It’s that time of the year again, when we say a fond farewell to summer staples and look ahead to what we’ll be wearing come autumn, as dictated by the AW20 catwalks.

The designer shows brought us a bumper crop of covetable clothing and accessories – everything from sweeping coats to glittering eveningwear – with some overarching themes emerging, which are now looking set to dominate this season.

So what’s in store for the colder months? These are the five most important trends of the autumn/winter 2020…

1. Check

Burberry AW20 (Aaron Chown/PA)
Burberry AW20 (Aaron Chown/PA)

Check, plaid, tartan – call it what you want, the classic Scottish print was everywhere at the AW20 shows. Some designers went the traditional route, with demure swishy skirts in dark hues (Tory Burch and Celine), while others gave check a sexy spin with form-fitting dresses (Alexander McQueen and Brandon Maxwell).

Miu Miu
Miu Miu (Brown Thomas Lookbook)

There was lots of print clashing too, with Burberry and Prabal Gurung showing two, three or sometimes even four different checks in one outfit.

2. Red

Preen AW20
Preen AW20 (Katie Collins/PA)

Each season, there’s one colour that takes over the catwalks, and this time round it’s all about red.

As seen at Valentino, Preen, Balenciaga, Rodarte, Bottega Veneta, Christopher Kane and many more, a show-stopping scarlet dress is a must for this season – bonus points if it's also sequinned.

3. Fringing

Roksanda AW20
Roksanda AW20 (Isabel Infantes/PA)

Many a model swished down the runway this season in a fabulously fringed gown or skirt – but we’re not talking short flapper-style frocks here. These tassels – as seen at Roksanda, Prada, Boss and Jil Sander – are extra-long and really up the ante when it comes to cocktail hour.

4. Black

Khaite (Brown Thomas Lookbook)

By the looks of Shelly Corkery's A/W20 fashion show in Brown Thomas, black is back on the catwalk. Black dominated this season with head-to-toe looks opening the shows at Balenciaga, Valentino and Dolce & Gabbana.

A model walks the runway during the Balenciaga as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2020/2021 on March 1, 2020 in Paris, France.
Balenciaga catwalk (Photo by Estrop/Getty Images)

Demna Gvasalia's show at Balenciaga included a procession of sinister characters dressed head-to-toe in black. With cutting new silhouettes walking on a water-drenched runway.

5. Gold

Ashish AW20
Ashish AW20 (Isabel Infantes/PA)

Who knows what ‘party’ season will look like this year, but if designers have anything to do with it, we’ll all be donning glittering golden dresses to celebrate the festive season.

From brocade at Celine and Emilia Wickstead, to mesh at Tom Ford and sequins at Ashish, there was a variety of textures and hues on the catwalks, so you can find your own way to go for gold.