You wouldn’t have thought gardening gloves, floppy hats and clogs with distinct Homebase vibes would be high-fashion, but for SS20, they are. Fendi gave us a horticultural spectacle of a show with bee-keeping hats, foliage motifs and enough khaki to keep even the most green-fingered happy. Louis Vuitton had a similar vibe with painterly florals decorated on fabrics and dried flowers cascading out of bags. Even Celine – not usually one for the soft look – threw a wicker bag into the mix. The message? For spring this year, take your cues from Gardeners' World.
The Hawaiian shirt has been menswear (and Love Island’s) obsession of recent years, but this spring, take it up a notch. The bowling shirt – a ‘50s style shirt with a relaxed collar that sits flat against you, often in a silk – was seen on many a catwalk from Marni to Edward Crutchley. The silkier, the bolder the print, the more old-school bowling alley, the better. This ties into the co-ord (matching top and bottoms) which continues as a key trend. For inspiration, see MSGM and Dior’s matchy-matchy shirts and shorts combos.
Silky, soft fabrics were a mainstay of this season’s catwalks. Satin featured heavily, sheer was noteworthy and floaty, boxer short-type shorts were seen for casual looks. Luxe, old-school and louche, silky shorts may sound weird but they, surprisingly, looked great.