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

The Row's Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

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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