SS20 key print: The disrupted stripe

SS20 stripes
Burberry, Moschino,. Moschino, Versace, MSGM

The stripe is a spring and summer classic and labels have embraced it for SS20 but with a twist (literally). These stripes are disrupted, off-kilter, broken, raw-edged and quirky.

They give a whole new feel to some of the classic items on which they’re found — after all, a preppy blazer can’t really be that preppy when the timeless stripe it comes with looks new and fresh. 

And new and fresh is what really matters here. The disrupted stripe is a great way to move on core items and volume basics for everyday wear, as well as adding a new edge to beach separates and a more dressed-down feel in line with the casual mood that we’re seeing for many evening pieces.

SS20 Stripes
Alberta Ferretti, Benetton, Benetton, Light & Shadow, Sara Battaglia

Sometimes it’s subtle as with Philosophy’s stripes that don’t set out to be anything other than the standard variety, but worked in a slubby herringbone, they have an irregular edge. And at other times, it’s less about chopping up or twisting the stripe and more about the way the garment is cut and draped, or the simple act of putting different stripes together in irregular combos.

Whichever way you choose, it’s one of the stories that’s ultra commercial and therefore likely to make more of an impact at retail than many of the higher-profile trends we’ve seen this Fashion Month.