It’s always a fun boost to the year when fashion week begins. You get to see the upcoming trends, the beautiful creations for the colder seasons and the designers’ creativity being unleashed.
This Autumn/Winter 2020, comfort stood out to me especially when it comes to shoes. Most designers opted for low heels, platforms or a good old flat boot/shoe, which I for one am definitely not complaining about.
Here are my top 16 shows that I usually look forward to seeing or have caught my eye this season:
1. Tom Ford:
I don’t think I would ever see sweats on a Tom Ford runway, but there is a first time for everything isn’t there?
The chill LA girl attitude this collection had felt very appropriate and relevant nowadays. I loved the monochromatic looks, as well as the glamorous slutty yet chic dresses; no one does slutty glam like Mr. Ford.
Small phone purses in different leather variations added the perfect finishing touch to the looks. All in all, it was a very strong LA-celebrating show and seeing one of the looks on the Oscar’s red carpet, especially that gorgeous Bella Haddid one, would’ve been the cherry on top, but there are plenty of other occassions one could rock a TF piece on.
2. Christian Siriano:
I wouldn’t have guessed that the collection was tied to the movie Birds of Prey had I not read it online, which is a good thing. I mean, the blue hairstreaks here and there as well as the heart-shaped beauty marks were quite demure, no wonder it went right over my head.
I love Christian Siriano’s shows as I’m always sure he will deliver when it comes to diversity in body shapes, which can sometimes feel even more important than impeccable clothing. It’s definitely not to say the collection wasn’t top notch, but I simply missed his elegant pieces in bold colours that I’m used to drool over when they swayed down his runway.
3. Badgley Mischka:
The utter sophistication and beauty of this show were out of this world. This collection was inspired by the Victorian era with its high necklines, but the colour palette and cuts were modern enough to be seen on a glamorous woman nowadays stepping into her Rolls Roys.
The camel-coat-poncho-hybrid was absolutely stunning, as well as the embelished dresses with impeccable hair and makeup.
Opening the show with a strong tailored coat that has a glossy and patent finish set the tone for the rest of the collection.
I’m used to so much lace and delicate pieces from Han Chong, which we did see here and there as a nod to his past collections, but seeing solid outerwear that put an emphasis on craftsmanship and looked so sleek was refreshing.
The bright eyeshadow was the perfect touch to add a little playfulness and fun to an otherwise dark colour palette.
A good deconstructed blazer is one of my favourite things to see on a runway, so it was no surprise the blazers and tuxedos caught my eye instantly.
5. Brandon Maxwell:
If I were to make a list of my favourite daywear designers in recent years, Brandon Maxwell would’ve definitely made the top ten. Every single look appears very well thought of, well made, beautifully styled and of course very put-together.
The mini waist bags worn crossbody with suits and t-shirts, along with a cool beanie gave me the ultimate inspiration for upcoming autumn, I’ll definitely be trying out those monochromatic looks as well I always seem to drool over.
Evening numbers were sheer with sophisticated cuts and silhouettes, which made me hope I’d see one on the Oscars’ red carpet.
I think we all know by now how much I like a classic piece with a twist. Tibi never fails to deliver when it comes to that, as well as timeless pieces with a modern touch one can invest in and wear over and over again.
The extra neck pillows were a nice touch to the collection, as were the soft-looking jumpers in different lenghts and colours.
Minimalistic and wearable can sometimes be boring, but the cuts and styling made everything look relevant and beautiful.
7. Jason Wu collection:
This was such a romantic collection. From the set design, the music and the colour palette, all the way to the hair and makeup. The colour blocking using such vibrant colours was beautiful to see, as well as the different fabrics and finishes. Everything looked extremely feminine and chic.
8. The Row:
The Olsen twins’ label has always been minimalistically chic way before it was a trend. Their collections are always so easy-going and timeless; this one was no exception.
I absolutely loved the head-pieces combined with long silhouettes, which makes it completely appropriate to wear by someone into modest fashion and covered like me.
Double coats were presented several times as well as double blazers, both looks I’m very eager to try out.
9. Carolina Herrera:
Great fashion can sometimes make my mouth water, and let me tell you, I was drooling by the end of this gorgeous collection.
Wes Gordon did an amazing job of keeping the romantic feel of the brand alive all whilst adding his youthful touch to it making it more relevant and modern nowadays.
The ruffled pieces were one of my favourites, as were those shiny golden flat shoes for sure.
10. Jonathan Simkhai:
The colour palette of this beautiful collection was very autumnal, with its rusty oranges and beige tones. The coats were such staple pieces worth investing in for sure.
I loved the pastel yellow blazer and fringy dresses, as well as a stunning yellow slip one can style a hundred ways.
11. 3.1 Philip Lim:
I stan a humble person in general, but a successful one that still knows how to be down-to-earth is a gooden, combine that with environmental consciousness and you’ve got Philip Lim.
The designer’s collection is 50% made of sustainable fabrics, which is definitely something I’d applaud him for.
I loved the cool classics with a twist, such as the feminine-cut puffers, or the gorgeous jumpsuits thrown here and there. The colour palette is extremely autumnal which gives this collection that dark and youthful vibe I crave during the transitional period.
12. Oscar De La Renta:
The reason why Oscar De La Renta is on my list is definitely the evening wear.
Don’t get me wrong, daywear is gorgeous and beautifully made, but Fernando Garcia and Lauren Kim’s evening wear takes me places I’m very eager to go to.
I love the elegance of each piece, the colour blocking, the poofiness and extravagance of it all. The sparkly top with black trousers stood out to me for sure, as did the dusty pink ruffled dress with an exposed sparkly bodice for very obvious reasons.
13. Vera Wang:
I haven’t seen a Vera Wang show in a while and I love how unpredictable this one was.
The goth vibes were a welcoming change from her bridal gowns, and a more modern way to approach a broader audience.
Those tailored shorts and trousers styled with huge platform sandals along with a sheer top screamed careless fashionista to me in the best way possible.
14. Prabal Gurung:
A 70s inspired collection with a modern 2020 appeal, that’s what this collection was all about. I absolutely love how every collection of Gurung’s is more daring than the one before it, and I admire the unpredictability.
The floral motifs and different fabrics caught my eye, but not as much as the ear candy displayed throughout the show. Those giant pearls and embellishments make one’s head turn in awe for sure, and mine is no exception.
15. Michael Kors:
Two words: Utter perfection.
I think I would’ve cried had I been to the actual show, that’s how gorgeously stunning it was to me. Frankly, my expectations weren’t low, but they weren’t the highest either, which is not to say I’m not a fan but I simply wasn’t expecting the collection to be this close to my personal taste.
I’m yet to stop drooling over the impeccable outerwear the desginer opened the show with. From well-tailored coats, to monochromatic looks, everything looked on absolute point one simply couldn’t resist a standing ovation at the end.
16. Marc Jacobs:
There is no one quite like Marc Jacobs. Only he knows how to close NYFW with a bang, and he does it every single time.
Inspired by the 60s, the pieces looked cutesie, feminine and playful, all whilst appearing chic and mature for a modern day woman.
I loved the minimal styling, making the cuts, fabrics and colours stand out more. The little headpieces were adorable, as were the pastel looks with little Mary-Janes and a bold eye to balance it out.
A perfectly tailored camel suit was gorgeous with a clean hairstyle, as was a sleek lbd with a cool leather jacket and white kitten heels. There was something for everyone.