The spring/summer 2019 collections brought new discussions to the fashion industry.
The current social climate gave a new context to the collections, with heated debates around female dressing. This came to a head with Hedi Slimane’s first show for Celine as the creative director, who took over from Phoebe Philo, presented a collection that brought his signature rock ‘n’ roll, super-skinny tailoring to the fore.
Female empowerment was a hot topic, with plenty of designers shedding light on how their collections aim to both enhance femininity and equip women with sartorial strength. As always, gender non-conformism became a big theme, with Clare Waight Keller and John Galliano producing collections that highlighted a new way of dressing. As a result, armour became a big trend on the catwalk, with armoured silhouettes showcased at Louis Vuitton and Alexander McQueen.
Elsewhere beige appeared to the biggest trend of the season, with neutral colours dominating the catwalks. Fashion houses including Max Mara, Burberry and Fendi took their signature brown hues to the next level with full beige silhouettes, while brands not usually associated with polished neutral hues, such as Balmain, surprised audiences with oatmeal, caramel and nude tones.
Discover the top 10 trends for spring/summer 2019 here.