Last spring, Lake Elsinore, a small town in California, was overrun with a crop of extremely photogenic poppies. You probably know how this story ends: with the blooms being trampled underfoot by Instagrammers eager to get the perfect shot. It was a potent reminder that when nature meets our brave new digital world, strange things can happen.
The resulting heavily filtered images had an unreal quality, a kind of fetishization of unspoiled nature. So perhaps it wasn’t surprising that we saw similar motifs in the spring 2020 collections. Christopher Kane’s may have been the most literal interpretation. The designer, who has previously drawn inspiration from nature and from sexual fetishes, married the two with this season’s theme, “Ecosexual.” There was a psychedelic daisy backdrop and clothes printed with digitized, too-good-to-be-true patterns: clouds, fields, the ocean, and the night sky.