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August 12, 2019

Amazing trends for 2020 you need to know about

By: Luke

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We’ve worked with designers, makers and all sorts of creatives for decades, so we understand you’re always looking to the future for your next big idea. That’s why in this post, we round up a few trends to keep your eye on and reveal the real-life inspiration behind each one. Keep reading to discover your new favourite aesthetic.. 


Everyone’s favourite TV show

If you haven’t binged watched Stranger Things on Netflix yet, what have you been doing? 


The drama about a squad of plucky kids and their often-creepy small town is steeped in americana and nostalgia in equal measures. The best bit? It’s set in the early 1980s and is packed with references to all your fave retro trends, tunes and flicks. 


And it seems as though designers have taken note. Isabel Marant and Saint Laurent have looked at punks for inspiration, while Chanel and Gucci have gone all out 80s for their silhouettes. You’ll even find gargantuan shoulder pads at Balenciaga, so it’s only a matter of time before the decade of questionable taste trickles down to the high street. 


The glamour of days gone by 

As always, the trends of 2020 will be informed by the past. We love it when old trends roll around and garments become timeless classics and next season will be no different. 


In 2020 expect to see traditionally high-end prints such as houndstooth and check, paired with extravagant shearling coats and brocade patterned suits. That’s if the runways at Burberry, Celine and Chloe are anything to go by. 


Essentially, it seems 2020 will be the year of layered fabrics and clashing patterns. So don’t be afraid to get loud and proud with your designs!


That ZARA dress everyone has

Now, this is more of a musing than an actual 2020 trend forecast. Here goes… 


We’ve all seen at least three (dozen) people wearing it. It’s even got its own Instagram account. Yep, it’s that oh-so-versatile, super-spotty ZARA smock dress. 


When anything goes viral, it’s almost guaranteed to be replicated. And because this dress seems to suit people of all shapes, sizes and ages there’s probably never been a better time to put your twist on the smock silhouette – or add your flair to the quintessential polka dot. 


We think designers would be wise to replicate ZARA’s formula to success in 2020 (even better if you can take inspiration from the polka dot dress in a more sustainable, eco-friendly way!) in order to see customers flocking back for more. 

What’s on your 2020 mood board?

If you’ve started stitching and sketching your way into the new year, we’d love to hear how you’re getting on. Send us a photo of your studio or tag us in a sneaky snap of a new design – we love celebrating the creativity of designers everywhere.

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