The beginning of fall marks the start of a new wave of fashion trends, ushered in by four prominent fashion weeks that span across the globe. From New York, London, Milan and Paris, fashion lovers got an abundance of new looks and trends to inspire their wardrobe. The trends that stood out were consistent across all four destinations.
New York — which is known for its ready to wear street style that blends everyday functionality with high fashion — did not disappoint. A big theme in New York fashion week this year was menswear, and oversized structured blazer jackets in particular. Often cinched at the waist to give a more feminine appeal, these jackets are coming back in a big way and made an appearance at many shows including Burberry, Celine, Louis Vuitton, Max Mara and Marc Jacobs.
Another trend sweeping each fashion week was shocking to some: feathers. This bold trend is newer than others, but is anticipated to heavily impact the fashion scene this year. On the runways of Valentino, Burberry, Richard Quinn and Christopher John Rogers, feathers were integrated into glamourous gowns and over the top blouses. For a more everyday look, the feather trend can be worn in the form of a fluffy handbag or statement piece, paired with toned down accessories to showcase the trend.
Tiers and layered dresses made quite a splash at the shows of Christopher Kane, Dior, Oscar De La Renta, Alexander McQueen, and Molly Goddard. We can surely expect to see the trend carry on to the red carpet this year during awards season, as the gala dresses managed “to offer volume, high drama, and maximum twirl-ability,” as stated by Kerry Pieri and Lauren Alexis Fisher of Harper’s Bazaar. Casual tiered skirts and maxi dresses could help you integrate the trend into your Spring/Summer 2020 wardrobe, even if there are no upcoming galas in your future.
At London fashion week, street style made it to the runway in the form of a piece we all know and love: the sweatshirt. Burberry, Christopher Kane and Preen all showcased their variation of the comfy favorite, pairing it with light and airy skirts and silky basics. Combining the casual with the dramatic is a trend that can make everyday pieces look fresh off the runway.
The 60s are making a massive comeback this year, as retro pieces rocked runways across the globe. These include crochets, prints reminiscent of your grandmother’s wallpaper, and my personal favorite: the wide collar, you know, the one on that awful suit your dad kept from prom that your mom hates so much? Well it’s making a comeback, but this time it’s just for the ladies. Lanvin, Saint Laurent and Salvatore Ferragamo have modernized the look in the form of oversized trench coats and large shirt collars worn over the lapel. Paired with bright contrasting colors, slicked hair and statement accessories, these looks are anything but old school.
Leather, a trend typically only seen in the Fall and Winter months, is showing up on the runway in just about every form possible. Brightly colored leather jackets, skirts, shoes and handbags were a focal point of Bottega Veneta, Coach 1941, Marni and Alexander McQueen’s runways this season. Switching out your dark leather for some brightly colored substitutes can take this trend from winter to spring.
The various fashion weeks (or fashion month, as some deem it) showed us the top trends for the upcoming spring/summer 2020 seasons, as designers dared to push the boundaries on mixing street style with high fashion more than ever before. From menswear to feathers to the 60s and leather, (did that rhyme?) it’s easier than ever to integrate runway trends into your everyday wardrobe.