What to expect for Spring and Summer 2019
It might seem like we are stuck in the January blues but fear not because the sun will shine again! Spring collections have already started hitting the shops, so it’s the right time to get inspired.
The S/S19 catwalks are a treat this time of the year. Designers could not help but reflect on the overall change in the way women want to be seen. After all clothes are a big part of how people see each other. With the global push for equality, diversity and pride, came a new way of dressing. Women want to feel comfortable and confident yet feminine. Prepare to see longer length skirts and dresses, soft tailoring, high-waisted loose trousers and relaxed, fluid shapes.
The Patra team have picked the trends that made the biggest impression on us, as well as those that have influenced and inspired our own take on the upcoming spring summer season.
As is so often the case, many spring summer collections had a heavy emphasis on bold and bright colours. Fruity shades of mimosa, citrusy yellows and greens as well as hot pink and pomegranate red all lit up the runways and really made it feel like summer. Not surprisingly, Roxanda and Peter Pilotto were amongst those designers that bet on bold colours.
Neon made another comeback. You might think subtlety is appropriate when it comes to florescent colours but not this season – we are talking head to toe dresses, full on suits and capes. It seems like anything goes when it comes to colour next season.
Some designers did bring it down a notch and kept their collections simple in classic shades of camel and beige. Max Mara didn’t surprise with their minimalistic monotone collection in beautifully neutral colours. Burberry followed suit with a number of signature trench coats in their classic camel and stone.
Much like with colours, designers were very bold with their prints for next season. Unsurprisingly, many bet on florals, as summer just wouldn’t be summer with some floral prints! Individually, each print consisted of standard floral motifs – hand-drawn garden flowers, ditsy tea party style or Edwardian wallpaper-like roses. But a few fashion houses put their floral looks together in different scales and colours which really made them stand out from the crowd. Designers such as Versace, Dolche & Gabanna and Carolina Herrera all mixed and matched their blossom prints.
Apart from flowers we also saw the rise of the logo prints. Although it is true that people buy into the name and what better way to show this than by splattering it all over?
Silhouettes, Details and Styles
It seems like the 80s just don’t want to leave us. Lamé, neon, bleached denim and square shoulders are all back with a vengeance next season. Many of us might reminisce over those block colour skirt suits – Princess Diana style but that’s really as much of the 80s as we would like bring back!
Putting exaggerated shoulders pads to one side, designers were generally leaning towards soft tailoring and relaxed outerwear. However, this did not make the looks any less feminine with their cinched waists and oversized accessories.
Designers aimed for a balance between style and comfort and combining leisurewear with formal style was another common theme. Chanel and Stella McCartney both showcased cycling shorts paired with oversized tailored jackets and jumpers. Embellished and oversized boilersuits featured on the catwalks of Hermes and Dries Van Noten.
Garments were not shy of trimmings and embellishments – from heavy fringes and feathers at Richard Quinn and Givenchy to big drapy bows at Valentino and Marc Jacobs.
Speaking of masculine meets feminine, the use of lace was seen throughout the catwalks –Victoria Beckham’s oversized mix & match lacy shirts clashed with Burberry’s mini slip dresses. Crochet design was also on the rise with long dresses and cardigans making it down the runway.
Roll on Spring!
These are the trends that grabbed our eye back in September; some we loved, others surprised us and a few made us want to run for the hills! So what is the verdict? It seems that for Spring Summer 2019 everything goes! Don’t be afraid of colour, the time for feel-good clothes has come.
Watch this space to see how we’ve incorporated some of these trends into Patra’s next collection.
Kate Spade Dress: Ovidiu Hrubaru / Shutterstock.com, Tom Ford outfit: Ovidiu Hrubaru / Shutterstock.com, Oscar De La Renta: lev radin / Shutterstock.com, Kate Spade:Ovidiu Hrubaru / Shutterstock.com, Tom Ford lace outfit: Ovidiu Hrubaru / Shutterstock.com, Claudia Li dress: Ovidiu Hrubaru / Shutterstock.com