NYFW Spring / Summer 2020 Trend Report

If you happened to be in New York last week, you might’ve noticed an influx of photographers, well dressed people, and FASHION. That’s because New York Fashion Week for Spring / Summer 2020 just seized the city and the world from September Friday, September 6th – Wednesday, September 11th. With an atypically concentrated schedule of shows this year, your head might be spinning more than usual. It’s a lot to take in, I know. Lucky for you, I’ve been stalking out the shows and the trends that have emerged for spring / summer 2020! 
Leg of Mutton Sleeve 
You’re confused, yet intrigued, about the name of this trend. I get it. A “leg of mutton sleeve” is the name for a voluminous gathering of fabric at the upper arm that tapers to a tight fit from the elbow to the wrist. You may not have known what it was called, but you’ve definitely seen this sleeve silhouette before...and you certainly will come spring / summer 2020.  The runways were littered with this sleeve, which is a little softer than the 80’s shoulder padding trend we spotted on the runways of fashion week fall / winter 2019.  Badgley MischkaVera Wang, Anna Sui, and Batsheva all shed some light on this sleeve in their shows. 

I have to say, I’m not all too surprised by this trend. Puffed shoulders are ~a look~, but with fashion icons like Danielle Bernstein rocking some serious puffs on the reg, they’ve become much less matronly!  

Image via @weworewhat 

 Polka Dots 
Someone call the 101 dalmatians, their dots have been stolen by a bunch of NYFW designers! (I couldn’t resist, I’m so sorry for the cringing I may have just induced). Nevertheless, I’m excited about this one! As a fan of a good polka dot print, I was delighted to see shows like Michael Kors Collection, Carolina Herrera, Marc Jacobs, and Tory Burch all featuring eye-popping polka dots.  

One thing I love about fashion is that it’s not just about frivolous fabrics and accessories. What we wear reflects the zeitgeist of the world we live in (yup, I did indeed pull out an SAT word 😉). During this NYFW there was a note of America-in-mind design that seemed to underscore feelings about the state of our country. This Americana theme was prevalent in shows like the Michael Kors Collection, which was chock full of red white and blue and even featured some star-spangled designs. Jonathan Cohen echoed a similar patriotic sentiment, and Pyer Moss was a bit more abrasive with his “vote or die” tank. Prabal Gurung also included splashes of red white and blue throughout his collection, but adorned each model with a sash that read, “Who gets to be American?” during the finale of the show. Heavy stuff, right? Who said fashion was all fluff?!  


Stay tuned next week to see how we, over here at Anjé, celebrated NYFW! And keep your eyes peeled as London, Milan, and Paris have their fashion weeks...New York was only the appetizer 😉. 

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