Here Are Spring 2020's Biggest Trends


And just like that, New York Fashion Week has come to an end. While we’ll be looking forward to the collections showing in London, Milan, and Paris, we’ve already gotten a pretty good idea of what we’ll be buying next spring. And we’re pretty excited.


Throughout all of the collection showings, from traditional runway shows to theatrical performances to a literal farmer’s market, veteran and emerging designers showed us what they have in store, and there were quite a few reoccurring trends in the mix. Below, we rounded up 14 of the biggest ones, from zebra print and power suiting to crochet and corseting.

Check ’em out for yourself, below.

Chartreuse Is The New Slime Green

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Move over, slime! The vibrant It Color is going in a more yellowish-green direction, taking the form of billowy organzas at Sandy Liang, ornate jacquards at Anna Sui, and denim suiting at Linder.

From left: Anna Sui, Kate Spade, Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, Sandy Liang, Linder.

Corsets Were Everywhere

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Corsets of all kinds made appearances this season, from satin cupless styles at Hellessy to denim at Jordache and LaQuan Smith.

From left: Laquan Smith, Vera Wang, Hellessy, I Love Pretty, Jordache.

Fashion Takes A So-Cal Surfer Chic Turn

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For a handful of labels, fashion was way more laid-back this season, taking on a relaxed, SoCal beach bum aesthetic. Slouchy tie-dye sweatshirts, billowy watercolor prints, and swimwear as clothing will make getting dressed next spring super chill.

From left: Collina Strada, Gypsy Sport, Prabal Gurung, No Sesso, Zimmermann.

Gingham Gets A Revamp

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Everyone’s favorite springtime print is making a comeback for 2020, and this time, with a bit of a revamp, from the mismatched prints of Christopher John Rogers and PH5 to the layered organza prints of Paris99. Of course, the print in its most classic form was seen across the boards, too.

From left: Paris99, Maryam Nassir Zadeh, Christopher John Rogers, Ulla Johnson, PH5, Sandy Liang.

Crochet

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Possibly one of the comfiest trends we spotted all week, crochet pieces were seen everywhere from Kate Spade’s vintage-inspired dresses to Jonathan Cohen’s rainbow crewneck. Any clothing that essentially feels like we’ve wrapped ourselves in a cozy afghan is a must for us.

From left: Jonathan Cohen, Eckhaus Latta, Kate Spade, Ulla Johnson, Jonathan Simkhai.

Zebra Reigns Supreme

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Once again, we saw animal prints of all kinds everywhere. However, Spring 2020 is calling for a lot of zebra print, from Sally Lapointe to LaQuan Smith.

From left: R13, Christopher John Rogers, Sally LaPointe, Barragan, LaQuan Smith.

’80s Power Suiting

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The suit game was strong for Spring 2020, with an abundance of ’80s-inspired versions—aka boxy, oversized fits and masculine details—hitting the catwalk this week. From the drool-worthy gray leather suit seen yesterday at Proenza Schouler to more in-your-face styles, such as Prabal Gurung’s vibrant violet and Victoria Haye’s iridescent numbers, we’re looking forward to channeling our inner 1980s power women come spring.

From left: Area, Helmut Lang, Prabal Gurung, Victoria Hayes, Proenza Schouler, Laurence & Chico.

Dreamy, Whimsical Tulle

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Next spring is getting a bit of fairytale-like whimsy in the form of lush, ruffled tulle seen on dreamy floor-length skirts at Christian Siriano and NYFW newcomer I Love Pretty, the ethereal gowns of Jason Wu and Adeam, and more.

From left: Adeam, Jason Wu, I Love Pretty, Khaite, Christian Siriano.

Dainty, Lace-Up Sandals Were The Footwear Of Choice

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Next spring’s sandals are not only strappy but lace-up, too. While styles at Tibi and Ulla Johnson only tie up to the ankle, others crawl all the way up the calf, this way you can oh-so-trendily lace them up over your jeans.

From left: Adeam, Christopher John Rogers, Longchamp, Tibi, Ulla Johnson.

But Also, Chunky Platforms

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To supplement all those dainty, tie-up sandals, chunky platforms also made a few appearances on the runways this week. From Anna Sui’s and Eckhaus Latta’s retro-inspired clogs to Tibi’s sleek slingbacks, prepare to add on a few inches come spring.

From left: Anna Sui, Eckhaus Latta, Tibi.

Yep, Teeny-Tiny Bags Are *Still* Having A Moment

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Oh, you thought that after being in the spotlight for the past few seasons, the teeny tiny handbag would begin to phase out? Think again. Aside from 99.9 percent of NYFW-attendees wearing the infamous Jacquemus bag or similarly tiny satches and clutches, designers once again showed mini bags of all kinds for Spring 2020, from lucite clutches at Brandon Maxwell to Zimmerman’s chic evening satchels, to the sporty mini satchels at Longchamp.

From left: Longchamp, Tory Burch, Laurence & Chico, Zimmermann, Brandon Maxwell.

Don’t Worry, There Are Also Giant Totes

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Just can’t get behind the tiny, tiny bag trend? Don’t worry, a number of brands—including those featuring mini bags—are also offering oversized totes for Spring 2020, some of which come in gigantic proportions, like the ones seen at Barragan and Laurence & Chico. We’re looking forward to these so we can actually carry our phones around with us (and our laptops, our lunches, and, well, entire lives).

From left: Zimmermann, Laurence & Chico, Barragan, Khaite, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Proenza Schouler.

We’ll Wear Body Chains Of All Sorts

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Belly chains are back, baby! As are the leg chains, hip chains, and even crotch chains, seen on the runways of Area, No Sesso, and Bevza.

From left: Bevza, No Sesso, Rag & Bone, Area.

Chunky Chains Are The New Statement Jewelry

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Chunky chainlink jewelry was a popular choice this Fashion Week, from the pavé chains seen at Brandon Maxwell and Laurence & Chico’s pearl-embellished earrings to the thick, acetate collar necklaces seen at Zimmermann.

From left: Brandon Maxwell, Brandon Maxwell, Laurence & Chico, Zimmermann.





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