Valentino, Marina Moscone, Pyer Moss and Chalayan put a modern spin on the essentials white button-down shirt, while edgy, lingerie-inspired suits were on the docket for Proenza Schouler, Mugler, Michael Kors and Dion Lee. Meanwhile, the “Euphoria” effect could be felt at the likes of Saint Laurent, Ralph Lauren, Adam Lippes and Eckhaus Latta, who offered high shine evening looks.
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1. Spring 2020 Fashion Trend: Handcrafted
Simone Rocha, Jonathan Cohen, Isabel Marant and Alexander McQueen. REX/Shutterstock
There is a renewed focus on handcrafted pieces this season, with designers working in artisanal motifs including fabric mixing, lace embroidery and intricate knitwear.
Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton, for one, focused on Irish handcraft traditions for her spring 2020 collection, working with some of the last remaining damask linen weavers, beetling mill workers and flax farmers in Ireland to put together the collection of hand-embroidered details and linen pieces.
The look was also seen on the runways of Simone Rocha (straw harnesses, layered lace and crystal-embellished hems), Isabel Marant (crochets knits inspired by Brazilian beaches) and Jonathan Cohen (a mix of Mexican handicraft with relaxed California vibes).
2. Spring 2020 Fashion Trend: Classics With a Twist
Marc Jacobs, Koché, Rokh and Michael Kors. REX/Shutterstock
Many designers looked to classic sportswear for the spring, putting their own twist on pieces like denim jackets, jeans, polo shirts and the nautical theme.
At the Marc Jacobs show — where the show began with the finale — the designer presented reworked denim jeans, including a pair of one-leg, diagonally stitched pants and a pair of jeans with alternating striped washes.
3. Spring 2020 Fashion Trend: The Reinvented White Shirt
Valentino, Marina Moscone, Pyer Moss and Chalayan. REX/Shutterstock
The white shirt has always been a wardrobe staple, but this season designers took the basic up a notch with cropping, ruching, pattern mixing and adding embellishments.
The white button-down, for one, was given an update at shows like Pyer Moss, who in collaboration with Sean John showed a cropped dress shirt cut just below the breasts, and Chalayan, who presented his version with cut-up sleeves.
Others looked to embellishments to liven up the classic, like Valentino where Pierpaolo Piccioli showed a white dress shirt with elaborate feather detailing, and Marina Moscone, who paired a wire-like bodice over a button-up.
4. Spring 2020 Fashion Trend: High Shine
Saint Laurent, Ralph Lauren, Adam Lippes and Eckhaus Latta. REX/Shutterstock
HBO’s “Euphoria” glitter and sequin effect wasn’t restricted to just makeup this season.
Designers paired sequins, metallics and glitter with simple silhouettes, creating understated, yet bold looks that offered effortless ways to do high-shine wear.
Eckhaus Latta, for one, proved sequins can be minimalist by presenting casual slipdresses in allover cobalt blue or tangerine. Other designer brands, such as Adam Lippes, Simone Rocha, Ralph Lauren and Saint Laurent followed suit, using sequins to bring drama to otherwise classic pieces.
Spring 2020 Fashion Trend: Puffy Sleeves
Zimmermann, Stella McCartney, Mara Hoffman and Khaite. REX/Shutterstock
Puffy sleeves upped the ante on many a runway.
At Khaite, designer Catherine Holstein created a playful collection of prints inspired by wallpaper paired with sculptural puffy sleeves.
While the trend was used by some designers — like Sachin & Babi, Zimmermann and Mara Hoffman, to name a few — to amplify the romantic sensibility of their collections, others like Sharon Wauchob, Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen used puffy sleeves to bring some flare to otherwise minimalist pieces.