Summer 2020 is the triumph of all kinds of prints. Here there's a selection of patterns showed on the Spring/Summer 2020 Ready-to-Wear catwalks happened in September 2019. The variety of designs proposed provides an endless number of colourful statement garments. The combination of lively motifs and fabulous fabrics is the winning combo for trendy outfits. There are two certainties for this summer's fashion: flowered clothes are a MUST, and pattern mix matches are no longer in style. Unlike last season, the designers opted for more sober and individually used prints. Here is an overview of the coolest graphics for the hot months.
Floral prints are considered a leitmotif present almost every summer, but this year, there are dozens of floral variations. Among the varieties of flower-themed patterns, there is the vintage style. Floral designs with a retro taste and little saturated colours tread Oscar de la Renta, Dior, and Marc Jacobs' catwalks. Anna Sui, Paco Rabanne, and Giambattista Valli opted for soft fabrics and delicate small blossoms. These tiny coloured decorations, if seen from far away they look like polka dots, but actually, they are often pink flowers. Without half measures, these cute buds lay on pastel or black backgrounds. Many other designers shared this choice, such as Givenchy and Alexander McQueen, who often offer stylised flowers on sexy and slightly transparent clothes. Eventually, there are bright floral prints with equally colourful backgrounds. Erdem proposed almost glossy fabrics and soft silhouettes, which envelop the body without excessively revealing its shapes.
2. RED ROSES
Make way for roses, the queens of flowers deserve a unique position in this prints hit parade. For example, Chloé plays with roses in two opposing ways. The first proposal is a graceful white outfit with a slightly balloon-shaped skirt looking like a soft cloud. Above it there a short-sleeved top that adheres only to the lower part of the belly, and then becomes looser on the chest and shoulders. A stretch of little red roses graciously covers the top. Other two corsets feature the same print. The first has shoulder straps. While the second is more alluring and matches a pair of black leather shorts creating an exciting contrast of styles. Moving to Milan, Antonio Marras designed various outfits with an eye-catching red-roses applied on a layer of very delicate and pastel-coloured blossoms. The juxtaposition is made even more particular with many inserts of black lace. At the same time, the British Richard Quinn offers theatrical outfits. The giant red rose print matches different yet equally intriguing shapes. The well-known model Erin O'Connor shows off wearing a long dress down to the foot. The same pattern adorns two mermaid dresses embracing the body, enhancing its shapes. This sensuality also enhances attires with multicoloured flower prints, including red roses, embellished with feathers and layers of fluffy tulle.
3. JUNGLE CRAZE
Natural elements are a predominant part of summer 2020 fashion. Tropical-themed prints with lots of exotic animals are a touch of exoticism, sometimes ironic. Dolce & Gabbana presents prints with flowers, plants and fun snouts of zebras, giraffes and parrots. Valentino shows mainly exotic green patterns styled on pink, black, red or lime backgrounds. While Versace decidedly prefers green and very saturated colours. Donatella Versace for summer 2020 offers a throwback to 2000. Jennifer Lopez has walked the catwalk wearing a new interpretation of the dress she had worn at the Grammy Awards 2000. Opposite to the daring and robust style of Versace, there's always Giorgio Armani. For this season he combines tropical leaves and blue backgrounds. Armani uses a single diffuse tropic-style print characterised by only two colours: blue and pink. The slightly shaded effect of the leaves recalls the Japanese tie-dye techniques.
Japanese dyeing methods, like itajime shibori, a shaped-resist technique certainly inspired Dior's collection. The result is a series of stunning geometrical effects. Alberta Ferretti uses the tie-dye print for small blue decorations fading to white on orange pumpkin backgrounds. Longchamp creates spectacular shades of pink on a knee-length dress in light and pleated fabric. Lastly, Versace plays with tie-dye and bright shades of green, purple and pink applied on tights, long-sleeved shirts and sweatshirts.
5. BOHEMIAN GIRL
In addition to the tie-dye, another inspiration from the 1970s is the bohemian style. Geometric and oriental-inspired prints like mandalas and paisley pattern decorate long and short soft sleeved dresses. The Italian brand Etro shows a feast of bohemian dresses with inlaid big-belted leather belts to emphasise the waist. Anna Sui uses 70s prints on semi-transparent dresses often decorated with ruffles on the neck and cuffs. Also, Erdem opts for bohemian style and plays with very tiny floral and geometric motifs. The yellow proposal is a maxi skirt with a fitted blazer and ribbons on the cuffs. The green one is again a long skirt matched with a short sleeves ruffled blouse. The interesting fact of these outfits is that they look like dresses if seen from far away.
Sacai and Lela Rose celebrate the globetrotter lifestyle. The first proposed spectacular globe-style pattern in both black and white and colour prints. Sacai globe-shaped bag tied on the wrist is an extraordinary, playful idea. Lela Rose pays homage to New York by depicting its skyline and a park, probably Central Park, with the Big Apple skyscrapers in the background. Also, Christopher Kane uses the globetrotter theme. However, he combines it with the support of environmental causes. His collection title is 'Eco-Sexual', and several outfits have large size print of planets. Indeed, some sweatshirts feature also the collection's name, making the combination eco-sustainability and sensuality remarkable.
7. PSYCHEDELIC SHAPES
Kane for this the summer season hasn't indeed chosen prints that go unnoticed. Another type of pattern he used is a spherical motif on orange shades, which creates a psychedelic effect. Also, Halpern plays with rounded geometric motifs, but with contrasting colours. A sinuous print in shades of red and teal completely envelops a suit and a long strapless dress. In both cases, the hypnotic pattern amazes the eye creating a magnificent play of colours. Alberta Ferretti created two psychedelic prints that resemble the wings of a butterfly. These colourful prints seem to fly on graceful fabrics. 8. POLKA DOTS
In psychedelic prints, geometric shapes chase each other convolutedly and once worn, they come to life, producing a succession of moving colours. Instead, this season polka dots are a big trend, and they appear in the classic black and white version. Sacai proposes two black and white layered outfits. One features a light background, mini and medium-size dots, and sensual transparency on the decoltè. Simultaneously, the dark attire has the same motifs but a see-through skirt and a deep neckline. Carolina Herrera runway features six black and white outfits with this evergreen combination of polka dots. Five attires are suitable for everyday occasions, while one is a stunning white tulle gown with a single sleeve and big black polka dots. Without the peachy pink underskirt used on the runway, this would be a very see-through theatrical dress. Dries Van Noten uses this classic pattern sometimes mixed and matched with other prints, like flowers and animal prints creating bold outfits. Nevertheless, there are two full polka dots outfits. The first one is a long black trench with giant white dots, and the matched handbag has smaller points. The latter proposal is a black dress with a series of sparse white dots.
Stella McCartney proposes stripes in the basic black and white version. She plays with the direction of the pattern, a baggy pair of trousers the lines are vertical, but they become horizontal on the belt. Whilst a blouse features the stripes in three directions, creating almost a hypnotising effect. For Longchamp, it's OK to mix and match garments with different style stripes. Many outfits feature striped shorts and blouses, and these are matched even if the patterns are not identical. The result is a combination of contrasting geometries. While Louis Vuitton mainly chooses thin decorations, almost resembling threads. A couple of outfits instead have a pattern with different thickness lines, creating a dynamic effect.
After polka dots and lines, another evergreen among the prints is tartan. This pattern is usually associated with the cold season and heavy fabrics. However, summer 2020 makes this pattern fresh and delicate. As for Thom Browne tartan is revisited in different versions of pastel-coloured tweed. Dior instead shows a stylised black plaid motif on a beige background. Tartan garments match summer taste straw hats. Eventually, Carolina Herrera gathers many colour variations of tartan, but always with a sober and chic look. Jackets with large balloon sleeves, short skirts and wrapping dresses feature a cream and black or cream and powder blue plaid pattern. Even the large-buckle belts are in tartan and therefore are barely noticeable.
Summer is the right season for print lovers, and they can indulge themselves in colourful and never dull outfits. The multitude of patterns proposed for summer 2020 is genuinely crazy from the most classic, but revisited, flower prints, to newer ones like globe graphics. The garments of this season maintain more uncomplicated silhouettes to emphasise their colourful and designed fabrics. Everyone will wear something flowery, and for the most adventurous, there are exotic motifs, even depicting animals snouts. While for the more sober tastes, there is a wide choice of geometric designs. Summer is right around the corner, so it's better to open the wardrobe and see what can be added to show off the most creative outfits.