Fashion & Style

New York Fashion Week SS20 key trends

I’ve really missed my series rounding up fashion week trends, guys. So, I just about relaunched my blog in time for Spring/Summer 2020 fashion month. As always it kicked off on the runways of New York.

I’m not going to lie, it wasn’t my favourite NYFW season. Usually I save a ton of photos of favourite looks from various designers as I scroll through the shows. But I hardly saved any this time. The oversized silhouettes, colour palettes heavy on greens, and combinations of prints aren’t for me. But, never mind that. Without further ado, let’s delve into some of those trends that showed up again and again:

Oversized, rounded shoulders

Retro-style wide, rounded shoulders made an appearance throughout the runways, literally from A (Adam Lippes) to Z (Zero + Maria Cornejo). As someone who is always trying to create the appearance of not having sloping, rounded non-shoulders, I’m running far away from this one, thanks. But I can see the appeal of a loose silhouette.

Voluminous sleeves

The oversized shoulders accompanied voluminous, puffy sleeves, reminiscent of the 1950s (think Lauren Bacall in How to Marry a Millionaire and Designing Woman). The look was best executed at Christian Siriano.


Chartreuse is described as halfway between green and yellow — which is where the collections turned for pops of colour among the spring pastels. Prabal Gurung executed the look with a combination of tones along the blue-green-yellow spectrum, while 3.1 Phillip Lim went for a full block. Other designers branched out in either direction — to leafy greens at Tahari or sunflower yellows at Proenza Schouler.

Chunky florals

Spring 2020’s florals are heavy, reminiscent of late 70s upholstery fabric. The Marc Jacobs version somehow conjured up the Mad Hatter’s tea party in its whimsy. The Zac Zac Posen look hinted at the direction the High Street could go for wearability.

Large-brimmed hats

If the theme of SS20 is oversized, it extends to the return of big, floppy hats. Did you miss them? I did — this is a trend I can get behind.


Metallics, sequins and shiny, satiny fabrics are no stranger to spring/summer; this season they combine with the greens and puffy sleeves for a head-to-toe look, as at Christian Siriano.

Barbra Streisand

This mini-trend caught this Streisand fangirl by surprise! A print of Barbra’s face from the 60s appeared on t-shirts and bags at Coach, while over at Marc Jacobs, there was a top-hat-with-draped-scarf look inspired by the cover image from her 1965 album My Name Is Barbra, Two… I’m happy to see inspiration from her iconic style influence next spring’s outfits…

And next, onto London Fashion Week.

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