Once again with gratitude, I took advantage of a wonderful opportunity for an inspiring journey to New York City. This time instead of a trip to explore the new offerings from Kiehl’s and expert esthetician Shamara Bondaroff, I attended several shows at Fashion Week. One of the best parts about going to these events is finding inspiration on the runway to weave into every day, in both fashion and beauty. I’m sharing with you the biggest trends I saw at New York Fashion Week this Spring of 2020 (which is of course a preview of styles for Fall).

The Empowered Female

A nuanced approach to femininity with an emphasis on the empowered woman was a timely overarching theme this season, especially showcased by Rodarte and Area. Masks and symbols of sickness as well as a connection between past, present and future in shows like Philip Lim and Tibi also had their moment in many presentations. The combination of feminine touches and Victorian-inspired details, plus fringe and nods to an elevated punk aesthetic presented a fresh, new take on a strong female lead.

A nuanced approach to femininity with an emphasis on the empowered woman was a timely overarching theme this season

There was a definite and noticeable focus on tailoring with belted waists, blazers, and layered pieces, facilitating effortless style for the busy woman. This supported the empowered female theme that was greatly present this season, particularly in the Michael Kors and Proenza Schouler shows. Other consistent shapes came through with sharp pointed boots, and cut-outs in unexpected places, like at the hips.

Fabric Selection

While leather remains a fundamental standard by way of textiles, silk, cashmere, and fur brought variety to this season’s textures while remaining devoted to the duality of a woman who embodies “fierce” and “gentle” equally. Sustainability, including upcycling a variety of materials from Swarovski crystals to fabric scraps and cashmere had a welcome presence, along with responsibly-created mulberry silk and chiffon, wool, and the use of biodynamic dyes. Gabriela Hearst’s “Repurpose with Purpose” was even exhibited against a backdrop of shredded bales of paper borrowed from a local recycling center.

Gabriela Hearst show | Photo Credit: Vogue

Refreshing Color Palette

In terms of color, in lieu of the expected neutrals, and in addition to the staple of nudes, a vibrant color palette featuring clementine, blues, yellows, pinks, and even patterns – especially floral and tartan – had a strong presence in several collections, most notably Jason Wu’s, Carolina Herrera’s, and of curse Marc Jacobs’ exceptional closing show.

Runway Beauty Trends

New York Fashion Week 2020’s influence on Fall beauty forecasts that the 90s – inspired vampy lips in burgundy and dark, rusty reds will continue to remain on-trend and consistent with the punk inspiration so common in this season’s assemblage, particularly on models walking for Anna Sui and Rodarte. For those who prefer accentuating their eyes over their lips, a nude pout paired with either graphic/cat eye or grungy, smudged liner were prominent from designers like Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford. Goth darks and neutrals weren’t the only colors the incredible NYFW makeup artists used however – the same surprising and vibrant colors and even neons found in many of the clothes also made their way to the lids and lips of the models on the runway.

Rodarte and Marc Jacobs (respectively) | Photo Credit: ELLE

This season’s hair styles showcased an embrace of diversity and inclusivity, with ranges of sleek & chic slicked back looks to curls, geometric styles, and an abundance and wide variety of braids.


I am overjoyed that these collections showcased an updated version of the modern and formidable feminine, providing opportunities for a more encompassing form of self-expression. It is my hope that this article helps provide the same inspiration attending these shows gave me, with fuel and knowledge to incorporate these current trends into your repertoire this Fall!

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