Top trends from New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020
Posted on March 11 2020
The first of the major fashion weeks, New York, started on a strong note with bold colours, stunning gowns, dramatic volumes and sexy cuts we'll surely be wearing next Autumn. While seasonal staples, such as knitwear, tartans and plenty of leather were everywhere, we also noticed a few new trends pop up which are poised to become the hits of the season.
Check out our list of favourites and keep it handy for your next shopping trip. And if you’re ready to start trying some of these trends now, check out some of the pieces we’ve got right here at April & Alex!
This next fall season we'll see a lot of greys and muted hues as expected. However, there were strong infusions of bold colours all over the runways too. There was a lot of variety, so everyone will find something to love.
It was all over the New York catwalks, so it's a must-try for this season. What's more, it's a great way to brighten up an Autumn wardrobe. If you're not a huge fan of green, don't fret, this vibrant colour easy to embrace and pair up with conventional shades like black or grey.
Carolina Herrera had a shiny take on the hue with jacquards, while Bibhu Mohapatra went bold and dramatic with dresses and bows. Don’t miss our One-Shoulder mini dress, which is an easy to wear version of the trend. Pair it up with a neutral top underneath or a lighter shade of green if you like monochromatic layering.
50 Shades of Red
This is by far the best hue to reinvigorate the wardrobe during a dark winter. There were countless shades to choose from, ranging from scarlet red and dusty rose to orange and fuchsia pinks. Find a hue you love and add it to your style repertoire.
Carolina Herrera went for total red looks, while Proenza Schouler showcased it on leather and Rodarte offered shiny ladylike gowns. If you want to try this trend now, you don't have to wait until next fall, check out our Long Sleeve Midi Skater Dress or Two-Piece Red Suit.
Ochres & Mustard
It's similar but not to be confused with mustard. Ochre has yellow-orange hues while mustard has a dark yellow colour. Plus, the former looks earthy with a touch of shine. Michael Kors mixed it up prints and Oscar de La Renta's displayed shimmering gowns, while Gabriela Hearst went for silky fringed ensembles.
Autumn 2020's prints were a nod to spring with florals seen in jacquard, cutout embroideries and big decorations. Stripes came in shiny textures and vibrant hues, while other prints were the usual autumn checks and paisleys. However, this time around, designers clashed prints like never before.
Rodarte mixed up paisley prints in different colours to create total looks. At the same time, Anna Sui went full-on bohemian with paisley patterns in velvet, shiny embroideries and mixing them up with flowers.
Checks saw a myriad of iterations in opposed styles. For instance, Cynthia Rowley and Monse went punk with total ensembles clashing different tartan prints, while Brock Collection went for Victorian-inspired dresses.
Our take on the trend can be seen in our tweed Plaid Autumn Dress which is super versatile and easy to wear. It's suitable for the office and the after office!
This Autumn season leather packs a colourful and trendy punch. If you've ever wanted to change up the standard black leather jacket, this is a great time to get inspired and try a different colour.
At Coach it was all about colour blocking, while Proenza Schouler went for sexy red and Dion Lee took it to ultra-feminine territory with pastel pink.
As sustainability becomes increasingly important, we saw designers like Jonathan Cohen take fabric scraps and remake them into scarves. Meanwhile, Gabriela Hearst offered hand-knit dresses made from recycled yarn and cashmere coats made from pieces of coats from previous seasons.
Why not try a cape this season instead of a coat? That seemed to be the message at New York Fashion Week with so many designers indulging on the trend in different ways. From Adam Lippes and Brandon Maxwell's black capes with bows and Carolina Herrera's "coat-capes", to Oscar De La Renta's and Bibhu Mohapatra's ultra-dramatic feathered versions. We loved them all!
An easy way to pull off this trend is by wearing our Black Beaded Bodycon Minidress with its uniquely eye-catching cape sleeves and contrasting bead embellishments. It will give your look that stylish cape effect while remaining practical for every occasion.
The cutout trend is not new, but it will continue to expand next Autumn. Showing a little bit of skin can give your style a touch sexiness while remaining elegant. Proenza Schouler did double cutouts above the waist and shoulder. While Monse, slashed open necklines and showed some leg. For its part, Khaite went for carefully placed side openings adding a little bit cheekiness to the dress.
Our Long-sleeved Stripe Linen Dress is the perfect way to give this trend a try. It's fabric its light enough for the spring (so no need to wait until next fall) and its diamond-cutout in the bodice hits the sweet spot between sexy and elegant.