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AW20 Trends: Shine on

Sandra Halliday
25 February 2020

If there was one thing that came across clearly from the first week of Fashion Month, it was that shimmer, shine or a more subtle lustre will all be key for the season ahead.

And it’s a trend that should make its presence felt both for after-dark — when shimmer is always a favourite finish — and daytime too.

Designers chose the obvious way to shine with perennial favourite — sequins — being a key feature for skirts on the runways. But there were more surprising glints too with fine metallic fibres that dazzled their way down the runways (looking great as fluid fringes), or meshes of crystals and fine knits with sparkle crocheted in.

And while the obvious gold and silver were the leading colour directions, these shimmering pieces also came in all the other colour stories that the season has embraced from power pinks to must-have blues.

Oscar de la Renta, Tom Ford, See by Chloé, Longchamp, Oscar de la Renta, Elie Tahari

But shine doesn’t have to be quite so obvious. It’s interesting that designers have also been working with it for cocktail wear and even day looks in a more subtle lustre. The popularity of velvet for AW20/21 gave us a lustrous touch as the use of silk and viscose velvets in cocktail pieces and daywear made the most of the way light plays off their surfaces.

Casual satins or moiré also exploited f the way light affects fabrics while shine made a big impact on outerwear too as high-shine leathers (or vegan leathers) in brights or dares added shine that contrasted with the matte of shearling collars and cuffs.

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