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11 Runway Inspired Trends You Must Add To Your Wardrobe This Fall

By Jaqueline Condura & Channele Sawyer

Victorian Inspired

The romance of the 18th-century Victorian period has inspired our first trend for the season. Feminine details and rich fabrics are gracing vintage touches of this style. Seen on the runways of Gucci, Isabel Marant, Marc Jacobs, and Tori Burch, they took us back in time to the renaissance era while still managing to keep the presence of combining nostalgia with contemporary designs.  Some hallmarks to look for in this trend are flowy pieces, high necklines, statement sleeves, ornate embellishments, ruffles, and lace. For those who love girly feminine styles, this is definitely going to be your trend!

Tory Burch Fall 2020 RTW
Tory Burch Fall 2020 RTW Courtesy of
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Tory Burch Fall Winter 2020 RTW Courtesy of
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Tory Burch Fall/Winter 2020 Courtesy of
Ruffled Knit Sweater with Bow
Ruffled Knit Sweater with Bow
Peter Pan Collar Knit Dress
Peter Pan Collar Knit Dress
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Contrasting Knit Collar sweater
Combination Knit Sweater
Combination Knit Sweater

Embellished Sleeves

Exaggerated sleeves were a big fashion trend this spring/summer and is going to carry over and stay current for fall/winter. Designers are coming up with even more creative variations on sleeve sizes and shapes to interpret this growing trend. The dramatic sleeves will continue to be a fashion focus across all garments from tops and sweaters to even outerwear. This bold trend is one to watch and add to your wardrobe.  

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00015 Isabel Marant Pre Fall 2020 credit Bibi Borthwick
sage ruffled green sweater
sage ruffled sweater
poplin sleeve top
Poplin Sleeve top

Soft Knits and Jersey Fabric

For fall in this COVID – 19 world comfort is king. With summer over and many back to staying indoors, soft comfy fabrics give us that cozy pajama-like feeling that will be ideal for working from home. In a world filled with zoom meetings and digital cocktail parties who wouldn’t want to adopt a more ergonomic form of dress. At Daniel Lee’s Bottega Veneta, soft knits and jersey fabrics ruled the runway. From street-inspired silhouettes to sleek sweater dresses, tactical fabrics are in. These looks can take you from your afternoon zoom meeting to your online cocktail party. Dressed up knitwear is also a trend this fall. The best yet is the new knitwear take on the fringe. Who says you can’t dress for style and comfort! At Jill Sander, soft and comfy fabrics took on many forms including silk fringing and chenille knitting along with extensive pleating. Among some of my favorite comfy dressing trends for Fall is the Blanket dress, and the robe coat.

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Bottega Veneta PF20 LOOK 37 W
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Assymetry and Draping

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Zara ribbed knit dress
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Zara Shoulder Pad Knit Dress
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Knit A Line Dress


Popularity of patchwork has returned with the familiar well-known folksy trend we tend to see as the temperature cools down. Catwalks were filled with designers like Marni and Alexander McQueen showing the vintage couture vibe. It also plays to sustainability using swatches of colorful fabrics and mixed patterns or prints. The effect originally born in the 60’s and 70’s is now appearing on shirts, dresses, even jeans and accessories like hats and bags this season.

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zara patchwork denim midi skirt
Marni Patchwork shoes
Marni Patchwork sneakers


Balmain presented an interesting take on satin at last spring and falls 2020 runways. While this fabric is usually seen or more feminine silhouettes, this is a whole new take on the fabric. This season it was presented on more masculine structural silhouettes, giving a fresh interpretation of the power suit. You can also see the streetwear inspiration and luxe sportswear trends coming into effect.

The Italian fashion house of Prada owned the satin trend by introducing a new Wrinkle effect. Bold and jewel-tone colors combined gives these pieces a luminous effect, making for quite a sophisticated cocktail dress.

Colorful Satin at Prada and Ulla Johnson

The Wrinkled Effect

Victorian Silhouettes
zara satin shirt
green satin skirt
satin midi skirt
wrinkled silk shirt
wrinkled satin shirt


This seasons leather takes on many forms. From light weight leather inspired fabric at Isabel Marant that features a draping effect, to the colorful 80’s inspired hot fuchsia pants by Alberta Ferretti. Leather at Balmain takes on a more latex feel done in natural hues taking on the form of a second skin. There is no shortage of colors and textures when it comes to skins this season. Among the favored hues are hunter green, grays, burgundies, and warm earth toned hues of browns.

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A blast from 80’s fashion is back in a big way! The shiny luminescent metallics are reimagined in a modern updated style for today. This time around, the silhouettes are represented on tops, bottoms and even blazers and coats. Once tucked away for parties and nights outs, this trend is now meant to be worn all day, every day. In addition to the typical silver and gold tones we have seen in the past, this iteration of the trend is also using rich colors included in their collections that haven’t been seen before. This futuristic trend is going to be out of this world.

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Marni Fall/Winter 2020
zara metallic boots
zara metallic boots
metallic thread dress
metallic thread dress


Fringe has a long relationship with fashion. It has been a design detail cycled in and out of seasons and most commonly seen on jackets and handbags or accessories. Bringing it forward, fringe will have a more prominent focus on pieces instead of being a background element. You will find fringe showcased on sweaters, pants, dresses, and coats. The three- dimensional movement of these tailored symmetrical strips are even being used in the most trending fabrics of the season such as metallics, leather and knits.

Metallic Fringe

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Knitwear Fringe

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Bottega Vennetta knit fringe dress
Bottega Veneta Fringed shoulder bag
Bottega Veneta Fringed shoulder bag
bottega venetta intreciatto leather bag
Bottega Venetta intreciatto leather bag

Leather Fringe

00010 Isabel Marant Pre Fall 2020 credit Bibi Borthwick
00010 Isabel Marant Pre Fall 2020 credit Bibi Borthwick


If this time, if living in a pandemic has taught us anything, it is that we crave human contact and social interaction. We are looking forward to better days when celebrations and gatherings are no longer taboo. Fashion is picking up on the psychological affects of the mind and emulating those needs in terms of its influence of the trends being brought to us this season. Luxuriousness and shimmer are evoking a positive outlook to when normalcy returns and getting dressed will be a styling event as we select our outfits. Leading the charge for this trend, are fancy little round spangles known as sequins. Head to toe full on dresses, skirts, suits and more will be encrusted in these dazzling discs.  Similar to the metallic trend, this one can also be incorporated into your main wardrobe and not just reserved for evenings or special occasions so bring out the sparkle!     

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Jackie Condura

Jackie Condura is a Personal Stylist and Fashion Blogger based in New York. Her diverse fashion background and experience includes styling services and private clients. She is also a Consultant within the industry. Jackie is delighted to be sharing her knowledge as a contributor writing fashion content for the Trendy-Traveller.

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