It is easy to get sentimental when looking at the trends for autumn and winter 2020/2021. Designers nostalgically go back to the 1990s and promote huge logos, monogrammed bags, spots and zebra stripes, which are now considered the height of obnoxiousness and kitsch. Neon and leather dresses are also back on the catwalks (after a while). The fashionable autumn and winter 2020/2021 looks will be mono-coloured (which does not mean monothematic!) – liven up your one colour look with contrasting textures. In the new season, proportions will be significant. The most fashionable silhouette has a low waist and a mid-calf cut, which optically adds weight. We are not to worry about this; after all, #bodypostive is still on-trend.
In autumn and winter 2020/2021, you will have a hard time getting cold, as fashion houses promote wearing two coats at once. Unless you choose a different trend instead of a down jacket and trench, wear an ultra-short pleated mini despite the frost. Designers have prescribed canary green and a large dose of glitter and sequins for the autumn blues. Don’t be afraid of metallic foils, and swap your white summer suit for a woollen one with checks. What else? Other trends include sculptural ruffles, capes like Zorro, tweed and dresses that look like knotted silk scarves. Make-up is dominated by intense colours (on the eyes) and carmine red (on the lips). For jewellery, maxi length earrings, pearls and bracelets.
Trends autumn-winter 2020/2021: New silhouette
In previous seasons, designers tried to persuade us to expose our legs – mini lengths and boots were fashionable (according to trends, we were supposed to forget about trousers for a while, and treat jackets as dresses). Now the proportions are entirely changing. In autumn and winter 2020/2021, minis are being replaced by midis, and underskirts we’re supposed to wear extra jeans, thick tights or cigarette pants. Oh, and also lace-up ankle boots (like the models at the Chloé show). The waistline of tunics and blouses should be (according to the collections of well-known fashion houses) lowered – and the cut should be at about hip level. Although such styles distort the figure and optically add weight, designers such as Natacha Ramsay-Levi and Jonny Johansson claim they are worth trying.
Trends autumn-winter 2020/2021: micro pleats
Pleats. For autumn and winter 2020/2021, they are no longer broad and retro (as with Céline’s famous yellow skirts from the previous season). Fashionable is the sculptural, micro-scale ones that “build” spectacular futuristic dresses (Givenchy, Lanvin, Balmain). Note: wrinkles look best in a metallic version.
Autumn-Winter 2020/2021 trends: metallic silver
Recall the archival collections of Paco Rabanne or the stills from the film “Barbarella – Queen of the Galaxy”. Metallic silver dresses are back in fashion for autumn and winter 2020/2021 – those decorated with sequins, chains or “built” with silver discs. Although the metallic trend is strongly associated with futurism, we can bet that designers such as Olivier Rousteing or Julien Dossena had photographs from the late 1960s on their mood boards. Gold lacquered leather and hologram foils (Balmain) are also on-trend for autumn and winter 2020/2021.
Autumn-winter 2020/2021 trends: monocolour
According to a simple rule, we are to compose our styling for autumn and winter 2020/2021: colour matters. Preferably a strong and distinctive one (like the orange from the Haider Ackermann catwalk or the lemon from the Rochas show), but this is not an obligation. The dress/pants/coat/stuffed fur/jackets/jacket/bag or skirt must match the other items in the same shade. Ideally, exactly the same.
Autumn-winter 2020/2021 trends: animal prints
Take careful note: zebra stripes that look like they’ve been taken off the wallpaper of a Roberto Cavalli yacht, leopard spots, python skin, ocelot fur, tiger stripes. All animal prints are back in fashion. Designers print them on airy chiffons (as in Dolce & Gabbana) and leather trousers (Isabel Marant). It might seem easy to go overboard with this trend, but don’t let your instincts fool you. The most influential brands are presenting wild prints in a full version. Fashion maximalists should be delighted because animal patterns are to be worn from head to toe in autumn and winter 2020/2021. Don’t believe it? Take a look at the catwalks: Proenza Schouler, Ackermann or Aigner.
Trends autumn-winter 2020/2021: leather
A leather dress – whether fitted to the figure like the one worn by Monica Bellucci in “The Matrix” or in a motorbike-style like Emmanuelle Seigner’s creation from the film “Frantic” – each is part of the trends for autumn and winter 2020/2021. Designers have turned leather (natural or eco-leather as in the case of collections such as Stella McCartney’s) into the most fashionable material of the season (leather can only beat tweed for the podium in this category). As often as leather dresses appeared at the AW18 fashion weeks, leather knee-length trainers, leather ramp jackets (Acne) and even leather suits (Louis Vuitton) also appeared. We wore leather in autumn and winter 2020/2021 with equally leather accessories.
Autumn-winter 2020/2021 trends: neon green
After a season of admiration for cool pastels, after months of wearing dresses and blouses in shades of frosted berry and bleached raspberry, we’re going to put on intense, even mottled green. It has a canary shade, is reminiscent of Stabilo highlighters and draws attention like no other colour. Wear it solo or accompanied by classic black like the show’s models: Balenciaga, Balmain or Dries van Noten. The great return of neon to fashion can also be seen in trendy make-up. Black mascara in autumn and winter 2020/2021 gives way (in the cosmetics bag) to mascara in tones of ripe oranges or sour lemon. Even the cat line we have (at least according to Dior make-up artists) to paint with fluo eyeliner.
Trends for autumn-winter 2020/2021: check
The check pattern appears in the trends practically every autumn-winter season. Last year we wore it in shades of cool graphite or dove grey. It is more common for checks to consist of warm tones of red, burnt sienna, ochre and chocolate brown. Designers have covered coats and mackintoshes (Sonia Rykiel), suits (Albino, Dries van Noten) and skirts (Rochas) with checks. How to wear a statement? Either solo or by combining it with (seemingly incongruous) animal prints. Two (trends) in one.
Trends autumn-winter 2020/2021: one coat is not enough
This trend has quite a good chance to be adopted in Poland for good. Designers from season to season are prepared for increasingly hostile temperatures. Demna Gvasalia’s promotion of the down coat in his 2017 collection for Balenciaga was already a breakthrough. It was with his design that the jacket, long considered the height of edginess and synonymous with lousy taste, suddenly became the most coveted outer garment, with popular chain stores outdoing each other in producing an increasingly improved and similar version to the original. In autumn and winter 2020/2021, down coats will continue to be fashionable and tremendous ankle-length down coats. And that’s not all. Fashion houses, such as Rochas, Y Project, Balenciaga or Beautiful People, are urging us to layer our outerwear – a trench under a woollen cap, a windbreaker over a powder coat. When it comes to styling, you can combine jackets and coats made of the same material and in the same shade, just like on the Beautiful People catwalk. Or you can let your imagination run wild and combine completely mismatched colours and patterns, precisely as Demna Gvasalia did mentioned above. One thing is for sure, “in this trend” you will not get cold.
Trends autumn-winter 2020/2021: logomania
Logomania is coming back into fashion in waves. As early as the 1980s, designers such as Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger put (not necessarily subtle) logos of their brands on clothes and accessories. Stamp fashion, however, gained momentum more than a decade later. Paris Hilton showed up head to toe in clothes with the Chanel logo; it was also in vogue to parade a handbag covered with the Gucci monogram or to cinch a gold D&G belt around her waist instead of a buckle. When bags and T-shirts with the brands’ logos were flooding the markets, symbols were immediately associated with kitsch and fakes. A short while later, Jeremy Scott, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon of Kenzo or Riccardo Tisci turned logos into objects of desire again with their streetwear collections. There was also a moment when the industry started laughing at itself and condemned the trademark’s glorification. Trendsetters, who moments earlier had posed with Boy Chanel in front of the lenses of street fashion photographers, started wearing eco-friendly nets with the mocking slogan “My Chanel bag is at home”. For the autumn-winter 2020/2021 season, the logo is cool again. Maria Grazia Chiuri dusted off the famous Diorissimo print and covered the equally famous Saddle Bag with it, Alexander Wang printed his brand’s stamp on leggings, sweatshirts and even tights, and in the Kenzo collection you’ll find t-shirts styled in the 90s, of course with the fashion house’s big name on the front.