Fashion Trends for Autumn Winter 2020/21 by Fashion Snoops

Welcome to the fall season! Planning well ahead of time, global trend forecasting company Fashion Snoops just announced its predictions on Fall Winter 2020/21 fashion trends during the Hong Kong Fashion Week hosted by the Hong Kong Trade and Development Center. Four macro trends named Clarion, Inhabit, Resonance and Techtopia are set to make a great impact on how we dress ourselves!

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Clarion addresses the need for quiet moments and refined minimalism by abandoning anything that’s redundant. Designs take cues from Scandinavian heritage and the Berkshires, a rural area of Massachusetts in the United States. Blending elegant utility with natural surroundings, Clarion takes a new perspective on folklore by emphasizing charm, magic and whimsy. New plays on volume and colors, creative textures and considered details transform basics into statements.

Key elements:
Two-tone (deep brown & blonde) / color & fabric blocking / patching / sophisticated decoration / luxurious fabrics / reinvented tailoring / boxy silhouettes / exaggerated volume / comfort and warmth / clean rural / blanket wraps / wide-leg blocked trousers / gaucho pants / voluminous dresses / woven tops / puff sleeves / sliced side seams


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A growing interest in primitive living and concerns about climate change motivate elements of protection and utility in design. Taking a “waste not, want not” approach, the trend utilizes hyper-functional materials such as heat tech fabrics and survival gear to adapt to an ever-changing environment. Hybrid styling goes hand in hand with botanical and nature-inspired designs as the rising survivalist movement casts its influence over artists and designers.

Key elements:
Hybrid styles / protection / heat tech & weatherproof fabrics / frosted waterproof surfaces / exaggerated shapes / cocooned & quilted / glacier sheers / soft yet durable / reconstructed / textured / industrial comfort / wrapped & strapped / furs & brushed surfaces / warm metallics / dramatic layering / recycled / alive patterns


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Resonance is a love letter to ourselves and the world around us, a call for peace of mind on both interpersonal and interactive levels. Finding strength in softness, this theme seeks to erase hate through meaningful connections and positive social change. Resonance explores ways for us to connect with our inner child through textural and color play, while addressing social movements on gender, sex and racial equality through expressions of empathy, compassion, inclusivity and harmony.

Key elements:
Tactile / therapeutic touch / rounded shapes / sponged surfaces to soften strong silhouettes / perfectly imperfect / soft power suits / playful statements / rich luster / romance & tenderness / elegance & finesse / minimalist shapes & decadent details / versatile gender expressions / surrealism / optimism / quirky opulence / moody / luxurious patterns / ad-hoc knits / creative colors & details


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Techtopia explores our evolving digital awareness and emerging yearning for an expressionist collective. In fear of losing self-identity and conscious thought, we crave experimental creativity and radical customization. The trend resets our system, offering a refreshing glimpse into a surreal yet realizable future.

Key elements:
Retrofuturism / strange & exaggerated shapes / unexpected necklines / sci-fi elegance / gritty undertones / optical illusions / punked-up shine / webbed & netted / hardcore couture / minimalism / saturated colors / statement hardware / warcore / power dressing / industrial / safe & secure / cyber sporty / geometric shapes / creative cutouts