Net-A-Porter senior fashion market editor Libby Page’s favourite Spring/Summer 2020 trends – Prestige Online

With the row of striking jewellery on her ears, you’d think that that’s Libby Page’s guilty pleasure. But what really makes her heart skip a beat are shoes.

“It doesn’t help when you’re looking at amazing products all day, and we have sensational shoes on the site,” Page laughs. “I love a black boot. I’ve got about six pairs that all do the same thing, but in my head, they all do very different things. I have at least 10 more shoes but they’re on my wish-list, not in my cart!”

Needless to say, dressing up for her starts from the bottom. “Shoes, always shoes. It really determines how comfortable you’re going to be for the entire day.”

Page joined Net-a-Porter in 2015. Armed with an editorial background that translates  into an acute eye for trends, she is the bridge that links buying, editorial and marketing, keeping the London-based e-retail giant at the forefront. With almost a decade of experience in the fashion industry, she shares with Prestige how she spots new trends and scouts emerging talents.

What are five of Spring/Summer 2020 trends you’re excited about?

The first one has to be the return of the 90s. We have seen so many different decades dominate the fashion industry — from the 60s to the 70s and 80s — and they are generally interpreted in full, head-to-toe looks. The 90s trend, for me, just feels more wearable for everyday. There are a lot of great items you can buy to tap into the trends — think the halter-neck dress, the tube top and the thong sandals.

I’m a big fan of suits. I love that suits are translated for different personalities this season. I thought that was really interesting.

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The neat-and-narrow suit by Victoria Beckham (Image: Net-A-Porter)

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The skirt suit by Stella McCartney (Image: Net-A-Porter)

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The 70s suit by Gucci (Image: Gucci)

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The shorts suit by Givenchy (Image: Givenchy)

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The mannish suit by Balenciaga (Image: Net-A-Porter)

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The three-piece suit by Burry (Image: Net-A-Porter)

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The neat-and-narrow suit by Victoria Beckham (Image: Net-A-Porter)

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The skirt suit by Stella McCartney (Image: Net-A-Porter)

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The 70s suit by Gucci (Image: Gucci)

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The shorts suit by Givenchy (Image: Givenchy)

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The mannish suit by Balenciaga (Image: Net-A-Porter)

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The three-piece suit by Burry (Image: Net-A-Porter)

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When it comes to summer, I love to dress in a style that’s bohemian, but with an edge. There’s the oversized pirate shirts we saw at Khaite, and the denim longline shorts at Saint Laurent.

J Lo in the Versace show spawned this trend of fun, optimistic tropical prints. I’ll probably work it with a Hawaiian shirt or printed bermuda shorts.

Monochromatic hues are a very easy way to get dressed in the morning, and still make an impact. I like this kind of trends where you can make a subtle statement. That sums up my key five!

What about the pieces you’re betting on that will be Spring/Summer 2020 hits?

There are some fantastic accessories. I think the Proenza Schouler x Birkenstock collaboration is going to be a huge, huge hit. The Givenchy ID93 is going to be amazing for us. It’s this soft oversized bag that goes under the arm. And the new Bottega Veneta Pouch with the chain is going to be big too.

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ID93 bag by Givenchy (Image: Net-A-Porter)

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Sandal by Proenza Schouler x Birkenstock (Image: Net-A-Porter)

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Pouch with chain by Bottega Veneta (Image: Net-A-Porter)

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ID93 bag by Givenchy (Image: Net-A-Porter)

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Sandal by Proenza Schouler x Birkenstock (Image: Net-A-Porter)

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Pouch with chain by Bottega Veneta (Image: Net-A-Porter)

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In the ready-to-wear department, I think the J Lo dress [from Versace] is going to get a lot of traction. Her surprise appearance was a real fashion moment. And I’m excited to see Jacquemus’ 10th’s anniversary collection. It’s a strong collection that may take Simon [Porte Jacquemus] to the next level as a designer.

Jennifer Lopez at Versace Women’s SS20 finale. (Image: Net-A-Porter)

What are the pieces that you see as this season’s game-changers for existing wardrobes?

The roll neck is a great piece. At Net-a-Porter, we are constantly thinking globally about different climates and temperatures. A roll neck is a styling piece you can add that immediately lifts your look.

For people who don’t like to wear too much jewellery, chains are an easy way of accessorising. You could be wearing something simple but throw on a chunky chain and it immediately elevates an everyday look. Lauren Rubinski, a fine jewellery brand we’ve launched, does amazing chunky chains. I feel that she’s going to be really popular. The Proenza Schouler mules with the little delicate chain is beautiful too.

Necklace by Laura Rubinski (Image: Net-A-Porter)

What’s your top advice in approaching a new season? How much influence do you think seasons have on the way we dress now?

I think we are moving towards a more season-less way of dressing. When a new season comes, it’s important to think about those pieces that you really want to invest in that will work within your wardrobe, and will work your wardrobe harder to get more use out of the pieces you really love as well. This way, you won’t get overwhelmed by all the trends that’s going on.

If you’re a minimalist, the tube top is great because you can wear it under an oversized blazer, you can layer over a shirt… and you probably have those pieces in your wardrobe now.

I agree with season-less dressing. When we look at what designers are putting out, there are sheer dresses and camisole tops in Autumn/Winter collections. Conversely, Spring/Summer has coats and boots. And if you look at real life, our weather patterns have changed.

It’s not predictable anymore. Designers have to dress the global customer. If they want to have a wide reach, they need to think about diversity, and certainly for us as a retailer, we are thinking less about the seasons, but more about when the products are dropping onsite, and how the weather will be then.

That’s true. Can you share with us interesting trends about Singapore’s shopping habits on Net-a-Porter.

Consumers in the Asia-Pacific region are drawn to new designers, as soon as they get featured on our “What’s New” section. I think shoppers love this idea of a discovery and wearing a new brand.

That’s part of your job!

Yes! Thank god our customers really love that, so the likes of Peter Do have done incredibly well for us in this region. We see their investments in contemporary brands while they’re still going towards the key power brands.

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