Gigi Hadid accentuates the positive, she dressed in spring’s exuberant prints and girlish shapes in the sweetest, most sherbety hues.
Dolce & Gabbana
Model Gigi Hadid wears a Dolce & Gabbana silk printed shirt-select Dolce & Gabbana stores.
The country-western twang of this breezy dress, with its appliquéd flowers and charming doily collar, casts our modern moment in a Technicolor glow—as much enamored with the past as looking forward to the future. Marc Jacobs crochet-trimmed cotton dress. Stephen Jones for Marc Jacobs hat.
“When designing,” Silvia Venturini Fendi says, “I start with simple things, like an emotion, for instance: an emotion of a sunny day, when you really feel you are free, ready to go out and meet people, and you are optimistic toward life.” Hadid makes an ideal muse, clad in a Fendi glazed canvas coat.
For a collection inspired by the Belle Époque, Nicolas Ghesquière’s vision for spring 2020 had a surprising amount to say about the here and now. Big sleeves and short skirts spoke to both the shifting gears of women’s liberation in 19th-century France and the desire today to dress for oneself. Hadid steps lightly in a Louis Vuitton belted dress, bag, and shoes; select Louis Vuitton stores.
Embedded in Ralph Lauren’s all-American ethos is an unwavering authenticity—the kind that sees one throw a colorful slip dress over a plain white tee (and think nothing of accessorizing with a flamingo). “I’ve always believed optimism was the core value of the American spirit and provides a kind of energy to propel our lives forward in so many positive ways,” he says. Ralph Lauren Collection satin dress; select Ralph Lauren stores.
Of course, Miuccia Prada is right when she says that “the person should be more important than the clothes”—but when tailoring as strong as this meets a sweet motif and a graphic play of colors (electric orange! shiny teal!), the pressure is on.
“It’s a claim for freedom—a joyful riot emerging through a kaleidoscope of bright colors and fluid lines, and it’s imbued with a profound sense of humanity.” This is how Francesco Risso describes his spring collection, which riffs intelligently on an environment in crisis. Inspired by the energy of protest, his clothes, which use a blend of upcycled and organic textiles, have his belief in positive change sewn right into them.
Versace’s famous jungle print in a pretty new colorway? That’s something worth smiling about. “Colors are life,” Donatella Versace says. “Anywhere you see colors, there’s an intrinsic sense of joy.”