With the weather turning and the colder months ahead, we often look to fashion to brighten our days. Earlier this year I published my favourite looks from the past Spring 2020 Ready-to-Wear and Resort 2020 Seasons, and now it’s time for their autumnal, cool and collected trendy sister to take centre stage.
This season’s Fall 2020 Ready-to-Wear collections had many beautiful looks, showcasing continuing trends and establishing new ones, from a number of designers. Read on to see my Top Killer Fashion Looks from this season, hopefully you’ll become inspired for your own wardrobe.
Get ready – there are A LOT of designers and looks below!
Alexander McQueen Fall 2020
Back for another banging season, the Alexander McQueen Fall 2020 collection is fab! It’s a very strong collection, with everything from tailored suits, knitwear to leather and intricate lace, with strong silhouettes throughout. With almost 50 looks, there’s plenty to aspire to for the Fall Season this year. My favourite features include my favourite colour palette of black, red & white with a muted pinks mixed in, multipaneled leather dresses and jackets, the lace on leather, waterfall skirts and hourglass silhouettes, as well as exaggerated and puffed sleeves.
Christian Siriano 2020
On the Christian Siriano Fall 2020 runway, it was a big glamorous party! A womens- and menswear show, models adorned a black heart on their face, sporting glittering dresses, suits and wearable pieces, styled with leather chain chokers and hot pink lipstick as they walked a pink carpet. Tweed and workwear was mixed with hot pink metallic sheen, there were wide-brimmed hats, rainbow fringing and plenty of suit options. Most importantly, the runway has totally inclusive and diverse, with curvy models, tattooed models, and models of colour. My favourite features are the many versions of the puffed sleeves and ruffled tiers, the metallic embellishments and glittering motifs, as well as those ‘wow gowns’ with their avant garde structures.
Marc Jacobs Fall 2020
I love how playful this collection is, Marc Jacobs really earned his standing ovation at the end of his show. I sensed a lot of influences throughout the Fall 2020 collection, namely from Paris, Netherlands and London. As well as daily chic, there is plenty of glamorous eveningwear too, and a runway appearance by Miley Cyrus, this was an all-rounder! My favourite features include the kaleidoscope of colours from neutrals to brights, the tailored two-piece suits, use of volume and texture, and nods to the 1960s à la Jackie O.
Rodarte Fall 2020
The Rodarte collection was quite intriguing. It had quite a movie-like theme to it, with many looks reminding me of Mary Poppins and Hocus Pocus, I’ve not seen that many spiderwebs on a runway before! Feminine and colourful, I really enjoyed this design collection by American sisters Kate & Laura Mulleavy (and yes, they do have Irish heritage!) My favourite features include the sheer tulle with glitter and floral embroidery, the shiny satin, peplum details, and Victorian-style frills, as well as the caped looks of the floral printed gowns. I also adore the headwear here!
Elie Saab 2020
Y’all know I always get excited when a new Elie Saab collection is unveiled, and for Fall 2020 there is a lot to be said. Not only did the Lebanese designer’s runway kickstart with five strong tailored looks, it then transcended into capes, lace and pussy bows with a handful of royal gemstone coloured gowns. Plus with over 60 looks to be inspired by, it’s safe to understand why he is still one of my top favourite designers. My favourite features have to include Saab’s signature lace and embellishments, as well as the ruffled details and sheer tulle, and those stunning feather adorned gowns.
Zuhair Murad Fall 2020
Every season I look forward to seeing what the genius Zuhair Murad will bring us, and every season I’m even more in awe. Hands down my favourite designer, for the autumnal collection he opted for his signature jewel-coloured gowns in a variety of lengths, jumpsuits, co-ords, and coats too. The pieces boast his detailed skills of delicate lace, intricate embellishments and flattering shapes for all ladies. My favourite features of course include his signature embellished tulle and sheer gowns, but also the tiered lace dresses, the sculpted exaggerated shoulders, the boho patterns and colour palette. I also adore the quilted velvet and embossed leather designs, while feathery trims also made an appearance.
Forever timeless, the Chanel runway always has plenty to aspire to. As the first Fall Collection by Virginie Viard at the helm of the House of Chanel, she did not disappoint. The house’s signature tweed and bouclé were present, military accents and details featured, but I felt there was also an air of hip hop to the collection – I blame all those chunky gold necklaces and the button trims on side slit pants! My favourite features include all of that gold hardware and pearl accessories, the short-suits, the wearable LBDs, and the overall classy black & white colour palette mixed with soft green, coral and raspberry.
Badgley Mischka 2020
Usually I am in absolute awe of their collections, but this season’s Badgley Mischka Fall 2020 collection was more muted than expected. But that’s not to say it wasn’t magnificent. It led the way for stylish workwear while still representing their signature occasionwear. Their outerwear game was also strong with fringed details and mililtary accents in one. My favourite features are the various check prints, the caped jackets, the voluminous sleeves and shoulders, and also the almost over-the-top embellishments on ruffled trims on glittering sequins.
Dolce & Gabbana 2020
How can you not love the Dolce & Gabbana collection? The Italian fashion veterans delivered over 120 looks, with a whole lot of truly wearable pieces, championing chunky knitwear. Black was dominant on the runway, with plenty of gold accents and accessories, whilst the signature D&G corsets and lining also played a big part in the show. My favourite features are the popping gemstones and especially that bejewelled bodysuit, the variety of chunky knit jumpers and cardigans, the masculine tailoring mixed with feminine lace and sheer textures, as well as the red rose motifs and appliqué that added pops of colour to the monochromatic collection.
Alberta Ferretti Fall 2020
With over 50 looks in this collection, Italian designer Alberta Ferretti delivers strong for Fall 2020. Expect the high street brands to take inspiration from her leather looks and knitwear mixed into tailoring. My favourite features are the pops of colour amongst the monochrome looks, the boxy oversized jackets and flowy trousers, as well as the pleated dresses that feature swirled trims, denim and jacquard textures, and the cascading gemstones on black sheer gowns.
Alice + Olivia Fall 2020
Boasting a totally wearable Fall 2020 collection is New Yorker brand Alice + Olivia. Not only did they nail the colour palette of contrasting brights with black leather textures, they also nailed the trends with sheer puffed sleeves, artsy prints and slogan tees. I also adore the chunky boots and metallic accents. My favourite features throughout this hot collection include the many version of leather from croc and lamé to classic smooth leather, the multitude of gypsy-like patterns, as well as fringe and embellished details.
Baja East 2020
Where East meets West…or in this case where Baja East‘s ‘Desert Disco’ meets Western influences. Scott Studenberg‘s designs are on a high following Billy Porter’s Grammy 2020 look. This season’s collection was full of intriguing details, mixed patterns and textures, as well as teaming dresses with trousers that would usually not be together. A silk jumpsuit with leather cowboy boots? Bejwelled face nets with bolo ties? Sweatshirts with lace? Baja East had it all! My favourite features are the slogan sweatshirts & sweatpants notably “The Category Is: Anything for Selenas”, the signature fringing, the use of leather and that high leg asymmetrical cut glittering mini dress with ruched detail.
Bibhu Mohapatra 2020
New on my radar, the Bibhu Mohapatra Fall 2020 show was quite the spectacle. Boasting futuristic styles through angled and structured tulle designs with heavy embellishments, the collection was also rather on trend with exaggerated shoulders and asymmetrical cuts, while also keeping to the Indian designer’s classy aesthetic. My favourite features are the contrasting patterns in one piece, the lamé-style sequins, the mix of feathers & pearls, the voluminous sleeves and shoulders, and those intricate embellishments on sheer, delicate tulle.
Carolina Herrera 2020
Who said Fall has to be dark and somewhat dreary? Not the house of Carolina Herrera as led by Wes Gordon anyway, because this Fall 2020 collection was bursting with colour! Overcoats and outerwear were big on the runway, with wide and oversized fits taking preference. I love how each of the looks was either many shades of one colour or colour blocking at its best, whilst the classic black & white looks also had presence. My favourite features include the wonderful tiered gowns, the leather rope belts, the subtle floral motifs, and the overall chic aesthetic that makes this collection so wearable.
There was an air of the 1970s throughout Chloé Fall 2020, an interesting move by designer Natacha Ramsay-Levi. The colour palette gave off a hippie undertone too, whilst the detailing was on point with every single look – and there were over 50! There were prints upon prints, feminine lace, high waisted trousers, and accessories from top to toe. My favourite features are the ink drawn prints, the balloon sleeves and overall use of lace on trims, as well as the different slits and cuts on dresses and shirts.
Balmain Fall 2020
With almost 80 looks in the collection, French designer Olivier Rousteing led the Balmain parade into a stunning Fall 2020 season. There were quilted looks reminiscent of European countryside with equestrian style as well as military accents, Rousteing’s signature leather and strong shoulders, styled with a lot of eye-catching accessories. My favourite features include the long flowing capes, the variety of textures from silk to velvet and fuzzy sweaters, the equestrian prints, and those thigh-high boots in leather and suede too, because I’ve been itching to get my own pair!
Simone Rocha Fall 2020
Simone Rocha‘s designs may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but her eclectic style and finesse is what makes her stand out from the crowd. The Fall 2020 Collection was heavily influenced by her Irish roots, and specifically Connemara and the Aran Islands. “It’s about the Aran Islands, the life there, and J.M. Synge’s play about it, Riders to the Sea,” said Rocha of her collection. From our Irish Aran jumper knit to the layering, embroidered tulle and suits, soft sheer with satin, this show had it all – and I adored it! My favourite features are the pops of scarlet red against black and white, the scarf-like details on jackets that swept in and out, the romantic lace designs and then of course the many nods to Ireland and Simone Rocha’s heritage.
Christian Cowen 2020
I’ve really become quite the fan of Christian Cowen‘s designs, and his Fall 2020 season is anther reason why. The collection showcased a number of glamorous looks that are totally wearable for both special occasions and daily chic. Animal print played a big part as both prints throughout but also in the makeup looks, while the tailored blazer had many transformations on the runway. I can already picture the likes of Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift and Shania Twain wearing certain pieces. My favourite features are the bejewelled mesh layers as tights, bodysuits and as part of dresses, the tuxedo jacket with a subtle dark animal print, and the largely voluminous sleeves.
Cushnie Fall 2020
For Cushnie Fall 2020, the runway was skipped in favour of a chic photoshoot. Showcasing an interesting selection of six colours for the autumnal season ahead, it was all very classy, feminine and very female empowered. The swirling motions throughout the collection were evident with structured shoulders and sleeves, asymmetrical capes and cuts, whilst the embellishments were minimal. My favourite features include the caped sleeves of the jumpsuits, those long flowing asymmetrical cuts of the skirt-and-trouser looks, the use of soft textures of velvet and silk, as well as the chevron patterns on the black & white looks.
Emilia Wickstead Fall 2020
Although I know her name, this season’s Emilia Wickstead Fall collection was a first for me. I adore the ode to lace she created, those autumnal colours and the range of models who walked her runway. The New Zealander mixed typical masculine tailoring à la 1920s Prohibition with feminine, chic and structured lace so seamlessly. My favourite features are the voluminous sleeves through balloon and batwing designs (proving that trend is not yet over), the cowl and draped features, plus the crop tops that outlined the female chest. As well as the numerous leather and shearling textures, the colour palette was beautiful.
Emporio Armani Fall 2020
At the House of Armani, there’s always a collection to lust after and be inspired by. And for the Emporio Armani Fall 2020, this was it. It featured over 80 looks, with a variety of textures and prints in the classic monochrome mixed with gemstone blues and greens. Tweed, faux fur and crushed velvet, workwear brought back a few eras, and larger than life neckties, whilst still nailing all the seasonal trends. My favourite features include the lace trimmed skirts and shorts, the tweed biker jacket, as well as the colour palette in its entirety.
Ermanno Scervino Fall 2020
The outerwear game was hella strong on the runway at Ermanno Scervino. There were cape jackets, longline coats, cuffs with lace trims, feathery trims along the bottom, from check and plaid to houndstooth patterns. A strong woman, this Fall 2020 collection had a number of monochromatic looks but also beautifully coloured pieces too. The detailing was truly on point. My favourite features are the tiger prints, lasercut leather pieces, all of the tailored suits but especially that gold suit!
Fendi Fall 2020
The Fendi show was interesting, as I wasn’t taken by it at first. On second look, I started to really appreciate all the design details from the ribbed and quilted features to the soft colour palette and the outerwear styles. Like a number of designers this season, the coat and jacket has been reinvented but with a structured and almost geometric aesthetic. My favourite features are the military vibes, the plunging necklines and voluminous sleeves. As well as the delicate lace, I also really admired the hairstyles and accessories on the runway.
Giambattista Valli Fall 2020
At the Giambattista Valli Fall 2020 show it was a rather romantic affair. There were feathery trims, military detail, capes and printed denim. The colour scheme was feminine without being girly, the structures were strong, there were snake motifs and Asian influences, while the footwear was rather business and badass! My favourite features include the bouclé two-piece skirt suits, the coats with the aforementioned feathery trims and also those bedazzling mesh face covers many models wore down the runway.
Versace Fall 2020
For Donnatella Versace and her Fall 2020 Collection, it was classic black, plenty of leather, with pops of red, green & blue, and checks throughout. The womens- and menswear show featured over 90 looks and was hella strong as every Versace season is. The variety of themes and textures was very interesting though, almost clashing but pulling it off only the way an Italian fashion powerhouse can. Quilted bomber jackets and skirts, preppy jumpers, 1970s style sunglasses and denims, baggy fits and clashing prints. It had it all! My favourite features are the houndstooth patterened business looks, the curved slit feature on a number of dresses, as well as the female leather pieces and the men’s leather jackets, and those pink suits!
Vera Wang Fall 2020
The Vera Wang Fall 2020 show was quirky and futuristic, with bursts of neon, flowing tulle and corsets mixed with badass leather and chunky boots. The collection mixed high neck (faux) fur collars with leather harnesses, barely there tulle and oversized suit jackets with short shorts as well as ruffled tulle gowns with longsleeve gloves. My favourite features are the pastel shades of tulle, the elongated sleeves with chunky knit details and the abstract corset designs.
Valentino Fall 2020
The runway at Valentino Fall 2020 started off with hard black look after look, but eventually softened with pops of colour, pastels and romantic textures but also glistening details. Crafted by Italian designer Pierpaolo Piccioli, the show featured almost 90 looks, and like other designers this season, leather was very prominent. Whilst sheer materials were present in both the womens- and menswear, the overal first-half of the show felt very Matrix like. My favourite features include the red leather overcoat, the oversized floral prints, and especially the longer lengths on coats, waistcoats and dresses. And then of course I adored the formalwear section that closed the show!