You can expect to find something to love in the spring/ summer 2019 fashion trends, because they really were all over the place. This year we saw all kinds of creations and styles, with loud and sexy options for one crowd and gorgeously demure options for another.
Many designers seemed to wrestle with women’s role in the world, which meant that many of the spring/ summer 2019 fashion trends held statements on femininity and masculinity. Fantasy dresses celebrated hyper-femininity on one end of the scale, while on the other we saw severe, edgy and masculine stylings that were perhaps meant to empower.
Long-sleeved garments that hid the figure brought questions to mind about whether some designers were attempting to hide their models, and perhaps protect them from the world’s harm. Beyond these serious questions, other collections were just pure fun, giving us all kinds of exuberant, escapist options for the summer 2019 trends. Let’s dive in, and see which of these spring 2019 fashion trends speak to you!
Spring/ Summer 2019 Runway Fashion Trends: Contents
1. Light As Air Camisole Dresses
2. Romantic Princess Dresses
3. Elegantly Simple Dresses
5. Romantic Lace
6. Crochet & Knit
7. Metallic Fabrics
9. Fringe Benefits
10. Sparkle and Jewels
11. Tied With a Bow
12. In the Trenches
13. Plastic Coats
14. Shouldering Heavy Weight
15. Puff Sleeves
17. Sexy Fishnets
18. Boho Netting
19. Fisherman’s Catch Dress
20. The Merengue Dress
21. Draped Silhouette
22. Scarves As Skirts
23. Biker Shorts
24. Suits with Shorts
25. Patterned Suits
26. Summer of Love
27. Cargo Pants
28. Suiting Up in Black
29. Well Worn Denim
30. Denim in Patches
32. Ruffled Blouses
33. Loose High Waisted Pants
34. Warrior Princess
35. Shell-Shaped Shoulders
36. The White Jumpsuit
37. Tinfoil Couture
38. Extreme Leg Slit
39. The Plunging Neckline
40. Spring Butterflies
41. Mixed Patterns
42. Asymmetrical Off-the-Shoulder
43. A Feather Touch
44. Tea-Length Dresses
45. Pleated Dresses and Skirts
46. Looking Boiling Hot in a Boiler Suit
47. Big Pocket Add-Ons
48. Fabric Roses
49. Fluffy Ruffles & Frills
With the weather warming up it is looking like the go-to sun dresses of the season are going to be light and airy camisole dresses. The daywear, non-lingerie version of slips or nighties (although, to be honest, we can’t tell the difference), is a distinct part of the summer 2019 fashion trends. These dresses manage to be sexy without feeling uncomfortably tight or revealing, and they are guaranteed to keep you feeling cool in the heat.
Lela Rose and Eckhaus Latta both gave us a longer version of the camisole dress, in bright mustard yellow. At Marco De Vincenzo, an earth green camisole was decorated with a fringe along the bottom. Alexa Chung gave us slinky and beautiful camisoles in various lengths.
At Balenciaga, we saw a more conservative take on the camisole dress, thanks to a fairly high, straight neckline, on the otherwise simple and revealing style. Lastly, Gucci combined two trends with a gorgeous camisole dress crafted of a snakeskin printed fabric.
With the help of lots of tulle and taffeta, not to mention copious use of girlish pastel shades, princess dresses became one of the spring 2019 fashion trends for dresses, especially in the realm of evening wear.
The dresses at Rodarte exemplified the trend perfectly, as they were made with all manners of lace and tulle, with a mixture of more streamlined dresses as well as elaborate cake layer dresses.
The intense volume of some of the princess dresses really wowed us, especially on the runways of Marc Jacobs and Molly Goddard. Lovely lace dresses at Preen and Christopher Kane gave us a more intimate feeling.
Simple dresses without frills that exuded luxury and sophistication with expert tailoring and solid high-quality fabrics in neutral colors were one of the clear spring/ summer 2019 runway trends, particularly at New York Fashion Week. These dresses were likely meant to appeal to a more mature, professional crowd, but I can’t help but feel that to a certain extent, they were also a way of suggesting that women should come out of the limelight, perhaps in order to protect them from a very harsh political climate.
We saw these comfortable, simple dresses at Tibi with collared numbers with elbow-length sleeves, simple white dresses at Proenza Schouler, and darker dresses that were slightly oversized at The Row. Emilia Wickstead gave simple pastel dresses in flattering silhouettes.
It is custom for the warmer seasons to include lots of skin-baring offerings, which meant that all of the sheer design elements were a natural part of the spring/ summer 2019 fashion trends, as they are almost every season.
Many of the dresses on the Elie Saab runway, both light and slinky ones, as well as longer gowns, included sheer fabrics both as the main fabric used and just as a cheeky accent. At Rejina Pyo, the contrast between bright yet sheer dresses and colorful undergarments had a very playful effect.
Models for Naeem Khan and Oscar de la Renta were sent out on the runway with sheer tops and no undergarments, in styling that some find daring while others find needlessly objectifying.
It might be easier to ask where wasn’t there any lace on the spring 2019 runways. Lace is the definitive fabric of the spring/ summer 2019 fashion trends, going hand in hand with many other ultra-feminine trends.
From virginal takes on lace at Sakai and Off-White to sexy designs at Marco De Vincenzo and Burberry, we saw it all. At Alexander Wang, lace was paired with more sporty designs, in unique urban meets romance vibe.
Crochet is having a moment, especially with a lot of crochet dresses showing up in unexpected places, along with knitted pieces going beyond the traditional sweater. Looser knots, a net effect, and lots of skin made sure that knitted fabric was perfectly appropriate for the spring 2019 fashion trends.
Seeing knitwear at Missoni was a given, since that is the key material for the brand, but crochet and knitwear cropped up on other runways as well. Sonia Rykiel combined oversized knit sweaters with bohemian net skirts. We also saw all kinds of cozy looking sweaters at Calvin Klein and Tory Burch.
At Chloe, we saw loosely crochet dresses give a summery feel and look perfect for layering. Other designers to make use of crochet and knitting included Ulla Johnson, Michael Kors, and Oscar de la Renta.
Just a touch of ‘80s nostalgia and an intense desire to never blend in are all it takes to embrace all of the metallic fabrics that made it into the spring 2019 runway trends. We saw a surprising amount metallic plaid, particularly in jackets on the runways of Sally Lapointe, Vivien Hu, and Marcel Ostertag.
Marc Jacobs, on the other hand, made use of metallic blush for some super romantic blouses. At Tadashi Shoji, a pink metallic dress clung close to the curves, for a clubby look. We also saw quite a few gleaming golden numbers on the runways of designers like Ulla Johnson and Rodarte.
There were so many sequins on the runways that it has become one of its own spring/ summer 2019 fashion trends, in addition to other forms of sparkles. Dresses, skirts, and bodysuits embellished with all manners of sequins were a lively sight in Milan and London.
At Temperley London, models gleamed as they walked the runway in golden sequined dresses. We also saw solid sequined dresses at David Koma, Christopher Kane, and my personal favorite: slinky sequined evening dresses in black or turquoise at Elie Saab.
We saw gorgeous sequined skirts that really livened up every ensemble at Halpern, Roberta Einer, and Markus Lupfern.
Adding fringe to an outfit turns your movement into a sensorial experience, as you feel the fringe sway back and forth with your steps. While some of the fringe summer 2019 fashion trends did embrace the Western origins of the design, many others were purely modern takes on it.
The most striking was a screamingly blue dress made by Gucci that was made wholly of fringe. We saw cowboy-style leather jackets embellished with fringe on the runways of R13 and Coach 1941. At Tom Ford, Aigner, and Emporio Armani, however, fringe elements were part of sophisticated evening wear, adding texture and sway to close-fitting dresses.
While sequins were the prime source of shininess in the spring/ summer 2019 fashion trends, we got a lot of gleaming offerings from both fabrics and jewels. On the Celine runway, we saw a very clubby collection, with short, sparkly dresses in silvers and golds.
At Blumarine, a delicate lace dress covered in a gorgeous golden needlework was used for layering. At Philipp Plein, we saw an extreme level of bling, with models walking the runway in jewel-encrusted bodysuits. Some of the dresses at Marc Jacobs were crafted with a shiny tulle fabric that contrasted interestingly against oversized matte blazers.
Added to the long list of feminine and romantic spring 2019 fashion trends are bows, with both big and large ones on offer, although with massive bows being in the clear lead.
At Richard Quinn, massive bows were draped over the shoulder, complementing the all-black ballerina dresses complete with a big tulle tutu. We also saw massive bows spruce up black dresses at Celine and Dries Van Noten.
Smaller, elegant bows gave a lovely touch to colorful dresses on the runways of Emilia Wickstead and Valentino. Other runways to feature outfits with bow embellishments included Erdem, Maison Margiela, and Moschino.
Trench coats are the ultimate outerwear options for the spring 2019 fashion trends. These long coats give protection from rain and wind, are timelessly chic, and go with almost every outfit. Designers gave us a variety of options, with trench coats in all kinds of colors, cuts and lengths.
On the Givenchy runway, oversized trench coats were cinched with fanny packs, which are also having a resurgence. Roksanda and Erika Cavallini created trench coats in trendy pastel shades, for an airier feeling. Lastly, there were also lots of more traditional tan trench coats on the runways of Burberry, Haider Ackermann, and Courreges.
If you’re not a fan of a traditional trench coat, you might be happy to know that plastic coats are also a key part of the spring/ summer 2019 fashion trends. We saw trench coats combined with rain coats, in a shiny plastic material at Rejina Pyo and a clear plastic at Fendi.
From many designers we saw bright coats, which offer a great way of feeling warm, dry, and cheery, even when spring rains might get you down. From both Adeam and Escada our choices were long, bright orange coats, while at Kate Spade, pink was the color of choice. Darker plastic coats showed up on the runways of designers that often lean towards dark, like Sies Marjan and Christian Cowan.
Perhaps it was simply a retro nod to the ‘80s, or maybe it was a feminist statement in response to the powerlessness many women are feeling because of recent world events, but many designers went back and created jackets and shirts with large power shoulders.
Large shoulders showed up on items at otherwise feminine runways like Preen, Emilia Wickstead and Erdem. At Chanel, we saw the traditional tweed jackets that are so iconic to the brand, but in wider silhouettes with larger shoulders. At Push Button and Chalayan, we saw some serious jackets in shades of gray with larger shoulders, while at Natasha Zinko, the jackets came in trendy pastels.
Sometimes an offshoot of the princess dress trend, and at other times all on their own, were puff sleeves as part of the spring 2019 fashion trends. These romantic sleeves are perfect in the wardrobe of anyone who likes to stand out without revealing too much.
Puffy sleeves ended above the elbow, in a design that was more appropriate for warm daytime events on the runways of both Kate Spade and Rodarte. At Erdem, puffy sleeves were a perfect complement to the conservative 19th century-inspired designs. Lastly, puffy sleeves lent a bit of drama to conservatively cut dresses at Valentino, which had an especially rustic feel, as they were paired with straw hats for spring 2019.
All kinds of designers embraced a touch of edge, with punk stylings fitting especially well with some other spring/ summer 2019 fashion trends like the Eighties styling. From mohawks and dark colors to band shirts, designers found different ways to add that edge to their collections.
Ashley Williams had the most punk runway by far, with models’ hair styled in mohawks, and outfits styled with daring pattern mixes and lots of vintage-style T-shirts and sweatshirts.
Gareth Pugh also sent models on the runway with wildly styled hair, along with heavy combat boots and lots of black and red clothing. Other designers to embrace punk styling included Matty Bovan, Burberry, and Nicopanda.
Fishnets are one of those overtly sexy fashion choices embraced by the alternative and the daring. For the summer 2019 fashion trends what stood out is that fishnets showed up a lot in the form of bodycon dresses, although fishnet pantyhose was a key part of the MM6 collection.
Ermanno Scervino, Calcaterra, and Dolce & Gabbana all featured sexy black dresses made of fishnets either completely, perfect for layering, or that had fishnet as a key element. At Akris, fishnet was used innovatively to created long, collared jackets. Other designers to make cool fishnet garments included Louis Vuitton.
The boho-chic version of the fishnet trend, which was one of the big spring 2019 runway trends, merits its own section. We saw many net items on the runway made with larger net and earth-toned shades, giving a more bohemian effect. Many of the fishnet dresses and tops we saw are perfect as swimsuit toppers, as well as for layering outfits and adding interesting texture.
Net dresses were ubiquitous at all fashion weeks, with offerings from designers like Dolce & Gabbana, Area, Pyer Moss, Victoria Beckham, and more. Calvin Klein and Monse made loose net tops an option for men, while Aigner, Dior, and Ermanno Scervino made options for women.
It is rare that we see such a specific thing become a trend, but it seems as though on the beaches next summer we are going to see a lot of this particular dress. The fisherman’s catch dress, as we’re calling it, is also part of the fishnet trend, but it has a few very specific elements that make it one of the summer 2019 fashion trends all on its own.
This dress, as seen on the runways of Altuzarra, Salvatore Ferragamo, J.W. Anderson, Sonia Rykiel and Ports 1961, consistently has the same look. It is a long dress that ends somewhere between the knee and ankle, with a straight silhouette that sits close to the body.
Often the dress has a sleeveless design, although on the Sonia Rykiel runway we saw a variation with short sleeves. The ultimate details, however, are the mesh or net fabric that is mostly see-through, with a long fringe at the bottom that sways with movement.
For the spring/ summer 2019 fashion trends we saw a fantastical take on the tent dress, with designers going all out with ruffles and embellishments, not to mention the extreme size. Paired with other seasonal trends like pastels and feminine embellishments, it really reminded us of sweets – merengue in particular.
The dresses at Marc Jacobs were large and voluminous, looking like ruffles on top of ruffles. The designs at Molly Goddard were like a smaller version, with the dresses ending just above the knees and the ruffles somewhat smaller.
At Erdem and Emilia Wickstead, merengue dresses were still large and tent-like, but somewhat simpler in lovely pastel shades. The silky design at Carolina Herrera was a more elegant take on the merengue dress, with the shoulders bared.
One of the most perfect summer 2019 fashion trends is the draped silhouette that we’ve seen in all kinds of dresses. Simple designs, with a scarf or large swatch of fabric draped, wrapped, and tied, make perfect sense as summer approaches. These dresses feel luxurious, but they are comfortable and can be perfectly dressed down for a day at the beach or elevated with jewelry to be worn during special events.
At Loewe, the beachy collection included multiple dresses made of scarf fabrics that simply draped over the body, looking cool and vacation-perfect. Gvasalia, for Balenciaga, really took the idea of draping to heart, with one of the most beautiful dresses in his collection simply being crafted out of a single piece of fabric elegantly wrapped around the models.
Draping was especially unique at Marni, since it was done with swatches of fabric extending from skirts, with some holes cut out so they could then be draped over the shoulder. At Etro and Erika Cavallini, we saw summery dresses draped and wrapped around the body, with a simple tie at the waist.
A large scarf can be the perfect thing to bring on vacation – it can work as a picnic blanket, or tie around the neck or waist to make a swimsuit topper. Lots of designers used scarves in such clever ways, as part of the spring/ summer 2019 fashion trends.
At Paco Rabanne, the scarves were adorned with little coins, so when they were wrapped around the waist it reminded us of a belly dancer’s outfit. Scarves wrapped around the waist had a similar look at Chloe, although the skirts were actually attached to belts, and worn over flowy shorts and trousers. At Marni, colorful scarf skirts were paired with matching tops for a beautiful look that could work both on the beach and at a daytime party.
Also known as bermuda shorts, these comfy shorts end just above the knee, helping women keep cool without feeling overly exposed. All manner of designers crafted biker shorts for the spring/ summer 2019 runway trends, with some looking sportier and others paired with suits for a sophisticated look.
At Prada and Dion Lee, biker shorts were made of more durable trouser fabrics, making for a sophisticated design that would even be considered office-appropriate. Chanel, Fendi, and Maryam Nassir Zadeh made biker shorts of tight-fitting fabric that was on the more athletic side of things, although the styling was 100% streetwear appropriate.
Each x Other and Miu Miu paired biker shorts with mini-skirts, for a cute and sporty layered look. Other designers to feature bike shorts on their runways included Mugler, Zadig & Voltaire, Aalto, and more.
When I think about wearing a blazer with shorts, the first thing that comes to mind is a British school boy. However, as part of the spring 2019 fashion trends, suits with shorts instead of slacks are actually looking mighty, classy and adult.
These included the tailored offerings worn by models at Roberto Cavalli and Maryam Nassir Zadeh. Tibi gave us a slouchier take in line with some of the loose-fitting we’ve seen on many of the runways for this season, while Elie Saab opted for sexy with very short shorts paired with jackets and lots of funky prints.
I love a lady in a good pantsuit, and there was certainly a myriad of options. However, my favorite of the suit-related spring 2019 fashion trends was the fun patterned suit.
The take on the patterned suit at Veronica Beard was sophisticated thanks to elegant tailoring and an autumn-colored print. At R13, patterned suits were worn over edgy T-shirts, with matching shoes. Lastly, at Hellesy, it was daytime fashion with models wearing white suits covered in a small print and tied off with a bow.
In addition to the solid reign of the ‘80s, there were some very bohemian late-‘60s and early-‘70s vibes showing up in the spring/ summer 2019 fashion trends. We saw these vibes come in the form of colorful prints, including plenty of paisley, styling, and garments.
At Peter Pilotto, an off-the-shoulder bodysuit covered in a paisley print particularly stands out, although the overall use of scarf-like fabrics, soft patterns, and high waists gave the whole collection a hint of a ‘70s vibe.
At Isabel Marant, the similar use of the paisley pattern on a sleeveless dress styled with a short jean vest had distinct late-‘60s vibes, although in truth that particular print showed up all over that runway. The Saint Laurent collection for this season was a nod to many historical eras. The ‘60s were celebrated with patterned high waisted pants and flower child headbands.
Other runways that gave us summer of love vibes included Chloe, Gucci, and Marni.
Urban street stylings were not plentiful for the spring 2019 runway trends, but one way they did pop up was in combination with cargo pants. These durable pants filled with pockets are a great urban and masculine addition to the summer 2019 fashion trends.
We saw colorful takes on cargo pants at Ralph Lauren and Prabal Gurung, while at Jonathan Simkhai they were white and paired with a more romantic top. At Dries Van Noten, cargo pants in black and white had a clean, sophisticated feel, as they were paired with elegant jackets and pointy high heels. Other designers to play around with cargo pants included Sies Marjan, John Elliot, and 3.1 Phillip Lim.
In Paris, designers were particularly keen to give women some power, so black suits were plentiful across the runways, often paired with more masculine takes on spring 2019 hairstyles, makeup, and styling. This was one of few spring/ summer 2019 fashion trends that seemed to me overtly political.
At Celine, new designer Hedi Slimane created unisex offerings including slim, tailored suits that could be worn by anyone, but mean to appeal particularly to generation Z. Other brands to give us ultra-slim, curve-hugging suits included Akris, Alexander McQueen, and Saint Laurent.
Slightly oversized suits show up almost every season, but this year we saw them in black on the runways of Haider Ackermann, Maison Margiela, and Yohji Yamamoto. Even Loewe’s otherwise earthy collection included some slouchy black suits.
Denim is always in style, but for the spring/ summer 2019 runway trends you can expect to see denim that is especially washed out – maybe even acid washed in a tie-dye style. We saw washed out denim used for jean trousers, of course, but there were also plenty of denim jackets, shirts, skirts and even dresses.
The standouts from the denim spring 2019 fashion trends include loose, high waisted denim trousers paired with a metallic corset at Balmain, with similar trousers at Celine paired with a fur jacket.
There were plenty of “Canadian tuxedos”, i.e. jeans paired with a denim jacket, but the most beautiful and unique take on them came from the runway of Poiret where the stylish cut of the outfit worked well with a pair of bright yellow boots. Other designers to utilize washed out denim included Dior, Y/Project, Marques Almeida, Isabel Marant, and more.
In addition to all the acid washed denim, the spring 2019 fashion trends also included making jackets and dresses out of a patchwork of denim, with denim fabrics in different shades and darkness levels. This included a cowbow-style dress at Coach 1941, a kimono-style jacket at Missoni, and a puffy jacket at Isabel Marant.
Dressing up a T-shirt is an easy way to wear comfortable, casual staples, but also look fashionable. Designers sent many models on the catwalk in T-shirts for the spring 2019 runway trends, so take inspiration from them and rock T-shirts in a variety of fun ways.
At Chloe, T-shirts emblazoned with the name of the brand were paired with gorgeous printed skirts and shorts in a modern, boho-chic effect. At R13, we saw a nod to the ‘70s with lots of old school metalhead T-shirts. Paco Rabanne gave us a previously mentioned tie-dye T-shirt, paired with a scarf skirt.
If you’re keen on the more conservative, romantic, or late-19th century-inspired options from the spring 2019 fashion trends, but aren’t in need of a full dress, then perhaps the ruffled blouses will be up your alley. At Coach 1941, ruffled blouses were paired with long skirts and modern jackets. At Zimmermann, the effect was a little circus-y, with a white ruffled shirt worn with a loud red suit.
This is one of those spring/ summer 2019 fashion trends that are comfortable yet professional. The loose-fitting high waisted pants are definitely in for street and office wear, offering a cinched-in silhouette that emphasizes the waist while still giving room to breathe.
At Givenchy, these trousers were solid colored, and paired with large belts, with blouses and even jackets tucked in. Both male and female models walked the runway in these pants, showing unisex versatility.
At Louis Vuitton, offerings were more colorful, with high waisted trousers covered in colorful print. The trousers did taper in towards the ankle, giving a slightly more structured look.
One of my favorite of the spring/ summer 2019 fashion trends is the warrior princess styling we saw on some of the runways. Fierce braids, armors, and leather all came together in stunning yet dangerous looks.
For Alexander McQueen, designer Sarah Burton sent models out on the runway in both fierce leather suits and more rustic dresses adorned with an edgy leather blacksmith’s apron. The styling involved battle-ready braids and sharp-toed boots that looked like they could do some damage.
On the Balmain runway, models wore corsets made of shiny metal, paired with acid-washed denim, in a modern take on the warrior princess look.
Almost like an off-shot of the power shoulder look is the shell shoulder – one of the more unique and structural of the spring/ summer 2019 runway trends. This is a large, circular shoulder that gets the shell effect through vertical pleats.
The resemblance to a shell is most apparent in the large white jacket worn by one of the models at Balmain. We also saw a very structural jacket in pink at Issey Miyake with a very round take on the shell shoulders.
Tops and dresses at Valentino in white as well as red and pink displayed a flowy and romantic take on the shell-shaped shoulders. Other brands to play with this voluminous, pleated design included Each x Other, Awake, and Poiret.
If you are not a total klutz like yours truly, feel free to go out and get yourself a white jumpsuit to fit in line with the spring 2019 fashion trends. Some of the jumpsuits we saw were long-sleeved and had a more industrial vibe – think sexy airforce pilot. These included buttoned numbers from Giambattista Valli, Stella McCartney, and Emporio Armani.
Some of the white jumpsuits were considerably more feminine, with ruffles, bows or even glitter. We saw such adorable white jumpsuits on the runways of Delpozo, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, and Ashish.
So while we don’t think any of the designers actually used tinfoil for any of the spring 2019 fashion trends, we did see lots of fabrics that mimicked the shiny silver material. Long silver jackets were worn on the runways of 3.1 Phillip Lim and Custo Barcelona, while shorter jackets showed up at Balmain.
We also saw some revealing tinfoil outfits created by the brands Milly and Area, with silver bikini tops and matching shiny bottoms. We saw some more shiny silver options worn paired with more mainstream fabrics on the runways of Proenza Schouler, Rodarte, Jill Stuart, and more.
A high slit along the side of a dress or a skirt is instant sexy, and we saw lots of it among the spring/ summer 2019 fashion trends. At Asai, Ashish, and Jonathan Simkhai, the sexy slits complemented luxurious and soft designs that would be perfect for lounging or the bedroom. From Rosetta Getty and Hellesy we actually saw slitted dresses worn over other items, giving us the peekaboo effect in a more conservative way.
A deep V-neckline is possibly the sexiest addition to a dress, with the previously mentioned extreme leg slit a close second. Plunging necklines are a great way to show a little skin, even for women with a smaller chest. This kind of neckline is super flattering, making the torso seem longer and the figure slimmer.
At the Emilia Wickstead and Ashish shows, we saw plunging necklines on summer dresses with a loose, flowy fit. At Christopher Kane, plunging necklines went beautifully with both elegant little black numbers and more romantic offerings. White bodysuits at Victoria Beckham also presented a bit of skin with a deep V.
Is there a creature more closely associated with spring than the butterfly? Butterfly embellishments showed up in quite a few of the outfits worn on the spring/ summer 2019 runways, adding cheery fun.
We saw a gorgeous multi-color butterfly tank top at Naeem Khan, paired with high waisted sheer black trousers. At both the Jasmine and Zang Toi shows, butterflies decorated the shoulders of models in lovely dresses.
This was a print-heavy season, so to fit in so many different patterned fabrics on the runway, stylists ended up putting together all kind of fashionably clashing outfits. We can always rely on Anna Sui to send models on the runway in clever combinations, this time in a summer-y style of shorts and tops in different spring 2019 patterns.
At Koche, the mixed patterns were in the same color scheme, with a dark blue jacket covered in white polka dots worn over a dark blue bodysuit covered in a white pattern. Other great examples of mixed patterns came from the runways of Atlein, Self-Portrait, Balmain, and Thom Browne.
For the last couple of years, off-the-shoulder tops have been all the rage. However, for the spring/ summer 2019 fashion trends many of the big fashion brands did away with symmetry, and brought in a style some are calling “the one cold shoulder.”
This design showed up on more upscale offerings like the gorgeous floor-length dresses at Cushnie, as well as on more casual options like blouses from Monse and short jumpsuits at Self-Portrait.
Whether in the form of a boa or covering a jacket, feathers are a sign of luxury that is also fun and whimsical. At Calvin Luo, elegant cocktail dresses were spruced up with a snaking line of feather coming form the shoulder down to the ends of the garment.
At the The Blonds, MSGM and Marc Jacobs, feather elements were more extreme, with balls of neon colored feathers adorning short dresses at the former’s runway, and adorning oversized dresses at the latter. At Gucci, feathers were used all over the place, in dresses as well as accessories.
A tea-length dress is a dress that ends at about mid-calf – a length that requires expert tailoring in order to suit most figures. Designers took on the challenge, making tea-length dresses one of the spring 2019 fashion trends.
On the runways of Peter Pilotto and Alexa Chung mid-calf dresses were soft and romantic, embellished with florals and with a comfortable fit. We got to see more closely-tailored tea dresses at Dior and Dries Van Noten.
In addition to the shell sleeves, we also saw plenty of pleating on dresses and skirts, so we are happy to announce that pleats are indeed back as one of the spring/ summer 2019 fashion trends. This lovely design element pairs well with summer dresses as skirts, as it tends to show up in lighter and airier fabrics.
Some of the loveliest pleated summer dresses we saw came in soft spring 2019 colors like blush and lavender, as seen on the runways of Brandon Maxwell, Alberta Ferretti, and Awake. Delicate white dresses with pleats were crafted by Tome, Gabriela Hearst, and Valentino. The pleated skirts we saw tended to hit just at mid-calf, with options from Jil Sander, Givenchy, Calvin Klein, and Fendi.
Playsuits and jumpsuits had their comeback a long long time ago, but the iteration of the jumpsuit for the spring/ summer 2019 fashion trends is the boiler suit: it is a coverall with long sleeves and long trousers, and historically it has been considered a work garment meant to protect. This season, however, it has received a fashionable spin and is meant to be worn for any day-to-day occasions!
Some of the standout examples include the boiler suit seen on the runway of Dries Van Noten, where it was embellished with a festive fringe along the front, and paired with a sleek pair of heels. At Celine, a model walked the runway in a boiler suit made of leather, with a zipper unzipped down to mid chest, for an undeniably sexy yet androgynous vibe.
Austere takes on boiler suits came from Giambattista Valli, Jil Sander, and Isabel Marant, while at Hermes boiler suits came in festive colors like bright red and neon blue.
From elegant blazers to utilitarian pants, casual tops and outerwear options, almost every piece of clothing comes embellished either with oversized pocket add-ons or tons of tiny ones resembling a pocket patchwork this spring. This is one of those cool spring/ summer 2019 fashion trends that are also practical, since most of the time you don’t even need to carry a bag.
Pockets appeared oversized on both legs of the baggy pants at Y/Project, while at Sacai they were piled on the street-ready cool vest suits. Marine Serre went over the top covering a utility maxi dress with pockets of any size and style that made it look like a pocket dress.
Ksenia Schnaider, Loewe, Off-White, Dries Van Noten and Atlein are just a few of the fashion houses capitalizing on this spring 2019 fashion trend.
If you don’t like the bow embellishment for spring, the spring/ summer 2019 fashion trends suggest adding fabric roses to your garments – better if oversized. Bloom like a flower this spring embracing this ultra-feminine detail that will give the much coveted retro spin to your cocktail looks.
Marc Jacobs was an avid lover of fabric roses, using oversized flower details in different colors and styles to accentuate the waists or the necks of the models. Miu Miu also toyed with the trend adding creamy roses to those knee-length dresses and the blogger-approved minis.
Redemption used a huge fabric rose to take the little black dress to the next level, while Ann Demeulemeester utilized a whole garden of fabric roses to add a feminine touch to those raw vests and dresses.
It isn’t a cakewalk to hit the streets dressed like a cake lady with layers of ruffles and frills that will never let you pass by unnoticed, but it’s one of those amazing spring/ summer 2019 fashion trends that will help you easily stand out from the crowd. Obviously “more is more” is spring’s rule when it comes to ruffles, and we are already obsessed with the girly look those create.
We can always count on Giambattista Valli to treat us to some of the most ethereal ruffled dresses and tops, and he didn’t let us down for the upcoming spring either. For the boldest out there, Marc Jacobs, Gucci, Preen and Molly Goddard offer the most delicious “cake dresses” with an explosion of ruffles and frills.
Ruffles were used more delicately at Celine and Roberto Cavalli, so everyone is sure to find the right frill for her personality this spring!
Photos via Vogue