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The Top Fall 2020 Trends to Know and Buy

Straight from the runways.

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Ordinarily, there's a gradual return to normalcy in the days that follow a chaotic, jam-packed fashion month in New York, London, Paris, and Milan. After catching up on sleep, editors return to the workplace to dissect the trends and map out coverage for the fall season. Of course, this season was a bit different. With stay-at-home orders issued on the tail end of the Paris collections, there was no embrace of colleagues returning from their whirlwind time abroad. Instead, we reflected on the fall 2020 trends via Zoom. In our respective homes, we discussed our favorite collections, the pieces worth investing in, and the essential items to have for the colder months ahead. Here's what we came up with.

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Heavy Metal

This fall, metallics offer a spirited new way to illuminate the season's cozy knits and knee-high leather boots, with suitable options for both work and play. Understated shimmering pinstripes covered blazers at Versace, while high-shine silver button-downs kept their cool at Brunello Cucinelli.

Runway: Brunello Cucinelli

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Sequined Stretch Jersey Dress
MICHAEL Michael Kors net-a-porter.com
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Silk Blend Camisole
Cami NYC net-a-porter.com
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Sequin Bodysuit
ZARA zara.com
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Metallic Blazer
Alexa Chung farfetch.com
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Metallic Miniskirt
Isabel Marant mytheresa.com
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Metallic Tie-Neck Top
Rachel Comey saksfifthavenue.com
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Prep School Prefect

The schoolgirl staple, derived from the tartan patterns of western Scotland, arrived on the runways in bright and muted checks alike. Shrunken argyle cardigans and catsuits walked at Miu Miu, V-neck argyle knits were paired with headscarves at Dior, and cheeky argyle cut-outs adorned jumpers at Victoria Beckham.

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Argyle Wool-Blend Top
Maje net-a-porter.com
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Argyle Mini Skirt
Maje net-a-porter.com
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Romme Argyle Cashmere Sweater
Khaite net-a-porter.com
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Argyle Skirt
Gucci farfetch.com
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Argyle Jumper
Miu Miu farfetch.com
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Blue Cardigan Argyle Pattern
SLLSKY amazon.com
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Patchwork Perfection

A fixation on folkloric patchwork patterns reigned supreme at Marni (left), while feminine-forward patchwork and embroidered pieces peppered the runways at Tory Burch. Antique patchwork fabrics were an inspiration for the quilt-like creations on display at Alexander McQueen.

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Patchwork Printed Shirt
Tory Burch toryburch.com
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Patchwork Shorts
Loewe net-a-porter.com
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Patchwork Dress
Dodo Bar Or farfetch.com
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Patchwork Denim Skirt
FRAME net-a-porter.com
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Patchwork Jacket
St. John stjohnknits.com
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Patchwork Denim Jeans
Rag & Bone/JEAN shopbop.com
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Caped Crusader

This season, there was a full commitment to wearing a cape as a coat. Michael Kors' heritage plaid versions were fit for a Cotswold escape. Oscar de la Renta's button-embellished capes were a perfect overlay to tailored knee-length dresses, and Isabel Marant's bohemian capes were dramatically oversized, styled with a belt at the waist.

Runway: Valentino

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Wrap Shawl Cape
VamJump amazon.com
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Reversible Blanket Cape
Burberry farfetch.com
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Slit Cape
ZARA zara.com
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Zip-Front Poncho
See by Chloé bloomingdales.com
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Scalloped Cape
RedValentino farfetch.com
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Hooded Cape
Club Monaco clubmonaco.com
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Punky Plaids

For fall, designers gave their own takes on rebellious plaid prints. Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim of Monse described their plaids as "happy punk." Slinky slip dresses with thigh-high slits showed off choker necklaces and rubber-soled combat boots. R13 fully embraced their punk DNA with oversized checked outerwear and signature leathers while Dries Van Noten tied grungy '90s plaid-button ups, à la Kurt Cobain, at the waist.

Runway: Monse

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Checked Leggings
H&M hm.com
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Gingham Dress
Preen by Thornton Bregazzi net-a-porter.com
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Tartan Oversized Jacket
Balmain saksfifthavenue.com
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Tartan Pleated Skirt
Urban CoCo amazon.com
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Asymmetric Plaid Dress
A.W.A.K.E. Mode saksfifthavenue.com
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Plaid Pinafore Dress
ZARA zara.com
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On The Fringe

We've seen fringe in past seasons, but there was more dedication to the trend for fall 2020. Subtle fringe-trim hemlines finished coats at Gabriela Hearst. Full-on fringe dresses cascaded down the Jil Sander runway. At Bottega Veneta, layers of fringe transformed body-con jersey knits.

Runway: Gabriela Hearst

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Fringed Skirt
Jaline net-a-porter.com
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Fringed Jacket
Zara zara.com
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Fringed Top
Mother of Pearl
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Fringed Sweater
Apiece Apart net-a-porter.com
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Fringe-Trimmed Leather Skirt
Stand Studio mytheresa.com
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Maracuja Jacquard Fringe Cardigan
Marina Rinaldi saksfifthavenue.com
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Skirting Around

Spring's short suits have paved the way for fall's next tailoring trend: the skirt suit. Prada took a get-down-to-business approach, showing wooly grey blazers with streamlined matching pencil skirts. Others, like Jacquemus, had an abbreviated viewpoint— with shrunken skirt sets that showcased legs and midriffs.

Runway: Prada

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Tweed Jacket
Tory Burch farfetch.com
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Tweed Skirt
Tory Burch saksfifthavenue.com
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Floral Blazer
ZARA zara.com
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Floral Mini Skirt
ZARA zara.com
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Skirt Suit
Chanel Pre-Owned farfetch.com
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Tailored Tweed Jacket
& Other Stories stories.com
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Tailored High Waisted Tweed Mini Skirt
& Other Stories stories.com
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Everyday Lingerie

This fall, designers considered lingerie an essential mixing-piece, encouraging women to wear lacy bras and négligées beyond the confines of home. Saint Laurent paired sheer bodysuits with latex power pants, while Dolce featured curve-hugging, corset-inspired mini dresses with oversized cardigans.

Runway: Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello

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Satin Mini Dress
De La Vali farfetch.com
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Leopard Print Camisole
Sainted Sisters farfetch.com
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Corset Blouse
Reformation net-a-porter.com
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Bustier Top
Jonathan Simkhai net-a-porter.com
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Sweetheart Neckline Top
Versace farfetch.com
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Lace Corset Midi Dress
Dion Lee intermixonline.com
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Victorian Secret

Fashion's budding romance with Victorian-era details—ornate lace, billowing sleeves, and frilly, high-neck tops—came to an apex this fall. Voluminous 18th-century bustle skirts walked the runways at Gucci, antique floral prints covered Norfolk-style jackets at Tory Burch, and cascading ruffle necklines were a focal point on Rodarte's silky long-sleeve dresses.

Runway: Gucci

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Tie Neck Ruffle Blouse
Coach 1941 coach.com
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