One of the most influential roles in fashion has to be a fashion buyer, as these are the ones who decide what makes it onto the shop floor (or virtual shop floor), influence which brands will be rising stars for the year and decide the items and trends that we collectively think are really worth investing in. Who better then to turn to for a shopping list for autumn winter 2020, then fashion buyers? They first saw these collections back in February before lockdown restrictions were put in place across Europe, and how we get dressed and what we look for in clothes has seen a note-able shift.
I asked buyers from Net-a-Porter, Matchesfashion, Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Brownsfashion to share the eight items they personally would dream of buying from the autumn winter 2020 collections. Of course the words 'working from home' and 'comfort' will appear again and again as you scroll through their wishlists, as many gravitated towards comfortable knitwear, practical coats and shoes that can double as slippers. There are also some show pieces in there too however that are selected for a life after lockdown, with beautiful gowns, luxury handbags and jewellery that fall into the 'dream buy' category.
Keep scrolling to see the items these fashion buyers and insiders have on their personal shopping lists this autumn winter.
Natalie Kingham, Fashion and Buying Director at MATCHESFASHION
"Part of our Innovators Programme this year, Ex-Central St Martins alumni Chopova Lowena’s sporty aesthetic and use of Bulgarian fabrications is very avant-garde and versatile. This upcycled dress is one of my key pieces for the season, the use of recycled cotton and linen mixed with beautiful embroidery and studs perfectly demonstrate their expertise in construction and sustainable practices."
"This suiting capsule created exclusively for MATCHESFASHION perfectly represents McQueen’s iconic style offering exquisitely cut, special pieces which are very easy to wear. This suit will be a great investment and something that I will keep and wear for years to come, together or as separates.”
“Special, heirloom jewellery that you can cherish forever and then pass down to a loved one is a great investment. I love the chunky Lauren Rubinski chains, something that before I may have saved for a special occasion I now wear to instantly elevate an everyday look such as a white shirt or cashmere jumper.”
“Spending more time on Zoom over the past few months I’ve been drawn to beautifully cut and interesting tops that are versatile and comfortable. This oversized linen shirt from one of our Innovators, Art School, feels effortless and the lightweight fabric means it can be worn in the warmer months too.”
"Chain detailing has been the must-have update to shoes via ankle straps, bags with chunky chain straps courtesy of Bottega and even dresses this Fall. JW Anderson’s chic sleeveless dress with chain belting is timeless. I’ll be wearing mine with a thin ribbed turtleneck underneath."
"Working from home has made me consider my purchases more with a bigger focus on investment and timeless styles. This Cartier watch is a signature from the brand that was introduced years ago therefore it’s guaranteed that I’ll still love this in years to come!"
"The knit dress is autumn's most-lusted after piece. Its versatility and comfort means it’s suitable for all occasions—given the current climate. The open back detail on this means its perfect for when evening dressing returns, I’ll throw an oversized sweater over the top for a more casual attitude. An added bonus being that it was designed by the incredibly talent Christopher Esber who is a master in subtle cut-out details that surprise and delight."
"In keeping with the chain theme, a classic gold chain necklace is top of my wishlist. Loren’s sustainable approach means this ever-lasting piece was also made with care and a conscience. Two things front of my mind and our customers when shopping right now."
"Sneakers are usually a practical shoe that I buy once or twice a year but for autumn they are the shoe of the season. Clean minimal styles that can also feel elevated and worn with suits when we return to work will be my go-to. I hope to buy these styles from The Row in all 3 colours. They’re the perfect non-sneaker sneaker…"
"Knitwear is all I will be nesting in this autumn and the perfect WFH piece is an oversized menswear sweater. Toteme does this perfectly. I'll be styling with slim-fit jeans and knee-high boots for added femininity when we start to venture out more."
"For someone whose go-to look is head to toe neutrals, I don’t own a tan bag and have been meaning to fix this gap in my wardrobe for so long. The softness of the Flamenco pouch is so desirable and fits right in with my more relaxed approach to dressing. Just grab and go!
Laura Rowan, Womenswear Buying Manager at Harvey Nichols
"Loulou Studio is a new brand we launched this season, designed by influencer and namesake Loulou de Saison. The quality and the price point of the whole collection is amazing and makes this shearling jacket an item not to be missed!"
"Asymmetric tops is one of those trends that has crept up out of nowhere but has been consistently selling out for us this season. This one shoulder tank from Line By K provides a fashion forward update to a classic wardrobe staple."
"Slvrlake is THE denim brand you need to know. Their London jean is an iconic style that is so flattering on all different body shapes and will give you that relaxed, cool-girl look that you have been searching for."
"Petar Petrov was one of our favourite shows in the AW20 calendar. This blouse is an easy way to elevate your outfit and can take you from WFH video calls to dinner and whatever else 2020 throws at you."