Fashion Week is a sacred time for us to finally see the collections that designers have put their blood, sweat, and tears into over months of behind-the-scenes work. But, we have to admit, we’re equally enthralled just seeing what the attendees are wearing. Street style is as much a part of the fashion calendar as the shows and presentations themselves.
This New York Fashion Week fall-winter 2020 season, happening February 6 through 12, we’re hedging our bets on the top six things attendees will be wearing. From familiar-yet-fresh-feeling boot styles to an evolution of current bag trends to some unexpected ready-to-wear pieces, get ready to see these styles all over lower Manhattan — and to shop them just in time to join the It crowd.
Absurdly Proportioned Bags
The Baby Bag and its Big Boy counterpart are well-known meme fodder by this point. Not to be outdone, fashion is iterating on the trends by combining elements of both into one. Boyy’s buckle bag, for instance, slaps an ultra-wide strap across a petite bag frame (or an even teenier, tinier one in the case of its Charm Bag), while JW Pei is debuting a little bag that nests into the crook of its regular-sized one. Boyy’s bendy wonton bag will also be a fave among showgoers.
Shop now: $895; net-a-porter.com
At the end of the day, those attending fashion week are predominantly doing so as part of their job. So what better uniform to demonstrate your total professionalism (plus impeccable style) than step-on-my-neck sharp suiting? This generation’s preferred tailoring is all about being artfully oversized, and we’re happy to celebrate such a comfortable trend.
Shop now: $95; nordstrom.com
Anything-But-Leopard Animal Print
Leopard print’s orbit into and out of the zeitgeist came right on schedule, and we think we did as much as we possibly could with it while it was around. But now, it’s time for new and exciting animal prints to take up space in its recently vacated premises. Katie Holmes’s Khaite zebra boots and Dear Frances’s pony-print ones, which were seen everywhere during Copenhagen Fashion Week, are some of the refreshing patterns we expect to see downtown this season.
Shop now: $875; dearfrances.com
Vests… They’re Back!
The return of this unlikely trend may come as a shock to some, but we can guarantee you’ll see every possible imagining of the vest on display this fashion week season, from insulated puffer vests to three-piece suiting waistcoats to frayed, grungy ones. This year’s comparatively mild winter perfectly tees up the half-in-half-out garment to be a frequent choice in attendees’ outfits.
Shop now: $298; nordstrom.com
After a record-breaking year of brand unanimity around banning fur, consumers are gradually extending the practice to leather goods, too. Conveniently, faux-leather technology has advanced greatly over the last few years, often presenting itself as not only the ethical option, but also the more comfortable and luxurious one. Net-a-Porter is betting on this trend, increasing its buy of vegan leather from Nanushka (leading the change with its desirable puffers) to several times that of past seasons.
Shop now: $470; net-a-porter.com
Clearly, we’re feeling nostalgic. Last fashion week’s street style accessories were all about infantilization (Susan Alexandra bags, Saint Laurent hair slides), but this season, we’re taking it back even further… back to the old country. XXL shirt collars carefully arranged over sweaters and head scarfs have us looking like our grandmothers in full-on babushka garb. Don’t be surprised when someone pulls an entire poppy seed cake out of their micro-bag in the front row.
Shop now: $190; nordstrom.com