Fabric Trends 2020

Written By Coby Bull


Fabric Trends 2020

When creating fashion looks that lasts, fabric selection should be your biggest consideration. After all, a luxury piece of cloth can elevate the most simple of outfits, ensuring your style is elegant and timeless. When looking for fabric trends, you’re in the right hands with Joel & Son Fabrics. For over 70 years, we have supplied the highest quality and most luxurious fashionable fabrics across the world.

We monitor the fashion scene closely, keeping on top of the latest fabric trends from the London, Paris and Milan fashion week and add them to our latest collection. See our selection of the fabric trends inspiring catwalks all over the world and create your perfect outfit.

- Satin Fabric -

(Photo from Balmain Fall 2020 catwalk)

Satin is one of our favourite fabric trends - this lustrous cloth is versatile and can be used for everything from day, evening and nightwear when paired with some pretty lace. Satin is soft to the touch and the high-shine makes it look elegant and expensive. Satin has undergone a bit of a renaissance lately, spotted in many collections on the catwalk and in every colour, from neutrals, to fiery reds and forest green tones - ideal to create that power suit with strong shoulders.

Mocha Silk Satin

- Patchwork Fabric - 

(Photo from Viktor & Rolf Couture 2020 show)

Patchwork is another fashionable fabric seen in Autumn/Winter collections. This eye-catching ‘quilt’ aesthetic is in line with the increasing awareness of sustainability and going back to basics which is at the top of everyone’s mind. The patchwork trend gives a slip dress, maxi skirts or jeans a retro-vintage feel and the reminder that making (or having) your clothes made to your exact specification and style encourages the longevity of the pieces created.

Multi Patchwork Printed Viscose Jersey

- Sequin Fabric -

(Photo from Marc Jacobs 2020 catwalk)

Sequin and metallics are two of the most fashionable fabrics in 2020. Once solely reserved for the party season, today every season is a reason to sparkle and shine. Sequin discs reflect light making the fabric ideal for a fun and whimsical creation, for example, why not embellish a tuxedo-style jacket collar with a sequin trim or create an understated and elegant high-waisted sequin skirt or that statement LB(s)D with some feather trim because sequin is here to stay!

Bright Gold Mini Sequinned Tulle

 - Denim - 

(Photo from Alberta Ferretti 2020 catwalk)

We are embracing and loving the new denim trend after years of wearing skinny jeans. Denim is a regular fabric trend thanks to it’s versatility. This year has been no different, seeing the growing trend of high-rise trousers - both 70’s wide flares and straight-leg denim which are chic, elongating and flattering. This much-loved fabric also made an appearance in cropped culottes, boiler suits and 70’s skirts paired with long boots.

Butterfly & Floral Embroidered Blue Denim

- Leather & Leather Look Fabric - 

(Photo from Marni 2020 catwalk)

Both real and faux leather continues to be one of the biggest fabric trends of Autumn/Winter 2020, worn from head-to-toe or as cool separates. Whether you opt for oversized silhouettes, tailored pieces, or feminine cuts, the upcoming season is forecasted to be dominated by black and jewel coloured leather for everything from dresses, to boiler suits and trousers - a fabric trend worth investing in that you will wear for years to come.

Dark Silver Leather Look Plissé Jersey

- Velvet -

(Photo from Off-White 2020 Ready-to-Wear Fall runway)

Velvet is one of the most luxurious fabrics spotted in many Autumn/Winter catwalks. The key to this fabric’s appeal is its texture and delicate shine. Velvet fabric is soft to the touch, warm and has a romantic look. This makes it ideal for creating an evening outfit, for example a quilted velvet jacket or voluminous cape. Velvet also looks great in many colours, with purples, black and greens being key trends for Autumn/Winter 2020.

Sea Blue Crushed Velvet