Fashion Month Autumn/Winter 2020 – Our Top Trends From The Fall 2020 Season
We adore the autumn/winter season – cosy knits, chunky fabrics, and the fine art of strategic layering; what’s not to love? Fashion Month is drawing to a close, and as always, the Autumn/Winter 2020 runways didn’t disappoint.
Some of the fiercest, and most imaginative and covetable styles made their debut on the catwalks of New York, London, Milan, and Paris throughout the month, and we’re going to talk you through some of our absolute favourites.
From bold embellishments to statement sleeves, AW20 is mostly all about making your presence known. Wallflowers need not apply…
Sparkles And Embellishments
We have to start with our favourite trend to come out of AW20 – glitz and glamour! One quick look at Adrienne Shoes, and it’s immediately evident that we are obsessed with sparkle, embellishments, and anything that dazzles. Fellow magpies, rejoice!
As well as medieval inspired pieces at Paco Rabanne and practically blinding maxi skirts such as the ones we saw at Tom Ford, embellished accessories are also having a big moment this season. And thankfully, there’s no need to wait for the new-season pieces to roll out to get in on the AW20 action. How about adding a glittery belt to an existing autumnal staple, for example, or perhaps even sewing a glittery strap onto your favourite LBD to emulate what we saw on the Self Portrait catwalk?
Plus, the new season has taught us that we don’t need to wait to walk down the aisle to sport sparkles, so pairing your cocktail dress with our sparkly Hepburn Etincelle shoes on your next girls’ night out is a winning, AW20-approved combination.
On Wednesdays, we wear pink. Although judging by the AW20 season, we’ll be wearing the ultra-feminine hue on most other days of the week too. Although it was among some of the more outlandish trends, pink had its well-deserved moment this season, especially in soft, blush, and delicate tones. Preen, Fendi, Marc Jacobs, Jil Sander, and the ever-mesmerising Oscar de la Renta all debuted some truly spectacular pink pieces – and luckily, it couldn’t be simpler to get in on the trend from today!
Our Poly velvet slingbacks, Hepburn velvet classic point shoes, and Iris Iridescent low-cut point shoes are perfect for wearing with all-pink ensembles, or with other soft-hued pieces that require a touch of blush. Our dream ensemble consists of a Cher Horowitz style baby pink slip dress, the Marc Jacobs fur coat (above) draped over our shoulders, and our Hepburn velvet classic point shoes to match. And a sparkly clutch bag for good measure!
Here Comes The Bride
We initially thought that some Bridal Fashion Week pieces accidentally made their way into the AW20 trunks, but quickly realised that the bridalwear was exactly where it needed to be. More and more designers are dipping their toes into the bridal market, with stunning wedding dresses fit for traditional princesses and contemporary brides alike making their grand entrances on the runway.
Rodarte is no stranger to heavenly pieces that float down the runway, so its bridal-inspired dresses weren’t too detached from its usual aesthetic. Tom Ford also threw his hat into the ring, with a risqué lace wedding dress as the finale which was just as provocative as it was traditional. Other designers went for more contemporary and think-outside-the-box pieces that might not necessarily have been intended for brides, but wouldn’t look out of place at an over-the-top, even avant-garde wedding. Gucci’s opening look springs to mind here. Alternatively, brides have the option of choosing more subtle and low key pieces – perfect for legal ceremonies – such as white separates or the understated yet incredibly chic silhouettes displayed at Dior. It just goes to show that tradition isn’t what it used to be, and modern brides can pick from pretty much anything on their special day.
Leather, Leather, And More Leather
Not since The Matrix has leather been so prominent. Not only was leather one of the unanimous stand-out trends of the season, but coloured leather was also dominant too. No time machine needed, as coloured leather has returned from the 90s, and if you can believe it, it’s actually bigger and better than ever!
Some key stand-out pieces include the the daring leather cape at Ferragamo (more on capes, later) and the leather on leather on leather look that Gigi Hadid was sporting on the Fendi catwalk. And on the softer side of the spectrum, was the feminine pastel pink leather suit jacket and skirt combo from Marc Jacobs, and the multitude of leather colours presented in an almost candy-like fashion over at Prada. In other words, leather has come a whole lot further than biker chic and Matrix cosplay, and we couldn’t be more excited!
It’s fine, we don’t need our arms, anyway! Capes, ponchos, whatever you want to call them, they’re back! We saw capes in all shapes and sizes this season – from practical, weather-proof capes to fierce yet elegant floor length wonders and all else in-between, there’s something out there for everyone! Rag & Bone, Longchamp, and Carolina Herrera got the ball rolling at New York Fashion Week, and Max Mara, Jil Sander, and the rest of the world followed.
We couldn’t be happier with the appearance of this trend – the 92nd Academy Awards whet our appetites for capes when some of the biggest A-listers from Brie Larson to Natalie Portman walked the red carpet in their capes, and we haven't stopped thinking about them since.
Modern businesswomen needn’t be restricted to pantsuits, as this season, skirt suits are officially a thing! Oscar de la Renta and Eckhaus Latta flashed back to the swinging sixties with micro-mini skirts, which were instantly smartened up with sharp matching blazers, while Michael Kors went for a slightly more modest length.
However, don’t be fooled by the length, as the skirt came with a very daring over-the-knee slit. Another highlight of Michael Kors’ revamped business attire was the nipped in waist, made possible by a strategically and expertly placed belt. The same style lesson was taught on the Prada catwalk, so if you'll excuse us, we're off to buy a waist cinching belt to wear with our office attire pronto...
It’s all in the detailing! Fringe is officially making a comeback, and we predict it will make appearances on everything from denim jackets to skirts to bags. Our favourite fringed pieces came from the likes of Dior, Boss, Bottega Veneta, Prada, and Salvatore Ferragamo, to name just a few. All different in their own unique ways, they proved that anything is possible when it comes to fringe accents, and we can interpret the trend as boldly or as subtly as we please.
We never would have dreamed of wearing sharp, fitted blazer with a hula-reminiscent black fringe skirt, but Prada has since opened our eyes and we are never looking back.
AW20 is all about making a statement – and the biggest way to do so, quite literally, is to sport voluminous sleeves. The bigger, the better! Yes, gargantuan sleeves reigned supreme in all four cities; Fendi, Max Mara, Dries Van Noten, Jil Sander, Rodarte, Maison Margiela, Mugler, they were all at it!
Will you choose to go head to toe leather with an exaggerated statement sleeve to break up the monochrome a’ la Jil Sander? Or is a more subtle (interpret that term how you will!) colour blocking pairing which was displayed at Fendi more your style? Either way, we predict that you’ll have lots of fun experimenting with this trend!