NYFW Fall 2020: Biggest Trends to Watch

This New York fashion week was a slightly quieter one for me, as is often the nature of February fashion weeks more generally. But I’ve also learned from past mistakes not to over schedule myself, and I prioritized supporting my favorite designers and their shows, presentations, and events.

Some of the trends were surprising too, which kept things really interesting! Let’s dive in, shall we?

  1. Fall is typically a season for blacks, dark colors and neutrals, but this season we saw something a little bit different: monochromatic color.  There were a couple of different shades that popped up repeatedly, but of those, the most notable was green (perhaps because, as many of you know, I’ve deemed it “my color”).
Sally LaPointe
Dennis Basso
Pamella Roland
Son Jung Wan
Chiara Boni

2. 90s Grunge/Punk

While the Euphoria inspired makeup trends planted many of the spring 2020 shows firmly in the 80s, much of the fall fashion jumped right into the next decade, complete with plaids, dark florals, and combat boots. Jonathan Cohen’s show even resurrected the Doc Marten.

Jonathan Cohen
Nicole Miller
L’Agence resurrecting and updating the slip dress
Anna Sui who returned to her 90s roots

3. Oversize knits 

Colder weather calls for some warm sweaters, and designers put their own creative spin on it for the fall. The most notable twist on this look probably came from Herve Leger’s creative director Christian Juul Nielsen, who combined an oversized sweater with the House’s signature bandage skirt to create the ultimate day to evening dress (in that trending signature green, natch).

Brandon Maxwell featured a bell sleeved sweater dress — in green yet again! — belted over some denim for a chic and creative fall look:

4. Buttery leather incorporated into everyday pieces

Whether real or faux, leather jackets always become a staple as the weather cools, but this season more then ever, designers incorporated buttery leather pieces as more than just outerwear. L’Agence, so well known for their coated denim and liquid leather leggings, not surprisingly was most on board with this trend, with some super chic, luxe pieces that someone still shy on head to toe leather could easily incorporate into her wardrobe rotation:

For the more bold, there were head to toe leather looks all over the runways: one favorite was this ultra luxe ode to the 90s from Claudia Li:

Or these statement pants from Self-Portrait

5. Caped crusaders

There was a ton of loved for superhero inspired outerwear on the runways, with the rest of the look kept fairly minimalist and classic.

Cynthia Rowley
Carolina Herrera
Adam Lippes

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