NYFW: The Top Trends to Know

The Fall/Winter 2020 show season has officially wrapped in NYC. Before we continue the fashion circuit in the other capitals, here are the themes we noticed and loved.

New York fashion week has been noticably quieter over the past few seasons, especially with the absence of more prominent names from the calendar. Many American designers have since shown in other cities or sat out from the runway completely, preferring to present via lookbooks or other mediums instead. Tom Ford, for instance, was on the NYFW calendar, technically this season, but showed in Los Angeles before the Oscars. 

Yet amidst all this talk about New York, many brands proved that the shows were anything but snoozy and that American fashion is alive and well. New York is also a melting pot for emerging talent as young designers and brands can really shine and be discovered here. Buzzy lines like Khaite, Marina Moscone, and Christopher John Rogers continued to impress, and we look forward to following their journeys in the upcoming seasons.

Carolina Herrera
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Industry vets Laura and Kate Mulleavy made a triumphant return with Rodarte, delivering a dreamy gothic romance-inspired collection. Wes Gordan of Carolina Herrera showed at The Shed, a new light-filled Hudson Yards space, and offered bright ladylike pieces that wowed. Designer Michael Kors showcased a beautiful, modern take on heritage pieces as the brand amps up to celebrate its 40th anniversary next year, and, as always, the Marc Jacobs show was the exuberant finale the fashion crowd craved.

Fashion month is only just getting started, so we've rounded up the major trends seen in our hometown below. Keep coming back for more as we'll continue to scope out all things FW20 while abroad. Next stop, London!

Not So Mellow Yellow
From pretty pastel tones to vivid pops of dandelion to canary, mustard, or chartreuse mix—you name it—yellow was everywhere. New York weather can be quite dreary this time of year, but the sunny shade was a welcomed sight that brightened up the runways. 

We’ve made a case for the fashion hat before and hair accessories are certainly having a moment, but next season veils will head back into the spotlight. From sheer netted styles to crystal-embellished headpieces, these looks prove that a standout veil is for more than the bride. Get ahead of the trend and shop similar styles from Genevieve Rose Atelier on our site now.

Sies Marjan
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Alejandra Alonso Rojas
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Innovative Materials
Sustainability is a huge topic of conversation, as many brands made an effort to utilize natural techniques and recycled materials within their collections. It's a growing space to watch, especially for eco-conscious fashion lovers. Alejandra Alonso Rojas wove petals into her naturally dyed fabrics, while Gabriela Hearst repurposed old garments to craft fresh looks. Sander Lak of Sies Marjan also got innovative, using plant roots to create unique prints.

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Proportion play is a reoccurring theme that sparks the imagination when it comes to dressing. Voluminous sleeves have been trending but next season is the time to turn it up to the max with full skirts and bold gowns. Pulling off this look is all about confidence but with striking designs from CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner Christopher John Rogers,  Carolina Herrera, and more, it can be a breeze.

Clean Slate Tailoring
Grey tones are the new power neutrals to embrace, especially when coupled with the sharp tailoring that dominated the runways and presentations. Strong suiting was prevalent in almost every collection, whether made of wool or classic plaid and styled with leather knee-high boots or brogues. FW20 short suits that call to mind the master in sartorial elegance and original New Yorker, Thom Browne. 

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All-Over Sequins
On the way other end of the spectrum (in comparison to the understated), were the shining, shimmering eveningwear at Jason Wu or iridescent jumpsuits seen at Sally Lapointe. Wearing a head-to-toe sequin look may very well be a reaction of the tumultuous times—it’s ok to go out and have fun with fashion.

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