From the celebration of Americana to political statements being made alongside the fashion kind, sartorial surprises marked the fashion week that was. Here’s how winds of change influenced trend highlights from the catwalk.
FASHION GETS POLITICAL
In support of gender equality, free love and against race discrimination and body shaming, designers decided to join the protest and voice their views on the catwalk. Cinq Á Sept and Pyer Moss chose T-shirts as carriers of their powerful messages, while Public School and Creatures Of Comfort took the more radical route with super-cropped sweat tops and fish net; Prabal Gurung’s show was sensational, with body-positive models and influencers taking the spotlight. We know what we’re rocking next Fall, don’t we?
Blooms, big and small, made a fashionable appearance in the form of ruffles, layers and embroidery. Moving away from the neutral colour chart, designers chose dark shades to add an edge to their array of autumn ensembles. Kimora Lee Simmons’s and Prabal Gurung’s designs were inspired by oriental blossoms and the kimono silhouette respectively. We loved the use of frilly chiffon that reigned supreme in Jason Wu’s and Ulla Johnson’s collection; while Anna Sui’s combination of florals, pop of neon and black lace made a strong case for goth romance.
You NEED this Plaid rejig in your Fall wardrobe. Victoria Beckham and Public School teamed the traditional pattern with contemporary and androgynous silhouettes; Marc Jacobs took us back to the 80s with the addition of a fur collar and bowler hat. Vivienne Tam and Tory Burch used juxtaposition of various print sizes to give us ‘futuristic vintage’ feels. Love!
In the mood for artistic expression, designers experimented with inspired prints, patterns and colours. We’re obsessed with Monse’s and Diane Von Furstenberg’s intricate geometric extravaganza! Victoria Beckham takes the more freestyle and fluid route. Proenza Schouler and Lacoste move away from print to create illusions with panelled construction in velvet and mesh. Genius!
While we tucked into major trends that emerged out of the catwalk we couldn't have enough of the trends that slayed the streets of New York. From technicolour wool, oversized hoodies and patched camo pieces to leather-tulle goth and champagne velvet with fishnet, we found major inspo on the streets.
Top Street-Smart Trends from New York Fashion Week 2020