The Top Trends of Pre-Fall 2020






Unfussy, sexy, and practical clothes are the story of the pre-fall 2020 collections, where the big ideas of spring 2020 have been synthesized into garments that prize wearability over flash. The most obvious case here is that of the red carpet blancmange dress, which has been pared back into manageable layers of tulle or plissé pleats, creating a more manageable amount of drama.
Where party frocks are getting more reasonable, tailoring is getting more experimental, with brands like Givenchy, Dior, and Tory Burch offering suits in every color, shape, and style. Elsewhere, ’09 neons are staging a return—and so are black-and-white Blair Waldorf sass, late ’90s off-the-shoulder tops, and a certain Technicolor Bohemia.
If all this seems staunchly influenced by the past, consider the most alluring—and most contradictory—pieces of the season: Bottega Veneta’s latticework coat and Gucci’s structured slip dress. Both are experiments in construction, one to conceal and one to reveal, and both will look seriously fresh.





The Taming of the Flou
Crinolines, panniers, and cascades of ruffles may have ruled the spring 2020 runways, but they’re not exactly practical for everyday—or everynight—wear. Fo pre-fall, designers cut minimized versions of these red carpet poufs in lighter materials with flippant pleats or micro frills. With all the attitude of a supersize gown, but much less of the hassle, these dresses are sure to be spotted all over this summer’s parties. Gwyneth Paltrow already wore Fendi’s sheer number to the Golden Globe Awards.

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Givenchy

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Suit Yourself



Suiting has been on the uptick the past couple of seasons, and the number of suits shown for pre-fall seems to indicate that the trend is here to stay. Rather than issue a mandate on a certain cut, style, or silhouette, we’re advocating for you-do-you tailoring now. Maybe it will take the form of Dior’s miniskirt suits or Thom Browne’s mashed-up plaids or Agnona’s chic gray wool. The resounding message is that there’s no wrong way to wear a suit in 2020.

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Givenchy
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The Lemon Digs
Remember the year 2009? Well, even if you’re still shaking off the emotional trauma of side-bands and bubble skirts, you will surely recall the excess of neon that year. The trend has resurrected itself ever so slightly for pre-fall 2020 with an ultra-bright shade of lemon appearing in collections from Valentino, Rag & Bone, and 3.1 Phillip Lim. What’s especially piquant: The color isn’t being used as an accent, but rather paired with neutral trenches and easygoing trousers. Get ready for a daily dose of yellow in the office come June.

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Altuzarra
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Stick Your Neck Out

The undoubtable erogenous zone of the season is the collarbone. Whether it’s being showcased by Proenza Schouler’s off-the-shoulder knit dress or left bare in a Dior bustier top, the shoulder-to-shoulder span is the hottest spot on the body. Think of it as a modern answer to all the pouf sleeves and Victoriana on the runways of late and a return to the body-consciousness of the late ’90s.

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Balmain

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The Look for Ladies Who Brunch
Bourgeois beige was the color of 2019—in 2020, we will all be wearing black-and-white. Best seen at Chanel, where Virginie Viard played with the contrasting colors, the look is very uptown, but none too serious. Think neck ruffles, pearl trim, oversize headbands, and lots of bows. Best worn with a wink.