Whether it’s in New York, Milan, or Paris, Fashion Week is a time for sartorial innovation and risks. Here at Design Limited Edition, we chose our favourite runway looks from the world’s top fashion weeks, and discuss what stood out most, from the chic fruits of a carbon-neutral show to diversity and inclusion done well.
Here are our picks for the hottest Spring 2020 looks from Fashion Week!
This show took our breath away–not just because of the exquisite beauty of the clothes but also for what the fashion show stood for–community, a responsibility to the planet, connection to each other. But yes, the clothes! The play here on the romantic opulent volume of the dress with the razor-sharp tailoring of the jacket is our favourite fashion week juxtaposition.
Diversity and inclusion are buzzwords of the moment cited by many a designer, but one collection that really stuck with us throughout the various fashion weeks was Jonathan Cohen in New York. The designer was born in Mexico City and raised in San Diego and in this collection, he beautifully explored his dual heritage. Combining the 50 stars of the American flag with the vibrant rainbow stripes of a Mexican serape blanket, this gown (worn here by Mexican model Isis Jimenez) is a lovely reminder that we are stronger together.
There is something so wonderfully timely about returning to craft at this critical juncture in fashion. Jonathan Anderson’s use of old-world crochet here, to create this incredibly modern silhouette, hits just the right note. This isn’t just a seasonal “look,” it’s something to collect and treasure.
We love the quiet elegance and restraint of this Prada look. It’s so simple—yet rendered in the thinnest cashmere and linen, it feels supremely confident and feminine. We love how it’s worn with the heavier heritage-inspired loafers.
Leave it to Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez to make the Working Girl look feel fresh (and even cooler) for spring. Just when you thought we’d hit peak ’80s-inspired blazers, this buttery leather suit completely reinvented the look—and convinced us that spring leather is, in fact, a thing. Add the sunglasses and double hoop earrings and boom: the Proenza woman remains the coolest in New York.
This collection really felt like Riccardo Tisci found his footing at Burberry, blending the classic codes of the iconic British brand along with Tisci’s signature gothic romance. This unicorn-inspired dress was a standout in the show. We love the sleek silhouette, with the sparkling mesh overlay. The fact that the dress literally had a white feathered tail lent the perfect touch of fashion fantasy.
A visually simple dress is transformed by the complex and rich story it brings with it. Linen woven in a centuries-old Irish textile company is decorated with images drawn by school children, which then were embroidered by every single one of the company’s employees. In a season where the strongest fashion weeks presented emotional connections, not just beautiful clothes–this artisanal and familial approach truly makes an utterly modern statement.
As a brand, Gabriela Hearst continues to lead in the realm of sustainability and this season even had an industry first—a carbon-neutral show. Truly a commendable feat. What distinguishes her line is not merely her inimitable practices, but her deliberate use of ethically sourced, elevated materials mixed with her attention to craft via handworked details throughout the collection. Cue the perfect Spring suit cinched at the waist with a striking geode-buckle belt, for a chic take on this classic silhouette, that will sustain your wardrobe for seasons to come.
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