Whether you watch fashion week via your spot on the front row or via your spot on the couch, if you’re a fashion lover you know that the new season collections set the tone for what we’ll be wearing next. When they start rolling in every style-swooner gets a feverish flutter, inspired to renovate their coming-season look and embody a new-wave of fashion most fabulous.
And while some shows have you diary-dating the exact moment collections drop in stores (see you in late January, Zimmermann!) others send you racing to your existing wardrobe to dig out pieces you already own and pay stylish homage to the looks immediately.
So, here are six spring summer 2019 looks direct from New York, London and Milan giving us jump-out-of-bed excitement that you can recreate for your day-to-day and after-hours right now.
Fendi’s bow-down take on bike shorts
Hot off the runway today, Mr. Largerfeld’s spring summer 2019 show is further proof that Fendi is an It-label worthy of its zeitgeist. A collection equal parts utilitarian and fancifully fashiony, this could just be the collection of the season. Voluminous office-chic ensembles walked alongside sheer romantic floral dresses with smatterings of new-wave athleisure. Total wearability with just the right amount of kooky-cool. Our pick? Bella in this shirt and bike short look, complete with the modern fashionista’s tool belt. Just, yes.
How to recreate it now: Take 1 oversized short-sleeve button-up shirt that falls below the hips; 1 pair of navy or black bike shorts; 1 pair of OTT specs or sunglasses; 1 pair of comfy black heeled pumps; 1 belt-bag worn cinched around the shirt.
Brandon Maxwells’ New Polished Prep
There was much talk about Maxwell’s New York show this year, both because of its glamorous ode to his Texan heritage and because of its crisp, slick, timeless wearability. This collection was one we can actually wear…and want to wear. Especially this one. The strikingly simple unbuttoned collared white shirt worn with silky, mint green trousers. It’s sexy, pretty and just the right amount of ’80s.
How to recreate it now: 1 white business or casual white shirt (unbuttoned, sleeves rolled), 1 pair of trousers (worn low and loose in any pastel or bright colour), 1 long pendant necklace, 2 chain bracelets (extra point for fob styles!) and 1 pair of open-toe heeled sandals. Brush your hair and pop on some top liner to finish the look.
Zimmermann’s Everything but especially the floating paisley maxi
As soon as the Zimmermann SS19 show opened the socials went into meltdown. Every. Single. Look. was a showstopper that Zimm-lovers could see themselves wearing on that European holiday they might be only taking in their dreams. The paisley prints, the ruffled ra-ra skirts, the safari-style belts all inspired by Aussie 70s cult TV-show Number 96. If we have to choose one, then let’s go with the mustard paisley silk maxi shirt dress. Worn basically unbuttoned, cinched with a tonal belt and worn with deliciously chic (and comfy) trainers. The extra reason we love it? The peekaboo from matching swimwear beneath.
How to recreate it now: 1 maxi shirt-dress worn mostly unbuttoned, preferably with long sleeves (extra points for a vintage print); 1 waist-cinching belt; 1 maillot or bikini briefs in a tonal colour or print; 1 long silver earring; 1 pair of white low-rise trainers. Give yourself a generous splash of body illuminator and you’re Santorini-ready.
The Lotsa-Fabric Full Skirt look from JW Anderson
JW Anderson went strong on three things this season: fabric volume, white boots and headscarves. This means its also just ever so slightly pirate-chic, and we’re digging it. And, with the hit that was white boots over winter, we love a frugal excuse to repurpose. This is the perfect look for a casual workplace or a trans-seasonal event. Just imagine all this beautiful fabric flowing in the breeze on the back of a boat cruise come mid-spring, your hair remaining calmly controlled. So chic, so practical! Or maybe just on the jetty, but whatever.
How to recreate it now: 1 full-length A-line skirt in linen or denim or cotton that belts at the waist; 1 oversized tee or lightweight knit tucked in; 1 pair of white ankle boots; 1 piece of white or black fabric tied around your head. Go with extremely minimal make-up.
Tome’s collegiate-meets-resort look
Another sensational Australian label making waves on the international scene, TOME NYC is undeniably and unfalteringly chic. Season after season the design duo create pieces that are both aspirational and wearable. Their show this year was refreshing both in breezy style and model diversity. Women from a wide range of ages, sizes and backgrounds presented the range of elegant resort-inspired ready-to-wear. We’ll be snapping up the real deal just as soon as it’s available.
How to recreate it now: 1 long line blazer preferably in a pinstripe with sleeves rolled to elbows; 1 light-weight pastel or white shirt; 1 summery wrap or simple skirt in a colour matching, or tonal to, the shirt; 1 pair of resort-ready embellished slides; Some holiday-style jewellery such as ear cuffs or detailed long earrings.
Burberry’s decadent revival of simple sophistication
There’s no doubt that Riccardo Tisci’s debut for Burberry was met with plentiful anticipation followed by subsequent speculation. And while reviews have been polar, one thing is for sure, his collection is one of supreme sophistication and timeless style. It will no doubt be a sell-out among fashionable professionals and lovers of high quality classicism. Our pick? This redux of the classic, sexy cami-and-leather look, perfect for a chic restaurant date where all eyes will be on you.
How to recreate it now: 1 silky lacy camisole or slip; 1 brown or tan leather pencil skirt (must be well-fitted); 1 pair of matching leather heels; 1 pair of understated but extremely elegant earrings (think pearls or diamonds). Make skin glowy and add a rosy lip.