolina Herrera, to name just a few. A particularly deep bench of dots could be found in the Michael Kors Collection, in which the peppy pattern helped stoke the sense of “positivity and optimism”.
Dress available at CH Carolina Herrera
Skirt available at Coach 1941
It was shades of green that reigned supreme this New York Fashion Week. Among the brands hoping you’ll exchange your green for theirs were Kate Spade New York, which offered forest-green skirt suits and leather shirtdresses — and, in a nice touch, show notes printed on paper that contained wildflower seeds, which attendees were encouraged to plant; and Coach 1941, which served up crewneck sweaters with intarsia-knit shrimp, snap-front shirtdresses and buttery leather jackets.
Green set by Kate Spade New York available at Bloomingdale’s.
Dress available at Michael Kors.
Last and also surprisingly seductive were ultra cool, urban takes on tailored suiting. 3.1 Phillip Lim showed his fun and youthful interpretation. Helmut Lang hit his stride with tailored fashion essentials less experimental than seasons past.
Helmut Lang available at Bloomingdale’s.
3.1 Phillip Lim available at Nordstrom.
With one of the more feminine collections of the season, Tory Burch offered romantic yet playful prints with the dramatic flare of pouffed shoulder treatments so reminiscent of the 80’s. Mara Hoffman also rendered puff sleeves with various femininity.
Blouse available at Tory Burch.
Mara Hoffman available at Nordstrom.
Our relationship with the two-piece suit is getting tighter with the resurrection of the classic waistcoat. Wear the vest alone (and to a formal event, à la Ralph Lauren), or with a full suit.
TommyxZendaya available at Bloomingdales.
Ralph Lauren available at Nordstrom.
When designers aren’t thinking small—in terms of short shorts and tight waistlines—they’re suggesting a super wide-legged pant for spring. Test it in a trending cargo like we saw at Tibi, or go all out with Carolina Herrera’s tent-like trousers.
Pants available at CH Carolina Herrera.
Tibi available at Bloomingdale’s.