We’ve seen a few essentials for the next season, but really this trend is a show-stopper. It has been a while since we’ve seen an editorial styling going viral like this one. The ankle-tie trousers just came in and here to stay! Find out what you need to know about this fresh new trend right here.
What happened on the runway?
When it comes to fine tailoring, the teachings of Daniel Lee at Bottega Veneta decree that it’s now not just about what you wear, but how you wear it. Minimalism has – to be blunt – moved on. Putting a suit together this winter (or rather, downplaying the look) requires wit and ingenuity; which is where Lee’s viral Resort 2020 twist on the knife-sharp tailored trouser comes in. His styling trick? The straps of the model’s lace-up sandals were tied over the trouser cuffs.
Fashion geeks will note that there’s a hint of Celine’s AW18 collection about this trend. And it’s no coincidence: Lee himself was part of the studio team that created this final instalment from the Phoebe Philo era. Elsewhere, JW Anderson’s measured SS20 collection also offered easy-going elegance in abundance, with the rope ties of luxe espadrilles wound over the cuffs of capacious, beige suit trousers.
OK, so who’s wearing these ankle-tie trousers? And how do they style the trend?
At Paris Fashion Week, Ukrainian designer Petar Petrov’s high-rise, pleated wool trousers were a hit on the street-style circuit. Beyond suiting, model and activist Amber Valletta wore her leather ankle-tie trousers with a knit and tinted sunglasses between shows. Or, look to Charlotte Knowles’ SS20 collection for hints on how to translate the look for evening – just add a flyaway, Noughties slip dress over your ankle-tie trousers. Easy, right?