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The Best Trends from New York Fashion Week Fall 2020

Fashion month kicked off with a bang in New York, where celebrities jumped from the front row to the catwalk – the week’s biggest talking point was Miley Cyrus strutting down the runway in a black bralet for Marc Jacobs. This season NYFW was all about drama, with some of the biggest looks featuring billowing capes, overblown silhouettes and high-octane sparkles. Here are the top trends for this Fall, fresh from the New York runway.


Capes were everywhere at New York Fashion Week, most notably at Brandon Maxwell, where a dramatic long black silk cape opened the show. Adding instant intensity to any look, they’re the perfect way to take an outfit to the next level with minimal effort. Alongside a floor-skimming tie-dyed cape from Tom Ford there were several more utilitarian options on show, with Michael Kors opting for wool cape-coat hybrids in muted greys, browns and blacks, and Longchamp showing a striking bright red cape-coat with leopard print panelling – a print that was spotted on runways across New York.

Equestrian Chic

Ladylike riding chic is back, with plenty of smart suits and knee-high boots taking to the runways. Brandon Maxwell kept his looks understated, with checked blazers and tailored jeans and trouser suits tucked into sleek boots, while Michael Kors went a step further adding tight-fitting riding trousers to the outfits he sent down the runway. Topped off with a long red wool coat with gold buttons, the look called to mind old portraits of riders cantering across fields.

Exaggerated Silhouettes

This season the outsized silhouette has been given a modern remake, with graphic dresses and drop-waist ballgowns adding a new spin. At Marc Jacobs it was all about volume, with ruched puffball sleeves and textured dresses adding an extra dimension, while Proenza Schouler took a different approach, sending oversized, off-the-shoulder coats down the runway. Carolina Herrera kept things classy, as always, with romantic ruffles and pared-back A-line dresses with full skirts. And over at Brandon Maxwell, chiffon was used to full effect, with Bella Hadid walking in a showstopping look sure to make it onto the red carpet next Awards Season.


For Fall, eveningwear is going to be all about glitz, glitter and glamour, with a distinct rock chick edge. Marc Jacobs sent slick metallic gowns and dresses that clung to the skin down the runway, topped off with sparkling silver coats and jackets. At Michael Kors the glitter was more understated, with shimmering black and gold gowns paired with black leather boots. And both Christian Siriano and Tom Ford opted to keep their looks supremely sexy, with dazzling dresses featuring daring cutaway panels that left little to the imagination.