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The Fiercest Trends to Wear This Fall

From pumpkin spice to autumn leaves and slate grey skies to that first blanket of snow, fall is the perfect season for sleek leathers, Victorian-style jackets, luxurious capes and dramatic dresses. Here are seven runway trends to embrace this fall for fashion that’s fierce, voluminous and maximalist.

1.) Luxury grunge

From Louis Vuitton’s vintage-inspired petticoats to Tom Ford’s mid-rise slouchy jeans and Valentino’s Garavino ankle boots, fall 2020 fashion is all about grown-up grunge with a touch of luxury. Slinky slip dresses are paired with chunky lug boots and loose denim jeans are worn with velvet jackets whilst tartan skirts are adorned with safety pins and high heeled shoes are embellished with spiky studs. A popular style for winter, get this edgy runway look by pairing plaid dresses with leather jackets and then accessorise with buckle harnesses and chain chokers.

2.) Timeless capes

Seen on the catwalks at Celine, Marc Jacobs and Balmain, the iconic cape is making a huge comeback. This fall, the silhouette is wider and even more voluminous for maximalist appeal. Choose to drape your shoulders in wool or silk capes for the evening and casual puffer quilted styles, as seen at Rick Owens, for the day. Choose bright red or maroon for chic film noir appeal or classic camel to take you everywhere.

3.) Equine-inspired looks

Like a fine and expensive filly, equestrian-inspired fashion filled the runways this fall. A look that’s always been loved by luxury brands including Hermès and Chloé, this year it has caught on with designers including Tory Burch, Chanel, Khaite and Victoria Beckham. The fiercest way to wear this perfectly tailored look is to swap your chunky boots for streamlined riding boots and throw on a double-breasted blazer and riding-inspired hat. Tuck boots into form-fitting jeans, jump on the horse print silk shirt trend and try both suede jackets and leather skirts for a seductive and classy equestrian feel.

4.) Winter Victoriana

Fierce in a truly feminine way, Victoriana style fashion graced the catwalks at Rodarte, Tory Burch, Gucci and Zimmerman. Two stand out ways to wear the trend this fall are in the shape of high neckline shirts and Victorian-style jackets. The jacket silhouette is streamlined with a nipped-in waist, slightly puffed sleeves and a single row of buttons. Fabric can be anything from velvet to leather and floral prints to tweed. For something a little more dramatic, longer ruffled jackets were belted at the waist and worn over voluminous maxi skirts. Victorian style shirts featured high necklines and ruffles and came in sheer fabrics and velvet. Pair with jeans in the day for a nod to the trend and go edgy at night with jewel-toned velvet trousers.

5.) Plush quilted coats

Combining street-style with warmth, plush quilted coats lined the runways at Alexander McQueen, Jason Wu and Chloé. Not your average puffer jacket, the luxury quilted look has a much closer fitting silhouette and a cinched-in waist thanks to leather buckle belts. Collars are oversized, colours range from pastel pink to sage green and the look is best-worn knee length. Style with loose trousers and combat boots for tomboy appeal or with mini dresses and knee-high leather boots for a glam look that’s winter-ready.

6.) Head-to-toe leather

This fall, leather is styled in a much more grown-up way and there’s a lot more of it. Expect to see leather trench coats, matte leather skirt suits, glossy leather dresses and even leather culottes. Favourite colours of the season include rich chocolate brown, classic camel, bright red and burgundy. From Fendi to Versace and Salvatore Ferragamo to Jil Sander, models sauntered down the catwalk in butter-soft designs from head to toe. Opera-length leather gloves in a rich colourway are a great start if you want to dip your toes into the leather trend and add a bit of drama or for full-on fierce fall fashion pair leather shirts with leather pants and wear leather dresses with over the knee leather boots.

7.) The skirt suit

Whilst the city short was a summer 2020 favourite,fall for fashion that’s fierece. From Michael Kors to Miu Miu and Chloé to Oscar de la Renta, skirt suits were both maxi and micro. A versatile addition to the wardrobe, they can be worn as separates or styled together as a one-piece. Look out for fitted belted jackets, tailored wool and both pencil and ankle-skimming skirts. Keep it fierce but posh with studded boots, ruffle blouses and lots of leather or chain detailing.

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