Preen by Thornton Bregazzi RTW Spring 2020

The Preen girl loves a good floaty dress, yet she’s also looking for something to lounge in or to make a statement. Designers Thea Bregazzi and Justin Thornton granted these wishes by expanding their repertoire for spring.
Ruffled and ruched feminine dresses that have become a mainstay for the brand took on new life in structured black and white satin. The designers continued to experiment with structure and they introduced trench coats with oversize boxy sleeves, tailored blazers and neon yellow nylon suit that popped.
“We wanted to celebrate women and empower them, like the big sleeves, even if it was on a fluffy dress, felt empowering and like she owned it,” said Bregazzi.
The designers introduced loungewear by way of loose, wide-leg trousers, track pants with quilted details and a boxy hoodie with a graphic manga print.
“We’re great fans of manga and anime and we worked with an artist to create this anime character who is representative of a Preen girl, for us it’s a way to remember our experiences through Japan,” Thornton said of the illustration that peppered its way through the collection, as a layer peeking through a lace overlay, on a T-shirt, a floral dress and printed on a

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Emilia Wickstead RTW Spring 2020

Emilia Wickstead drew inspiration from the four characters of the “Little Women” films for her not-so-little women, who instead exuded power, grace and femininity.
The designer immersed herself in the four sisters’ everyday lives and modernized quintessential costume elements such as gloves and bibs, which were transformed into oversize collars or sequin layers over light organza shirts and dresses.
“I was inspired by all the different eras coming together, such as romantic elements of the Seventies, tapered Nineties silhouettes and using organza to play on that freedom of Jo’s personality,” she said.
Just like the differing personalities of the “Little Women,” the pieces in her collection embodied different characters of their own. Soft, sweet pastel hues colored her tailored men’s wear inspired pieces, such as a pale yellow suit-style jumpsuit. Ankle-length dresses were softly pleated, while structured floor-sweeping gowns held tight to their A-line shapes.
Wickstead played deftly with detail and mimicked the corset shape by adding darts to the bust and cinching the waistline. True to form, there was a neckline for every occasion, such as a high turtleneck on a floral printed green number.
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Amanda Wakeley RTW Spring 2020

The designer was prepping for her Verbier ski trip, but her mind was already in Havana, Cuba, from where she grabbed inspiration for her spring 2020 collection. Wakeley looked to the city’s architecture and landscape, using oranges as bright pops of color and palm leaf prints on what she described as “easy, breezy” dresses in satin.
She contrasted these voluminous maxi dresses with tailored pieces, such as a woven vest that mimicked the texture of a straw hat. Wakeley carried the weaving motif through the collection, such as a blue ribbon crisscrossing down the arms of a white dress, and looping through the lapels of an orange and blue woven blazer. Elsewhere, evening gowns and ankle-length skirts were embellished with high-shine sequins.

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Hazzys by JD.com RTW Spring 2020

China’s second-largest e-commerce player JD.com picked the right brand with the right help this season. It has a three-year partnership with the British Fashion Council and is committed to bringing Chinese brands to showcase their collections in London.
Hazzys is a Korean brand owned by LF Fashion, the fashion arm of conglomerate LG Group. It has a licensing deal with Chinese apparel giant Saint Angelo, and operates more than 400 stores across the country. Hence, guests at the show were mostly Chinese.
Curated by Fashion Fringe winner Haizhen Wang, the collection was quintessentially British. After all, it’s named after a Cambridge rowing club. A classic beige trench coat opened the show, while a couple of deconstructed versions closed it. In between were thoughtful wardrobe stables with subtle twists that painted a vivid picture of various walks of London life. You could clearly divine the archetypes – bankers, skaters, artists, students and fashionistas – thanks to diverse and clever casting.
The brand also debuted a complex new print featuring the HAZ logo, designed by Wang. It added a layer of identity to the brand that sets it apart from the likes of Aquascutum, Burberry or Daks.

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The Best Social Media Moments From NYFW Spring 2020

New York Fashion Week has finally come to a close, but the biggest moments of the week still live on through social media.
With an impressive roster of celebrity attendees during the NYFW spring 2020 season, the week saw a number of memorable moments captured on Instagram, including Kim Kardashian, who attended Serena Williams’ Serena fashion show, and Zendaya, who expressed her gratitude to Tommy Hilfiger and stylist Law Roach who she collaborated with for her second collection with the designer at the Apollo Theater.
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Matthew Adams Dolan RTW Spring 2020

After taking a season off from the New York Fashion Week calendar, Matthew Adams Dolan came back with a more subdued take on his signature voluminous inclinations. He looked to the idea of crafting a new American wardrobe, where he could easily toggle between conservative society and something more young and free.
“I think it’s always this idea of how to change these codes that are such a big part of American culture and looking at these signifiers and making them in a way that feels more contemporary and subversive,” he said backstage after the show. For instance, he took the idea of a classic rowing blazer, but cut it more as a boxy dress with nipped-in waist for women or with enveloping shoulders for men. It played into a preppy theme that included a polo reimagined as an oversized dress or a sleeveless top, or denim reworked to include big utility pockets on a skirt or with interesting pleating patterns on shorts.
He maintained elements of offbeat charm that made his early collections so appealing: playful reworked shirting, relaxed elongated silhouettes and youthful takes on tailoring. He didn’t abandon volume altogether; rather, he offered it in lighter variations with sheerer fabrics

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Yeohlee RTW Spring 2020

Yeohlee Teng is one of those almost extinct creatures in the fashion industry: a designer who is still passionate about construction, lines and fabrics. She still believes that her creations are the ultimate medium to express her fashion message. In her case, it’s a clear, powerful dispatch, ultimately telegraphed with essentially, purity and control.
Working a black and white color palette, Teng played with cuts and geometric shapes to create versatile, effortlessly chic pieces, mostly crafted from Italian and Japanese cottons.
Details made the difference in her designs, which were very simple at first sight, yet highly complex when analyzed closely. They included daywear staples with a twist, such as color-blocked frocks that can be worn in multiple ways; and a sporty-chic hooded jacket with drawstrings worn with a pinstriped dress and matching pants that had a slightly sculptural silhouette that was achieved through bias cuts.
The collection also offered elegant and discreet cocktail options, including a V-neck mini dress with the eye-catching shoulders highlighted by black and white graphic colorblocking, as well as a jumpsuit, which looked just pretty in its sophisticated elegance.

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Gabriela Hearst RTW Spring 2020

The Rocky Mountain Locust, Xerces Blue and other of planet earth’s recently extinct insects were memorialized in a print on a silk twill scarf placed on every seat at the Gabriela Hearst show.
It was a sad reminder of the sustainability stakes. But Hearst is one in the industry who can hold her head high; all of her brand packaging is biodegradable, she is an enthusiastic user of eco- and recycled fabrics, and this season she joined the ranks of Stella McCartney in having a carbon neutral show (which she achieved through donating offset amounts to two projects in Africa that work to replace traditional, toxin-emitting cookstoves with more energy-efficient models).
Which all means there is reason to feel good about wearing this collection, inspired by female profiles in courage, from the goddess Athena, to the 17th-century German botanist Maria Sibylla Merian, Josephine Baker and the Kurdish freedom fighters.
Not that you needed any added reason, because Hearst’s clothes were beautiful. Using more handcraft than she ever has, she explored a more earthy aesthetic than in past outings, and the result felt more warm and accessible, too.
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Jonathan Simkhai RTW Spring 2020

You might call it a lingerie-lifestyle look that Jonathan Simkhai has been cultivating over the nine years he’s been in business. The designer is known for using delicate lace and peekaboo panels on body-con dresses, playful jeans and asymmetric blouses.
But for Spring 2020, he worked a more minimalist romanticism in a Georgia O’Keeffe-inspired, sun-bleached palette of ecru, lilac, blue sky and Sedona clay, showing lovely silk charmeuse and satin pieces made special by details like twisted shoulder straps, pin-tucking and lace inserts.
“I really wanted to exude a sense of ease and unexpected femininity,” said the designer, whose big news is the launch of his first handbags, in partnership with Apply Pay. His first accessories category included four silhouettes designed to reflect the values of the brand — slouchy and structured, hard and soft, tough and feminine — including a napa leather grocery bag, a belt bag, a crossbody and a clutch, each named after the word for “woman” in four languages: femme, donna, mara and isha.
Coming down the runway with the new handbags were boudoir beach pieces like a pale-green corded lace dress worn like a caftan over a bralette and ecru crepe pants; a white hand-crocheted, open-back collared polo

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Self-Portrait RTW Spring 2020

Han Chong infused a lively sense of relaxed ease into his spring collection, which he presented at New York’s legendary Woolworth Building. The opulent grandeur of the location, filled with Greek veined marble, glass mosaics and gold tiles, created a charming contrast with the summery, breezy feel of the lineup, which looked quintessentially feminine and romantic.
The opening cotton poplin outfits punctuated by lace trim, which included a mini dress with a defined waist and a shirt paired with a matching wrap skirt, set the tone of the collection, whose delicacy met an urban-chic mood.
Pale tones of blue, lilac and pale yellow were juxtaposed with vibrant hues, such as the hot pink of a pretty maxi dress that had sweet ruffles framing the face, as well as a vivid orange-red cotton frock enriched by eyelet and a corset-like construction at the bodice.
The hyper-feminine vibe was counterbalance by utilitarian accents, popping up, for example, on a sleeveless top embellished with a zipper closure and applied pockets, as well as by the sartorial elegance of a belted blazer worn with tailored short pants.
The collection reached its peak when it offered the most signature look of the Self-Portrait brand. Case in point: the closing

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See the Best Fashion Looks at Spring 2020 Fashion Week: From Risqué Shirts to Blanket-Like Dresses

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Kith Air RTW Spring 2020

Ronnie Fieg doesn’t do interviews for Kith shows. But the Queens, N.Y., native knows how to build anticipation: He shared behind-the-scenes photos and his thoughts on the process on his Instagram page before the Kith Air show on Thursday.
Shots of the Kith founder styling looks with Eugene Tong on celebs such as BMX athlete Nigel Sylvester and Angus Cloud from HBO’s “Euphoria” drew comments from Victor Cruz, Sara Sampaio and Justin Timberlake. Then the invite arrived — a giant bottle of Don Julio 1942 Tequila in a leather case with a Kith pattern lining. (Attendees didn’t have to bring the bottle to skip the long line at Cipriani in Lower Manhattan.)
But the star-studded event drew the likes of NBA athletes Kevin Love, PJ Tucker, Kelly Oubre Jr. and Rudy Gay; rappers Cam’ron, Fabolous, Joey Bada$ $ , Princess Nokia and YG, who arrived with new beau Kehlani; designers Tommy Hilfiger and Heron Preston; Sarah Andelman; Cruz and Karrueche Tran and others.
To preview his seasonal drops, Fieg projected varying 3-D-landscapes — a desert, a view from under the Eiffel Tower, a snow-capped mountain and New York City streetscapes — onto the immaculate walls and ceilings of Cipriani.
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Street Style at New York Fashion Week Spring 2020

At New York Fashion Week, the street style can be just as intriguing as the looks on the runway.
Cooler September temperatures have made the street style set forgo their traditional summer wear for more layers, including printed suits and matching sets worn in both neutrals and colorful prints. The monochromatic look is also proving to be a favorite, with showgoers gravitating toward greens, purples and pinks.
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Some have already begun tapping into Pantone’s spring 2020 color palette, with a few sporting the forecaster’s top ranking hue: Flame Scarlet.

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Others are putting more emphasis on their accessories, like one attendee who complemented her look with Christian Louboutin Measuring Tape Sandals and another who wore Gucci’s New York Yankees baseball cap.

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Markarian RTW Spring 2020

Last summer, designer Alexandra O’Neill traveled to Tuscany, Italy, fell in love with a family-owned, 1500s-era villa just outside of Siena, and decided she would return the next year to shoot her look book. Over the following year, whenever O’Neill was picking out her fabrics or designing new styles, she had the villa (plus a few of her favorite summer Italian movies) in mind. The collection included feminine takes on romance, like an “Under the Tuscan Sun” burnt sienna gingham day dress or Nineties-inspired easy floral silk dresses à la her personal favorite, “Only You,” and Bertolucci’s “Stealing Beauty,” which was indeed partially shot at the designer’s villa muse. 
While O’Neill’s inspiration provided the context for a beautifully romantic array, her biggest news came through her decision to mix her ready-to-wear and bridal collections together going forward.
“I decided to fold bridal into this collection, so instead of doing six collections a year, I will do bridal options for each season. I put 10 bridal looks into this collection — it ended up being 15 if you fudge it a little bit — but it’s mostly rehearsal dinner dresses, after party dresses and some main-day dresses,” O’Neill expressed. “My client comes to

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Red Valentino RTW Spring 2020

Pierpaolo Piccioli captured the most immediate and lively spirit of a never-ending summer with his charming collection for the Red Valentino brand.
Delicacy and femininity joined a chic metropolitan appeal in the fresh eyelet pieces, spanning from miniskirts worn with cropped matching blouses to generously cut parkas paired with lace bottoms. Mainly worked in black and white, the chic cotton style also welcomed bright accents, including the vivid red of a pretty halter neck dress enriched by floral white embroideries.
An exotic note was introduced via the vibrant prints of tropical flowers and birds splashed on flowing frocks and pajama sets, while butterfly-shaped patchwork details added a cute touch to denim designs, such as a slipdress and a jumpsuit revealing an exposed back and ruffled embellishments at the shoulders.
The brand’s signature craftsmanship stood out on cotton crochet skirts and bikinis, exuding a free-spirited, boho-chic vibe.
Versatile at heart, the lineup offered plenty of options for the Red Valentino girls, who next summer will also have the chance to shine bright at pool parties thanks to the allover sequined frocks — their hyper-feminine appeal exalted by romantic bow ties.

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Levi Strauss Exhibition Coming to San Francisco Museum in 2020

Storied American jeans maker Levi’s will be the subject of an exhibition opening next year in San Francisco.
“Levi Strauss: A History of American Style,” on view Feb. 13 to Aug. 9, 2020 at The Contemporary Jewish Museum, will be the largest public display of Levi Strauss & Co.’s archival materials ever assembled. Featuring more than 150 items (including vintage apparel and advertising materials, as well as ephemera related to the life of Levi Strauss the man), the exhibition will showcase the story of the Bavarian Jewish dry goods merchant in 19th-century San Francisco, the birth of his iconic blue jeans and its influence on American style and identity, according to press materials.
The museum’s curators worked with the brand to mine pieces from the Levi Strauss & Co. archives, located at the company’s headquarters in San Francisco.
In 1873, near the end of the Gold Rush, Levi Strauss obtained a U.S. patent with tailor Jacob Davis for the process of putting metal rivets in men’s work pants to increase their durability. Strauss’ civic and philanthropic contributions were fundamental to San Francisco’s municipal development, the exhibition will show, and the trajectory of the brand has reflected the changing American consciousness, from its initial

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Men’s Trend Spring 2020: Man as Muse

A new model of masculinity was on display at the men’s runway shows for spring as designers tapped into today’s tectonic cultural shifts to offer softer, more fluid and gender-bending styles, including pearls and handbags for men. It all generated an artistic vibe, as seen here in a Comme des Garçons coat with pleated sleeves and shorts suit.

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NYFW Spring 2020: What to Expect at New York Fashion Week in September

As summer enters its final month, the fashion industry is gearing up for another show season, but it’s starting with a New York Fashion Week that’s a bit different from seasons past.
The biggest news for the spring 2020 collections is that NYFW will be on a shorter official schedule, down to six days of shows listed on the calendar released by the Council of Fashion Designers of America. The initiative to trim down the schedule was spearheaded by the CFDA’s new chairman, designer Tom Ford, who assumed the role from longtime CFDA head, Diane von Furstenberg, in June. Upon his appointment as CFDA chairman, Ford said reinventing NYFW was a top priority.
From which designers are showing to Ford’s role as CFDA chairman, here is what to expect from NYFW spring 2020.
1. A shorter schedule for NYFW spring 2020

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This September, the Council of Fashion Designers of America is introducing a shorter, more compact schedule for New York Fashion Week, decreasing to six days of runway shows and presentations. The schedule will now begin on Friday, Sept. 6 — with the first show a “performance” by Telfar — and will end on Wednesday, Sept.

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Willy Chavarria Men’s Spring 2020

Sex, love, glamour and immigration.
All these hot topics, mixed with masculine queer culture, set the tone for Willy Chavarria’s runway return to New York — and boy, was he missed.
Known for his Chicano heritage vibes, Chavarria’s former stint in the Nineties, the creation of “The Love Garage,” a club in San Fransisco that embraced rave culture and gritty house music, served as one of the key components of his take on what minimalism can mean.
In this case, the usually big, oversize silhouette that has defined Chavarria took a sophisticated turn that still managed to maintain a tough edge.

The first portion of the show showcased standouts such as a black washed satin robe with matching shorts, along with an array of flared and high-waisted denim numbers, often paired with souvenir jackets or matching oversize boxy shirts. Quilted leather handbags, an item typically associated with high luxury, adorned most of the models, along with black and gold chains used as necklaces, belts and handbags, which provided a refined touch.
Part two featured a collaboration with athletic brand K-Swiss: a Nineties California Chicano tennis prep collection — oversize pastels in blue and pink with a bit of neon that enhanced sweatshirts, baggy shorts and

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Will and Grace Ending (Again) After Third Revival Season in 2020

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Beaufille RTW Spring 2020

Chloé and Parris Gordon drew on their recent, first visit to Japan for inspiration, and delivered a clean, modern lineup with a healthy amount of artistry. They used a bright orange, ultra-thin yet super-strong fabric to craft a series of romantic blouses and dresses — unfussy cuts with carefully dosed ruffled accents, or puffy sleeves. Also uplifting: a paper-thin waxed cotton made into a bright, orange rain dress. Who needs a traditional raincoat?
The pair likes to take their clients from day to evening. With this in mind, they crafted a transformable, button-up blouse with an extra flap to wrap around the neck like a handkerchief; similarly transformable, a tan suit jacket, with straps to cinch around the waist or leave open, with a different effect. Trained at a design school in Nova Scotia that teaches all stages of the garment-making process — down to weaving materials to make fabric — the designers seek to make sturdy, well-made pieces that exude effortless chic. In a nod to their artistic mother, who encouraged their creativity growing up — they recalled she would unfurl rolls of brown paper for them to decorate — they used one of her paintings as a pattern for

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Zoë Jordan RTW Spring 2020

Zoë Jordan worked a lively, Ibiza-flavored lineup of sporty knitwear apt for the festival circuit — or the beach. Keeping things easy, her signature cashmere tracksuits came in chic ivory tones or bright, tie-dyed numbers, reflecting her lifestyle change from the city in London to that Mediterranean outcrop where the jet-set crowd lets loose. Long, mesh tops with low, drawstring waists came in lizard green or melon yellow, new accents in a universe dominated by pinks and oranges; an Eighties-flavored layer to toss over a swimsuit. Slightly distressed touches and cutout holes added a touch of shabby chicness of the techno-festival sort, including the frayed bottom of a tie-died skirt and holes in the arms of a bright pink sweater that was dip-dyed — a new technique for the label. Also new, a crocheted dress, cut like an extra-long tank top, all stripes. The sportier looks were also striped, including halter tops and shorts, anchoring the profusion of papaya-pink.

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Isabel Marant Étoile RTW Spring 2020

For the spring collection of Isabel Marant’s Étoile line, the designer worked her trademark volumes into a fashionable lineup that melded seduction with comfort. Amped-up shoulders added heft — on a feminine, embroidered peasant blouse or gray acid washed jean jackets and vests. There were a lot of one-piece looks, including a vest-shorts combo in a faded tie-dye print, a long trouser jumpsuit in a western-inspired floral pattern and a dark boiler suit, cinched at the ankle, with ample volumes on the shoulders and arms. Fluidity came in the form of airy blouses and flower-printed dresses in silk chiffon while structured numbers included a double-breasted flannel suit and quilted jackets. In the footwear department, choices included ivory cowboy boots or studded white wide-leg heels.

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Maticevski Resort 2020

With his second runway outing during the Paris couture shows — the first was two years ago — Australian designer Toni Maticevski stayed true to his structural ethos, intentionally blurring the boundaries between his couture and resort pieces so the observer struggled to tell them apart.
Taking moths and butterflies as one of his themes — notably their metamorphosis and the way they are attracted to a flame — he draped and built his chrysalis-like shapes, encasing the body.
His structured and draped tailoring curled up around the face like flower petals — a recurrent theme in Maticevski’s designs. Voluminous ruffles like intricately woven cocoons sheathed several more dramatic looks.
Embroidered panels like moths’ wings fluttered on the backs of gowns in black and white, just one of the intentionally clashing patterns — a rarity for the designer — Maticevski built into the collection. In the same register, he mixed animal motifs, including leopard butterflies and zebra moths.
The metallic glitter of several looks, including draped tailoring and gowns in burgundy or black or, in a more extreme manifestation, with panels and ruffles of aluminum foil-coated translucent silk, suggested the attraction of a torch at night.

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Versace Resort 2020

Donatella Versace went Western for resort.
The signature cowboy aesthetic met the brand’s quintessential sensuality and femininity in a flamboyant, strong collection.
Foulard and Western motifs were combined with Versace’s signature baroque patterns on silk dresses showing draping, knots and bold shoulders, these last also defining a leather jacket worn with a handkerchief skirt printed with a desert view at sunset.
Baroque insets peppered suede outerwear and studs, as well as rhinestones, drew graphic motifs on denim trucker jackets.
Inspired by blankets, fringed coats were decorated by jacquard motifs reproducing Gianni Versace’s autograph, which also became an all-over Swarovski pattern on a two-tone dress showing a plunging V-neck.
Suits came with mannish elongated blazers matched with flared pants, while tweed in vibrant colors gave a refined attitude to mini skirts and frocks worn with coats enriched with very Versace motifs. Meanwhile, leopard patterns worked in sunset-inspired colors put the accent on the brand’s wildest side.

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St. John Resort 2020

Over the past few seasons, the St. John woman has been offered expanded categories in the brand’s staples — knitwear for day and evening, extended sportswear and private-jet-esque getaway loungewear, along with more modern takes on their classic tweed jackets. For the resort season, the St. John team steered toward more graphic waters through a maritime-influenced lineup. Prints were more literal — there were colorful nautical scarf prints on silk dresses and blouses — and knitwear were given sail-knot-like stitches and cross-hatch buttons. 
Another main emphasis of the collection came from the idea of monochromatic layerings head-to-toe, as in luxurious but easy knit sets, aquatic natured in scuba and sale blues or more subtle in cork, navy and cream neutrals. Elsewhere, a navy trenchcoat and baby-cuffed trousers helped to refresh the brand’s more signature, updated offerings.

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Andrew Gn Resort 2020

Andrew Gn is an avid collector of antiques, so it was only a matter of time before vintage fabrics found their way into his designs. In addition to channeling old porcelain patterns and wallpaper motifs in his resort collection, he has also incorporated a stock of lace from the Sixties.
“I hate wastage,” explained Gn, adding that using dead stock, some of which he buys at auction, dovetails with his approach of designing heirloom pieces that women will keep and wear for a long time. “We try to produce less and produce only the best.”
The vintage black lace was used as an overlay on the pleated skirt of a pink dress, and was mirrored in the modern guipure-and-lace medallion design on its bodice.
That oval pattern, borrowed from a Forties-era greeting card that he found at a flea market, appeared on everything from a casual ivory sweater to a monochrome blouse worn with a raw-edged miniskirt covered in oversized lettering spelling out the word “butterfly.”
Indeed, the insect was another recurring theme, rendered in graphic black lace on a white tweed coat, and in psychedelic sequined appliquès on Sixties-tinged evening wear. You could picture the bell-sleeved Empire-line dresses on someone like Marisa Berenson,

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Men’s Spring 2020 Trend: Pastel Path

Strongly associated with Easter — and the Eighties — pastels made major inroads at the European men’s shows for spring 2020. At Louis Vuitton, men’s artistic director Virgil Abloh opened and closed his outdoor display with a range of loose tailoring and sportswear in dusty shades.

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Alexis Mabille Resort 2020

With a closet as chock-full as her agenda, Alexis Mabille’s A-list client needs an extra reason to splash out on something new. Here’s what he thought she could use: a gown sturdy enough to be tucked away in a small suitcase — and unfurled when needed. Elegance in an instant.
Not that one could imagine squeezing any of these long, silky dresses into luggage.
Mabille kept the resort collection soothing and easy — always on the upper end of the luxury scale. His signature cape dresses came with V-necks, skimming the knee or the floor. The color palette felt fresh, with lots of whites, pale pinks and a bit of black. Another trademark silhouette — the short bustier dress — came in bright red, lined with a spray of jagged-edged tulle on the top of the chest and at the bottom. Adding to the fluidity of this lineup were draped dresses, asymmetric numbers in a peach pink, the folds worked just-so, enhancing the right places — the shoulders and a hip. A flattering, floor-length dress in black with a slightly splayed collar and long sleeves had a timeless feel to it, a surefire hit. Patches of lace, the occasional bow and sprigs

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Men’s Spring 2020 Trend: Hang Loose

Men’s wear designers amped up the volume for spring — from looser cuts on suits and trousers to flowing ponchos and baggy knitwear. Rei Kawakubo at Comme des Garçons captured the style with her stellar collection, which played on the theme of Virginia Woolf’s “Orlando,” and also hit the genderless trend.

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Acne Studios RTW Spring 2020

For his spring collection, Jonny Johansson turned to nature, considering the evergreen question of how to reconcile modern life with the tug of the natural world. 
“It’s a lot about the connection to nature — that I feel we’re all interested in,” he said. He sought to capture a feminine aesthetic for the theme, which he described as a way of dressing in a “more sensitive, layered way than a protected, city way that would be more graphic.”
The resulting lineup was a fluid display of the house’s expertise, channeled into a frayed, knotted, repurposed, and, ultimately, richly textured universe. Sweater vests and gowns were knitted intricately to evoke a distressed feel. Leggings splayed out at the bottom to cover the feet and carried extra seams in odd places. So, too, did dresses, with pleats stitched through the fabric like veins, or folds. Familiar symbols, like Western belt buckles, were blown up, becoming embellishments on sandals that had straps poking out everywhere. Softness came from a profusion of suede and linen, while jacquards and denim added structure. Reproductions of 19th-century paintings by August Strindberg were pressed onto clothing, depicting the murky side of the city or celebrating nature in the form of

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Reem Acra Resort 2020

“It’s kind of disco, but bohemian at the same time.…Why not go into your evening looking like this?” remarked Reem Acra during a walk-through of her fall collection, pointing to look book images of models clad in her dresses, which she referred to as “couture,” accessorized with new headscarves. “I wanted to show a new way of dealing with couture, and giving it a bit of an edge without going overboard,” Acra said of her designs. In place of fall’s golden armour, the designer debuted a tightly edited, “mini” collection of fresh, Seventies-influenced disco-meets-bohemian dresses for the resort season. 
“All of the drama,” Acra described. Gowns were light as air with tulle trains and capes (both attached or as separates), while even her full beaded offerings held lightness in their pastel palette of lavender, blush and blues against the metallics of silver and gold. Acra’s handwork and meticulous placement of embellishments against her fluid fabrics made for a strong collection, especially when it came to a long-sleeve lavender number with purposely mesh-encased embellished belt — no snagging here. All the opulence and glamour while being free spirited and easy, without the worry.

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Yeohlee Resort 2020

Yeohlee Teng is fashion’s quiet pioneer. She left behind the traditional wholesale model to focus on experiential retail years ago, and focused on concepts like gender fluidity and sustainability before they become hot-button issues. Her resort collection continued the conscious thread from fall, utilizing only archival fabrics that in effect produces less waste.
At face value, the collection was fluid and drapey, brimming with minimalist geometric details the designer has long championed. The flag drapes on a metallic dress were rectangles. The back of a high-waisted faille and satin skirt was stitched in a way that created a rounded shape in back. Stripes were a recurring motif, ranging from a textured seersucker top with malleable sleeves to a knit skirt meticulously cut in one piece that transitioned from a straight grain to bias grain to cross grain.
Conceptually, there were harmonious design contrasts that reflected life’s beautiful chaos, underscored by the idea of creating interest around sustainable fashion through thoughtful design. “The collection is built around not just the fabrics from the archive, it’s also a contrast of weight, texture and weave,” Teng said in her showroom, adding: “There’s soft and collapsible, hard and woven, plays on shine and matte; it’s about

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MM6 Maison Margiela Resort 2020

A fun teenage vibe ran through MM6’s resort collection, inspired by Eighties high school movies and rebellious adolescents.
Oversize Alice bands were worn with pink shirtdresses with a removable ruffled stole — very “Pretty in Pink” — or a long denim coat with a nipped-in waist, imitating a ballgown shape. A preppy plaid shirt had an added half bustier stuck to its front while deep V-neck sweaters were embroidered with the year 1994 — the “year of the family” for the MM6 studio. Unsurprisingly, no further details were revealed.
Familiar Margiela tropes, such as trompe-l’oeil pieces and upcycled materials, were woven throughout the collection. A long, black cotton dress with polka dots looked creased from afar — it was actually printed with photographs of rumpled satin.
Dresses, skirts and a pastel version of the Maison Margiela lab coat were crafted out of dead stock towels in light blue, pink and turquoise. Each piece sported a different version of the material’s flower print: As with most upcycled pieces, not one garment was the same. Leftover scraps were turned into boxy shoulder bags, pool slides and even a pair of boots.
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Men’s Spring 2020 Trend: Graphic Art

Bold prints and patterns were all over the men’s runways for spring, with many designers collaborating with artists on the looks. Turning the process on its head, and creating a new paradigm, was artist Sterling Ruby, who has added “designer” to his résumé with his brand S.R. Studio. LA. CA., coming up with one of the standout collections of the season.

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Nina Ricci Resort 2020

Rushemy Botter and Lisi Herrebrugh, whiz kids of the Paris fashion scene, offered a graceful and inventive Nina Ricci lineup that played on shapes. Using a clean palette as they concentrated on the silhouettes, the colors were refreshing: bright flashes of orange, yellow and aqua blue, set alongside ivory, white and beige.
“We wanted to keep the focus on the shape,” said Herrebrugh, noting the lack of patterns for their second installment of the brand reboot. The decision felt wise; clearing the decks of any distraction allowed for a full appreciation of the cuts. These included voluminous sleeves on a bright blue blouse; tailored coats that ballooned out in the back, and a puff of a ruffle on the front of an airy, white silk shirt — evoking that timeless brand symbol: the doves atop the L’Air du Temps perfume bottle.
“We’ve been working with some techniques,” Herrebrugh said.
“To exaggerate the female shapes,” Botter chimed in. They pointed to a tweed coat that looks straight in the front but jets out in the back, noting they gravitate toward sculptural cuts, while keeping things light.
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Andrew Bolton: 2020 Show to Highlight Met’s Permanent Collection

LONDON — The permanent collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York will be the theme of next year’s fashion exhibition, marking the institution’s 150th anniversary.
Andrew Bolton, head curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, revealed the theme during a talk at Sarabande, The Lee Alexander McQueen Foundation in London.
“The idea behind it is to tie it in with what’s happening with fashion at the moment. I am still trying to figure it out,” said the curator at the fashion institute of the museum during a talk on Wednesday night.
Craig Green, Molly Goddard and Cozette McCreery attended the talk along with editors and fashion students.
Bolton also shared his experiences and anecdotes about curating the current show “Camp: Notes on Fashion,” which runs until Sept. 9. He also talked about his personal take on Susan Sontag’s essay on the theme.

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Emilia Wickstead Resort 2020

Emilia Wickstead gave the concept of trans-seasonal dressing a literal interpretation with her latest resort range, shooting half the collection against a snow-filled, alpine backdrop and the other half against illustrations of bright blue skies and the seaside.
The clothes — a mix of chic jumpsuits and midi dresses in the designer’s signature crepe fabric, light PVC trenchcoats or easy tailoring — seemed to easily transition between the two climates, the only difference being that sunglasses where often swapped for wooly hats and gloves.
Apart from demonstrating her commercial savvy by offering a pre-collection that transcends weather conditions, Wickstead wanted to navigate different holiday destinations with this range, to channel the charm and the glamour associated with travel in the old world.
She immersed herself in the pages of “Holiday” magazine, which was in its heyday from the Forties to the Seventies, and looked to translate the exuberant, aspirational travel lifestyle from its pages for a modern-day and equally travel-obsessed audience.
“Even Truman Capote was part of one of their first editions, as a writer. It was just the most prestigious and famous magazine, every single person dreamed of this holiday world and lifestyle. Its covers were ahead of its time and always very

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Drome Resort 2020

“I wanted minimal surfaces so that leather could look like a fabric avoiding the cumbersome effect,” said Marianna Rosati. As of late, the designer has been busy expanding Drome’s offer by introducing non-leather fabrics, thus her inclination to treat the material like any other.
Leather took many forms for resort: A pair of baggy cargo pants was crafted from sage crackled napa for a paper-like effect while a coat with a snakeskin print was made of glossy patent leather, exuding a Sixties-inspired elegance.
A belted safari jacket embossed with a subtle croc pattern had a slightly Seventies vibe without looking retro. Ditto for a range of fringed pieces, including a leather shirtdress with flap pockets and a rust-colored elongated cowboy jacket.
Rosati’s color palette was also as diverse and lively spanning from earthy tones to touches of sunflower yellow, salmon pink and poppy red. Injecting a sense of youth, the designer also introduced a range of jacquard silk items bearing a vintage floral motif, to be worn with leather pieces, such as paired with a smock midi-skirt crafted from suede, or under a dusty pink leather suit with loose cropped pants and a deconstructed blazer.
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Artica Arbox Men’s Spring 2020

Irene Roth, founder and creative director of Insta-friendly streetwear label Artica Arbox, wanted to create a dialog between the physical and digital worlds and how we communicate today. Pixelated graphics and texts punctuated simple bright sweatshirts, tees and outerwear – in vivid yellow and tomato red, for example – and were juxtaposed with more tactile pieces evocative of the “real world,” like a ribbed sweater in beige, navy and gray or a retro shell suit. PVC panel details and elastic trims added to the touch-and-feel dimension.
The young label continues to gain traction at retail – with only three collections for women and this its second for men, stockists already include Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys New York, Selfridges, Galeries Lafayette and Boon the Shop.

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Myar Men’s Spring 2020

Myar is showing its colors for spring. Andrea Rosso’s army uniform upcycling label this season matched military-sourced camouflage with multi-hued patterns from deadstock Hawaiian shirts, calling the collection Re_­Aloha. “We love to mix together two worlds that don’t belong together in a very harmonic way,” he explained.
The combinations’ visual effects are striking and fun. Pieces of a Hawaiian shirt, cut into camouflage shapes, were superimposed onto some uniforms. A green military fatigue pocket popped up on a similarly hued shirt emblazoned with palm trees. Blue military trousers took on a playful quality with piping made of shirting material.
On a number of garments, silhouettes of palm trees had been hand-stamped. “Every time it comes out differently,” Rosso said.
As in past seasons, Myar clothing comes with pouches containing excess fabric from its making-of. But this time, each also has a QR code through which it’s possible for people to learn about the provenance of the items and how they’ve been customized.
In another first, Myar created a dress, made of two military shirts put together. “Our biggest clients actually are females,” explained Rosso. “We have a unisex approach to the collection, even though these items are 100 percent made for men.”
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Jil Sander Men’s Spring 2020

The heat of the desert and the cobbled streets of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern towns hung over this spare, elegant collection, which had a subtle, exotic flavor.
Lucie and Luke Meier’s shapes ranged from the boxy to the languid, with the color, pattern and texture doing most of the talking.
An elongated, marine blue shirtdress; a spare, branch-like design on the back of a long, sweeping coat, and the fringes or tassels on a sweater were among the standouts.
Luke said fluid tailoring remains the way forward for the brand, which has long been synonymous with pared-back shapes and fine details. Lucie added that the collection’s value lies in its subtlety, its “poetry and detail,” and its lightweight fabrics.
The couple have been turning their hands and minds to sustainability, too, working materials such as organic banana fiber into pieces such as the black-and-white trenchcoat that appeared in the show. Lucie said the fiber is a dream because it behaves like gazar, but it’s lighter and offers structure without the stiffness.
All of that fabric research meant that even the simplest of pieces sang — the boxy khaki workwear suits, the navy overcoats and those oversized, billowy white cotton shirts, fit for long strolls under

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Amiri Men’s Spring 2020

The feel-good vibes of the Summer of Love pervaded Mike Amiri’s coed offering for spring. Tactile fabrics like velvet and chiffon in a rainbow of pastel shades just begged to be touched in this mellow, romantic lineup that was a major step away from the grungier ethos of his past collections.
Soft tailoring played a much bigger part — testament perhaps to the buzzy brand’s collaboration with Renzo Rosso’s OTB holding, which recently took a minority stake in Amiri, and the use of Italian workshops. It took forms including a pantsuit in mint green Lurex jacquard and loose tuxedo pants in baby blue with glittering side stripes, paired with a double-breasted waistcoat over a crochet tank top. The outerwear was also strong, as in a trenchcoat in cornflower blue corduroy, another, sleeveless, in mint green snakeskin-effect leather.
Flared pants came in velvet, corduroy or suede, with front ties for the feminine designs, while pale knits added to the overall delicate feel of the collection.
Tie-dyed tops — a satin bomber with guitar-strap edging was a highlight — and a denim jacket painted with the face of Jimi Hendrix were clear nods toward psychedelia, but elsewhere, the references were less literal and all the

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Acne Studios Men’s Spring 2020

Jonny Johansson built a colorful and youthful lineup, rearranging familiar silhouettes and polishing them up for a fashion-hungry generation.
The designer once lived near a student campus, where he felt the breeziness of the students passing by — more seasoned than school kids, but not quite yet melded into the Establishment.
He recounted the scene: “I could see them — on the bicycle, always — some cool cat coming by with a blazer flying or a weird scarf.”
His cool cats grabbed this spirit and took off with it — dismounting the bicycle and hitting the streets of a fashion capital.
Suits were beautifully colored statement pieces, structured and boxy. This sturdiness was offset by interesting experiments with knits — a bright red sweater looked like a poncho, covered in fringes, while a top with a thin ruffle running across the chest felt more like a blouse than a sweater. His masterful handling of gender fluidity was also seen in a look that paired a sheer pastel shirt with lace trim and elegant, but masculine trousers, in black. Scarves, which are popping up all over the men’s shows, were worn around the neck with extra flair.
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Cmmn Swdn Men’s Spring 2020

Adding an air of the tropics, python-inspired textures, exotic leaves and Seventies scarf motifs peppered the lineup of loose masculine tailoring. The overall mood telegraphed desert French Foreign Legionnaires, with Emma and Saif Bakir exploring military influences and subtle vintage touches.
The sense of heat was enhanced by the cracked leathers and burned holes dotting the large white short-sleeved shirts worn with Bermuda shorts with culotte volumes.
The feeling of hot-weather dressing was enhanced by the long scarves hanging from under caps, lending an allure of a desert trooper or Bedouin, while an ethnic flavor came through in the patterns of the pants with panels that tied at the front like a sarong.
The soft boxy shapes of the coats and tailored jackets were balanced by rock-style tight jeans in dark brown or yellow leather, or tight cycling short-style bottoms made from a shiny snakeskin print fabric and worn with large nylon coats printed with palm leaves or Fifties-style cropped sandy colored jackets.
Soft feminine looking fabrics balanced the masculinity of the shapes, lending a sense of delicate nostalgia to the collection, which nonetheless lacked a strong visual identity. Like a silhouette appearing on the desert horizon, distorted by the heat, a mirage.

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Represent Men’s Spring 2020

Designer brothers George and Michael Heaton made a few changes this season, pulling their show off the Milan runway in order to focus on a new ad campaign shot by Jordan Green. The campaign, themed around a car accident in the remote countryside and involving an English bull terrier, lands in the next few weeks on billboards and fly posters on both sides of the Atlantic.
The brothers also decamped to Rockfield Studios in Wales, recently featured in the film “Bohemian Rhapsody,” to unplug from their Manchester studio and get some fresh perspective.
The collection, on display in a Milan showroom, had more than a whiff of the countryside to it, and was done in a palette of olive green, brown, black and camel for the duo’s street-meets-utilitarian wear silhouettes. There were oversize Windbreakers inspired by fellow Mancunian Noel Gallagher, camou trousers and shorts, and hunting, field jackets and plaid coats fit for cold Welsh mornings.
The standout print featured vintage cars on T-shirts and pajama-style tops, a reference to the vintage cars parked in the driveway in front of Rockfield and to the theme of the upcoming ad campaign.

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Bed J.W. Ford Men’s Spring 2020

“I wanted to explore this idea of a strong man, but it just didn’t fit with my universe,” said Shinpei Yamagishi, who decided to hire a female patternmaker to explore the topic from her point of view.
The result, a collection equally at ease with its feminine and masculine sides, felt true to form, heightened by lovely fabric developments, like a velvet houndstooth and exquisite handmade Indian embroidery details that formed contrast bands on black tailoring and long shirts, lending a lingerie feel, with soft coats hanging from the backs of looks.
Shirts and jackets patterned with inky stains were made using an eco-friendly bleach, borrowing a technique typically used for making kimono’s in Tokyo’s Kyoto district.
Key looks include a silk-crepe buttoned and belted tunic worn under a fluid tailored houndstooth suit that had a sensuality to it, resembling a pantsuit worn over pajamas, as well as a hooded sand-colored satin jacket and long tunic with embroidered lacy motifs at the hem, worn over a large tapered pant and spats, mixing military nods with femininity and romance.
Adding a contemporary twist were a couple of color-blocked turquoise, red, yellow and black looks from the designer’s ongoing collaboration with Adidas Originals.

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Versace Men’s Spring 2020

Buckle up and put on those Biggie sunglasses because Donatella is roaring into town in her arty black Ferrari, and she’s ready for some fun, Nineties Versace style. Boy, did the designer pile it on for spring, with leopard spots, colored crystals, car prints and Lilly Pulitzer-decamps-to-Miami neon brights. And that was the men’s wear, not the few women’s looks.
Few surfaces in the collection were untouched by print, gloss or sparkle as models glowed and flashed like beacons on a dark road. Bold and garish, the show was 100-proof Versace, utterly true to the brand’s roots, and to the Gianni-cum-Donatella aesthetic of more, more, more – and repeat – preferably while swinging a leopard-print bag.
There was nothing subtle going on here, what with the big Gianni Versace signature splashed over neckties, or picked out in lines of tiny crystals on silk patterned shirts. For anyone wondering who Versace’s new owners are, there were some big clues in the baseball caps and Gianni Versace signature socks, classic entry price merch to please the folks at the publicly-quoted Capri Holdings.
While the yellow, orange, green or blue-tinged sunglasses didn’t carry big branding, they were a vintage house style, designed for the Notorious B.I.G.

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Stella McCartney Resort 2020

Stella McCartney called her latest women’s collection “Force of Nature” as a way of trumpeting her brand’s sustainable credentials. McCartney has been a pioneer in green sourcing and manufacturing and said that when she starts work on a collection the first thing she thinks about is the soil, and the animals and how both are being treated.
One thing McCartney hasn’t focused on is getting that message across in the clothes’ design. For resort she’s done a few things, including creating a capsule collection called “We Are the Weather.” It includes organic cotton dresses and trousers, a lightweight puffer coat and T-shirts with phrases from her pal Jonathan Safran Foer’s upcoming book “We Are the Weather,” a non-fiction work about the day-to-day decisions needed to preserve the planet.
The capsule’s chief motif is a cartoonish, hand-drawn sunburst surrounded by clouds and blowing a gust of wind from its lips, while phrases such as “Saving the planet starts at breakfast,” “Be leaving, believing, be living” and “Our Planet is a farm” have been printed — in Safran Foer’s handwriting — onto dresses, trousers and jumpsuits, or embroidered on the grosgrain ribbons that appear on tailored suits.
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Naeem Khan Resort 2020

A pair of voluminous sequined dresses greets you upon entering Naeem Khan’s showroom. The first is a blue caftan-like gown; the second, a sweet babydoll number in jeweled magenta. They signaled the holiday mood of the collection and epitomize the more carefree approach Khan has taken recently to eveningwear.
There was variety with this thread of ease in nuanced ways: with silhouettes (glittery pajama-like sets), fabric (stretchy lightweight dresses with gold embroidery), and with embellishments (feathers and fringe that are more sparse and fall away from the body). He lightened the load of feathers and fringe, particularly, not only to make the clothes more flattering on the body, but to give a sense of flirty freedom with more space to move. Everything was featherweight: fluid drawstring pants that were surprisingly formal, sequined yet elegant Halston-esque dresses, and caftans with seams creating a fitted dress silhouette within consuming fabric. In Naeem’s world, the old caftan is dead.
He’s made considerable efforts to draw in younger customers, this season with separates that are refined, playful, easy to wear and easy to pack — including lacey Victorian blouses and button down dresses that could be styled open over trousers. The magenta babydoll dress, though, was

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Cinq à Sept Resort 2020

Jane Siskin is one of those creatives who draws inspiration from life’s moments. In recent seasons, her collections have referenced — directly or otherwise — her journey to becoming a yoga instructor and the intimacy of writing letters. Her Seventies inspiration was similarly personal, as she related how what she wore during that era felt impossibly current for today. She teased how resort is just a taste for what’s to come for spring.
She translated the spirit of the Seventies without getting lost in referential tropes. Flirty little dresses featured dolman sleeves or modish construction, while jeans were cut high-waisted or in white denim that felt polished and ladylike. There was bohemian romance through a billowy organza dress, printed slip combo that was easy and cool. Also cool were versatile dresses styled open over pants or silky blouses for a new take on desk to dinner. A printed pajama set was strongly influenced by the era, yet effortless in its fluid drape. “I like things that are authentic with that modern slant to it,” Siskin noted during a press day.
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Salvatore Ferragamo Men’s Spring 2020

Having Palazzo Vecchio as the backdrop of a runway show is a privilege that only a quintessential Florentine brand such as Salvatore Ferragamo with a long history in this Tuscan city could hope to pull off. Of course such an incredible backdrop might have become a bit overwhelming with a weak collection. But that wasn’t the case for the lineup creative director Paul Andrew showed on Tuesday night.
The antique beauty of the Piazza della Signoria square actually created a charming contrast to the slightly futuristic take on the utilitarian aesthetic injected into the collection. Salvatore Ferragamo’s incredible craftsmanship and heritage stood out, but in a new version, never nostalgic or retro, but projected into the future. The high-tech approach to the treatment of materials, including leather which was embossed and then waxed for a glossy effect, as well a certain sharpness in the cuts, conveyed a look that felt very modern and cool yet never cold or too minimal. Accessories helped put the focus on the duality of the lineup: while the sailing bags and the leather sandals exuded classic elegance, the multipocket bags and chunky boots offered the most functional and cutting-edge essence of Andrew’s fashion proposal for

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Red Valentino Resort 2020

Welcome to romantic land. Pierpaolo Piccioli went back to his roots for Red Valentino’s resort collection after a few seasons leaning toward a tougher, cool girl aesthetic.
He pushed the romanticism through plays on pastel, lightness and transparency. The designer had fun with layering, pairing a sheer pink point d’esprit dress under a matching trenchcoat, or a candy color lemon tulle dress with a solid cropped cardigan. Trenches, in fact, came in a variety of forms — shortened with a ruffle hem, long and pleated, or featherweight and silky.
Pieces were pretty, sure, but not always simple or straightforward. Piccioli excels in the balance of contrasts — light and sturdy, sporty and feminine — making sure to work those elements in nuanced ways with styling or experimental construction. A leather moto jacket was a standout for balancing a classic frontal appearance with surprisingly lightweight pleats behind that gradually became larger and opened up.
He maintained some sporty elements in such unexpected ways, such as sheer hoodies that were styled over floral dresses, long drawstring ties accenting point d’esprit dresses, and a statement bomber jacket with frills at the sleeves. A touch of darkness was mixed in with black looks that balanced romance, sport,

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Chalayan Men’s Spring 2020

Easy, cool and lightning-quick.
Hussein Chalayan’s show took place on a little pedestrian street across from his Mayfair store, and the setup was refreshingly simple, with all guests standing, Mother Nature providing the lighting and models carrying their own music, via little boomboxes that came straight from 1986.
There may have been a complex, interesting back story to the clothes — Chalayan is passionate about what he does, and his collections are often underpinned by sociopolitical and historical themes — but the collection itself was a breeze.
There were stripes galore, on suits with ties at the waist and down the leg, on cotton shirts and billowy or flat-front trousers and on collarless tops. Trousers and shorts were rolled at the bottom, some came with flaps or folds, while lightweight shirts were boxy or had rounded shoulders and elbow-skimming sleeves.
Silhouettes were languid and made for hot-weather climes, and Chalayan shaped them with a drawstring here and a snap, knot or buckle there.
While he may have begun with the idea of dance and movement among ethnic groups colonized by Western nations, and about the tensions between indigenous cultures and their occupiers across the centuries, he ended with the most democratic of collections, which should

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Qasimi Men’s Spring 2020

Some 12 tons of coffee grounds were used to pave the runway of Qasimi’s runway. “I wanted something poetic that evokes the senses. It has the right texture and color, and smells good,” said designer Khalid S. Al Qasimi after the show.
He didn’t grind those coffee beans for the show, of course – the grounds were sourced from a company that recycles them to make burning logs.
The UAE-born designer wanted his new collection to address the political tension in the Middle East where he comes from, and give it a sense of positivity.
“I have to be political, it’s not just on trend. Coming from the Middle East, I have a duty to discuss politics. Fashion is my kind of material to work with and expressing it,” he said.
Political messages aside, the clothes were well made, breezy and relaxed and ideal for the hot, urban and wealthy environs of Dubai. There were striped oversized T-shirts, loose shirts, trench coats and military jackets in beige, mustard, olive green, navy and grey, while the few pink and lilac sporty looks will be great for nights out in the Lamborghini.

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Staud Resort 2020

“It’s definitely not boring,” Sarah Staudinger remarked after walking through her latest Staud collection. The designer took ideas from fall, what she calls “a mushroom disco trip,” i.e. fashion that’s not too serious, except when it comes to her seriously fun looks, and femmed it up for resort. The designer mixed ideas of disco and balance, with a trip to a chateau somewhere in the South of France and a bit of California “boardroom-to-beach” chill. While it sounds a bit disorienting, Staudinger’s clothes made sense in their fun-loving way.
Disco came in the form of sequined or beaded fringe holiday party frocks while “balance” came in the form of ying-yangs, which were placed boldly on great rashguard-esque reversible knit dresses, or discreetly, hidden among polka dots on tulle dresses and linen sets. “Details and secrets between the wearer and us,” the designer remarked of her special details. Another hidden secret came within her wonderful “French chateau”-inspired blue or yellow toile organza gowns, the brand’s office puppies discreetly placed within the print.
The collection was dress and skirt-set heavy, all of which were great, but her “boardroom-to-beach” looks helped bring a casual ease, as in a gray poplin short and blazer

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Ji Oh RTW Spring 2020

Ji Oh is making sexy girly clothes! Well, it’s not such a dramatic shift when you examine the collection more closely, but it is new territory for the designer who favors shirting and a boyish uniform aesthetic. There was more skin, and skirts heavily outnumbered pants. During a preview, she noted too that this season’s uniform was younger, less serious and referential to a traditional school uniform.
But we’re talking about a designer who often plays with experimental construction, and that pillar of her process hasn’t changed. She offered a lot of fun convertibility in mostly patchwork designs, such as a linen plaid dress you could remove the front part of the skirt to show more skin, or another linear trenchcoat dress that simultaneously shortened and bunched up with asymmetric buttons.
It applied to denim, too, which is a new category that Oh mixed with other fabrics into a cool shirtdress with denim sleeves, or kept clean in a pair of high-double-waisted jeans.
She exposed skin in a lot of creative ways, based on how she dresses personally, and a reason why she decided to take the collection in a more feminine direction for spring. Jackets were cropped, pieces detached, cutouts were made,

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Lorod Resort 2020

Resort was Lorod’s Lauren Rodriguez’s second solo outing, and she drew inspiration from her Latin American roots and photos of her aunts growing up in Southern California in the Seventies and Eighties. The show venue was at the New York Marble Cemetery, while showgoers were given blankets to lay on to watch the show. Rodriguez also had a beautifully decorated table of fruits, vegetables and also chili-lime seasoning that pairs well with cucumbers and mangos, giving one that authentic Southern California, Mexican feel. “Being a Mexican-American woman, I feel like that world is super underrepresented, in fashion especially and its super problematic,” Rodriguez said.
The collection not only pays homage to Lauren’s roots but also to artist Amadeo Luciano Lorenzato. While traveling in London, Rodriguez saw his work and was inspired by the palette and paintings of townscapes and clothing lines. The collection features a custom print that is a deconstructed pattern with some of the artist’s works on it in different colorways. Rodriquez’s favorite piece this season is a hand-done dress that is a combination of knits, gingham and silk. There were also lots of color-blocked knits, shirtdresses and tailored suiting.

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Wan Hung Men’s Spring 2020

In his second runway show at New York Fashion Week: Men’s, Wan Hung expanded and enhanced his design language through elevated basics in vibrant monochromatic looks and dark ensembles.
Metamorphosis was the theme of the Central Saint Martins graduate’s spring collection that was based on the Green Snake Chinese folk legend about snakes transforming into human beings.
Several tops in the collection feature asymmetric patterns, open backs, exposed shoulders and cutout details on T-shirts, shirts and sweatshirts, as well as transparent tops and jackets intended to represent shedding skin.
Hung also looked to the film “A Streetcar Named Desire” and drew comparisons between the folk legend and characters Stella Kowalski and Blanche DuBois, specifically how the sisters grew to be so different over time. With this in mind, Hung unveiled women’s dresses as a nod to the legend and the film.

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Tibi Resort 2020

Amy Smilovic is a self-proclaimed minimalist, and the DNA of Tibi is continually proving so in both men’s and women’s with urban, clean, sophisticated pieces with depth and detail. For resort, the designer continued by carrying over her idea of “the lady” from fall in refreshing ways. There were tactile basket weave wool blend topcoats with drapey backs that looked “tweedy in nature” but felt more modern and shifts and separates printed with squished dots that ran and bled nonsensically across the silhouettes. Chic handkerchief scarves, “awkward colored bags and strange ladylike [ostrich-stamped] shoe shapes” topped off the looks. Smilovic referenced the works of Chinese artist He Xiangyu as inspiration for the “visually disruptive despite its apparent simplicity” appeal while an excerpt of “How to Explain Color to a Blind Person” inadvertently described her palette to a tee. “Black is for power and has almost a menacing quality, but brown is about the earth and keeps you grounded, steel is really strong and green is like life. So this is a combination of strength and life,” she revealed.
But Smilovic’s special sauce of the season came by way of “inside out” tailoring. “This idea of playing with chino.” Smilovic spoke of

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Men’s Suit Trend 2020: New Wave

The resurgence began during the men’s shows in January and is likely to continue as the spring 2020 collections kick off, beginning with Saint Laurent in L.A. and Prada in Shanghai next week, and then moving on to London, Milan and Paris.

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Khaite Resort 2020

Khaite’s Catherine Holstein has long admired the aesthetic history of the American Southwest — namely its vast landscape, texture and colors — as a way of connecting to her American roots and to inform her preseason collections.
She evolved on fall’s city-oriented traveler’s tale for resort, but with more sculptural silhouettes geared toward night. She expanded on core categories that have performed well, such as cotton dresses, and explored new techniques to enhance them into evening appropriate options. Spoiler alert: she’ll be donning a yellow version that’s completely boned, corseted and structured to the upcoming CFDA Awards, where she’s nominated for Emerging Designer of the Year.
Other nontraditional-yet-sophisticated styles included a delicate tulle top that allowed her to play with draping, an ethereal flesh tone tulle gown that played on proportions tight and flowy, and a crinkled viscose button down and pouf skirt set. Yet in the Khaite world, nothing is too precious: the top was paired back to jeans, and the dress and crinkled viscose set were grounded by suede lace-up flats.
The DNA of the brand lies in such balances of feminine and masculine, ease and weight. For example, a supple trench-like motorcycle jacket was styled with skinny jeans, shirting was

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Monse Resort 2020

“We wanted to do a board-game runway but we couldn’t afford it,” Laura Kim said backstage at the Monse show she and Fernando Garcia showed Friday afternoon. Instead, the designers worked an existing artifact to impressive effect, their models strolling around and through the formidable yet fanciful sculpture, Jean Dubuffet’s Group of Four Trees, installed on the courtyard at 28 Liberty Street.
That less-is-more approach proved exactly that – more – while indicating the pragmatism Kim and Garcia have imposed upon themselves without hindering their creative output. Example B: staging a full-on show for resort. During an Oscar de la Renta resort appointment earlier in the week, Kim said that, several seasons into their double-duty at de la Renta and Monse, they’ve realized that producing two shows in one season “is too much for us.” At the same time, their resort Monse business is significantly larger than spring, so the choice to put Monse on the runway for resort seemed like a no-brainer.
As for the fanciful runway that wasn’t, the collection’s stated inspiration was the 2017 book Georgian and Victorian Board Games: The Liman Collection. Kim and Garcia took from it a range of visual imagery, mostly numbers and playing-piece objects

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Linder Resort 2020

For his resort debut, Sam Linder presented a fresh, clean — but not too clean — and warped sporty lineup against the elements of a thundery Thursday New York evening. It seemed almost humorously purposeful, Linder’s eclectic play on his almost exclusively white-hued prep collection against the unexpectedly brash backdrop.
Sartorially printed sporty fabrics, specifically spandex, is a string that Linder flawlessly threads through each collection. There were buffalo plains for fall, various tartan prints for spring, and now knife pleats and cable knits for resort. A calf-length, trompe l’oeil, knife-pleated, printed tennis skirt and trompe l’oeil, cable-knit, cardigan, printed, spandex blazer compete with classic striped cuffs made for clever, fashionable takes on prep with the added comfort of stretch.
Other riffs on tennis, the country club life and cricket — “twisted prep,” as Linder called it — came from head to toe. “Green screen green” and white polos were ripped at the side seams and cooly tacked together to expose the hip bones and paired with new, slightly high-waisted sheer technical or solid cotton twill workwear trousers. Athletic short-shorts came in a plasticky blue, strappy tennis dresses had modern, wide-rounded necklines and some tank tops had simply no backs at

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Lela Rose Resort 2020

Over the last few seasons, Lela Rose has presented lively, elaborate presentations ranging from a “Roseminster Dog Show” for fall to bridal garden parties and spring parades filled with confections, cocktails and smiling attendees. Even though the designer opted for a quieter setting for resort, an appointment in her showroom, her clothes radiated the same flirtiness and fun-loving energy.
Rose’s collections tend to start with color and fabrics; this season’s premise included bold pink and red with contrasting black and white. From there, a Sixties spirit evolved along with an expanded palette of blues. Standouts in the collection came voluminous and lightweight. A “little red riding hood cape gone totally uptown chic,” or floor length gown. In addition to lace offerings, like a delicate color-blocked frock lined with a cream-colored slip with matching lace edges, adding a play of density and sheerness beautifully along the body. Even Rose’s raw-edge bows on a pink and red cocktail dress felt refined. Shot within a grandiose, uptown “Old world men’s club” — as Rose referred to it — the clothes beamed easy sophistication along the grand staircase and ornate marble fireplaces.
Textural details ran throughout in the form of new embroidered popcorn knits, a laser-cut

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‘Miss America’ Moves From ABC to NBC in 2020

NBC is returning to the beauty pageant arena. The network has announced that it will air the 2020 “Miss America” competition, snagging it from ABC. NBC was the home of “Miss America” for two decades, and it also previously aired rival competition “Miss USA.” However, the Peacock decided to dump the latter competition series in […]

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Harry Styles Proves It’s a New Era for Men’s Fashion at Gucci’s Cruise 2020 Show

Harry Styles, 2019 Met Gala, Red Carpet Fashions“I’m feeling Gucci.” Harry Styles, probably.
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Kobi Halperin Resort 2020

Kobi Halperin’s resort collection was a contemporary interpretation of the artwork of Hilma af Klint — a blend of poppy colors, abstract designs and pioneering spirit. “Fashion allows me to dream, and allows me to have the woman be a canvas to create something, and express myself in the best way I can,” the designer said of the collection’s connection to art.
He focused on key tenets that have been successful for the brand — including embroideries, mixed prints, silky blouses — in novel ways that felt fresh. Take, for instance, the beading found across trousers, blouses and dresses — the intricate patterns were all heat-sealed onto the fabric, without a stitch in sight. Or see the illusion of embroidery through digital prints for something lightweight, more playful, and less serious. A satin marigold blouse was a standout for its imperfect, crinkled construction that married vintage beading technique with modern-day flou.
Klint’s influence on the collection was most notable in the color story of amber, blue, pink and marigold, especially when blended together on abstract floral prints cut into flirty blouses and coordinating top-and-bottom sets. Many items like the matching sets transition easily from work to dinner in what Halperin jokingly referred

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Burberry Pre-Spring 2020

Riccardo Tisci has been refining his vision for Burberry with each collection, and for pre-spring 2020 his woman has a multiplicity of moods: There’s the bourgeois lady, in her animal or fish print silks, faux fur and chain-handle bags and sharply tailored jackets with soft edges.
Alongside the elegant signora is the London kid, dressed in a Burberry football scarf, worn as a shrug over a denim jacket, or the punk in a short leather dress with fat silver grommets.
Tisci said he started designing the collection with “the breadth of the attitude of Burberry in mind, and this idea of uniforms. I wanted to start to play with more extreme versions of the classic and fashion sides that I’ve been focusing on with my work here.”

Tisci referenced “chic trench coats, super elegant fluid jersey gowns and sharp tailoring, as well as relaxed washed denim, crystal cocktail dresses and down jackets,” along with evolved versions of the bags and shoe styles that he introduced when he joined the house last year.
The handsome collection, like his previous ones, had something for everyone — mothers, daughters, fathers and sons, with standouts including silk blouses with cape details around the shoulders and down the sleeves,

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Dsquared2 Resort 2020

In the past few seasons, Dean and Dan Caten created a clearer separation between their runway lineups and pre-collections. While they let their creativity and exuberance fly for the catwalk, they stay focused for pre-fall and resort. Their latest collection was in line with this strategy. Cautious? For sure. But also appropriate for the brand.
A Seventies bohemian look took center stage in the lineup, which offered a breadth of wardrobe staples for real women. Flared denim pants were matched with charming leather jackets injected with a military feel, while mini and maxi frocks were crafted in lightweight fabrics and splashed with micro flowers. In addition, parkas were enriched with floral silk inserts, logos popped up on T-shirts and sweatshirts and crochet tops revealed multicolor geometric motifs.
The brand’s fans won’t have problems finding revisited Dsquared2 icons to amp up their wardrobe, such as drop-crotch jeans and sleek perfecto jackets. Those looking for fresh and directional fashion messages will have to wait for the Dsquared2 coed show in June.

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Valentino Resort 2020

“Romancity” reads the title of the inspiration book Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli brought with him from Rome for his resort presentation in New York on Wednesday evening. Intentional or not, it’s a multitiered title if ever there was one (and for a resort collection, no less). Piccioli, who loves to tout Valentino’s identity as a Roman couture house, photographed his look book at a lush garden in the center of the Eternal City, and drew inspiration from its voluptuous chic past.
Yet the title could be dissected into Romance City, and romance Gotham the designer did for WWD’s shoot, directing his models out to the Fifth Avenue border of Central Park, where nature and asphalt beautifully coexist, and where, urban Uber obsession aside, yellow taxis still deliver their iconic manufactured sunshine.
As for his Roman inspiration, Piccioli cited “the fantasy of Seventies extravagance…the moment before decadence.” He interpreted that moment in an exuberant lineup that at times wore the decade’s references obviously, including in some looks derived from specific pieces done by the house founder. Piccioli worked from photos and drawings rather than from the actual archival items. That way, he said, he achieves “a dream of the original” rather than a replica.

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Giorgio Armani Cruise 2020

In his first runway show for a cruise collection, Giorgio Armani touched down in the island nation of Japan, and brought with him even more of an island vibe.
“The collection is a condensed version of my style, which has remained consistent over the years — like an island in the fashion system,” the designer said. “The burnt, neutral colors and tactile, raw textures reference characteristic island landscapes.”
Even the runway itself resembled water flowing over sand, with clear Plexiglass panels covering a beige carpet and throwing ripple-like reflections onto the surrounding walls. The show began with looks in neutral shades, eventually moving on to more vibrant reds and blues. But each look was relaxed and easy, with lots of fluid shapes.
Armani also made ample use of soft, natural textures. Linen, silk and satin were accented with leather trim and sumptuous knits. Lightweight fabrics were often used in voluminous pieces, from oversized women’s blouses and flowing ponchos to pleated men’s trousers that gathered at the ankle like jogging pants.
The accessories were also big and bold. Wide belts with exaggerated buckles defined the waist of coats and pants, tortoiseshell necklaces were chunky and layered and brooches and earrings packed a punch

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Jil Sander Resort 2020

Simplicity with a playful, lively twist. That’s the message Jil Sander creative directors Lucie and Luke Meier telegraphed with their resort collection, a lineup that felt in line with the designers’ personal approach: discreet and apparently detached, yet emotional and spirited.
The sophisticated rigor of the sculptural silhouettes of the frocks and shirtdresses was interrupted by unexpected details, such as asymmetric folds at the neckline and light draping at the waist. Charming traditional shibori prints injected quirkiness into oversize fluid separates crafted from paper-like silk, while laser-cut circular embellishments conveyed a tribal feel on suede designs rendered in spicy tones.
The collection’s irreverent side was expressed through a mannish tuxedo crafted from soft chenille and crochet designs put the focus on the artisanal mood running throughout.
While the collection was clearly aimed at the brand’s most loyal fans looking for Jil Sander’s minimal urban elegance, it also felt appealing for more fashion-oriented, younger women.

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Less Is More at Australian Fashion Week’s Resort 2020 Collections

SYDNEY — Fashion-forward swimwear and a new vanguard of Australian footwear brands were among buyer highlights at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia’s resort 2020 showcase.
The event, which wrapped in Sydney over the weekend, attracted a small but influential contingent of international buyers — a number of them now MBFWA regulars, in part due to the event renaming itself in 2016 from its original spring focus to being a resortwear-dedicated collections showcase.
At 32, the number of shows and presentations on the schedule was down 18 percent from 2018 and some lamented the lack of support of the event from big local names like Dion Lee and Zimmermann, which now show in other locations, including during New York Fashion Week.
But an injection of new names and some spectacular off-site show locations got buyers talking.
This year, the latter included the historic, harborside precinct of The Rocks; both the north and south ends of Bondi Beach — with the Ten Pieces front row seated on the floor of the drained Bondi Icebergs swimming pool — and the Chinese Garden of Friendship in Darling Harbour, the location for Double Rainbouu’s walk-through presentation.
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Camilla and Marc Resort 2020

For resort, Camilla Freeman-Topper and Marc Freeman wanted to explore the “uncomfortable tension” between “the dichotomy of elements between order and disorder.” In simpler terms, the duo decided to explore contrasts for their latest Camilla and Marc collection — sharp, signature tailoring to slightly oversize, slightly voluminous shapes or clean, monochromatic looks to busy, distorted floral printed silhouettes. The contrasts here weren’t so black and white, and the best came in the details. The yellow top stitch on an hourglass blue dress or contrasting hues on the gusset of their new cross-body Luna bag.
Freeman-Topper described the first look, a distorted floral printed silk cotton blouse with poet’s sleeves and matching car-wash hemmed, high-waisted pencil skirt, as a hero piece of the collection because it “talks directly to the inspiration in the balance of disconnection of order and disorder.” The playful print, designed in-house, clashed with its softer, flowy silhouette. But that was the goal. Meanwhile, an exaggerated, enlarged version of the distorted floral in tennis ball green printed on a white cotton day dress felt fresh and new. Throughout the remainder of the collection, tailoring continued to be a hallmark of the brand.
Overall, the collection held a more playful, experimental

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Zac Posen Resort 2020

Zac Posen has had a whirlwind month. He’s currently in Japan celebrating 40 years of Brooks Brothers operations there, before jetting off to Hong Kong and Shanghai for various projects. He dressed a host of guests for the Met Gala, among them Nina Dobrev and Jourdan Dunn, in 3-D-printed “glass” dresses, for which he’s already fielded exhibition requests.
During the look book shoot for resort at his showroom last week, the designer didn’t discount the possibility of incorporating such 3-D-printed elements into his main line. After all, he’s an engineer in his own right — albeit of a different medium — creating garments at the intersection of design and fantasy.
His lineup was heavy on gowns that balanced drama with elegance. Though there were many, it wasn’t repetitive. An array of color, shoulder, sleeve and neck details provided plenty of interest. A black wide-collar silk faille gown featured seaming that perfectly accentuated the body. A pink moire number that could double as a coat had dramatic ruffles as elongated sleeves, while a lightly embroidered green dress kept the volume higher up with short puff sleeves. There was even a sporty accent to a voluminous ombre taffeta gown through paracord ties.
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Alberta Ferretti Resort 2020

MONTE CARLO — Alberta Ferretti knows her customers, and while she continues to deliver those dreamy and feather-light chiffon gowns that the designer herself admits have forged her identity, she is also seeking to add a “touch of eccentricity.”
Speaking ahead of her resort show here on Saturday evening, Ferretti said her recent increased attention to daywear continues ”with a more precise image,” as she works to offer sophisticated alternatives to the “strong women” who are her customers.
“There has been so much talk about streetwear, but I think there is a desire to be more eccentric and unique, to explore a more personal and special language. Women today are no longer afraid to dare,” said Ferretti.
The designer explained that she wanted to emphasize Italian craftsmanship. “In a global world, Italian fashion needs to continue to have its own identity and we need to talk about this.”
Paraded at the yacht club overlooking the sleek multimillion-dollar boats harbored below, it was “inevitable” for the collection to be inspired by the sea, or nature in general — a staple for Ferretti.
“Nature is what conveys emotions, a sense of life and beauty,” she said. Case in point: the chiffon gowns in the colors of the sea

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Tory Burch Resort 2020

Tory Burch often looks homeward for inspiration. For resort, she started out musing on the family farm of her childhood. “I went back to American folk art, and where I grew up, Pennsylvania Dutch [country],” Burch said during a walk-through at her company’s headquarters. Yet lest the mind race to quaint costumes, she added a caveat: “That was the starting point — lightly referenced.”
That translates into a lineup that integrates expressive feminine elements with a robust earthiness, starting with a palette in which black and natural ivory play against russets, reds, deep greens and navy. Hearty tailoring belies a discreet Seventies vibe in clean-lined coats and jackets, often over A-line skirts. The most obvious folk-art references come through in floral motifs and craftwork, specifically embroidery and quilting, the latter handled, Burch said, “in a different way than everyone else has done it.” Case in point: a chic color-blocked coat in beige, green, gold and hot pink, horizontally quilted for a striped effect. Bold patterns carry throughout, as with large-scale, ebullient florals for a coat over a dress in a dark, almost sober, small floral. Worked in amidst the flowers and butterflies: a manipulated geometric or two, including a dress in

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Jonathan Simkhai Resort 2020

On Monday, a year and a half after Jonathan Simkhai first visited Sydney’s Bondi Beach on vacation, he returned to the birthplace of surf lifesaving to present his resort 2020 collection during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia.
Staged at sunset at the North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club, one of Australia’s oldest surf clubs was founded in 1906 and reopened in 2013 after a modernist do-over by Sydney architectural firm Durbach Block Jaggers, the show and collection were inspired by what Simkhai calls the “magic hour.”
“When you’re with someone you love and it’s 5 o’clock and the sun’s setting and the person you’re with, their face is glowing and you have a drink in hand and you’re having the best time,” he explained backstage after the show. “I thought how can I make a woman feel like she can put her dress on and be in that moment?”
The answer apparently was via a skin-tight, blush pink napa leather flight suit, which was the collection’s departure point. This was followed by a series of leather wrap skirts, baggy trousers and sexy bralettes with criss-cross straps and tough chic hardware in tan, mustard and black and a jacquard jersey section featuring hand-painted “chain” and

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Louis Vuitton Cruise 2020

What a landing! The 2020 itinerant resort tour touched down at JFK on Wednesday evening, as Nicolas Ghesquière took his Louis Vuitton audience on a complicated first-class trip.
The much-hyped show took place at the much-hyped TWA Hotel, opening next week in the famous former TWA Flight Center designed in 1962 by Eero Saarinen as a marvel of mid-century architecture and abandoned in 2001 when the airline went kerplunk and was assimilated into American Airlines. The winged marvel of a building holds special resonance for Ghesquière, not only because he has long been architecture-obsessed but because the building provided his first impression of New York, in 1991.
“I’m old,” Ghesquière said with self-effacing charm backstage after the show, “so I landed here one trip. I always remember the place, here, this terminal. Arriving to this fantastic city…and at the same time, at this masterpiece of architecture.”
This proved a more high-profile arrival, the Flight Center now populated by a celeb-heavy throng of LV-clad revelers including Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas (just your typical honeymooners passing through JFK), as well as Emma Stone, Julianne Moore, Tracy Morgan, Jennifer Connelly, Willow Smith, Ruth Negga, Robyn, Indya Moore and even Armani loyalist Cate Blanchett.
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Paolo Roversi to Photograph Pirelli’s 2020 Calendar

PAOLO ROVERSI TAKES ON THE CAL: The Pirelli Calendar has been moving away from sexiness to storytelling for the past few years and the 2020 edition may likely follow this course under Paolo Roversi’s watch.
The Italian photographer’s intense sepia-toned images have forged a unique style, combining realism and illusion, which have marked countless ad campaigns for brands ranging from Giorgio Armani to Vera Wang and portraits of a wide range of international women, from Rihanna, Björk, Annie Lennox and Tilda Swinton to Natalia Vodianova and Kate Moss, to name a few.
Italian media have reported that Roversi has been seen checking out sites in Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet, speculating that the tragic love story could be the theme of the calendar, which is known as The Cal.
At the end of 2017, Roversi inaugurated the “Storie” [“Stories” in English] exhibit in Milan, organized in conjunction with the opening of the second edition of the Photo Vogue Festival 2017. The exhibit retraced the professional path of Roversi, his use of 8×10 Polaroid film and outstanding attention to light effects.
Roversi follows Albert Watson, who photographed the 2019 calendar, lensing the likes of Gigi Hadid together with Alexander Wang, Misty Copeland, Laetitia Casta and

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Chanel Cruise 2020

The invitation for Chanel’s cruise show was printed on a plain white card — symbolizing, perhaps, the blank page facing artistic director Virginie Viard as she prepared to write the next chapter in the history of the house that had been synonymous with Karl Lagerfeld for 36 years.
Guests arriving at the Grand Palais found a similarly low-key ambiance inside the venue. Its soaring steel-and-glass roof all but dwarfed the set, a retro train station where guests sat on wooden benches under signs bearing the names of cities that resonate in Chanel lore: Venice, Saint-Tropez, Rome or Edinburgh, among them.
An impulse kicked in to make a pun: All aboard the Chanel Express! But the space lacked the joyful effervescence of Lagerfeld’s bombastic sets, which invited guests to preen for selfies and journalists to conjure clichés about rocketships, icebergs, cruise liners or whatever phantasmagorical vision he dreamt up for the season.
“It’s very minimal,” one editor soberly observed. The press kit offered the first hint of change. A booklet, printed on glossy paper, featured images shot by Karim Sadli, marking the first time since 1987 that a photographer other than Lagerfeld had lensed the collection.
In it, hints of a lighter, more streamlined take

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Prada Resort 2020

“Simplicity is rebellion.”
So said Miuccia Prada during a preview of the resort collection she showed on Thursday night. Prada referred specifically to the clothes, which she described as “naïve, cotton, simple,” but the thought extended to the event itself. At a moment when, in the luxury sweepstakes for sales and social media attention, her primary competition rents out major world monuments and airline terminals, Prada preferred to show at home. Or at one of her homes. In this case, her brand’s New York headquarters on 52nd Street overlooking the Hudson River. “I like to do the shows in my own spaces,” she said.
Yet while Prada may reject (for now at least) the kind of extravagant wanderlust of her competitors, this was no quiet little soiree. A star-studded guest list including Elle Fanning, Shailene Woodley, Uma Thurman, Naomi Watts, Joel Edgerton, Anderson Paak, Hailee Steinfeld, Marc Jacobs, Char Defrancesco and Sofia Coppola turned out, many reveling through four stages of festivities: boisterous pre-show cocktail, show, post-show informal dinner, after party.
Simple in its open concept and egalitarian flow — OK. Low-key — definitely not, offering an Instagrammable someone or something at every turn. Within that framework, Prada presented a lineup she characterized as simple

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Dior Cruise 2020

MARRAKECH — Cultural appropriation is dead. Long live cultural appreciation!
That was the message of the Dior cruise show staged here on Monday night, which saw creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri collaborating with a host of guest designers from the African continent and beyond in a shared tribute to craftsmanship.
The location of the display, the remains of the magnificent El Badi Palace, spoke of ancient dynasties and rulers. The clothes themselves were a dialogue with the world of today, a celebration of globalization and inclusivity.
Celebrities including Jessica Alba, Shailene Woodley, Lupita Nyong’o and Diana Ross were among the roughly 800 guests who took in the mega-production, staged shortly after sunset around a water basin dotted with dozens of candles and seven flaming braziers.
To a hypnotic soundtrack of Jajouka musicians, accompanied by British electronic band The Orb, a diverse cast of models walked in more than 110 looks ranging from African wax separates to black evening gowns that carried a whiff of Yves Saint Laurent, the former Dior designer who considered Marrakech his second home.
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2020 McLaren 600LT Spider: The ‘Attainable’ Supercar

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Dr Who will be back – but not until 2020

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Los Angeles City Council Votes to Ban the Sale of Fur by 2020

L.A. GOING FUR-FREE: Los Angeles is now the largest city in the U.S. to have approved the ban of the sale of fur by 2020.
The effort was led by City Council members Paul Koretz, Bob Blumenfield, and Mitch O’Farrell. The decision was made in an unanimous vote Tuesday by the Los Angeles City Council and is now pending the legalization by Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, according to a spokeswoman in Koretz’s office.
In a statement, Koretz said, “We are excited to bring to end a cruel and inhumane practice. LA has been a leader on humane issues and this is a great next step in that arena. We appreciate council member Bob Blumenfield and Marc Ching and his Animal Hope & Wellness organization, for their leadership on this issue. We think we’ve also been as reasonable as possible by accommodating the fur industry allowing the fur retailers to phase out their inventory. We are delighted by those in the fashion industry that are getting out in front of this including Michael Kors, Jimmy Choo, Versace, Gucci and Burburry that have made commitments to remove fur from their line of products. We hope that by being the largest City in

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Opt-out organ donation ‘in place by 2020’ for England

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Starbucks to Eliminate Plastic Straws by 2020

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20/20 Anchor Elizabeth Vargas Announces Exit From ABC News

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Dyson’s secret plans to build electric car by 2020

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Will Joe Biden Run in 2020? His Designer Daughter Ashley Sure Hopes So

A conversation with Livelihood founder Ashley Biden can’t help but turn to politics. Her former vice president father Joe provided the design inspiration for her contribution to the “Snoopy & Belle” exhibition that bows at Brookfield Place tonight.
After what she described as a sellout run with Gilt, Biden plans to roll out a holiday collection with retailers and online through her getinvolvedinyourhood.com. A relaunch for her site is planned for next month. Striving for economic equality, Biden said, “We focus a lot in this country on discussions of race which is very important to understand but I think we need to be united around socioeconomics and the inequities.”
As for whether Joe Biden will run for president in 2020, his daughter, who still works full-time in Philadelphia, said, “I hope so. He’s busier truly than ever. Right now his focus is on the [Biden] Foundation and Cancer Moonshot, as well as getting other Democrats elected. He’s not there. He’s taking it day by day after the loss of my dear beloved brother [Beau who died in 2015]…He’ll make a decision when that time comes,” she said. “It’s a little ways away. A lot can happen in four years and we know

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Adobe to kill off Flash plug-in by 2020

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Ryan Lochte Vows 2020 Olympic Victory in His Son’s Honor as Suspension Ends

Ryan Lochte, Kayla Rae Reid, Son, Baby, Caiden Zane, Father's Day 2017Ryan Lochte wants to do right by his boy.
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The Rock Announced His 2020 Presidential Bid On ‘SNL’ (Kind Of)

One of the most likable men in Hollywood may have just announced his presidential bid for 2020.

After weeks of teasing a run for the presidency, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson told America “I’m in” during the season finale of “Saturday Night Live” this weekend. The pro wrestler-turned-actor said he was officially running for president starting that night, right after Alec Baldwin awarded him his Five-Timers Club velvet jacket, to mark Johnson’s fifth time hosting the show.

“In the past, I never would have considered running for president. I mean, I didn’t think I was qualified at all,” Johnson joked. “But now I’m actually worried that I’m too qualified.”

Johnson also took the time to announce his running mate: the equally likable celebrity Tom Hanks.

The charming duo made their case for why they are the perfect picks to lead the United States of America ― and they were fairly convincing.

“The truth is, America needs us,” Hanks said. “No one can seem to agree on anything anymore except for two things: pizza and us.”

Hanks joked that the duo would get 100 percent of the vote because Hanks ― who’s “fought in World War II in like 10 different movies” ― would win the senior vote.

“And I, of course, would get the minority vote,” Johnson added. “Because everyone just assumes that I’m, well, whatever they are.”

Johnson delighted fans this month when he discussed his political ambitions in a GQ profile and called a presidential campaign “a real possibility.” A national poll suggested that Johnson could potentially win against President Donald Trump if he ran as a Democrat in the 2020 presidential election.

The actor later said in the monologue that he and Hanks were only joking, but then he offered a few words of patriotic encouragement.

“When it comes to politics, we need more poise and less noise,” Johnson said. “Americans deserve strong, capable leaders ― leaders who care about this country and care about its people.”

To which Hanks replied, “Uh, Dwayne, that kind of sounds like you and me.”

Then, with their hands held high, the two national treasures dropped their campaign banner and yelled, “We’re doing it!”

So is Johnson/Hanks 2020 really happening? Only time will tell.

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