Regardless of whether or not you actually keep track of all the fashion weeks happening around the world, it’s likely that the trends of the industry’s biggest month start to have an effect on your wardrobe just a few short months — or even weeks — after it ends.
Each fashion month starts with New York City’s showings in February, where iconic American designers — from Marc Jacobs to Rebecca Minkoff — display the past six months’ worth of hard work, and thus, trends for the latter half of the year are born. (Then in September, the process starts all over again for the Spring/Summer collections) Ahead, discover some of the Fall/Winter 2020 season’s biggest trends — and all of the stars who put their own spin on them.
Not Your Typical Leather Jacket
A black leather jacket is a usual staple in most closets, but this season gave the classic coat a little more flair. Stars like Megan Thee Stallion, Jon Batiste, actor Michael B. Jordan, and tennis player Naomi Osaka all put their own spin by incorporating ones with color. Megan wore a fire-engine red leather midi dress-coat, and Batiste’s earthy green moto jacket provided a welcome update to the must-have item.
Clear, Porcelain Skin
If the past couple years have taught us anything, we know that the dewy skin trend is here to stay. Though it began with Korean beauty making its way over to the western world, it has quickly made its way onto runways around the world. Celebrity esthetician Joanna Vargas — whose 2020 Oscars clients included actors Chrissy Metz and Mindy Kaling, as well as director Greta Gerwig — prepped the models’ skin for Rebecca Minkoff’s presentation with some of her line’s cult-favorite products like the Bright Eye Hydrating Mask and Rejuvenating Serum. Other runways that incorporated dewy, fresh skin included Tory Burch (Diane Kendal for NARS), Dion Lee (Erin Parsons for Maybelline), and Oscar de la Renta (111 Skin).
Graphic Black & White Patterns
Black and white never goes out of style, and this season, stars decided to put a different spin on the timeless color combo by incorporating graphic, graffiti and newspaper-inspired pieces into their looks. For her surprise performance at the Coach runway show, Debbie Harry wore a dress-and-trench coat ensemble. It was covered in pieces of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s artwork that had been turned into prints by Coach’s creative director Stuart Vevers.
Bold Red Lips
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The FW 2020 season really capitalized on updated takes of classic trends, and there are none more classic than a matte red lip. Legendary makeup artist Pat McGrath created a classic red lip with winged liner as one of the many looks for the Marc Jacobs runway show (modeled on Gigi Hadid above), as did many other artists for various shows. Maybelline’s bold liner, chunky lashes, and red lip combo (created by makeup artist Grace Lee) for the Libertine show was reminiscent of supermodel Twiggy, while both Tom Pecheux and Diane Kendal created flawless skin accented with a red lip for Oscar de la Renta with MAC Cosmetics and for Jason Wu Collection with Maybelline, respectively.
Black Leather Bermuda Shorts
Who said Bermuda shorts wouldn’t be cool again? According to supermodel Kendall Jenner and fashion designer Alexa Chung, what was once considered a tacky tourist uniform can be updated with just a simple change of material. Instead of blue denim, Jenner (whose full outfit can be seen in the third slide) and Chung opted to wear black leather versions of the knee-length shorts to create chic, sophisticated looks as they attended the Longchamp and Christian Siriano shows, respectively.
Black Winged Eyeliner — With A Twist
Similar to red lips popping up on multiple runways, black winged eyeliner also made a comeback this season. But instead of a typical wing, each presentation that incorporated the trend put a fun spin on it. Makeup artist Isamaya Ffrench abstractly turned the models into birds for Christian Cowan’s show, Grace Ahn went for a graphic winged shape and blocky brow for Puppets and Puppets, Fatima Thomas color-blocked highlighter yellow and electric blue in an angular winged shape for Chromat, and Lynsey Alexander created various artistic winged shapes for Rag & Bone.
Last season’s NYFW saw an influx of women rocking tailored menswear both on the runway and in the front row. For this season, some of our favorite celebs decided to ditch the jacket and step out in their go-to pair of wide-legged pants. Zendaya combined her simple black pair with an ornately embroidered sheer duster, while actresses Katie Holmes channeled her inner groovy ’70s star and Julianne Moore decided to keep it casual in blue denim at the Zimmerman and Tory Burch shows, respectively. Other celebs who participated in the trend included actress Blake Lively at the Michael Kors show and TV host Heidi Klum at Christian Siriano’s runway.
While high fashion runway presentations are all about creating fantasy, sometimes the best way to achieve that is by keeping hair looking effortless and natural. Breezy waves made their appearance at the Alice + Olivia presentation (by hairstylist Justine Marjan for TRESemmé) where they were accented by individually placed rhinestones, the Rodarte runway (by Odile Gilbert for TRESemmé), and the Cinq à Sept runway (by Kien Hoang for Oribe).
Leopard Print… Again
It looks like the tried-and-true animal print trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Though it didn’t make many appearances on runways this time around, it definitely showed up in the front row. Most notably, Tinashe rocked a full leopard print bodysuit while attending LaQuan Smith’s runway show, while Lil Nas X (seen above) opted for a sequined leopard print suit for Tom Ford’s presentation in Los Angeles.