Fall/winter 2020 – Whether you’re looking to add an investment piece into your wardrobe or stay thrifty while keeping up with the trends, whether you prefer the faux variety or are looking for the real deal, there is a leather accessory out there with your name on it.
The Leather Jacket
A well-tailored leather jacket will always be in fashion. And if the jacket is high quality, it will just get better looking with age. So, how to decide what jacket to get this season? Hands down, the leather jacket of the moment is the motorcycle jacket, in classic black leather.
The biker jacket is so popular right now it is available at pretty much every price point. Stores like H&M, Zara, and Topshop carry affordable versions of the style. Montreal’s Rudsak tailors the biker jacket to perfection. And if you are willing to spend the big bucks on a butter-soft bomber jacket, the sky is the limit. Look for inspiration on the fall runways, particularly at Balmain and Phi.
Think Outside of the Bag
For an unexpected look, wear leather that breaks the mould of the boots, handbag, and belt combo. The leather handbag is ubiquitous in women’s fashion, but there are so many other options when shopping for leather items this season. Designers embraced the trend wholeheartedly by presenting pencil skirts, tailored dresses, and legging pants in genuine and faux leather.
A black leather pencil skirt will take you from the office to the nightclub with a simple change of shoes. For a work-appropriate look pair it with a cream, tie-front blouse and classic round-toe pumps. To take your look into the nighttime, trade your pumps for sky-high gladiator sandals or ankle length booties.
Paper or Plastic
Faux leather has come a long way in the last few years, so it’s easy to balance your fashion ideals with your ethics. PVC-based pleather is not the only faux leather on the market. There is vegan leather, cork leather, leatherette, and the list goes on. Even the older version of pleather, recognizable by its varnished appearance and stiff texture, has been replaced by a more realistic patent leather material.
Trends in Leather
If you want to not only be on trend this season, but also step it up a notch by adopting the trends within the trend, look no further. Keep an eye out for leather clothing in unexpected colors like mushroom and scarlet. Another trend that is sticking around this season is perforated leather. Look for boots and handbags with an airy and sport-inspired surface.
Whether you are looking to add a biker-inspired toughness to your wardrobe, or add rich texture and sophistication your office apparel, leather is the go-to material for fall and winter fashion.
Women’s Fashion Colors for Fall/Winter 2020
The traditional fall hues of russet brown, ochre and gray are accompanied this year by camel, a color which is one of the main wardrobe staples of the season.
Showstopping ‘80s metallics and neon brights provide a welcome diversion from the normal fall somber palette along with a passion for pink, Schiaparelli style.
Whilst “brown” has always been a winter color staple, the variation of sophisticated bronzes, tans, coppers, caramels, mustards and chocolate provides enough choice for those who do not normally warm to the color. Choose shades which flatter skin tones; rich rusty browns for blondes and softer caramel hues for darker skins.
The rusty hue seen on the runways of Salvatore Ferragamo, Maxmara and Akris is proving a chic rival to black. Go head-to-toe brown for a modern luxe look, but break-up the color-block by mixing hard and soft textures and compliment the color with gilded jewelry. For eveningwear, find dazzling shades of copper and bronze in cocktail dresses and evening gowns, in rich brocades and velvets.
This ‘40s trend embraces pre-war Schiaparelli styles in chilli red, pink and crimson. Italian designer Elsa Schiaparelli championed hot pink in the 1930s and early ’40s. This show-stopping shade sees a revival in color blocks (Versace, Michael Kors) or as bright accessories such as this season’s thigh-high boots and textured bags. Find this electrifying shade in everything from shift dresses to capes to lacey pencil skirts.
Cool blues reign on the runways for Fall 2009, from Carolina Herrera, Louis Vuitton, Stella McCartney, Missoni to Versace. Indigo tones of smokey teal give a luxurious feel to this winter’s palette. Mix with earthy shades of taupe or mushroom for a sophisticated look. For eveningwear, light reflecting silks and dévoré velvets in intense shades of blue flatter almost any skintone.
Classic houndstooth checks and sophisticated-yet-sexy French glamour make strong statements in black and white. Fall’s Parisienne trend embraces chic black pencil skirts and white blouses whilst an urban-meets-country look sees oversized houndstooth checks reinvented in sharp suits and dresses from the runways of Alexander McQueen. Choose a black leather jacket in butter soft leather as a wardrobe staple which will transcend seasons or a statement jacket or oversized blazer in a monochrome print.
’80s Metallics and Neon Brights
Gold and silver metallics and neon brights represent the disco-diva era of the 1980s with Grace Jones-esque sequins. Contrast coral red or bright yellow against a backdrop of black and keep makeup soft and peachy.
Pantones Top Fashion Colors for Fall/Winter 2020
Industry color guru, Pantone (the most recognized color institute in the world) has put together its fall/winter 2020 Color report, featuring its top 10 colors. These include Majolica Blue, a cross between teal and navy, Burnt Sienna, a terracotta earthy orange, and Rapture Rose a cross between vibrant fuschia and a soft pink.
Whether it’s blue or red, this season’s colors are surprisingly flattering to most skintones and provide a welcome pop of color to the winter palette. Rich browns are the way to go for some investment dressing, whilst neon brights combined with rich luxurious fabrics (á la Marc Jacobs) will bring a wardrobe bang up-to-date.