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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Designers sung the praises of slinky head-to-toe sequins, paying homage to the bygone days of disco. Bottega turned out sequins on full-length maxi dresses. There were sequin-encrusted midi-dresses with glittering Parisian neck-ties on Hedi Slimane's Celine runway, while sequin shift dresses boogied down the catwalk at Marc Jacobs.
Runway: Bottega Veneta
Fall's embellished fashions checked off multiple boxes: part ready-to-wear and part accessory. Bottega's cozy sweater dresses were memorable for their heavy chain-link necklines. Skirts and belts became one at No.21, and jewel-encrusted trims brought regality to maxi dresses at Miu Miu.
Runway: Miu Miu