7 Fashion and Footwear Trends From NYFW That’ll Be Everywhere Come Fall 2020

Fashion month has just begun, but there are already a handful of fashion and footwear trends that seem destined to rule the fall ’20 season, as determined by last week’s shows and presentations at New York Fashion Week:

Military green

A military- and hunting-inspired palette of olive green seems to be driving many of the collections that have already shown. At Rag & Bone, quilted capes and parkas were an integral part of the brand’s message of defining American fashion, while Brandon Maxwell took olive to both ball gowns and practical shirting for men and women. Even Rihanna’s current season Fenty collection, which launched earlier in the week, has olive quilted pants and skirts.

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An olive parka at Rag & Bone fall ’20.

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Olive and denim at R13 fall ’20.

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An olive look from Fenty’s new collection.

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To Buy: Fenty Trench-Inspired Parka, $1,660.

line and dot sweater

To Buy: Line & Dot Alder Sweater, $68.

mango olive bag

To Buy: Mango Square Bag, $50.

Ankle jewelry

The chain-detail trend, stemming from “It” shoes by the likes of Bottega Veneta, continues to reverberate through the fall ’20 season. Metal chain links were spotted in anklets that were either part of shoes, such as at Ulla Johnson or Longchamp, or worn as separate jewelry pieces alongside boots, sandals and pumps, as shown at Rag & Bone. Chain-link details have also been spotted on plenty of bags and in earrings, bracelets and necklaces.

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Chain-link detailing on sandals at Ulla Johnson fall ’20.

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An anklet and white pump at Rag & Bone fall ‘20.

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Bottega Veneta’s ankle-chain mesh pump, which kicked off the current ankle jewelry trend that is continuing for fall ’20.

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To Buy: Bottega Veneta chain-embellished macrame and leather pumps, $970. 


Tibi ankle chain sandals

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To Buy: Tibi Nathan Sandals, $263.

Alighieri anklet

To Buy: Alighieri The Character Assassin 24-karat Gold-Plated Anklet, $212.

Ode to Dr. Martens

Jonathan Cohen partnered with the British brand to customize a collection of statement boots embellished in upcycled Swarovski crystals. Other brands like R13 and Monse simply paid homage to the brand’s iconic styles with hybrid combat-work boots featuring heavy rubber lug soles.

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Dr. Martens x Jonathan Cohen boots embellished with upcycled Swarovski crystals and beads.

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Combat boots with a platform sole at R13 fall ‘20.

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A heavy rubber sole on sturdy work-like boots at Monse fall ‘20.

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Dr. Martens Jadon platform boot.

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To Buy: Dr. Martens Jadon platform boot, $180.

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To Buy: Dr. Martens x Undercover Limited Edition 1460 8-Eye Boot, $250.

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To Buy: Dr. Martens Fenimore Triple Buckle Boot, $180.

“Mad for Plaid”

That was the verbatim inspiration for Monse, which showed a collection of its signature remixed silhouettes with dashes of plaid thrown in among khaki, knitwear and androgynous suiting. Elsewhere, Jonathan Cohen mixed plaid with florals, Brock Collection took a sophisticated, Victoriana approach to the classic autumnal print and Zimmermann showed ’70s-esque plaid suiting with suede loafers.

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A plaid suiting look from Zimmermann fall ’20.

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A remixed plaid look from Monse fall ’20.

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A plaid look from Brock Collection fall ’20.

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Monse plaid asymmetrical top.

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To Buy: Monse Plaid Asymmetric Off-Shoulder Blazer, $1,750. 

Ganni plaid skirt

To Buy: Ganni Coated Twill Skirt- Black & Yellow Plaid, $268.

& Other Stories plaid dress

To Buy:& Other Stories Smocked Plaid Midi Shirt Dress, $129.

Brown and black

Brown has been discussed as the new black in fashion, but the latest statement seems to be that a combination of both is best. Brands like Sandy Liang, Longchamp and Tory Burch all mixed the two hues together for an updated neutral look.

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A brown-and-black look from Sandy Liang fall ’20.

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Brown and black hues at Longchamp fall ’20.

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A black and brown look from Zadig & Voltaire fall ’20.

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Zara brown sweater

To Buy: Zara Jewel Button Wool Blend Jacket, $50.

Slvrlake denim black jeans

To Buy: SLVRLAKE London High-Rise Straight Leg Jeans, $260.

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Sam Edelman Penny boot.

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To Buy: Sam Edelman Penny boot, $150. 

Dark sparkle 

Black is back, but with a little something extra. Modern gothic, slightly androgynous shapes were made more glamorous with the addition of crystal finishing at Khaite, Veronica Beard, Monse, Area and even Oscar de la Renta, where a black version of Scarlett Johansson’s Oscars dress walked the runway.

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Khaite’s fall ’20 collection, which featured more than 5,500 Swarovski crystals.

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Veronica Beard fall ’20.

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Area fall ’20.

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Christopher Kane crystal skirt

To Buy: Christopher Kane Crystal Embellished Crêpe Miniskirt, $695.

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Area crystal fringe kitten heel.

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To Buy: Area Crystal Fringe Kitten Heel, $460 (was $820)

Topshop crystal footwear

To Buy: Topshop Sky Diamonte Ankle Strap Sandal, $68.

Cozy knits

The pajama-like comfort of knit skirts, dresses and other separates was important to brands like Rag & Bone, Ulla Johnson, Jonathan Simkhai and Gabriela Hearst. 

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A knit look backstage at Jonathan Simkhai fall ’20.

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A knit dress at Gabriela Hearst fall ’20.

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A knit dress and patterned boots at Ulla Johnson fall ‘20.

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Nicholas belted knit dress.

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To Buy: Nicholas Belted Knit Dress, $600.

H&M Sweater

To Buy: H&M Knit Turtleneck Sweater, $30.

Topshop knit dress trend

To Buy: Topshop Ribbed Long Sleeve Funnel Neck Midi Sweater Dress, $85.

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