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These Are The Only Spring Summer 2019 Trends You Need To Know

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Next season's trends should come with a (credit card) warning

To say that the spring summer 19 trends should come with a (credit card) warning is an understatement. For next summer most the key looks we have come to love will be irrelevant (sorry) and new, fresh ideas will take their place. Animal print and the brown palette that’s everywhere right now remains alluring, but it’s matched by a new relaxed coolness that’s a little more undone and multicoloured. This means tie-dye takes a seat at the table alongside pedal pushers, and our personal favourite comeback trend, the big bag. Yes, ladies, we can say goodbye to the obessesion with impractical micro bags as gargantuan totes have returned!

As ever, New York Fashion Week was the first stop on the four-month, four-city, two-continent merry-go-round that is fashion month. It saw Rodarte and Proenza Schouler return to the schedule, a late-but-great Marc Jacobs show and Rihanna doing what she does best (AKA disrupting the status quo) with a Fenty show that included heavily pregnant models.

At London Fashion Week a looming Brexit didn’t overshadow the capital’s designers. If anything, it made them bolder and braver. A neon tide splashed over House of Holland while wallpaper prints made waves at Richard Quinn, meanwhile, Riccardo Tisci made his debut at Burberry with a collection that we’re summing at as ‘bad and bourgeoisie’. Why? Because he used the codes of elegance - a subtle palette and sharp tailoring - with a soupçon of irony (see: duck taped heels and maroon passport holder accessories).

In Italy, a country also besieged by its own political problems had managed to lose one of its big-draw shows, Gucci, to Paris Fashion Week. This did nothing to deter the Milan loyalists from presenting their normal quotient of glamour (courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana and its diverse cast, Fendi’s luxe ‘functional’ clothing and Prada’s tie-dye dresses with plush headbands).

By the time the SS19 shows started in Paris, the hype around Hedi Slimane’s first collection as creative director of Celine (not Céline) had hit fever pitch. His debut may have had a marmite effect on insiders, but one thing everyone agreed on was how marvellous Chanel’s out of office message was. Alongside Jacquemus and Chloé, Karl Lagerfeld got (nearly) everyone in a holiday mindset. When we say nearly, we mean not Givenchy, Miu Miu or Gucci who presented tights and top-to-toe leather suits for a spring and summer season. Madness? Possibly, but then when is fashion not a little esoteric?

For those looking to ground themselves in the only spring trends to know, then look no further than our ultimate SS19 trend report