Just as we were looking back at London Fashion Week, sad news shocked the whole world. At the beginning of Milan Fashion Week, on February 19, Karl Lagerfeld died in Paris at the age of 85. He was a pioneer, an all-round talented eccentric. The German fashion designer, illustrator, photographer, author and interior designer (and so much more) was one of the reasons why the history of fashion has become what it is today: a reflector of society and personality in a sartorial, exciting kind of way. Something very, very special. With this in mind, let’s make it a nostalgic, but also a curious recap of the fashion trends for the upcoming fall/winter season 2019/20.
1. LFW & MFW Fall/Winter 2019/20 Trend: Colorful Monochrome Outfits
We love the monochrome trend! Even though the styling of outfits within one color scheme may seem a bit daring at first, it’s definitely worth a try. Just go for your favorite color and you will see how great the complete outfit will look in the end. For fall/winter 2019/20, several designers from London and Milan Fashion Weeks showed how powerful the trend of monochrome looks actually is. Whether you prefer it in a more muted beige tone ensemble, such as Roland Mouret and No.21 showed it, or in bright colors such Max Mara, Versace or Emilio Pucci presented their looks during Milan Fashion Week. At Emporio Armani, almost half of the collection was about a gaudy all-over red.
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2. LFW & MFW Fall/Winter 2019/20 Trend: Grandma's and Grandpa's Knit Sweaters
Scratchy, checked or strange colors – this is probably how you would imagine a typical sweater of your grandparents. Formerly considered as uncool and nerdy, this season, the designers of London and Milan Fashion Weeks showed how to wear the knit sweater trend in a new and modern way. For a female and sophisticated silhouette, J.W. Anderson presented the knit sweater in an oversized version with a belt around the waist. Victoria Beckham combined it with a pencil skirt and leopard printed over-the-knee boots.
Speaking of knit, you cannot skip the Italian brand Missoni, of course. Once again, creative director Silvia Missoni proved with her fall/winter 2019 collection the ultimate uniqueness of knit: the maxi dress with shiny lurex threads and a V-neck collar was a justification that knit will be a never-ending fashion staple – even if it comes in a grandparents’ mood. At the same time, Tod's spiced up the trend with a casual leather vest. And for Gucci, the “bad taste” trend (we all know it is actually great taste) has come just perfectly. But obviously, creative director Alessandro Michele wouldn’t do it like anyone else but instead, he added in a cool punk inspired note.
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3. LFW & MFW Fall/Winter 2019/20 Trend: The Versatile Trench Coats
The trench coat. It has been the one and only traditional piece of the British fashion house Burberry. But apparently, the classy everyday piece has become an essential part of the collections of various labels over time. For the fall/winter collections 2019/20, however, the designers of London and Milan Fashion Week proved that the classic can definitely be interpreted new ways over and over again. They experimented with different materials, patterns and colors. In London, Simone Rocha opted for transparent materials, while Burberry’s creative Ricardo Tisci updated the signature piece with patches. More inspiring trench coat designs could be seen at Milan Fashion Week: with quilted sleeves at Versace, in a checked version at Stella Jean. And at Salvatore Ferragamo, the autumn staple even reminded of a scarf.
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4.LFW & MFW Fall/Winter 2019/20 Trend: Countryside Style
Broad fields, warming sunshine and, depending on the season, leaves on the ground or a dreamy view over a wide meadow of flowers. These thoughts definitely make us want to stroll around in the beautiful countryside. For a matching outfit, the collections from London and Milan Fashion Weeks definitely showed lots of inspiration. Emilia Wickstead opted for a brown long coat. The London based fashion icon and designer Alexa Chung chose a corduroy dress and styled it with a dogtooth blazer coat. At Vivienne Westwood, the models, aka activists like Rose McGowan, who were speaking about over-consumption, climate change and democracy while walking down the runway definitely raised awareness. Even though preaching to buy less while showing a collection that is meant to be sold well, seems a bit ironic. Nevertheless, the all-over Glencheck-printed looks including statement bags underlined the clear attitude of the British label in a typical countryside style.
At Milan Fashion Week, the models walked down the catwalk in rather simple looks: Agnona showed the countryside trend as a statement scarf, while Etro concentrated on dogtooth checks in brown tones. Even Miuccia Prada incorporated the countryside style in her fall/winter 2019/20 collection by pairing a brown vest with a blue shirt underneath. Last but not least, all eyes were on Fendi since it was the last collection co-designed by Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturi Fendi. Several looks clearly stood for a trip to the countryside. Nevertheless, the rural style works just as perfectly in the city – and it might happen that trend even calms down the hectic everyday-life routines.