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A Complete Guide to the Top Trends of Fall 2019

The runways have spoken, and the ’90s are back. So are the ’70s. And the ’80s. And so are some trends that can’t be traced back to any particular decade. Confusing, I know, but designers like Chanel, Gucci, and more declared everything from power shoulders to micro-micro bags to weird hats a thing, and we can’t wait to join in.

Make Way for Millennial Purple

Millennial pink might be the most overused color in marketing, but purple is what every designer is suggesting for the the party circuit. The range of hues are endless, so pick your purple poison: Michael Kors presented electric sequins, Tom Ford used lavender, and Rodarte presented orchid formal wear.

Clockwise: Tom Ford, Rodarte, Cushnie
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Left to right: Dries Van Noten, Christian Siriano, Michael Kors

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Every Good Superhero Needs a Cape

One of the strongest outerwear silhouettes to come out of the fall 2019 collections was the cape. Chanel gave the capelet the tweed treatment, Marc Jacobs showed one in Leopard, and Hedi Slimane’s second collection for Celine made the best in basic. The many variations prove the heroic cut works for every occasion.

Clockwise: Chanel, Marc Jacobs, and Chloé
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Left to right: Céline, Burberry, Oscar de la Renta

Put a Feather…Everywhere and Anywhere

Instead of feathers and fur weighing you down, designers are giving the texture a lighter touch. Valentino delicately edged their dresses in a wispy trim, and Proenza Schouler showed a feather-backed top that looked as if it would blow away with a soft breeze.

Clockwise: Loewe, Giambattista Valli, Valentino
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Left to right: Prabal Gurung, Proenza Schouler, Sies Marjan

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Cinched Suiting

Designers seemed to mind meld around suit styling: it’s all about the belt. Blazers came with built-in cinchers at Prada, and Marni contrasted its gray suits with heavy, chain belts. Follow their lead and nip the waist on all your suits, oversized and otherwise.

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Clockwise: Tibi, Marni, Prada

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Brock Collection, Hermes, and Sacai

Slip Into Satin

Break out your steamer, because satin is back in a big way. Versace brought back their ’90s satin slip dresses, updating them in neon hues. Christopher Kane, Off-White and Brandon Maxwell also got on the satin trend. The silky look makes sense for formal events, but also a dress shirt for the office.

Clockwise: Brandon Maxwell, Off-White, Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini
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Christopher Kane, Versace, Giorgio Armani

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Slashed, Asymmetrical Necklines

If you’re on the fence about off-the-shoulder silhouettes, this asymmetric neckline is a nice compromise. Carolina Hererra’s slouchy, lopsided shoulder is effortlessly put-together; an “I just threw it on” vibe.

Clockwise: Carolina Herrera, Rejina Pyo, Zimmermann
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Left to right: Cushnie, kate spade new york, Self-Portrait

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Itty Bitty Bags

If the micro bag wasn’t for you, avert your eyes away from the next “big” bag trend: The Bitty Bag. TBB is an impractical accessory that holds approximately one Airpod, but the absurdity is part of the charm. Look to Jacquemus, Salvatore Ferragamo, and more for a little inspiration.

Jacquemus, Chloé, Givenchy
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Salvatore Ferragamo, Alexander McQueen, Brandon Maxwell

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Ren-Faire

Get your giant turkey legs out, because the Renaissance has come to the runway. Vaquera showed square necklines so good you’ll feel like climbing down a balcony. It’s not all literal, though. Y/Project reinterpreted period dressing using the square neck silhouette on a languid body-skimming dress covered in a modern print.

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Clockwise: Vaquera, Emilia Wickstead, Rochas

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Left to right: Simone Rocha, Y/Project, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi

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Coats With Super-long Hems

After looking at all the fall 2019 collections my coats started to feel so…short. Tory Burch, Max Mara and others presented longline coats, a chic alternative to the floor-length puffer coats, without sacrificing style or, you know, a waistline. These longline coats aren’t your typical lightweight dusters either. Instead, find them super structured and made of heavy wool.

Clockwise: Chanel, Tory Burch, Jil Sander
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Left to Right: Max Mara, Alberta Ferretti, Agnona

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Statement Hats

Designers must be bored of beanies, because they’ve presented all kinds of wacky toppers for fall. The standout style belongs to Maria Grazia Chiuri’s bucket hats at Christian Dior, sure to be a street style staple. Get ahead of the trend now with our current obsession,Burberry’s heritage plaid bucket hat.

Clockwise: Christian Dior, Nina Ricci, House of Holland
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Left to right: Loewe, Gucci, Tom Ford

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Quilty Pleasures

Quilted patchwork styles were all over the runways, seen below at Louis Vuitton and Oscar de la Renta. It’s a ’60s trend that could have gone very wrong in the redux. Luckily, these looks are thoroughly modern.

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Clockwise: Jonathan Cohen, Louis Vuitton, Etro

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Left to right: Oscar de la Renta, Eckhaus Lata, Ulla Johnson

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The Patagonia Effect

2018 belonged to the puffer, but in 2019, it’s all about another high-tech performance fabric: Fleece. We saw the trend start with Sandy Liang’s Insta-favorite jacket, but designers like Fendi are ramping up the luxury, reworking the outdoorsy staple in leather. Of course, Patagonia remains the (very affordable) original.

Clockwise: Fendi, Coach 1941, Sandy Liang
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Eckhaus Latta, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Ashley Williams

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Prep School

There was quite a bit of uniform dressing inspiration on the fall runways: polo shirts, sweater vests, and three-piece sets. Thom Browne has made an empire of schoolboy suits, and I’m taking notes.

Clockwise: Thom Browne, Salvatore Ferragamo, Victoria Beckham
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Christian Dior, Longchamp, Lacoste

Gold Standard

I wear gold jewelry almost daily, but the runways served up full-on dipped in gold looks. Brock Collection’s gilded gown will stand out at a black tie event, but take direction from Altuzarra, who justifies a casual shine.

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Clockwise: Moschino, Altuzarra, Brock Collection

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Left to right: Celine, Acne, Missoni

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Power Shoulder

The ’80s is a difficult decade to pull inspiration from (I’m convinced acid wash will never make a full comeback), but power shoulders are here. All the major fashion players like Saint Laurent and Balenciaga are advocating for the padded wide-shouldered slim-waist silhouette. Makes me want to ask for some kind of Business Woman Special.

Clockwise: Proenza Schouler, Stella McCartney, Saint Laurent
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Left to right: Isabel Marant, Balmain, Balenciaga
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