A Mini Trend Report From The A/W 2020 Fashion Shows


The fashion shows in New York, London, Milan, and Paris have wrapped up. Here are my top 3 trends, from a print and pattern perspective, from this season’s shows. Of course you already know that I love the Modern 20’s trend as I showed in my last post, so in addition to that, here are my top picks:

1. Large Florals

Naeem Kahn image from 2020 fashion shows showing two women in outdoor vestibule wearing long black floral print dresses with bright red, pink, and orange flowers


Large florals, often on a dark ground dominated the runway. The one above from Naeem Khan isn’t even that large, I just love it for an example of floral on black. See Carolina Herrera and Valentino make this trend larger than life, really.

2. Optic Graphics:

Monclear fashion show fall 2020 showing model in snow suit with multiple patterns including florals and geometric designs.

There were lots of notan style graphics this year with eye-popping colors and optical illusions going on. My favorite are the prints that flip back and forth between foreground and background. I love the use of just one color (or black) and white. Above Moncler/ Richard Quinn shows multiple trends in one: Optic Graphics, Twinning Prints, and those late 60’s florals.

3. Twinning Prints:

Valentino Fall 2020 fashion show image showing model in pink, green and white pantsuit with long flowing jacket


Valentino shows a dramatic example of “twinning prints”. These prints look very similar but they’re different. You almost can’t tell where one ends and the other begins. Is it just inverted? A little subtle eye trickery that brings texture and feeling without major contrast in prints. The ultra-clashing prints from seasons past are becoming friends. I saw this in so many collections. I think it will be fun to work with this trend and show some ideas. How will it translate into interiors? The most design forward swimwear brands are already doing this extremely well.

Other trends: Lots of paisley dresses and folk style prints, super feminine lines, and tons of lime green.

Tadashi Sohji runway image from 2020. Long white dress with blue floral design

I would say the cut of this Tadashi Shoji dress is anything but folk, but the combination of the paisley print and the feminine cut is super elegant.

And, just because it’s my style through and through, if I could take one thing home from this season’s fashion shows it would be this stunning number from Ermanno Scervino:


Image from 2020 Ermanno Scervino Runway show. Model is wearing black boots and a black cape embroidered with a white flower design

Come back next week! My post on the Adobe Textile Designer Plug-in is coming soon!


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