Women’s suiting was the biggest trend to come off the Autumn/Winter 2019 runways as it not only asserted new styles of tailoring but also provided the template for many of this season’s other trends: ‘70s bourgeois, colour saturation, and leather. In terms of reinventing the silhouette, two approaches emerged: sharp, angular cuts (Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Peter Do) and shapely hourglass curves (Balenciaga, Mugler, Givenchy) — the common denominator is wide, statement shoulders that play with proportions and augment confidence levels.
As for materials, there was a resurgence of the sepia-toned and checker print textiles reminiscent of ‘70s bourgeois, as well as the corporate grey pinstripes of Wall Street, this time rendered in looser, billowing fits that curtail the usual austerity of office dress-codes. Leather was also big this season, making an especially compelling case for sleekness when tailored as coordinating blazers and trousers. And, last but not least, is this season’s widespread saturation high, offering every colour in the rainbow ranging from electric neons to rich jewel tones.