Spring 2019 runway looks from Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga, Balmain, Off-White and Givenchy

Designers Looking to the Future in Spring-Summer 2019

The future trend is one of the biggest takeaways from the Spring Summer 2019 runway shows. Designers are embracing change in exciting new ways.

Runway designers like Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga, Balmain, Off-White and Givenchy (shown above from left to right) are finally starting to innovate in the spring of 2019. At the same time there is traditional tailoring and handmade materials. True fashion always contradicts itself.

Rather than repeating the same old collections inspired by the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, the future trend is all about what tomorrow might bring. Technology is advancing faster than ever before, and fashion trends are reflecting the progressive mindset. Examples are metallic fabrics, laser cut outs, geometric patterns, chainmail, neon colors, wraparound sunglasses and pointy shoulders. In the future all models will be multicultural, and no one will send out a press release about it.

If you look for it in the Spring-Summer runway shows for Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga, Balmain, Off-White and Givenchy, you can see how they are being more future already.

Louis Vuitton

The theme of the Louis Vuitton Spring-Summer 2019 runway show was, “Inventing a new landscape.” They designed three futuristic landscapes reminiscent of science fiction novel illustrations, and incorporated their logo. The show was set in a glass maze of tunnels with a view of the Louvre in the background to remind everyone that it is still Paris fashion.

Watch the Women’s Spring-Summer 2019 Show at Louis Vuitton’s official website.

Balenciaga

Balenciaga Spring Summer 2019

 

The Balenciaga Spring-Summer 2019 runway show was held in wormhole-like tunnels of moving lights while experimental synth music played in to background. Attendees enjoyed an awesome light show in addition to all the ready-to-wear fashion. Above you see a bodycon dress with a geometric checkerboard print in a three dimensional matrix print that flatters the waistline.

Watch the Balenciaga Summer 2019 runway show at their official website.

Balmain

 

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Balmain travelled into the future with oversized sculpted shoulders, metal bustiers, geometric designs and neutral fabrics. Sci-fi actress Cara Delevingne opened the show in a white silk suit with a floor length jacket and a silver-colored metal crop top. The pieces all have a futuristic architecture inspired by geometry, and cutting edge tailoring that doesn’t even have a common name yet.

Watch the Balmain Spring-Summer 2019 runway show at their official website.

Off-White

Off-White kept their Spring-Summer 2019 runway show progressive by collaborating with Nike — unlike some of their friends have been doing lately. But they did get Beyonce to wear an Off-White floor length ball gown on the final night of her On the Run II tour. Virgil Abloh suggests you wear white and neon green in the near future. The theme was, “Track & Field,” because Nike.

Watch the Off-White Spring-Summer 2019 runway show at their official website.

Givenchy

 

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They models in the Givenchy Spring-Summer 2019 runway show looked like interplanetary dignitaries from an alien planet. They are formally attired in long dresses with modern lines. And all of them have Twiggy style makeup like in a sci-fi movie from the 60’s. Of note are the oversized wraparound glasses with clear lenses and dangling rhinestone embellishments.

Watch the Givenchy Spring-Summer 2019 runway show at their official website.

The real trend on the spring-summer 2019 runways was future fashion. Sure we predicted this with our blog about how to be more future last year. But we can’t take credit for a cultural movement. In the year 2019 trend setters are looking to the future with innovative styles.

Cover images courtesy of Vogue UK.

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Elizabeth de Moya has contributed to DJ Mag, DJ TechTools, LA Weekly and Thump (Vice). She has a BA in Linguistics from UC Berkeley.