With the start of a new season comes the excitement of a whole new host of trends to obsess over and perfect. This year we might be spending more time indoors than out, but that’s no excuse to forego AW20’s biggest and best style stories. Case in point: sleek outerwear that’ll make early morning commutes a little more exciting and high shine metallics to bring the glam to moody winter evenings. To help you hit refresh for AW20, we’ve rounded up the key trends to take note of now.
Something of an autumn-winter staple these days, glittering gold rules once again. Lighting up the runway at Tom Ford, MSGM, Asish and more, shimmering iterations included everything from evening gowns and day dresses to accessories and snazzy separates. A decidedly more sophisticated spin on the yearly sequin sparkle-fest, if the much-anticipated office Christmas parties go ahead, you’ll definitely be spoilt for choice.
Just as we were getting a little tired of the semi-tucked in jumper look, cardigans made a welcome return. Spun from luxurious cashmere and wool and with a hint of street-influenced cool, there was also a nonchalant reworking by the likes of Fendi and Missoni with a mix of elegant prints. In other words, AW20 is all about elevated knitwear that’ll help you up the cosy factor without really having to try.
In the Red (& Black)
Classic colours reign supreme for AW20 with red and black the standout shades. Seen everywhere (and we mean everywhere) – from Valentino, Rodarte and Saint Laurent to Chanel and Balenciaga to name just a few – these bold hues are ready to bring some seriously seductive drama. Go monochromatic with a head-to-toe look rich in texture or mix and match for a punchy accent.
A little more whimsical than this season’s other major trends, fringe swished down many a big-name catwalk including Christian Dior, Prada, Jill Sander and Stella McCartney. Bringing charm to accessories, adding a touch of playful femininity to strong-shouldered blazers and giving dresses an extra twirl factor, designers had more than a little fun with fringe and we are all for it.
Home office attire might not require quite the same levels of tailoring but still, skirt suits and “borrowed from the boys” silhouettes made a strong showing on the AW20 catwalks. For those who love a little androgyny, aim to go all-out with the old-school shirt and tie combo as seen at Alyx, Margaret Howell and Versace. Or make like Altuzarra, Marc Jacobs and Chanel and embrace a distinctively prim ladylike vibe with a co-ord skirt set.
Led by iconic Brit fashion house Burberry, catwalks from Gucci to Alexander McQueen were awash with checks for autumn-winter. Picture traditional houndstooth and tartan alongside prairie-ready gingham; the message for this season? More is definitely more. Wear together in a riot of clashing checks or take inspiration from Louis Vuitton and go graceful by teaming with tailored pinstripes.
Form Meets Function
Sure, we want to look good, but it’s got to be practical too, right? Cue: stylish puffer and down coats courtesy of Max Mara and Issey Miyake amongst others, and technical fabrics and details reimagined to suit (almost) every occasion. If Off-White can team a zippered waterproof jacket with a ball gown and make it work, who says we can’t? Frankly, reflective colours, drawstrings and hoods never looked so chic.
Ideal now that Zoom meetings mean we only really need to look good from the waist up, statement collars have shot straight to the top of our new season wish lists. Choose from sweet scalloped renditions and vintage designs for a delicate touch or go loud with oversized pointed interpretations that hark back to the psychedelic 70s. Alessandra Rich, Bottega Veneta and Celine are your points of reference for this trend.
If you’re style is more futuristic icon and less sultry masked legend – there were capes aplenty for that – then this one’s for you. Classic in cut but most certainly contemporary in look and feel, leather coats stamped their mark on the season at David Koma, Alberta Ferretti, Hermès and pretty much everywhere else. Super slick and great for pulling together new season ensembles, this is a no-brainer for days when you want to look polished with minimal effort.
Pump It Up
This season, the bigger, the better – for everything. Repeat: everything. Balloon sleeves? Check. Outsized tiered ruffles? Check. Volume, avant–garde silhouettes and XXL accessories? Yep – check, check and check. Leading the way with drama from every angle, the likes of Moncler, Roksanda and Maison Margiela made it clear, this daring trend is not for the faint of heart.
Who doesn’t love a good pair of boots to keep those toes toasty and uplift cold weather looks? A perennial win-win, the AW20 catwalks saw boots in all shapes and sizes. From square-toed stilettos at Balmain to brogue boot hybrids at Chloé and gleaming gold leather thigh-highs at Preen, variety was definitely the name of this particular game. With so many styles around, we reckon there’s got to be a pair with your name scrawled all over it.