2020 Wrapped: Loungewear Aside, Six Fashion Trends That Made Headlines This Year

Prabal Gurung Spring 2020 ready-to-wear. Photo: Filippo Fior/Gorunway.com. Image courtesy of Prabal Gurung.
Tom Ford’s Spring 2020 Collection. Photo: Alessandro Lucioni/Gorunway.com. Image Courtesy of Tom Ford.
Fendi’s Spring 2020 collection. Photo: Alessandro Lucioni/Gorunway.com. Image Courtesy of Fendi.
Loewe Spring/Summer 2020 collection. Images courtesy of Loewe.
Prada Fall/Winter 2020 collection. Image courtesy of Prada.
Chanel Fall/Winter 2020 collection. Photo: Alessandro Lucioni/Gorunway.com. Image Courtesy of Chanel.
Loewe Fall/Winter 2021 collection. Image courtesy of Loewe.
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While most of us adapted to working from the comfort of our homes this year, and loungewear and athleisure became the ultimate fashion trend, there was still plenty of glamour and colour from the 2020 runway collections for us to drink in. As the year comes to a close, we revisit our favourites.

 

TEXT: Jacqueline Kot
IMAGES: Courtesy of various

The year 2020 will forever be remembered as the year when we all stayed home more than usual. The year where our daily commutes to work involved getting from our bed to our laptop, and happy hour drinks took place over Zoom.

And while casual and comfortable wear became the go-to as there were certainly far less reasons to doll up for, this also left all of us craving for glamour and the pieces from the Spring/Summer 2020 and Fall/Winter 2020 collections delivered—whether it be dramatic balloon sleeves measuring the waistline or garments made in colours inspired by a pack of highlighter pens.

 

Prabal Gurung Spring 2020 ready-to-wear. Photo: Filippo Fior/Gorunway.com. Image courtesy of Prabal Gurung.

 

Fly Like a Bird

Some feathers were ruffled up in the Spring 2020 collections in the name of fashion. Prabal Gurung doubled down on the drama when he added cotton candy-coloured feathers to create billowing sleeves of a dress in the same colour and then used it in a slightly more subtle way when he added a scattering of feathers to a tailored top. Valentino featured a mint-green minidress in feathers in its collection and also used feathers to add some fun to a white shirt.

 

Tom Ford’s Spring 2020 Collection. Photo: Alessandro Lucioni/Gorunway.com. Image Courtesy of Tom Ford.

 

Shine Bright with Neon

Valentino also didn’t shy away from colour in its Spring 2020 collection, featuring fluorescent shades one would normally use to highlight important points in their notes. From a billowing maxi dress in neon green or orange to a fun, flirty dress in bright pink, it was evident that neon colours were a big part of the mood board. At Tom Ford’s Spring 2020 collection, neon-coloured pieces in orange and pink were paired with black, to great effect.

 

Leather Goes Colour Crazy

Leather is oftentimes seen in buttery shades of chocolate brown, beige or black but designers threw the rulebook out and featured leather in all the colours of the rainbow for this year’s Spring collections. Marni created all-leather ensembles featuring a top and flared skirt in bright shades of green and blue, while Emilia Wickstead had a coat in a cheerful shade of yellow in its collection and Louis Vuitton had a short leather jacket with angels’ faces painted on it.

 

Fendi’s Spring 2020 collection. Photo: Alessandro Lucioni/Gorunway.com. Image Courtesy of Fendi.
Loewe Spring/Summer 2020 collection. Images courtesy of Loewe.

 

Crochet Becomes the Star Attraction

Crochet went from being an enhancement to an outfit to being the main pattern. The knitted pattern lends the same lightness to an outfit as lace, and creates a look that is casual and daring as the same time, as seen in the mustard yellow top from Fendi’s Spring 2020 collection which was paired with a long pencil skirt in coffee brown, also in wide knit. Crochet can be seen in a pretty white top held together by ribbons at Loewe’s Spring 2020 collection, while Marni featured it in an entire dress in orange, embellished with a stylised pattern of green branches with blue leaves.

 

Prada Fall/Winter 2020 collection. Image courtesy of Prada.

 

Fringe Benefits

Who doesn’t love a dress that takes a life of its own when you are walking, with a fringe that swishes and sways with each step? Dior’s Fall 2020 collection included a dress embellished with tiers of multi-coloured tassel-like fringe, as well as a black skirt with an overlay of long fringe, while Prada softened the look of black dresses with wide fringe.

Chanel Fall/Winter 2020 collection. Photo: Alessandro Lucioni/Gorunway.com. Image Courtesy of Chanel.
Loewe Fall/Winter 2021 collection. Image courtesy of Loewe.

 

Nothing But Drama for the Sleeves

Billowing sleeves, the type that will make Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables sing with joy, is a recurring feature in many of the Fall/Winter 2020 outfits. The sleeves came up in all shapes and sizes—Chanel opted for more prim and subtle poufs that end at the elbow, while Givenchy paired its puffy sleeves with accentuated shoulders. The amount of material used for the sleeves on a golden-brown dress in Nina Ricci’s collection looked like it rivals the amount used for the bottom half, while Loewe and Prabal Gurung weren’t afraid to pair dramatic sleeves with boldly patterned dresses.

 

 

 
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