Winter is upon us but we can still look ahead to better and brighter times and plan our summer wardrobes. Stephanie Smith picks out key SS20 fashion trends from the international catwalks.
Fashion is taking a long, hard look at itself for the coming spring as it goes through a period of readjustment, realignment and rethinking. Much of this is down to the sustainability issue – it’s fashion’s job to push new looks at us each season, to encourage us to buy more, to be on-trend, to be ahead of the pack with something new and directional, but how does this square with the plain fact that there are already far too many clothes on the planet?
Reinforcing the message of investment fashion is one way, with fashion brands highlighting what they consider they do best – tweeds at Chanel, long sleeve gowns at Dior, sleek tux trouser suits at Saint Laurent.
On a more casual note, the simple shirt, the trench coat and denim all got the elevated classic touch, letting us know that reassuring staples can and will last forever.
But there was an evolution of retro trends that sees them morph ever more into the wearable and accessible, from 90s pared-back lines to 80s volume and a new 70s easiness. Here’s our pick below, but first news of some style events in Leeds:
On Thursday, January 30, 6pm-8pm, there will be an Hourglass Makeup Masterclass with Senior Regional Make-up Artist Adam Sidwell introducing the new concealers and Confession Lipstick shades, showing guests how to create their own Hourglass look with tips and tricks for applying the new products. The booking fee is £25 and is fully redeemable against Hourglass products bought on the day. Call Leeds Space NK on 0113 245 6612
Meanwhile, Harvey Nichols welcomes the Chinese Year of the Rat with special events and experiences in-store, running until Sunday 2nd February. On Friday 24th January, 2pm – 6pm
There will be live DJ sets, exclusive offers and beauty treats to join in with the Chinese New Year celebrations across the city and on Saturday 8th February, 10am – 6.30pm there will be Tarot-card readings with the Wellness Foundry to discover what the Year of the Rat has in store –from love and wealth to wellbeing and career progression. Book on EventBrite.