There were a lot of trends on view at NYFW this past week: from obvious Spring choices like pastel colors and bright citrus shades to (possibly unrealistic?) all white ensembles and graphic handbags (along with much maligned trends we’d love to see go away forever like peplums and crop tops).
But the trend that landed on nearly every runway?
Can you guess? More
Even though NYFW is known for its outrageous street style bait techniques, the shows themselves are a pretty staid affair compared to Paris and Milan (especially, of course, the couture shows).
While it’s a consistent criticism of New York that homegrown designers don’t experiment enough, we saw some pretty valiant experimentation at the Spring 2014 shows–which occasionally resulted in balls out crazy, too.
Don’t believe us? Here’s what we mean… More
Here at The Gloss, we tend to shy away from the too-common bullying language of many fashion publications–5 Designer Items You Need Right Now! 5 Bags Everyone Will Have!, etc–because it’s unrealistic and obnoxious (no one needs a designer anything, for one).
However, for those of you who like following fashion but feel no obligation to spend a month’s rent on a damn handbag, one very easy way to translate the runway to your regular old wardrobe is with color. By incorporating the season’s biggest shades–whether through recycling stuff you already have or buying something new–you’ll achieve roughly the same effect as wearing trendy, eye-catching (and super expensive) runway pieces. Next Spring, these are the colors you’ll be seeing. More
Another year of crop tops…? More
We know that designers often imagine a specific kind of woman for each collection–but who is the woman that wears head-to-toe white? And, judging by the amount of solid white columns on the runways, they must think she’s out there in droves.
Let’s have a look at the permanent Spring trend–and, as fresh and alluring as many appear, just keep in mind the coffee stains… More
You can’t afford not to buy it! (OK, you could afford not to buy it, but it sounds really fun.) More
Spring is apparently a big time for high profile designer collaborations: Target just announced Phillip Lim as their latest guest tastemaker, NARS and Pierre Hardy have joined forces on shoe-inspired nail polishes, Beyonce had some alleged sway over H&M pieces and the Peter Som Anthropologie collection lands in Anthropologie locations this week. More
You’ve probably noticed a proliferation of yeti arms in recent seasons… and, if the Fall 2012 runways are to be believed, they show no signs of slowing. However, one thing we noticed at the NYFW shows was the enormous variety of sleeves. Obviously, they’re going to be a staple for Fall (it’s chilly, after all) but they won’t be your garden variety arm covering: designers like Thakoon, Peter Som, and Rodarte showed unexpected proportions… while known minimalists like Nariso Rodriguez played around with surprising volume. More
Fashion Week happened, as you know, and now we begin the pick-up part of the season, where we root through the collections and decipher trends in color, texture, print, silhouette, etc. One Fall-appropriate hit: leather, especially dresses. They were tight and sexy at Cushnie et Ochs, cool and voluminous at Cynthia Rowley and surprisingly ladylike at Rachel Comey. They cropped up at Peter Som, Thakoon, even Marc Jacobs did a few.
A leather dress will go great with the rest of your urban warrior costume but… aren’t they still really sweaty? And they bunch in such unflattering ways! And it’s hard to pull off a heavy texture like that. Here’s a few of the different styles we saw at NYFW, let us know if you’ll be headed that direction next Fall.
Fashion Week has come and gone, which leaves us to pluck out and organize the meaningful data. Spring 2012 was about a lot of things (prints! peplums! citrus shades and cutouts!) but it seemed like every catwalk hosted at least one piece in saturated blue, in all shapes and silhouettes. …Luckily, this is one trend that looks lovely on just about everyone. Here’s all the cobalt, ultramarine, and aqua that ruled the runways. More
Here’s a runway trend that may present some trouble in translation: for Spring 2012, designers have updated last year’s gray trend with some more assertive shades. Up on our thumbnail there, we have from left to right: peachy hues at … More
It always feels a little weird for summer to end, for fall to gear up and… here’s the fashion press all agape at bright prints on the Spring runways. Spring is the time for prints, of course, and non more than the floral variety, but here’s the current twist on a season-standard: Hawaiian. Yes, the formerly dorky print of choice for stoner Dads and hungover frat bros is getting revamped this season as something a little more downtown. Opening Ceremony wins this round for being so far ahead of the curve. More
Designers are always looking forward and back. This past NYFW, a few major (and oft-referenced) time periods seemed to dominate. The answer is after the jump. More
If there’s one major trend we saw on the Fall 2011 runways at NYFW, it was… prints. By which we mean prints on everything. Abstract prints, geometric prints, criss-crossing lines, bright and graphic prints splashed across skirts, sweaters, dresses and especially pants (but we’ll get to that). In the interim, we scoured the internet for printed pieces with a touch of what we saw on the catwalk. As always, we tried to keep the pricepoints as accessible as we’re able. More