What replaced the runway trends that we expected to see for SS20

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Normally we watch runway shows with bated breath in anticipation of what is to come for next season, expecting to see trends slowly trickle into high-street collections, but this year was slightly different — thanks to lockdown putting a spanner in the works for a lot of our fashion plans.

Runways from last September saw a number of trends come to the forefront — Bermuda shorts and shorts suits, low heeled sandals, big disco collars, coloured leather, and big statement handbags. Instead, we’ve had quite a few different types of items on top-trending lists — designer face masks, silver chains, and loungewear.

With that being said, it doesn’t mean that these trends will never see the light of day, they’ve just been sidelined for now while some more lockdown-appropriate styles take the spotlight.

Max Mara SS20, Pic: Getty Images

Short suits replaced by comfortable co-ords

Longer length shorts and shorts suits are two things that we expected to be adding to our officewear rotation this summer, that just never really happened.

Bermuda shorts dominated New York Fashion Week back in September, we saw designs from Max Mara, Tom Ford and Bottega Veneta. The knee-length shorts were paired with matching blazers in everything from pastels to bright greens and blues.

But, once lockdown took over, we all quickly replaced our dreams of safari-style short-suits with a different type of two-piece — 90s inspired knitted co-ords. Much more fitting for a summer spent indoors.

Slinky slip dresses replaced by smocked styles 

The 90s has been a source of inspiration on catwalks for years, and this SS20 season saw the comeback of sleek and simple lines and relaxed tailoring.

We saw a lot of returns to minimalist dressing — silks and slip dresses made multiple appearances from The Row, Bottega Veneta, Prada and Gabriella Hearst — and we expected to be adding a few new styles to our summer wardrobes for nights out.

Gabriela Hearst SS20 New York Fashion Week, Pic: Getty Images

Instead, our dresses have taken a turn for the comfortable; slip dresses are out and smocked dresses are in — fitting more with the comfort we’re craving from our summer wardrobes.

See H&M and Kitri for some smock dress SS20 staples — featuring big shoulders and sleeves, tiered maxi skirts, and generally oversized fits. A far cry from the minimalist aesthetic we were anticipating.

Margot Green Check Midi Dress €165, Pic: Kitri Studio

Disco collars replaced by frills

Disco style collars were pegged to be another statement addition to workwear wardrobes everywhere, harkening back to the 70s style of dressing.

We saw Fendi, Lanvin, Victoria Beckham, JW Anderson and more put wide statement collars on shirts, coats, and blazers, and even saw many adding contrasting colours to exaggerate the lapels even more.

Victoria Beckham SS20 London Fashion Week, Pic: Getty Images

Instead of the 70s era collars, we went even further back in time for this season’s collared dealing — what we saw take over as a micro trend was the Victorian-inspired frilled collar, perfect for just dressing up your top half for Zoom calls and meetings.

Ganni and H&M were two brands that came to the forefront (and our rescue) with the trend this spring-summer.

Ganni, Pic: Instagram

Heeled loafers replaced with sporty sandals

Thanks to Bottega Veneta, Instagram, and the Topshop dupe, we expected to see more pairs of colourful heeled mules than we could throw a stick at this summer.

The trend blew up earlier in the year when Topshop brought out a heeled sandal that was almost identical to the designer pair that had already been doing the rounds on social media pages of the fashion elite.

But our dreams of getting to wear and pair with a matching swimsuit on the beach in some far off sunny destination were quickly dashed, and instead, the fashion crew stumbled across something a little more practical for their spring-summer shoe wardrobe — the Sporty Dad sandal — think Birkenstock, Arizona Love, and socks and sandals style dressing made cool.

Much more practical to be wearing around the house than the runway trend of a dainty kitten-heeled sandal, honestly, this one, we’re kind of thankful for.

Pic: Arizona Love

These are just some trends that we’ve seen taking over from runway classics this season — that’s not even mentioning the Paul Mescal silver chain and Gucci shorts epidemic, and some of the interesting Instagram fashion challenges that have been taking over our timelines since lockdown began.

With many labels choosing to go a more seasonless route for their shows and seasons, and more still deciding to forgo Fashion Weeks for this year, who knows what is to become of trends in the near future.

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