With another New York Fashion Week coming to a close, it’s time to look back on the most prominent styles of the season. From cages to camo, this week brought some unexpected styles. Let’s take a look at the most popular trends of the week, and which designers pulled them off.
East Meets West
As lines get drawn in the sand, designers look to bring together the East and West with Asian influences that intertwine with American style. These ensembles strutted down the runway this New York Fashion Week, symbolizing a hopeful and encouraging unity in the fashion world. Adam Lippes displayed a funky kimono and matching bucket hat, perfect for trying out a variety of cuisine at fall food truck festivals. Alejandra Alonso Rojas also fashioned a kimono, but chose a bright red fabric with an eclectic floral stemming from Asia, paired with a lovely cocktail dress, made for charity luncheons. Alena Akhmadullina’s twist on the cheongsam, a traditional Chinese style, is great for a night of tapas at the local bistro, followed by partying on rooftops, a traditional New York pastime. Anna Sui fused an Americana staple, the peasant dress, with an Asian inspired floral pattern that looks right at home at exclusive art auctions or on the streets at Seoul fashion week. Creatures of Comfort tackled the traditional Japanese kimono with an eyelet fabric and an obi, the sash wrapped around the model’s waist, with a geometric grid that ties this look together, a wonderful ensemble for sipping tea under cherry blossom trees or trying out traditional Japanese sushi in Tokyo.
Diversify your wardrobe with these fabrics:
Embroidery is a great way to add stunning detail to any garment, as long as you’ve got a steady hand and dedication. Designers employed this tricky trend quite a bit this New York Fashion Week, with most collections containing pieces embellished with beautiful embroidery. Adam Lippes’ cocktail dress features flowers weaving their way up the skirt of the dress, making it a great choice for wedding receptions. Brooks Brothers displayed their knack for turning out iconic pieces with a beautifully embroidered, tropical floral neckline that was made for spring break on far away islands. Diane von Furstenberg merges an angular dress with a fluid floral, a combination made for enjoying Michelen 3-Star rated restaurans. Kate Spade New York proves that delicate embroidery can still be powerfully professional, with a strip of flowers growing up the front of this commanding coat. Rachel Antonoff approaches embroidery with a more casual ensemble, creating a relaxed dress embellished with a circle of dynamic flowers that add life to this look, perfect for waking up early and enjoying a cup of cappuccino on the back porch, the fresh dew of the morning quivering in the grass that leans with the soft spring breeze.
Embrace embroidery with these fabrics:
Move over buffalo plaid, it’s Gingham season at this years NYFW. Adam Selman takes a hold of the girl-next-door vibe that gingham excudes, fashioning a beautiful shirt that opens up and reveals a pair of bloomers and the model’s stunning legs. This look is definitely not one you wear to a picnic, but instead on a tour of the world’s most beautiful botanical gardens. Creatures of Comfort also takes part in the girl-next-door look, with a loose gingham dress layered over white pants, a look made for late spring fairs put on at the local high school. Calvin Klein brings this pleasant plaid into the professional world with a dark gingham suit, perfect for board meetings and long days at the office. Kate Spade New York brings sophistication to gingham, with a midi skirt and wrap top that fit right in at farmers markets and sitting on the sidelines at NYFW. R13 attempts to blend gingham with a floral top and tartan apron.
Get into Gingham Style with these fabrics:
Leather may have a reputation as the bad boy, or girl, of fashion fabrics, but designers this year tested the boundaries of that ideal. Calvin Klein created a midi, full circle skirt of leather, paired with a cowboy tank top, a prime look for learning to square dance or having brunch in Sedona, enjoying prickly pear cactus with french toast. Derek Lam 10 Crosby tackles the leather look with a crop top and pencil skirt, layered over a simple white tee. This ensemble is subtly sexy, while still remaining modest, the perfect look for perusing used book stores and corner cafes in a small city where no one knows your name, yet. Fenty x Puma embrace sexy without revealing too much, with a tight-fitting pair of leather pants and a matching leather jacket, a look made for winning the Indy 500 or taking a relaxing drive through the mountains. Jeremy Scott attaches big and bright gems to his leather ensemble, making these gaudy garments perfect for spending time in the VIP lounge, or making waves on the dance floor. Marissa Webb’s little black dress in leather is a dynamic and diverse garment that can go anywhere, from rehearsal dinners to barcades and wineries.
Fall in love with these leathers:
The typical sprawling floral has been thrown aside for a small set of flowers, such as A Détacher displayed with their loose fitting dress. Co shows off some delicate floral in an off the shoulder gown made for watching the ballet, or partaking in it. Novis’ relaxed circle skirt and sweater uses an eccentric floral pattern, great for a picnic in the park or a walk through the Red Woods. Opening Ceremony displays small floral with a lovely lining on a puffy jacket, perfect for keeping warm on early spring mornings as the sun struggles to warm the wet leaves on trees, begging for sunlight. Rachel Antonoff masterfully pairs the small and subtle floral on a blue background with red and white, making these patriotic pairings the perfect ensembles for a tour of the statue of liberty, and remembering all this country stands for.
Minimalize with these floral fabrics:
That’s a Wrap
Wrap tops and dresses are a stunning silhouette, complimentary to any body type. Beaufille displays the beauty of wrap tops, and motherhood, with a soft lilac that fits right in at the opening of a new art gallery in SoHo. Grey Jason Wu’s wrap dress is the perfect transitional piece to keep on hand, whether you’re going from the office to happy hour or from fashion week to the after party. Linder’s wrap dress wraps up gun control, with a rifle that follows the model’s torso down to her mid thigh. Marina Moscone’s simple wrap top can be worn with anything, from cigarette pants to circle skirts, making it a must have for any fashinista. PH5’s baby blue wrap top is stunning piece that was made for touring perfumeries in Paris, or relaxing on the beach in Nice.
What do you think was NYFW’s top trend? Let me know in the comments!