Another season of New York Fashion Week has come and gone like a cold, winter storm. Although the city may have froze over, the merging of different cultural influences continued to melt away.
From Asian and South American to European and American designers debuting their Fall 2016/2017 Ready-To-Wear collections, the number one trend defining New York Fashion Week is diversity.
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However, as we admired the works of Prabal Gurung, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Proenza Schouler, and Victoria Beckham, who joined the lineup in pursuit of the American market, we couldn’t help but wonder,
“Dove sono gli italiani?”
– (Where are the Italians?)
“Perhaps they are saving their collections solely for Milan?”
Amongst the endless supply of Asian-influenced shows including designers, Derek Lam, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang, and Concept Korea, only a few Italian shows managed to sneak their way into New Fashion Week this season. The silhouettes of Francesca Liberatore, Chiara Boni, and the designers of FTL Moda proudly paraded down the runway, representing Italian fashion and design.
Despite the lack of Italian influence in New York, the rest of the designers appeared to be in sync, creating a variety of trends that dominated the runways of the melting pot of fashion.
Top Seven Trends of New York Fashion Week 2016
It’s a Plaid, Plaid World…
Amidst the crowd of ostrich-feathered designs and various printed silhouettes, plaid patterns swept the runways of New York Fashion Week becoming the desired pattern of the Fall 2016 season. Drawing inspiration from the classic schoolgirl look to Western-prints with a modern twist, plaid appeared in the lineups of various designers in the form of coats, dresses, and skirts, leaving fashion-lovers longing for the Fall 2016 season. One such lover includes 26-year-old, Alexandra Victoria, who fell in love with Ralph Lauren’s interpretation of a modern brown and green-toned, plaid coat.
“Plaid never goes out of style for fall,” Victoria said. “The neutral, Ralph Lauren coat is a must have for the next fashion season.”
2. Disco Queen:
Velvet jumpsuits, flared bottoms, suede car wash-cut skirts, and groovy prints could only mean one thing; the 70’s are back in style, according to Diane Von Furstenberg, Anna Sui, and Michael Kors.
3. Go GOTH or Go Home!
“Go goth or go home” proved to be the mantra for the collections of Alexander Wang Fenty x Puma, Marc Jacobs, and Rodarte, as they donned their models in the classic deep black attire, black lipstick, and black eyeliner, evoking the mysterious and dark nature of the subculture.
4. Romantic Runways
For the self-proclaimed, fashion enthusiast, Beatriz Freitas, the romantic styles of Oscar De La Renta and Rodarte stole her heart the second they hit the runway.
“The navy blue, laced Oscar De La Renta dress that falls just below the knee is a personal favorite,” Freitas admitted. “I love the overall elegance of the trend as well as the design of the dresses, materials, and colors.”
The bountiful ruffles, sheer draping, lovely lace, and silk silhouettes added a feminine touch to the rather masculine inspired runways.
5. Baggy is BACK!
Other designers traded the light and flowing materials for cotton and wool coats, vests, and capes that are perfect for the for the fall and winter chill. Their oversized silhouettes prove that baggy layers are always in style when fighting the cold.
6. Showing Shoulders
When it comes to showing skin in the fall season, shoulders serve the most sex appeal according to designers like Baja East and Prabal Gurung. From subtle cutouts to puffy designs, accentuated shoulders appears to be the go-to design for delivering a feminine touch.
7. The Fur Fandom
Forget about the “Beliebers” and “Swifties”, as it’s all about the Fur Fandom dominating the New York fashion scene. Designers took the runways to showcase the luxe fabrics stitched into rather unique patchwork fur designs. We are personally loving Prabal Gurung’s blue ombre fur vest, perfect for adding a striking accent piece to a simple look.
Check out more of Anna Wintour’s take on NYFW at Vogue.com