It's a wrap for New York Fashion Week (NYFW) for the spring-summer 2020 season! This edition saw a change of direction: the first with fashion designer Tom Ford as the chairman of CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America), cutting the event from 7 to only 5 days and appointing new names (fashion designers Carly Cushnie, Kerby Jean-Raymond, Virgil Abloh, and Maria Cornejo) to ensure more representation and diversity on the CFDA's board. The inspiration, of course, reflected on the runway, with what was considered by many critics one of the most exciting (and relevant) editions of NYFW. Ready to check out the trends in fabrics?
Lingerie Fabrics And Shapes
The spring-summer 2020 edition of NYFW showed lots of inspirations from the lingerie world, with corset structures, bustiers (sometimes in leather, with creative shapes) and camisoles (think satin and silk). Typical textiles from this boudoir universe (lace, for example) being used (seductively) on day-to-day pieces, playing with fabric textures and shapes to present innovative creations.
Gabriela Hearst, camisole-inspired dress, a leather bustier from Dion Lee, a silk top by Alexander Wang and Vera Wang corset-inspired piece during the NYFW spring-summer 2020 fashion shows.
Animal Prints Gone Wild(er)
A trend reserved only for bold designers: animal prints, mostly leopard and zebra, shining in bright colors -- sometimes neon! -- in glossy fabrics (like Tom Ford) or even embroidered in sequins (Jeremy Scott). Not for the faint of heart!
R13 with animal print layering, Tom Ford shows a silky leopard print and Jeremy Scott with a sequined animal print bodysuit.
Upcycling at NYFW
With sustainability awareness increasing, it's really refreshing to see it being explored on NYFW's runways. Gabriela Hearst, for example, created a dress with the leftovers of her custom prints from the last 5 years that took hundreds of hours to create, each string handmade and hand-sewn to the garment. Unused fabrics were also present in Jonathan Cohen's collection, woven into a skirt or decorating the models' hair. His spring-summer 2020 collection included 8,000 upcycled Swarovski crystal beads, showing how fashion designers can be super creative when tackling waste. Another inspiration -- and pioneer when it comes to sustainable fashion -- is Zero + Maria Cornejo. The brand's production is almost completely made in New York with certified organic fabrics.
Sustainability hits the NYFW spring-summer runway: upcycled fabrics and crystals at Gabriela Hearst and Jonathan Cohen, plus a look from sustainable fashion brand Zero + Maria Cornejo, whose production is mostly based in New York.
All In White (For Tailoring)
Minimalism reaches new heights with impeccable tailoring completely in white. Traditional tailoring fabrics remain strong but share space with surprising textiles in the spring-summer 2020 runway, including transparencies and filigree textures. Minimal, chic, and always outside the box.
Minimalism, all in white by classic tailoring brands The Row, Helmut Lang, and Prabal Gurung.
America Is Great
Icons of American fashion -- and even the Statue of Liberty (by Alexander Wang) -- were strongly referenced on many NYFW's shows this spring-summer 2020 edition. From Americana icons like denim and bandanas to cowboys and Native American-inspired fringes, fashion designers found inspiration in their roots and their country's history.
Denim, 19th-century ruffles (Ulla Johnson and Marc Jacobs), a Statue of Liberty tiara (Alexander Wang), fringes, cowboy hats and belts (Bronx and Bonco): the Americana dream and fashion history for spring-summer 2020.
Polka Dots In All Sizes
How could you make a spring-summer 2020 collection more fun? Add polka dots! The print appears playful or delicate in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. From maxi to micro (we mean really, really tiny!), they appear on white, black or navy blue backgrounds - and not always perfectly round, either.
Polka dots of all shapes and sizes by Carolina Herrera, Tory Burch, Noor by Noor and Michael Kors during NYFW spring-summer 2020. Trend alert!
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