by Stephen Garner

Boss showed its spring/summer 2020 collection in Milan this past weekend, filled with a clean and fresh take on modern dressing.

New York City serves as a point of inspiration this season, with the collection’s designs influenced by its iconic skyscrapers, waterside location, and its people. Suits are eased and sportswear is dressed up, opening new possibilities for styling. True to Boss heritage, tailoring is clean and sophisticated, but with a lighter touch, while sportswear is refined through sharp cuts and elevated materials. For women, short, neatly cut jackets are effortlessly nipped in at the waist, and combined with wide-leg pants or long wrap skirts, while maxi dresses in fluent silks offer summer elegance.

Layered over many of the looks, fluid coats are detailed with utility elements in crisp cotton, or crafted from Nappa leather and ultra-soft suede. Glossy fabrics add a further dose of modernity to outerwear.

Leather is in focus – patchworked, bonded, laminated, and laser-cut to create airy dresses. Summery silk and cotton yarns elevate open-knit sweaters, while sporty pants are precisely crafted from lightweight technical cloth.

Colors are also fresh and light, with shots of bold color. Navy, ocean, chambray and pool blue meet mint green, sand, and cream, with injections of red and yellow. The shades are cleanly executed as head-to-toe looks or color-blocked into stripes and geometric patterns.

Stepping onto the runway, men’s leather strap sandals, chunky-sole Oxfords and sneakers feature alongside women’s mules in solid and woven leather. Accessories take the form of the compact color-block Kristin bag, and men’s leather carryalls and backpacks, all embossed with the initials of the individual wearer.