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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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Metallic Dress
ZARA zara.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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Metallic Blazer
Each X Other saksfifthavenue.com
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3-Piece Metallic Face Mask Set
Heroine Sport saksfifthavenue.com
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Metallic Flounce Mini Skirt
LoveShackFancy 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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Blue Cardigan Argyle Pattern
SLLSKY amazon.com
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Argyle Midi-Skirt
Balmain matchesfashion.com
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Sweater Vest
ZARA zara.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 Denim Jacket
Wild Fable Target
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asymmetric patchwork skirt
Michael Michael Kors farfetch.com
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Le Midi Patchwork Denim Skirt
FRAME nordstrom.com
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Patchwork Flannel Shirt
MUNTHE net-a-porter.com
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Floral Print Midi Dress
Ulla Johnson net-a-porter.com
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Patchwork Top
Bode matchesfashion.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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Buckled Cape
ZARA zara.com
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Scalloped Cape
RedValentino farfetch.com
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Hooded Cape
Club Monaco clubmonaco.com
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Woo Blend Cape
Maje maje.com
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Tailored High Waisted Tweed Mini Skirt
& Other Stories stories.com
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Houndstooth Tweed Coat
MSGM farfetch.com
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Houndstooth Tweed Skirt
MSGM farfetch.com
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Linen Skirt
Reformation farfetch.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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Polka Dot Cami
Love Stories net-a-porter.com
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The Evelyn Open-Back Midi Dress
Cami NYC net-a-porter.com
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Jonathan Simkhai Corset Top
Jonathan Simkhai farfetch.com
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Sweetheart Neckline Top
Versace farfetch.com
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Corset Blazer
ZARA zara.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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Lace Trim Blouse
RIXO net-a-porter.com
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Clara Ruffle Cotton Dress
Sea matchesfashion.com
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Wool Sweater
ZARA zara.com
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The Victorian Top
The Marc Jacobs marcjacobs.com
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Puff-Sleeve Paisley Blouse
Isabel Marant Etoile saksfifthavenue.com
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Victorian Mini Dress
byTimo shopstyle.com
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Floral-Jacquard Ruffle Dress
The Vampire's Wife matchesfashion.com
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Born To Sparkle

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

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Sequined Top
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Blue Sequin Bralette
Dolce & Gabbana saksfifthavenue.com
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Sequined midi dress
MANGO mango.com
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Women's Sequin Skirt
MANER amazon.com
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Sequined Blazer
Norma Kamali matchesfashion.com
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Feather Trimmed Dress
Macgraw farfetch.com
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Built-In Baubles

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

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Pearl Embellished Blouse
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Embellished Cardigan
Paco Rabanne farfetch.com
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Rhinestone Sweater
H&M hm.com
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Embellished Denim Miniskirt
Ganni mytheresa.com
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