The Top 14 Trends of NYFW and How to Wear Them Now
Even if you read fashion week reviews religiously and tune in to social media coverage, there are so many collections to see and shop (thanks, Tommy and Ralph!) that puzzling out big picture trends can be overwhelming. Sure, you could spend six hours sorting all your favorite runway looks into neat little categories—and, sigh, another six deciding just the right pieces to purchase—but you're a busy woman with big plans for your free time. Like, you know, stalking the Hadid sisters' backstage snaps.
Keeping up is about to get a whole lot easier. Starting with the New York shows, our fashion team is breaking down the buzziest new ways to get dressed from each fashion capital, and exactly where you can buy the looks now. Scroll down for everything worth wearing from the Big Apple, and tune back in for dispatches from London, Milan, and Paris. We’ll be here all month!
Dresses and Pants Done Right (Finally!)
While designers tend to experiment with this combo every few seasons, the idea hasn’t caught on in a good ten or so years (aka, the heyday of Rachel Bilson running around with a slip over her boot-cut jeans). Its latest iteration, however, may just be the one that sticks: two understated pieces in lean, easy fits. Add a minimalist color scheme and extra-long hemline—read: no more than a foot of trouser should show—and the pairing is less awkward, more elegant.
From left: Rosie Assoulin, Tibi, Beaufille, Ryan Roche
We Go High
Make a style statement with fashion’s new wasp-waisted trousers. Seen with both corsetry details and cinched in paper-bag fit, those few extra inches of fabric above the belly button add bring the drama to even the simplest shirt—although you needn’t limit yourself to basics. Both the sporty textured crop tops at 3.1 Phillip Lim and Monse's perforated T-shirt are stellar ways to spice things up.
From left: Brock Collection, Rosie Assoulin, Monse, 3.1 Phillip Lim
Ketchup vs. Mustard
Condiment brights have never been so sophisticated, courtesy of monochromatic outfits in primary reds and yellows. The only catch? You have to stick with one hue—so pick a favorite, and start layering! So long as the shades stay in the same family, this formula can't fail.
Clockwise, from top left: Brock Collection, Oscar de la Renta, Jason Wu, Ryan Roche, Simon Miller, Lacoste, Creatures of Comfort, Calvin Klein
Ketchup vs. Mustard
Clockwise from top left: TopShop blouse, $250; topshop.com. Isabel Marant pant, $445; net-a-porter.com. Red Valentino dress, $593; matchesfashion.com. Norma Kamali dress, $157; farfetch.com. Tibi trousers, $583; matchesfashion.com. Zara blazer, $169; zara.com. Stutterheim jacket, $232; farfetch.com. TopShop Blouse, $65; topshop.com. Mango coat, $230; mango.com. Victoria Beckham coat, $3,195; net-a-porter.com.
Skinny Grey Suiting
Any claims that coordinating blazers and pants belong only in the office were completely put to bed by this season’s streetwise take on tailoring: a longline jacket and cigarette trousers in moody charcoal checks. Hit the party circuit in the full set with the help of an equally sharp shoe (we love the idea of an ankle bootie) and exposed décolletage; later, you can mix and match the separates with the rest of your wardrobe. (How cool would those Gabriela Hearst stovepipes look with a chunky black cable knit sweater?!)
From left: Calvin Klein, Gabriela Hearst, Jason Wu, Alexander Wang
Worth the Effort
Slashed and wrapped in perplexing (and occasionally gravity-defying) ways, many of the week’s most memorable ensembles seem scary-complicated to wear. Don’t let that stop you! You may have to track down just the right strapless bra or pasties—or, in the case of Calvin Klein’s strategically layered chest cut-top/jacket pairings, extra-strength double stick tape—but you won’t regret the results.
From left: Proenza Schouler, Calvin Klein, Beaufille, Monse
Admittedly, fashion’s been riding the revamped workwear bandwagon for awhile now. But thanks to updated styling (see: Yeezy’s tucked in denim jacket), silhouettes (drop shoulder workshirts at The Row), and color ways (two-tone denim at Public School and Calvin Klein’s hunter green slacks), the old school look still feels very new. Put an exclamation point on your utilitarian separates with a conversation-worthy shoe, like patent cowboy boots or slouchy fleece slippers.
From left: Calvin Klein, Public School, Yeezy
Say it Proud
In a continuation of the feminist T-shirt trend from Paris last season, countless models walked the runway with empowering messages across their chests. The best part? These graphic tees are both easy to wear—they go with everything from full length skirts to a simple pair of jeans—and buy; in fact, you can purchase the exact ones seen at Prabal Gurung and Creatures of Comfort, respectively here and here.
Clockwise from top left: Alice & Olivia, Christian Siriano, Prabal Gurung, Creatures of Comfort
While florals are certainly a fresh statement for fall, they'll forever be a spring standby. In service of cooler climes, designers opted for rich Indian summer shades, like marigold, plum, and burgundy, and enough heavy leather accents to keep the airiness in check. With bare legs and a moto jacket à la Calvin, this is the perfect transitional outfit: light enough for unseasonably warm September days, but still plenty autumnal.
From left: Coach 1941, Tanya Taylor, Calvin Klein, Altuzarra
Slippers and Robes
Bravo to the fashion geniuses who have made pajamas publicly acceptable once again via luxe dressing gowns (hey there, Rosie Assoulin) and cozy fleece slippers (good job, Public School). The difference between these beauties and what you'd wear for an evening of takeout and HBO? Lush, super-touchable fabrics—such as satin, shearling, and velvet—that hold their own outside the house, plus a few sturdier pieces to counterbalance the sleepwear vibes.
Robes, from left: Zimmerman, Ralph Lauren, Yigal Azrouel, Rosie Assoulin; slippers, from left: Public School, Coach 1941, Dion Lee, Samuji, Rosetta Getty, Alexander Wang
Pick a color, any color. You’ve got a full rainbow to choose from with New York’s parade of bright and bold footwear. And, because one of freshest ways to wear them is with something that clashes, there’s no need to stress over what works with your current wardrobe. Anything goes!
Clockwise from top left: Sies Marjan, Calvin Klein, Tibi, Tibi, Alice + Olivia, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Maryam Nassir Zadeh, Self-Portrait
The Velveteen Ribbon
We noticed this sweet little flourish—specifically in black—adorning necks and waists of models all week. Can’t settle on one way to wear it? For just a few dollars at your local craft store, you'll get enough yardage to accent anything in your closet. Play it more feminine by tying a bow under the collar of a crisp white shirt or around a bright coat; left long and loose like a skinny tie, the effect is deliciously chic.
From left: Carolina Herrera, Tory Burch, 3.1 Phillip Lim
Rad in Plaid
From the proportion play at Tory Burch to Tome's mismatched motifs, the new collections offered no shortage of ways to reinvent this classic pattern. When in doubt, however, never underestimate the power of a striking tartan coat—it's a quick way to give your ensemble a lift.
Clockwise from left: Tory Burch, Tome, Gabriela Hearst, Rosie Assoulin, Victoria Beckham, Marc Jacobs
The sumptuous velvet hero pieces pervading the fall lines are a surefire solution to wardrobe stress. Case in point: the batch of showstoppers pictured here. All you really need to add are shoes (although we wouldn’t discourage a killer pair of earrings as well).
From left: Cinq à Sept, Gabriela Hearst, Tome, Ulla Johnson
Following several straight seasons of preppy ’70s suede and ski jackets, designers explored the funkier side of the disco decade with shearling-trimmed outerwear. Although you can easily toss these coats over anything, its with a Marc Jacobs-inspired mini dress and slouchy just-below-the-knee boots (which, FYI were another emerging trend this past week) that feels the most now. Quirky bucket hat optional.
From left: Tory Burch, Proenza Schouler, Marc Jacobs, Beaufille