The Fall 2020 collections, which just walked the runways at New York Fashion Week, were filled with colour, creative presentations, uptown glamour and downtown cool vibes. We’ve rounded up five of our fave shows of the season that we can’t wait to see in store. —Lyndi Barrett
michael kors. "Cozy Glamour" read the notes for Michael Kors runway show that took place at the American Stock Exchange, which was transformed into a deconstructed country house—a fitting scene for the musical performance by Canadian Orville Peck. In true Kors style, the collection featured classic, wearable pieces that echoed the season’s inspiration: relaxed chic with an urban sense of polish. We loved the blanket capes, luxurious knits, sleek riding boots and relaxed tailoring. Plus, nin an effort to be more sustainable, some of the clothes were made of recycled or reclaimed materials and yarn. Following the show, the wood from the set was donated to Materials for the Arts, NYC’s largest creative reuse centre. Now that’s what we call smart fashion!
coach. This season our friends at Coach collaborated with the estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat to showcase a collection filled with 1980s nostalgia. There was an ease to this season's style, which was presented in an airy, downtown loft. Bright primary colours, statement outerwear and nods to the heritage of the brand were featured throughout. Models wore cool sneakers and practical flats that we’re already coveting. Creative director Stuart Vevers punctuated the collection with prints of Basquiat’s iconic graphics and paintings, including a super-fun rendition of Coach’s signature dinosaur, Rexy. To honour this collab, the artist’s sisters and stepmother were in the front row, while Basquiat’s niece, Jessica Kelly, walked the runway.
ulla johnson. Known for her ultra-feminine, free-spirited collections, Johnson's brand continues to garner fans and admirers worldwide. For Fall 2020, the designer created what she called "an assertive vision of femininity." Drawing inspo from the French architect Charlotte Perriand’s concept of L’art de Vivre, the collection showcased a new form of empowerment, boasting shapes that cocoon and drape along with sharp tailoring, chic ruffles and bold silhouettes. Knitwear highlighted Johnson’s love of handcrafted techniques, and showcased her artisan partners in Peru. Delicate hand crochet and fluffy alpaca yarns lent a softness to the pieces, and the colour palette was inspired by her recent trip to East Africa and the beautiful hues of that landscape. Bright electric shades of purple, acid green and turquoise were grounded in base shades of dark chocolate, rosy pinks and leafy greens. Plus, this season saw the launch of Ulla Johnson eyewear—handcrafted in Italy in fun, oversized proportions that were bold and unapologetically feminine, just like the brand.
christian siriano. This season, the designer collaborated with the film Birds of Prey, starring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. As part of this sponsorship, items from the movie set were shipped into Spring Studios to create the background for the Fall 2020 collection. According to Siriano, "I let my imagination run wild. I was first inspired by the film ... where I took ideas of Harley Quinn running through a dark abandoned carnival fun house. This led to a mythical, gothic and artistic experimental collection. I even found myself looking to the Dadaism art movement of the early 20th century for ideas of sculpture, form, futurism and expression. There is always a focus on event dressing and evening wear that is modern and elevated for our customer, but with playful and youthful silhouettes.” The show's front row included SNL’s Leslie Jones, who excitedly watched and cheered as models, including Canadian Coco Rocha, strutted down the catwalk in gorgeous gowns.
jason wu. Flowers were everywhere for Wu’s Fall 2020 presentations. Beautiful blooms adorned the set along with floral fabrics in a rich, jewel-coloured palette. There was a 1970s reference throughout the sleek presentation, including touches of romantic ruffles, pretty lace and feminine silhouettes. To complement this sophisticated collection, Maybelline’s makeup artist, Diane Kendal, focused on creating healthy, glowing skin that would be the perfect backdrop for a classic red lip. "We wanted everyone to look fresh and gorgeous," she said. "A lip is an easy way to elevate your look."