5 Trends to Watch Out of New York Fashion Week 2020

By Blogger/ Influencer Olyasha of Not Basic Blonde

New York Fashion Week brought us both brand new and classic trends this season, (including an enduring appreciation for Lucite heels that just won’t fade) and I was determined to see them all!

I woke up each morning at the crack of dawn to put on my first look, grab a coffee and mentally prepare myself for the fashion overdose of the day.

I darted from show to the hotel room, to show, to the hotel room, to show (you get the picture here) and finally collapsed, exhausted into my bed at nearly midnight for four days in the Big Apple.

And as I listened and watched the top-notch runway productions (and peeped the VIP guests and celebrities perched in their front row seats around me) I made a mental note of the ready-to-wear trends that would be guiding our fashion choices in Fall/ Winter 2020.

Even though the design influences spanned every corner of the globe, at least five themes brought each and every one of them together to hint at a truly exciting fashion trend emerging in just a few short months!

Here are the five fashion trends that shined (literally) on the runway.


Touchable Texture

JUST IN XX made us sit up and look closer at a parade of cheerful raised jacquard jackets and 3D printed patterns on the runway. 

The Arlo Studio blessed us with classic feminine silhouettes skimmed with artful embellishment and crush-worthy velvet. And Noon By Noor gave us gauzy, floating lines punctuated by intricate raised lace. Every time a model moved past my seat, I had to stop myself from reaching out and touching the desig

[Images - Arlo Studio cream jacket, Just In Case Orange hat ensemble, Noon by Noor transparent blouse and grey skirt]

The audience didn’t disappoint, either. And yes, I did touch Patrick Starr’s sumptuous feathers… and I’m not the least bit sorry!

Patrick Starr and NotBasicBlonde

Bold, Summery Hues

Gigi Wang brought us clean lines and Mandarin collars in citrus hues. Chris Cowan (who appears a few times in this list) straddled three lines in the fashion world with part of his line focusing on jungle-esque natural themes. 

Gigi Wang

Christian Cowan

Sculpted Hemlines

The runways saw a lot of interestingly constructed hemlines and finishes. Alicia Perillo gave us a demure striped panel skirt detailed with long layers. And that cape!

Office, but make it high fashion.

Shun Oyama sent strong military jacket-lines down the runway finished with artfully sculpted bias skirts. An honorary mention goes to a deconstructed denim look from the line that finished with a mandarin collar at the ankle in sumptuous silk. 

Alicia Perrilo

Shun Oyama

Shimmer and Shine

From shimmery satins to rhinestone speckled tights, the shine was all over the runways at New York Fashion Week. Gigi Wang debuted a memorable lame look with an orange-to-blue midi skirt. Chris Cowan sent multiple rich gold looks accessorized with sequins, rhinestones, and show-stopping glitzy masks over his models’ faces. 

Eye-Catching Cut-Outs

There was no fear of catching a winter chill in the Fall/ Winter lines featured at New York Fashion Week. From the sleek Noon by Noor black dress with a daring neck to navel cutout to Chris Cowans dazzling one-shoulder mini and the luxurious gold zebra print dress with daring waist cutouts, the skin was everywhere.

Perhaps the crown of cutouts should go to Namilia, with aggressively deconstructed kimonos and moto jackets replaced by straps, harnesses and dominatrix leather. Though this show was the first I attended at New York Fashion Week, it was the one that stuck in my memory for days.

Noon by Noor
Christian Cowan