The kids are back at school, superstores have been stripped of their pencils and notepads, and football is all over the TV. But none of that matters, because fashion month is here! New York has set the bar high with styles we’ve seen before, yet somehow, they’re different. From pleated skirts and sage to satin and shirt dresses, NYFW was stocked with staples. Let’s take a look at what really topped the trends this season, and how you can rock the runway in your very own home.
Animal print, electric and eclectic, lit up the runways this season. From cheetah and leopard in a variety of neon to zebra and sequins, there was enough fashion to fill a forest. Christopher John Rodgers pulled from the mean streets of NYC, a collection inspired by Drag Balls and their competitors, creating a gorgeous green tiger striped gown with a ribbon belt. Elie Tahari utilized a white cheetah print for a lovely shirt dress, while Jeremy Scott spliced tiger stripes and sequins. L’Agence utilized a soft cheetah print for a casual jumpsuit, and Nanette Lepore’s zebra dress featured a lime stripe right in the middle. Nili Lotan utilized cheetah print for a lovely gown and blouse, and Suzanne Rae’s zebra pants were quite dizzying.
Feeling feline? Or are you a zealot for zebra? Either way, if you’re loving this funky fashion, Mood’s got a variety of animal prints to drive you wild! Check out cotton sateen for a casual break into this safari style, or go all out with silk prints!
Eighties Power Dressing
The eighties are back! Although sometimes it seems like they never left, a more nuanced style has taken over. Power dressing infuses silhouettes with big sleeves, and even bigger… sleeves! Christopher John Rodgers brings it back again with another colorful creation, while Alice + Olivia stick to their status quo with a gorgeous, saturated pink ensemble and puffy sleeves totally unattached to the top! LaQuan Smith brings forth an off-the-shoulder silhouette with a reptile print number, and Mara Hoffman’s matching set features the big sleeves we’ve come to know and love. Rodarte truly knocked it out of the park with a debutante dress that takes the cake (using the proper dessert fork), while Sachin & Babi and Shrimps manage to make the powerful sleeve delicate and demure. Mood Sewciety has a variety of patterns with stylized sleeves, like The Lyonia Shirt and The Elaeis Shirt, and more are on the way! Check back soon for more top tier trends and classic creations!
Whether you’re heading to a dinner date or grabbing a coffee, it’s always a good day to rock some big sleeves and an even bigger attitude! Check out taffeta for a structurally sound style, or utilize stiffener to add some strength to any ensemble. Jacquard and brocade will also give some structure to an ensemble with a nice glimmer to boot! Only looking for that sparkle and shine? Use lame or metallic fabrics!
Overalls and Jumpsuits
The blazer dress, wide-leg pants, and the leisure suit all had their day on the runway. Although these garments continue to walk the walk, the new “it” garment is the jumpsuit. A pair of pants that doubles as a shirt, chic as can be and comfortable to boot, the jumpsuit is perfect for every occasion. Adeam’s bell-sleeved creation in navy is a stunning style, while Brandon Maxwell’s short suit jumpsuit (that’s a mouthful) is accented beautifully with salmon detailing. Jonathan Simkhai’s jumpsuit is 1 part sophisticated style, 1 part utility suit, and Rebecca Taylor utilizes eyelet for a bubbling bodice. Sea’s denim jumper is truly dynamite, with delicate ruffles, while Tanya Taylor simple silhouette features a contrast belt that truly pops. Trina Turk proves that the jumpsuit is a true masterpiece, something that can be worn to a casual affair or as elevated evening wear.
From walks in the park to brunch and beyond, the jumpsuit can conquer all. Comfortable, easy to wear, and versatile, utilize linen for a casual piece, or silk for something more sophisticated. Cotton sateen is an excellent choice, or denim for something durable.
Patchwork and prim, designers have spliced styles together to create a couture collection of textiles and fabrics. Alice + Olivia featured an absolutely breathtaking suit, possibly the best of this season, in a stunning patchwork print that truly takes the breath away and dazzles the eye, while Jonathan Cohen utilized ties for a kite-like creation. Mara Hoffman’s abstract style pieces together a variety of colors, and Prabal Gurung stitched together different floral fabrics to create a blooming dress. Pyer Moss’ color-blocked suit is set up for style, and Red Valentino’s denim dress features a patchwork butterfly on the bodice. Victor Glemaud is not to be outdone, showing a beautiful body-conscious dress in emerald green, sunshine yellow, and fuchsia pink!
Although patchwork is usually seen as denim, designers have been playing with a variety of fabrics. Mood’s Exclusive Collections feature a variety of patchwork prints! Looking for a patchwork print, but can’t seem to find it? You can easily sew together different fabrics to create your very own pattern! Try voile for a flowing style, or charmeuse for an elevated ensemble.
There was a lot of structure this season, from big sleeves (as we’ve seen) to skirts and blouses. But the true artistry was in the necklines, subtle and stylish. Both Area’s bodysuit and Tadashi Shoji’s dress featured elevated boatnecks, while Bevza’s simple silhouette sported a pointed piece that spoke volumes. Greta Constantine relied on ruffles in a stunning metallic, and Lou Dallas’s blazer features a serrated edge. Mara Hoffman’s geometric neckline looks beautiful fashioned from linen to create a brilliant white dress, and Rebecca Taylor’s scalloped sweater is truly sweet.
Whether you’re creating an evening gown with a statement neckline, or something more relaxed that you want to stand out, utilize stiffener to keep the integrity of your silhouettes. Try taffeta for something that will hold its own, or add a fusible to jacquard or velvet for an exquisite style!
What styles will you be stocking up on? I’ll be using some 80’s style for powerful silhouettes! Keep your eye on Mood Sewciety for a more in depth look on how you can bring some of these styles into your wardrobe, and tag all your designs with #MadeWithMood to keep us up to date on what you’ve been working on. Let me know what you thought about NYFW below!