As MBFWA 2019 comes to a close, Vogue looks to the runways to identify up-and-coming trends set to take over the style set this resort season. From Alice McCall to Aje, Double Rainbouu to Bassike, overarching themes infiltrated the resort 2020 collections—think pink colour palettes; shirting in lightweight and linen fabrications; animal prints and floral motifs—that bound the native designers together in a common thread.
To translate these from the runway to the everyday, we looked back at the outstanding collections for sartorial cues to keep front of mind ahead of summer. Where Lee Mathews’s 20th anniversary collection pointed us to tailored suiting and whimsy dresses, Anna Quan encouraged audiences to reconsider knitwear for summer, rendered in bright, warm tones and cut asymmetrically across the shoulder. Elsewhere, the balloon sleeve reigned supreme at Bec and Bridge and Hansen and Gretel, while Jonathan Simkhai and Alice McCall offered up collections awash with countless shades of pink.
Whether you’re headed on a holiday in Europe to evade this winter season, or looking ahead towards a summer under the Australian sun, click through and make note of the following trends that will inevitably make way into your wardrobe come warmer months.
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Equally comfortable as impactful, the overwhelming embracement of the puff or balloon sleeve on the runways of the resort 2020 collections this year should be welcomed with ease. Paired back with denim or trousers, heels or slides, the balloon sleeve can translate across seasons, making it the garment to invest in above all else.
Above: Aje resort 2020; Hansen and Gretel resort 2020; Bec and Bridge resort 2020.
Holding onto winter warmers, Anna Quan and Hansen and Gretel looked to heavier fabrics for inspiration, reinvigorating ribbed knitwear in summer silhouettes.
Above: Anna Quan resort 2020; Hansen and Gretel resort 2020; Anna Quan resort 2020
The thread du jour binding the resort 2020 collections this year is micro-florals. An alternative to colour blocking and overwhelming, oversized prints, turn to Aje and Lee Mathews for styling cues on how to incorporate your favourite garden flowers into your summer style.
Above: Aje resort 2020; Lee Mathews resort 2020
Of all the colours that appeared on the runways this resort season, countless varieties of pink made a triumphant statement for summer. Produced in leather as per Jonathan Simkhai or rendered in light-as-air sheer silks seen at Lee Mathews, a parade of pink across this year’s collections signified that your next holiday’s suitcase should be joyous and bright.
Above: Jonathan Simkhai resort 2020; Alice McCall resort 2020; Hansen & Gretel resort 2020
Typically the reserve of winter wardrobes, the designers of Aje and Lee Mathews offered refreshing and innovative takes on quilting, translating the heavier fabric for a holiday in the sun.
Above: Lee Mathews resort 2020; Aje resort 2020; Lee Mathews resort 2020
The universal use of animal print across runways and presentations this year signaled that themes of the wild and the jungle in fashion have not been exhausted yet. Whether rendered in hot pinks as per Double Rainbouu or designed in more natural tones as exemplified at Hansen and Gretel, memorise these shows should you want to commit to animal print this summer.
Above: Double Rainbouu resort 2020; Hansen and Gretel resort 2020
Short sleeve shirting
While the classic button-up shirt is certainly a year-round staple, look to this season’s version in short sleeves for an alternative that is as breathable and practical as it is stylish. Cases in point? The wares at Aje, Bec and Bridge and Lee Mathews will deliver the optimal summer solution.
Above: Aje resort 2020; Bec and Bridge resort 2020; Lee Mathews resort 2020
Starting at Matteau—one of the earlier shows in this year’s fashion week schedule—a theme of dainty dresses paired with spaghetti straps rang through the collections of Bec and Bridge and Lee Mathews. Comfortable, feminine and easy to dress up or down, this trend has returned yet again, proving that some formulas in fashion need not be reinvented.
Above: Matteau resort 2020; Bec and Bridge resort 2020; Tigerlily resort 2020
Creams, whites, pale yellows—these are the shades that come to mind when one thinks of resort. Consider instead the offerings from Bassike for their resort 2020 collection that fuse together neutral whites with easy-to-pair pinks and greens in tie-dyed T-shirt dresses and singlets.
Above: Bassike resort 2020