The Autumn/Winter 2020 shows took place in the fashion capitals just as COVID-19 became a global pandemic. What has resulted is not just store closures, factory delays, and slower sale; things have also changed on the consumer side. Occasion wear, sky-high stilettos and complicated clothing have been traded in for fuss-free style that exude ease and elegance. I, for one, have been looking at the new collections with a fresh perspective – practically is of utmost importance. I favour pieces that can be worn repeatedly, and I’m not giving into seasonal trends. Shopping smart in 2020 means making meaningful purchases that withstand the test of time and can compliment what I have in my wardrobe already.

Here’s what I’m eyeing from the Autumn/Winter 2020 collections.

Saint Laurent AW20 look

One of my favourite collections from the season was from Anthony Vacarello’s Saint Laurent. I loved the unlikely pairing of 80s inspired heritage tartan double breasted jackets and sheer bow blouses with second-skin jet black latex trousers. While the latex trousers would definitely not be an everyday look, the strong shoulder jacket is a versatile piece that can take me from day to night.

Nanushka AW20 look

Sandra Sandor’s Budapest label, Nanushka, is quickly becoming a label to watch. The young brand adheres to sustainable practices when it comes to fabric development and has some of the softest vegan leather I’ve ever come across. A look that jumped out at me during their presentation in Paris back in March was a peak lapel blazer in rust that was worn tucked into a grey pleated skirt. I loved how it was styled with a slouchy boot.

Ruslan Baginsky hat

I came across Ruslan Baginsky’s showroom in Paris a few years ago during Fashion Week, and it’s a stop I now make every season, no matter how crazy it gets. I have a few of his baker boy hat styles already, but I’ve already added his black boater hat with gold shell details to my wish list for next season.

Chanel white tweed bag

A Chanel handbag is a purchase I do not make lightly. I’ve been eyeing the Chanel 19 bag for the past two seasons, but have yet to settle on a colour or material that felt like the perfect fit. A non-leather handbag, something in either canvas or tweed, could arguably be used all year around, so I’ve decided on this white patchwork tweed one. The bag will look just as nice with a white summer dress as it will with winter knits.

Bottega Veneta cowboy boots

What’s an Autumn/Winter season without a pair of good boots? Remember the combat boots from Autumn/Winter 2019 that flew off shelves? I managed to get my hands on a pair of them, and they were easily the most worn boots of mine last year. They worked with skinny jeans, oversized tailoring and even my floral dresses. I’ve pre-ordered the new cowboy boot version and I can’t wait until they arrive.

Moncler 3 Grenoble jumpsuit

I’m currently crossing my fingers (and toes) to be able to travel in time for ski season this year. While the idea of a ski holiday, even to Niseko, feels far-flung, I’m transported to the slopes just looking at the Moncler AW20 lookbook. I love the layered look of a jacket under a salopette for the slopes and no one makes a better one than Moncler.

Fendi x Chaos accessories

Google fashionable iPhone cases, and there’s a high probability that Charlotte Stockdale and Katie Lyall’s accessories label, Chaos, will pop up. The two stylists worked closely with the late Karl Lagerfeld at Fendi for years and created their line of accessories (think iPhone cases, lanyards and passport holders) in 2016. This season, they put the ‘fun’ in ‘functional’ and debuted a line of accessories deigned in collaboration with Fendi for their runway show. Topping my wishlist are the double ‘F’ logo AirPods case and earring pen.

Jacquemus AW20 look

Photo: Peter White/Getty Images

Photo: Peter White/Getty Images

Jacquemus’ oh-so-sexy summer looks are all the body motivation we need for the warmer months. And if you’re looking for a case to preserve your physique well into the cooler months then look no further than this AW20 midriff bearing look.

Jimmy Choo Chelse heel

When was the last time you wore high heels? Can’t remember? Me neither. While we all may be stuck at home right now and the thought of getting dressed up may feel like the furthest thing from reality, I’m hopeful that by the end of the year, we will find occasions to get dressed up once again. And these Jimmy Choo Chelse heels will be just the pair I step out in.

Numbering chain jewellery

It’s not uncommon to discover new labels through social media anymore, and Seoul-based jewellery line, Numbering, is one of my latest discoveries on Instagram. I love the layer-able approach to their designs, while their 14K gold and silver plated brass necklaces can be worn in a few different ways.