If the haute couture SS20 offerings of our first fashion round-up wasn’t enough to quench your sartorial thirst, we dive into the Spring / Summer creations of even more luxury fashion labels including Prada, Valentino and more to offer up more inspiration for your seasonal wardrobe…
Provocative yet undeniably feminine, Gucci’s new seasonal line has been inspired by the brand’s own dynamic back catalogue, with loud ’70s-era block prints adorning lean, figure-hugging designs. In stark contrast, softer princess- cut gowns of yesteryear and delicate sequined skirts also have their moment to shine, with a preponderance of black accents adding a deft dash of dynamism throughout.
Quite literally drawing creative sparks from Hermès’ roots, creative director Nadege Vanhee-Cybulski’s SS20 collection relies heavily on the art of saddlery and the aprons worn by the craftspeople in its headquarters of Pantin, France. This sees layers of deftly worked leather overlap and flow, embracing and enhancing the feminine figure in myriad ways.
Crafted as a would-be wardrobe for an adventurous, globetrotting lady 007, Max Mara creative director Ian Griffiths has devised a seasonal collection that serves up something for every encounter, from a “car chase to the ball scene”. It’s an intriguing collection, with beige coats, stylised suit dresses and even the shimmering ball gowns all hinting that there’s more to the wearer than meets the eye.
Juxtaposition is the name of the game with Prada’s new Spring / Summer line. Awash in a treasure trove of patterns, textures and hues, the more everyday fare – trench over a top and pleated skirt, for instance – has been interwoven with outré statement pieces like a printed neon orange overcoat or a glossy green maxi dress, all proving that “personal style is more important than the clothes”.
Embracing the spring season’s synonymity with a fun, flirtatious feel, Salvatore Ferragamo has served up some light, airy ensembles to celebrate the onset of warmer weather. Embodying beach chic are an array of flowing dresses and skin-baring shorts and skirts, while a series of high-waisted, baggy pants impart an air of effortless elegance to proceedings. Topping it all off are bags of every shape and shade that prove the right accessory can truly enhance your entire ensemble.
Peek-a-boo bralettes, off-shoulder cropped tops, slinky ruffled jumpsuits, Tom Ford’s Spring / Summer collection stands as an homage to the bold fashionista. Rigidly structured shoulders are a staple of the line, in turns playfully softened with flowing tops or enhanced with bold black leather accents. Dynamic and provocative, each piece embraces the sexuality of modern womankind.
“I want to work on something universal, to get back to the essence of shape and volume”, said Valentino creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli. And indeed, his new SS20 collection is a master class in layers, ruffles, tassels and fabrics. Amid his more outré, boldly hued and printed garments are a series of all-white creations that prove – when structured the right way – a monochromatic look is a statement-maker in its own right.
When Jennifer Lopez donned the now-infamous jungle-print Versace dress for the 2000 Grammy Awards, the subsequent furor it caused led to the creation of Google Images. Now, Donatella Versace has placed that selfsame jungle motif at the centre of her new line, all judiciously punctuated with bold prints, neon hues and, of course, a jungle-printed dress.