There are so many spring/summer 2019 trends, but we’re here to tell you about the ones that are going to genuinely affect your wardrobe. Decoding what’s been featured on the catwalk, discovering what has been picked up by buyers or snapped furiously throughout fashion month to hit your feeds on Instagram… This isn’t just a case of saying what you see—this is a proper edit of the items you’ll want to buy, the old ones you’ll be digging out again, the new styling tricks that will turn everything around and the new brand names you’ll need to know.
First up, let me provide context for the S/S 19 catwalk shows and designer presentations as a whole: There was much talk around feminism and equality, with fashion houses—big and small—using their platforms as a place to host debate and discussion, promote diversity and, most of all, create clothes that women can feel confident and powerful in. We were, after all, in the thick of the #MeToo movement, with global scandals awakening many a dormant mind.
I’m all for designers really thinking about both the hidden and obvious strength fantastic outfits can bring to the table, and what’s truly liberating and empowering clothing for women is, undoubtedly, choice (on any given topic).
As noted by Elizabeth von der Goltz, there is a certain relaxed elegance that subtly threaded its way through many shows—often coming in simple, demure silhouettes rendered in equally soft colours like oatmeal, biscuit, blush and off-white. In basic terms, we’re looking at a spectrum of beige, but in fashion terms, that’s one of the chicest things a girl can wear. This colour palette looks grown-up, sophisticated and expensive, even if you aren’t able to invest in the looks pictured here.
During their appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show, the girl band revealed that they are launching a limited edition clothing range which will include a T-shirt, sweatshirt and hoodie emblazoned with the hashtag #IWANNABEASPICEGIRL – a play on their 1996 hit single Wannabe.
The good news doesn’t stop there; Emma, Melanie C, Mel B and Geri also announced that 100 per cent of the proceeds from the collection will be donated to Comic Relief’s Gender Justice fund, which helps champion equality for women and girls in the UK.
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Comic Relief has been funding programmes tackling gender-based sexual and domestic violence, and supporting women and girl’s empowerment since it began in 1985.
It says that this money will help us to continue supporting organisations doing such fantastic work to help drive change.
“Equality and the movement of people power has always been at the heart of the band. It is about equality for all, ‘every boy and every girl’,” said the Spice Girls in a statement.
“We recently found out that charities focused on issues faced by women don’t get the funding that they desperately need, so launching a campaign to raise funds for these issues is incredibly important to us and an area we want to support.”
Similarly, Victoria Beckham – who isn’t joining the band on their reunion tour – launched her own Spice Girls charity T-shirt to help Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day back in April.