Large handbags and space age-inspired style predicted to trend in 2020

Extra-large handbags and space age-inspired items are expected to be among the top trends for 2020.As part of their annual Year in Fashion report, analysts at Lyst have looked at data, queries, page views, and sales metrics across six million fashion p…

Extra-large handbags and space age-inspired items are expected to be among the top trends for 2020.

As part of their annual Year in Fashion report, analysts at Lyst have looked at data, queries, page views, and sales metrics across six million fashion products from over 12,000 online stores as well as the global media coverage and social media mentions generated by the biggest brands and trends.

Looking to the next year, they have predicted that big bags, such as those often sported by The Row designers Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, are about to make a major comeback.

“This year we reported that the average surface area of a handbag had shrunk by 40 per cent driven by the trend for mini bags,” a Lyst representative commented. “For 2020, we predict a return to the XL shoppers of the 2000s, in particular, new soft leather styles by the likes of Little Liffner and The Row.”

Space age-inspired garments are predicted to be huge too, especially items made with holographic fabrics and space suit-like outerwear, and with the Olympic and Paralympic Games taking place in Tokyo next summer, the analysts expect a resurgence in Harajuku street style and cult Japanese contemporary labels like Sacai and Undercover.

Political fashion is anticipated to continue trending for the next year, while the fashion brands to keep an eye out for include Rotate by Birger Christensen, GCDS, ALYX, Marine Serre, and Cecilie Bahnsen.

Meanwhile, the accessories that enjoyed a revival during 2019 included Teva sandals, jelly shoes, clogs, Dr. Martens boots, and the Fendi baguette bag.

“One of the original ‘It’ bags, searches for the Fendi Baguette were up 138 per cent year on year, with the menswear versions also selling out across multiple retailers shortly after their release,” they added.

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex crowned Most Powerful Dresser of 2019

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has been named the Most Powerful Dresser of 2019.As part of their annual Year in Fashion report, analysts at Lyst have looked at data, queries, page views, and sales metrics across six million fashion products from over 12,000…

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has been named the Most Powerful Dresser of 2019.

As part of their annual Year in Fashion report, analysts at Lyst have looked at data, queries, page views, and sales metrics across six million fashion products from over 12,000 online stores as well as the global media coverage and social media mentions generated by the biggest brands and trends.

As part of this research, they also rounded up the 10 celebrities whose personal style choices have driven the biggest spikes over the last 12 months, and crowned Meghan, 38, in the number one spot.

“Meghan Markle was the most powerful dresser of 2019 and her outfits sparked, on average, a 216 per cent increase in searches for similar pieces,” a Lyst representative commented of the royal, who wed Britain’s Prince Harry in May 2018. “After she wore five different shirt dresses on the royal tour of South Africa, searches for the category grew 45 per cent over a month. The Club Monaco dress sold out in less than 24 hours, following a 570 per cent spike in searches and wearing a J Crew skirt saw a 102 per cent increase in searches for the brand.”

Timothee Chalamet landed in second place in the category, while Zendaya came third. Rounding out the top 10 was Billie Eilish, Cardi B, Lisa of K-pop band Blackpink, Kylie Jenner, Lizzo, Harry Styles, and Billy Porter.

“Billy Porter was responsible for some of the most talked-about red carpet moments of the year. When he wore a custom tuxedo-gown by Christian Siriano to the Oscars, searches for the designer increased 101 per cent in 24 hours,” the spokesperson added of the Pose star.

Sustainability and inclusivity were among the main movements in the fashion world, with the breakout brands including Bottega Veneta, Pyer Moss, Jacquemus, Paco Rabanne, Molly Goddard, Richard Quinn, Saks Potts, and Telfar.

Bottega Veneta’s The Pouch bag and Stretch sandals garnered the most interest when it came to accessories, with Gucci’s GG logo belt, Jacquemus’ Le Chiquito Bag, and Prada’s bucket hat completing the top five in the category.

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Bottega Veneta’s The Pouch handbag crowned ‘most-wanted’ item of 2019

Bottega Veneta’s popular The Pouch handbag has been named as the “most-wanted” item of 2019.As part of their annual Year in Fashion report, analysts at Lyst have looked at data, queries, page views, and sales metrics across six million fashion products…

Bottega Veneta’s popular The Pouch handbag has been named as the “most-wanted” item of 2019.

As part of their annual Year in Fashion report, analysts at Lyst have looked at data, queries, page views, and sales metrics across six million fashion products from over 12,000 online stores as well as the global media coverage and social media mentions generated by the biggest brands and trends.

As part of this research, they also rounded up the pieces that have driven the biggest spikes over the last 12 months, and crowned The Pouch purse in the top spot.

“Bottega Veneta’s The Pouch bag has sparked more than 10,000 views a month since its launch,” a Lyst representative commented. “Page views increased 297 per cent on Lyst in September. The bag was seen on editors, celebrities, and influencers worldwide; Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Instagrammed it 39 times in the space of three months.”

Since Daniel Lee joined Bottega Veneta in June 2018, the Italian fashion house has undergone a huge revamp, with the designer winning acclaim for his minimalist designs and Stretch sandals, which immediately sold out upon release following the launch of the label’s pre-fall 2019 collection.

Accordingly, the Stretch sandals followed in second place on Lyst’s round-up, with Gucci’s GG logo belt in third, and Jacquemus’ Le Chiquito bag in fourth. Other sought-after pieces included Prada’s logo bucket hat, Louis Vuitton’s Multi Pochette bag, Ganni’s Checked Seersucker Midi Dress, Sandy Liang’s Fleece Jacket, Weekday’s Rowe Sky Blue Jeans, and Gucci’s GG Supreme Messenger bag.

Elsewhere, the Alexander McQueen oversized sneakers topped the list of Hottest Women’s Products in the first quarter of 2019.

“Searched every two minutes on Lyst, they were the brand’s bestselling product this year,” a spokesperson added.

The top collaborations were between Off-White x IKEA, Sacai x Nike, and Reformation x New Balance, with the main breakout brands including Bottega Veneta, Pyer Moss, Jacquemus, Paco Rabanne, Molly Goddard, Richard Quinn, Saks Potts, and Telfar.

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Amal Clooney’s showstopping royal wedding dress available to buy

Copies of Amal Clooney’s popular Stella McCartney dress are now available to purchase. The human rights lawyer, who is married to Hollywood actor George Clooney, made a splash at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex in May (…

Copies of Amal Clooney’s popular Stella McCartney dress are now available to purchase. 

The human rights lawyer, who is married to Hollywood actor George Clooney, made a splash at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex in May (18) when she stepped out at Windsor Castle, England in a marigold yellow midi dress with cap sleeves and matching hat from the London-based fashion designer.

Amal’s ensemble proved to be a major hit with fans on social media, and now, Stella has released replicas of the dress for customers to buy.

“Worn by Amal Clooney to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding, Stella McCartney’s canary-yellow Amal dress will make an elegant statement at a special occasion,” a description of the garment reads on the Matches Fashion website. “It’s crafted to a vintage-inspired silhouette with a lightly pleated square neckline and ties at the back which flow over the figure-flattering shape. Style it with metallic accessories and glittering pumps for a sophisticated edit.”

Known as the Amal Tie-Back Crepe Dress, the number is currently only available in yellow. The dress is priced at $1,612 (£1,250).

Apart from Meghan’s stunning white Givenchy wedding gown and her chic halterneck reception dress, also designed by Stella, Amal’s outfit was one of the most talked-about looks from the wedding.

According to data compiled by researchers at Lyst, over 17,000 people, from 65 countries, searched for a yellow Stella McCartney dress in the 48 hours following the wedding, while traffic to the designer’s website increased by 3,000 per cent in one day.

Other highly sought-after looks from the wedding included actress Carey Mulligan’s floral Erdem dress and the black floral Valentino ballgown tennis ace Serena Williams wore to the reception.

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Off-White named ‘hottest brand on the planet’

Off-White has been named the hottest brand on the planet in Lyst’s quarterly rankings.The results are released every three months based on the global fashion search engine’s analysis of the shopping behaviour of more than five million people across 12,…

Off-White has been named the hottest brand on the planet in Lyst’s quarterly rankings.

The results are released every three months based on the global fashion search engine’s analysis of the shopping behaviour of more than five million people across 12,000 designers and online stores. This accounts for Google search data, conversion rates, sales, brand mentions and engagement statistics on social media.

Off-White has risen 33 places over the past year, and has now surpassed Gucci and Balenciaga for the number one spot for the first time. These fashion houses are now in second and third place, respectively, followed by Nike, Prada, and Versace. Kanye West’s Yeezy takes seventh spot, while Vetements, Fendi, and Valentino round off the top ten.

This quarter, founder and chief executive officer, Virgil Abloh, released The Ten sneaker collaboration series with Nike and dressed Serena Williams for the 50th edition of the U.S. Open in New York.

Searches for Off-White across Lyst’s partner retailers are now up 14 per cent quarter on quarter, while traffic to Off-White products online increased 10 per cent in August (18).

The label’s logo belt and denim jacket also feature on Lyst’s women’s product list, but the top spot in these rankings went to Dior’s Saddle bag, which was recently resurrected by creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri.

Off-White was also honoured on Tuesday (23Oct18) when it was nominated in the prestigious Brand of the Year category at The Fashion Awards alongside Balenciaga, Burberry, Gucci, and Prada. The streetwear label has also received a nod in the Urban Luxe category, while Abloh is up for Designer of the Year for his work in the menswear department of Louis Vuitton.

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Harry Styles lands Gucci Tailoring campaign

Harry Styles is Gucci’s newest campaign star.The singer, who’s a long-time fan of designer Alessandro Michele’s work at the Italian brand, was unveiled as the face of Gucci’s upcoming Tailoring advert via the label’s Instagram page on Sunday …

Harry Styles is Gucci’s newest campaign star.

The singer, who’s a long-time fan of designer Alessandro Michele’s work at the Italian brand, was unveiled as the face of Gucci’s upcoming Tailoring advert via the label’s Instagram page on Sunday (04Mar18).

Sharing a photo of Harry’s hand, covered in rings, stroking a dog, the image was captioned: “Hand and hound: peeking on set with @harrystyles for the new #GucciTailoring campaign. #AlessandroMichele.”

A second upload, a Polaroid of Harry suited and booted standing outside a fish and chip shop, was titled: “An inside look on set: @harrystyles shooting the new #GucciTailoring campaign. #AlessandroMichele.”

A final photo was added, a close up of Harry’s face under the shop’s fish and chips sign.

The 24-year-old Brit often steps out in Gucci clothing and is especially a fan of the label’s flamboyant brocade and floral print suits.

A fan account on Instagram, titled Harry Wore What, is filled with his Gucci outfits, including the custom Gucci double-breasted suit he wore while performing at MusiCares Person of the Year honouring Fleetwood Mac in New York in January, and the black Gucci suit and pink shirt he wore to perform at Victoria Secret Fashion Show.

The Sign of the Times singer’s love for Gucci while he wore onstage as he toured his debut solo album also helped land him a place on the top 10 most powerful celebrity fashion influencers of 2017.

Compiled by online retail shopping tool Lyst, researchers stated: “Harry drove thousand of searches for men’s Gucci floral shirts and suits, wearing the brand throughout his 2017 tour and public appearances.”

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