Our Favourite Looks from the Spring/Summer 2020 Couture Runway

April & Alex

Posted on February 14 2020

Our Favourite Looks from the Spring/Summer 2020 Couture Runway

 Favourite Looks from SS20 

From Givenchy, Schiaparelli and Bouchra Jarrar to Valentino and more, Haute Couture is where the best of the best exhibit their mastery of fine dressmaking, bringing together intricate handiwork, ancient techniques, delicate embroideries and impeccable construction. We've rounded up some of our favourite shows of the Spring 2020 Haute Couture Season, and also drew plenty of inspiration for our wardrobes!



This spring, Valentino went for structured dresses with sharp lines which included fishtails, intricate ruching, strong infusions of bold colour and pattern clashes. Indeed a fascinating and different avenue for the Italian maison.

One of our favourite looks was a voluminous, ruffled bright red skirt worn with a baby blue panelled blouse — an excellent example of how to play with contrasts in both lines and colour. 


 (Photo: Alessandro Lucioni / Gorunway.com)


To borrow from this idea for the day-to-day, pair a top like our Arc Sleeved Blouse with straight cut jeans or trousers. The round effect of the sleeves and ruched details will contrast beautifully with the vertical lines of your bottom half. If you love the mix of swirl patterns and colours check out our Long Sleeve Wool Mini Dress, it's the perfect casual take on this trend. 



The starting point for Givenchy's sublime collection was a flower garden, which was inspired by Clos Fiorentina, a house Hubert de Givenchy owned. The floral inspiration was evident in the variety of sumptuous shapes, which included delicate buds on a voluminous white gown, impeccable silk tailoring and tulle that bloomed like a flower. 


(Alessandro Lucioni / Gorunway.com)


One standout look was a black, belted dress shaped like a tulip above the waist; another was a check print voluminous top with oversized flounces paired with white cigarette trousers.


(Alessandro Lucioni / Gorunway.com)


To emulate this couture idea with your casual wardrobe, try our Sexy Mesh Bodysuit with a pencil skirt or slim-fit trousers. 



We also loved Schiaparelli's amazing statement pieces this season. They were an ode to the modern-day woman but also had plenty of fun details that reminded us of the cheeky nature of Elsa Schiaparelli herself. For example, there were winking eyes and trompe l'oeil candelabra, which contrasted beautifully with slouchy trouser suits and dresses.


(Photo: Isidore Montag / Gorunway.com)


Albeit couture, this collection had many 'casual' wear pieces to get us inspired. For instance, cropped jackets, wide-legged trousers and Greek goddess-inspired dresses with sexy cutouts.

At April & Alex we're also fans of strategic cutouts, to show a bit of skin, and playing with asymmetry. Take for example our Long Sleeve Velvet Midi Dress with openwork lace and asymmetric hem; it's elegant and full of intricate details. For its part our Red Evening Dress features a sexy mesh-held layered skirt, which shows just the right amount of leg, while its voluminous ruffles add to the couture feel. 


Bouchra Jarrar

If you're a fan of the uncomplicated yet very stylish French allure, look no further than Bouchra Jarrar. Her couture collection was primarily inspired by menswear and offered fabulous suiting options. However, there were also some noteworthy edgy pieces, like a patent, padded sleeveless puffer vest, a black biker jacket and lavish feather details. 


(Alessandro Lucioni / Gorunway.com)


If you want to convey couture glamour with menswear suiting inspiration, our one-shoulder mini dress is truly a game-changer. Pair it up with a long sleeve top or a cutout bodysuit as we did and all eyes will be on you!


Dice Kayek

Two other brands worth mentioning, although they presented pre-fall 2020 collections and not couture, are Dice Kayek and Ellery. We loved Dice Kayek because of its genius contrast of men's suiting and volume. A standout look was a blouse with billowing sleeves and a peplum waistcoat.


(Photo: Bojana Tatarska / Dice Kayek) 



Ellery's impeccable layering and juxtaposition of shapes and textures was a reminder of how much fun you can have mixing and matching essential pieces.


(Photo: Kym Ellery)


We're also fans of layering and playing with textures. Our Two-Piece single-breasted jacket is an excellent example of superposition of garments. Meanwhile, the Funky Two-Colour Suit and Black Pinstripe Blazer with Denim are a different take on the classic office attire.

Give them a try!

Falling in love with dreamy Haute Couture runway happens to everyone, but now you know that emulating its elegance is not that difficult once you find the right pieces and inspiration. 

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