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Eight key fashion trends that appeared on the Autumn/Winter 2020 runways By Vogue Hong Kong
Fringing was a dominant theme at Milan Fashion Week, where Prada and Bottega Veneta gave the 1920s-era motif a modern interpretation. The detailing appeared on longline dresses, skirts and coats, with the traditional silk tassel even rendered into unconventional materials such as knit and shearling.
Red and Black
Valentino, Bottega Veneta, and Balenciaga each opened their AW20 show with a series of all-black outfits, only to set up a bold contrast to the use of red that appeared as colour statement outfits or accompanying accessories.
Fendi celebrated the curve with statement tubular puff sleeves that appeared on everything from fur coats and knits to sheer dresses. Signature voluminous sleeves also took to structured coats at Loewe, while Victoria Beckham integrated the billowing motif into her sleek design language.
A return to the elegance of late 1970s and early 1980s Parisian bourgeoisie came in the form of refined silhouettes, heavy on the tailoring, with pleated knee-length silk dresses, culottes, blazers and capes, from brands including Saint Laurent, Celine and Balmain.
Plaid, tartan, and check prints made a resonant return to the runways with bold colour and maximalism. Burberry and Dior presented their heritage patterns in a variety of styles ranging from streetwear to tailored suiting, Miu Miu dedicated an entire series to statement skirt suits and mix-and-match separates, and British designers Victoria Beckham and Stella McCartney also wove the traditional pattern into their collections.
There was a cutout for every occasion on the AW20 runways. Burberry’s sleek midi dresses featured cutouts at the ribs, Victoria Beckham’s cutout knit sweaters offered smart layering solutions, and Chloe’s romantic high-collar shirts and dresses were offset with a flash of skin at the chest.
Glossy, second-skin latex stood out on the runways of Saint Laurent and Balmain, while the high-shine material took on larger proportions at Balenciaga. Saint Laurent’s colourful latex leggings and slinky cocktail dresses were fit for a night out while the monochrome latex suits at Balmain gave a daring take on office attire.
Statement outerwear for AW20 appeared heavy on shearling. We saw contrast collars and ‘70s-style trims at Dries Van Noten and Valentino, while full fur (and faux fur) bombers and longline coats featured at Dior and Stella McCartney giving a more indulgent look.