1. BEJEWEL YOUR BANDANA
It’s all about headgear this season, but we’re rating JW Anderson’s as the most innovative – and easiest . Take your lead not just from the catwalk, but from the headscarf ’s most iconic devotee, the Queen. So wait, could the jewelled bandana be 2019’s answer to Jacquemus’ 2018 meter-wide straw hat? We think so.
2. TAKE YOUR STYLE CUES FROM VB
When Victoria Beckham rocks a great look, we take note. Given she is her own walking-talking billboard for her brand, her runway look received mega pavement attention when she wore it on the day of her show. We think she’s sparked a trend with legs – ha! Why? The slashed front legging is supremely flattering (and not just on VB). Wear with her new long tunic tops and a gold shoe.
3. WEAR FLIP-FLOPS WITH A SUIT
The flip-flop is back (yes, really). Team with tailoring for the ultimate high/low mix.
(Above: Tibi SS19)
4. WEAR BOOTS WITH EVERYTHING
Just as winter gave us plenty of opportunity to wear sandals (albeit with tights), spring doesn’t mean avoiding boots. In fact, we positively encourage it. White and Western styles are still going strong, and we predict the hiking boot will take over from the dad trainer as the ugly-cool footwear of choice this season.
(Above: Jason Lloyd Evans)
5. USE TAGWALK
Not heard of Tagwalk yet? All that’s about to change. The so-called Google of fashion was founded by Alexandra Van Houtte, a former fashion assistant, in 2016 and is already an indispensable industry resource. Fashion’s first free search engine, catwalk images are ‘tagged’ with key words, allowing users to search through over 130,000 images by brand, season, city, trend, colour and so on. So, if you’re looking for a pink dress/plaid trousers/silk shirt/whatever, Tagwalk will pull up all the relevant images, making it a brilliant research source. Here, Tagwalk reveals the five most-viewed catwalk looks for six of this season’s key trends. Visit tag-walk.com
6. GET CRAFTY (OR AT LEAST PRETEND TO)
DIY prints are trending hard for SS19 – from bleach-splattered denim to Moschino’s crayon scribbles. But this season really belongs to tie-dye. Want something unique but of-the-moment? Try it yourself.
Stella McCartney SS19
7. GO LARGE WITH YOUR GLASSES
The lab goggle gained catwalk momentum – and they don’t seem quite so out there when you consider those harmful UV rays. Offset with a pretty headband.
8. ADD AN ANKLET
Anklets have been gaining momentum for a while among the street-style set. The new way to wear? Over a statement sock. See Acne for a masterclass.
9. MASTER THE MINI
Skirt lengths have hovered around the mid-calf for the past few seasons. But this spring, raise your game – literally. Galvanised by the V&A’s forthcoming Mary Quant exhibition in London (opening 6 April), this season we suggest you dare to do a mini. Exploring the years between 1955 and 1975, the exhibition is the first international retrospective of the designer who epitomised the energy of Swinging Sixties London. Popularising the miniskirt, Mary Quant’s rebellious, convention-defying designs weren’t just fun, but ushered in an invigorated sense of liberation
in their wearers. “She dressed the liberated woman, freed from rules and regulations, and from dressing like their mothers,” enthuses co-curator Jenny Lister. “Her youthful, revolutionary clothes made British street style the global influence it remains today.”
10. BRING SOME ZING TO SPRING WITH CORAL
Living Coral is Pantone's colour of 2019, but juicy shades of orange and tomato also pack a punch now. Note: they look particularly vibrant paired with camel and navy.
Rejina Pyo SS19
11. MIMIC MIUCCIA
Note the unusual bracelet placement by Miuccia Prada when she accepted her Outstanding Achievement Award at the Fashion Awards. It's on the cusp of being a thing. Mark our words.
12. TAKE NOTE OF STREET STYLE TRENDS
The trends gaining traction of the catwalk? Clothes that say "I've got a job to do," and "I may look fabulous but look how hard I'm working!" Hence all things utilitarian - like boiler suits and bum bags - are go. There's a big dose of sartorial reality going on outside the shows, so trouser suits are big news (but check out those new muted shades) as well as long covered-up dresses that pack a pattern punch. Also, why are we still in love with the mac? Because it now comes with plenty of attitude- fabricated from shiny nylon or polished leather and accessorised with a mega belt. The colour codes du jour? See pastels. The new fabric to make your mark in? Satin.
13. WEAR A DRESS OVER TROUSERS
The new power couple: a dress worn over trousers. Shown on the catwalks at Altuzarra, JW Anderson and Gabriela Hearst, the layering tactic is easy to imitate with pieces you already own (not to mention a great way to debut summer dresses now).
Above (Acne Studios SS19, Altuzarra SS19, JW Anderson SS19, Gabriela Hearst SS19)
14. KNOW THEIR NAMES
The three designer names to drop this season? 1) Daniel Lee, new in at Bottega Veneta. A British Northerner and Central Saint Martins alumnus, Daniel, 32, hails from the school of Céline (he was Director of ready-to-wear for Phoebe Philo at old Céline) and his first Pre-Fall offering at the Italian house – divinely stripped back and intelligently fashion knowing – has got the Philophiles in a tizzy.
2) Another CSM graduate, Natasa Cagalj has a who’s-who CV – Cerruti, Lanvin, Stella McCartney – and has been the ultimate behind-the-scenes designer. Until September, when she sent out a fiercely rejuvenated Ports 1961 – her slouchy trouser suits with boho macramé trimmings made jaws drop. 3) Repeat after us: “Kwaidan Editions”. A London-based label that shows in Paris, it’s designed by partners-in-life Hung La and Léa Dickley. Their esoteric obsessions, such as motel décor and the work of David Lynch, translate into ultra-minimal, knife-sharp tailoring.
Above (Kwaidan Editions SS19, Ports 1961 SS19, Bottega Veneta SS19
15. RECONSIDER THE SKIRT SUIT
When Keira Knightley went to collect her OBE last month, she opted to wear Chanel Couture. While Haute Couture might be out of reach for most of us (sob), there was still a wearable takeaway from her Buckingham Palace look: the skirt suit. Long boxed into the executive realness category, this season the tailored two-piece is going out of office and offering a sharper alternative to a dress. Jaunty hat optional, but encouraged.
16. GO BIG OR GO HOME
Dresses that (almost) require their own car are set to be big news – huge in fact – this year. Forget sinuous slips and cute cocktail dresses, the unapologetically OTT gown is back. Marc Jacobs’ SS19 collection is leading the charge among the A-list: his souped-up saccharine-hued rules have already been worn by the likes of Zendaya and Tracee Ellis Ross (side note: might rules-on-steroids be this year’s most Instagrammable detail?). Elsewhere, Valentino’s sweeping silhouettes prove that volume can also appeal to the more minimally inclined. The patron saint of the spotlight-stealing gown? Jennifer Lopez in acres of a hot pink Giambattista Valli Couture ballgown. Too much – and that’s a compliment.
17. READ SUSAN SONTAG'S NOTES OF 'CAMP'
The seminal 1964 essay is the theme for this year’s Costume Institute exhibition – and for May’s Met Gala. The exhibition will include works by John Galliano, Versace and Gucci’s Alessandro Michele, co-host of the Gala with Lady Gaga, Serena Williams and Harry Styles.
• Visit metmuseum.org
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac 1988
18. STAY SUSTAINABLE
With sustainability at the forefront of fashion right now, vintage shopping has renewed appeal. For the best second-hand, but still much-loved and cared-for pieces on our shores, sign up for The Luxury Closet – a nirvana of pre-owned luxury brands from which you can buy and sell. Ick it is not.
• Visit theluxurycloset.com
19. ADD THESE MUSES TO YOUR REFERENCE BOARD
Above: Christian Dior SS19