In order to stay ahead of the curve, fashion girls are excellent at planning for the future. It takes about as long as a collection is first shown on the runway to the moment it hits the shelves to plan what we’re going to “add to cart” for the current season – especially in this see-and-be-seen era of social media obsession. With the Spring/Summer 2019 collections completed, a clear picture of the trends that will dominate the first part of next year has already crystallized.
Designers across Fashion Week were caught up in a tension between confrontation and escapism, with some willing to confront difficult political issues and others offering a bolt from reality. For that reason, pragmatism and travel were dual themes, with sportswear and nomadic styles ruling many runways. Below, you’ll find a breakdown of the trends that you’ll be wearing for Spring/Summer 2019, with an appreciable amount of crossover between them to give you some ideas as to incorporating them into your own wardrobe for the coming season. Take notes.
Fringe is a great addition to any outfit, adding fluidity and movement to its surface. And while it is a trend that resurfaces often, we especially appreciate the alternate applications of it to the Spring/Summer 2019 collections. Some designers, like Tom Ford, showcased full-look fringe, while others such as Raf Simons at Calvin Klein used it as a subtle, decorative accent. There’s nothing we love more than options.
As one of the season’s most comfortable trends, bike shorts are set to take off in a big way. Designers are encouraging you to wear bike shorts with just about anything and, like sneakers, they’re the surprising wardrobe hero of Spring/Summer 2019.
Fashion has a knack for cycling through trends at just the right moment, and this definitely applies to the revival of tie-dye for Spring/Summer 2019. Just as the once-ubiquitous hippie print had faded from popularity, designers resurrected it to decorate their daywear, from T-shirts to skirts.
Boho isn’t going anywhere – not if dozens of designers have anything to say about it. With escapism as a big theme, bohemian style ruled the majority of runways, and looked especially good when done in big, relaxed volumes and vibrant palettes.
Worn atop dresses and separates, netting and mesh overlays added cool texture and movement to all manner of looks. Since they accompanied such a versatile array of styles on the runway, we suggest picking up one in a neutral color and pairing it with everything for Spring/Summer 2019.
This trend was everywhere, and we mean everywhere. Worn atop dresses and separates, netting and mesh overlays added cool texture and movement to all manner of looks. Since they accompanied such a versatile array of styles on the runway, we suggest picking up one in a neutral color and pairing it with everything for Spring/Summer 2019.
So many catwalk collections revolved around massive, pointy shoulders and nipped waists, recalling the silhouette that dominated the 80s. We found that the best looks were accompanied by sharp tailoring à la Balenciaga.
Bleached denim is always a divisive trend, but fashion girls are nothing if not brave. If you’re willing to pull off baggy, acid-washed trousers or bleach-stained jumpsuits, more power to you. We’re still on the fence about this one.
For an added pop of interest, a plume of colorful feathers is just what your formal look needs. This motif was found throughout multiple high-end collections for evening, but Dries Van Noten also offered some interesting options for day.
One of the most noticeable components of the Spring/Summer 2019 collections was just how many collaged prints, patterns, and textures were used to create unexpected, visually pleasing surfaces. Sacai is where trenches were hybridized into dresses with the addition of plaid paneling, while Paco Rabbane created full looks by stitching together multiple types of chain and floral prints.