New York Fashion Week: midi dress or underwear as daywear – which will you choose to wear next summer?

Five too-short days of shows were enough for New York to start hinting at next summer's trends. While suits were the kings of the runways during last Fall-Winter's shows, dresses and skirts in midi lengths were the queens of SS2020, as was lingerie-inspired daywear. Before London delivers its spring/summer directives, let's look back on the trends that made NYFW.

A technicolor wardrobe

"Energy" seems to have been the unofficial theme of the latest New York Fashion Week, translating into collections highlighted by bright, luminous and sun-kissed palettes, often decked out with sequins for a dose of extra glamour on eveningwear. High-impact colors added pep to Christian Siriano, Tory Burch, Carolina Herrera, Pyer Moss, and Badgley Mischka collections, with prints also leading the charge -- think flowers, polka dots, stripes, abstract patterns and art.



Veni, vici, midi

After making suits the centerpiece of women's wardrobes, designers are heralding the return of midi-length skirts and dresses -- whether a-line, flowing, or more voluminous, they made a comeback in earnest on the Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, Kate Spade, Proenza Schouler, and Phillip Lim runways. Conversely, other houses such Brandon Maxwell and Jeremy Scott took a different tack with their ultra-short creations.



Lingerie comes out of the closet

While only the insiders in the fashion sphere were welcome to the unveiling of Rihanna's new Savage x Fenty lingerie collection, it's clear to see that the Barbadian singer and businesswoman made a splash in New York with a spectacular show which demonstrated that lingerie had its rightful place at Fashion Week. Other brands, like Vera Wang and Dion Lee, have also proposed similar designs, layering bras and garter belts on top of daywear.