New York Fashion Week: The Latest Trends Straight from the Catwalk

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Stone — Donna Karan
Lest we need reminding, New York isn’t a fashion capital that embraces rubber sequins. Clothes the colour of Starbucks coffee have always gone down a storm and 2015 is proving no different. Except that, henceforth, beige shall be known as stone. Why? Because this most bland of shades has had a makeover — in jute at Victoria Beckham; thick, industrial-looking twill cotton at Rag & Bone, and swishy-tastic linen everywhere else. It will be a fashion-forward, confident woman who wears “stone” (forgetting for a minute the two million other commuters who get on to the Tube each morning dressed in beige). In a twist of fashion irony, “stone” will mark out the individual dresser who is not perceived as trying too hard and who, as the French would say feels bien dans sa peau.


Vertical stripes — Altuzarra
Can you imagine getting through a summer without wearing stripes? Me neither. Yet put away your Breton tops, because vertical stripes are a-happening next year. Forget all you’ve read about them making you look wider or resembling a clown: vertical can work if you mix stripes of varying thickness while also adding a slight curve. Altuzarra mastered this on pencil skirts while Beckham — who appeared to have nailed most of the trends on this spread — showed them swirled over long, jersey-knit dresses. They weren’t confined to monochrome either. Bold clashing stripes were popular; so too were the candy-coloured ones at Suno. Rejoice: you will look “every-day normal” — but console yourself that, in fashion speak, you will still be “working a look”.


The flatform — Coach
Frustrated by having to choose between being comfortable and feeling shorter and dumpy-looking? Now you don’t have to. It was only going to be a matter of time before someone combined the comfort of flats with the positive psychological uplift of a bit of added height. “Pah!” said New York designers in unison. “What Birkenstock can do to the shoe-scape, we can do better.” Flatforms ruled the New York catwalks, appearing in many guises, from sleek, minimal-looking, rubber-moulded versions at Coach to sportier, beachy styles at DKNY, or minimal wooden ones at Thakoon. Be warned, spindly heels — your days are numbered.


Socks — Versus
You know socks are going to be a thing when even Anthony Vaccarello, the latest designer to produce a cling ’n’ bling collection for Versus, Versace’s diffusion label, sticks a pair of black socks on half the stiletto-sandal-clad models he sends down the catwalk. Never mind that they were dressed in the shortest, glossiest, black-leather miniskirts or thigh-grazing, laser-cut, va-va-voom dresses with safety pins, recalling a youthful Liz Hurley. Anyone who wants to affect nonchalant student cool in socks and sandals will need to up their game pronto.


The even longer skirt — Victoria Beckham
Ignoring for a minute Vaccarello’s ode to a woman’s thighs and buttocks — the designer might be Belgian but he is of Italian descent — hemlines on day dresses and skirts at the New York shows looked positively Victorian. Some designers hovered halfway between the knees and mid-calf, with varying degrees of success, so it took a decisive Brit to champion skirts that fell way below the shin. Beckham pulled off the remarkable feat of showing you how to wear an elongated, slim-ish silhouette with flat shoes (pointed ones help) and still look elegant. Granted this isn’t great news for shorties, but it’s a easier to navigate than the midiskirt.


The long jacket — Phillip Lim
The longer-length jackets seen on the Lim catwalk made me realise how used we’ve become to thigh-grazing cropped jackets and short-length coats. New proportions are always a tricky thing to get your head around. Does the whole outfit need a radical rethink? Should your trousers be longer or can you still get away with cropped? What sort of skirt? More importantly, which shoes? The resounding advice from the New York catwalks was to go for long as you can on your bottom half, to create lean, column-like proportions. As for your feet: blocky, chunky sandals and the “flatform” (soon to be seen on every high street) are the wisest, most stylish options.

Neoprene — DKNY
Thick, padded neoprene isn’t an obvious choice in the Big Apple when the mercury rises and humidity levels soar into the high 90s. Let it never be said, though, that New Yorkers are not devoted to the cause. How else to explain the number of “spongy” ensembles spied both on and off the catwalk in the past few days? The most winning came from DKNY, a label that created oversized parkas, scuba dresses and voluminous swishy skirts in bold-coloured graphic patterns, and even thought to include a wedding dress — a white Hepburnesque affair, cut low at the back — in its collection.


Gingham — DVF
With houndstooth all the rage this winter, thanks to Hedi Slimane, it’s little wonder that gingham — a sort of summer version of the lumberjacket check — is going to be a hit next year. At DVF there were womanly bosoms heaving in Bardotesque gingham, while Altuzarra cut his gingham skirt suits into a plainer, Amish style. Why does it keep on coming back? Because checks are classic and timeless, some would argue, yet bold, subversive and always a bit “cool”. Just beware the flimsy cotton summer dress, which will have the unfortunate habit of resembling your children’s uniform.


Polo in the park
America, as taxi drivers keep reminding me this week, is the land where everything is bigger and better. Certainly the mind boggles at the financial heft required to hire out Central Park for an evening. The great, the good and the etiolated turned up for the celebratory launch of Ralph Lauren’s Polo line for women on Monday night, with the promise of a musical extravaganza emerging from the lake. Rumours swirled it might be a Kardashian. More thrilling yet — and surely a digi first — was the giant 4D water-screen projection of a Polo catwalk that rose up from the water. Be warned, London, Milan and Paris: the catwalk pyrotechnics war has just begun.

Brand it like Beckham
I’m reluctant to believe — as last weekend’s papers suggested — that David Beckham has become little more than an Addie Lee driver, ferrying his sons to football practice at Arsenal and whizzing Harper off to her ballet lessons. For there he was on Sunday morning, next to Anna Wintour at Victoria’s show and popping up yesterday afternoon at the launch of his Off Road book, a celebration of the out-takes from his Belstaff campaign shot by Peter Lindbergh. With reports stating that he is game for the role of football manager, his cab-driving days may be numbered.

One night only
In New York, where depressingly corporate fashion can so often be the norm and fashion shows are nearly always overshadowed by celebs, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, the founders of Opening Ceremony, came up with the high point of the week. Spike Jonze and Jonah Hill were asked to create fashion satire: a one-evening-only one-act play about a catwalk show in which the new season’s clothes became theatrical costumes in a play exploring the shenanigans of your average fashion week. This ambitious idea, starring Elle Fanning as an underaged model, was declared “pure fashion gold” by those tricky old fashion editors.

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50 Comments to New York Fashion Week: The Latest Trends Straight from the Catwalk

  1. Love checking out the latest fashion trends even though I can’t see wearing most of them except maybe those flatform shoes – which look comfy and have a great name!

  2. What a great recap of all the current trends – thank you! not sure on the neoprene material, but adoring those gingham dresses!

  3. The black checkers dress is so fabulous! Glad to read your post about new trends fashion.

  4. Awesome! I love long skirts and I definitely love the patterns!

  5. Ah! Love the Coach looks and Victoria Beckham. So beautiful! I love seeing all the newest and in demand fashion!

  6. Really like the last set of dresses. Those are too cute.

  7. I’m a big fan of stripes recently. I do want a nice tulle skirt though this season!

  8. Pam

    I really like the gingham trend. It’s got a subtle vintage vibe, but with modern silhouettes it’s adorable.

  9. Super cute fashion trends. I would definitely wear the vertical stripes.

  10. I love some of these trends. The full skirts on the dresses are really beautiful and fit all body types.

  11. Pam

    There are some really interesting fashion items here and some that I am not sure would be right for me. I do love the two dresses at the end of the post.

  12. Looks like something out of the ‘Carrie Diaries.’ I always think that the clothes on fashion runways never hit a real persons body. I have yet to see it happen. But still fun to look at.

  13. I’m not usually a big fan of runway fashions, but I absolutely love that first dress (not that I’d ever have anywhere to wear it, lol) and the Gingham dresses (which are more practical for me).

  14. I think the vertical stripes would be my favorite thing to wear!

  15. I don’t have a lot of clothes with stripes and I occasionally wear them because they make the wearer look fat. Haha. But vertical stripes are great and bright colors all the more bring out a happy mood.

  16. I love that the clothes now are very fashionable yet wearable. The first gown looks so striking and elegant. It’s definitely something!

  17. I’m surprised that Victoria Beckham is a bonafide fashion designer. I like her styles.

  18. I think I could pull a couple of these looks off! I enjoy Victoria Beckham’s style! I’d love to see it out in public!

  19. Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    I have always wanteddd to get down there for fashion week. One of these years I will.

  20. I have to admit that I am a project runway addict, so seeing New York fashion week live would be completely awesome. It seems so dreamy.

  21. Those dresses are looks great on these beautiful models.

  22. I’m loving the stripes and long(er) skirts.

  23. Socks with heels – finally! I have wanted to wear socks or tights with them for forever but always felt like I would look like a geek, now I will actually be fashionable! Yes!

  24. Paula Parker

    Great finds. This makes me want to wear more dresses! Love the yellow stripped dress the best.

  25. I’m seeing a lot of girly uniform dresses and skirts nowadays and I find them adorable. The checkered pattern cotton dress, for example, is in for my taste. :)

  26. I love fashion, though I am not fashionable myself! There are some super cute dresses up there!

  27. New York is really one of the fashion capital. The next trends looks even better than the previous ones.

  28. My wife will be happy to see poofy dresses are making a comeback! She loves that style a lot!

  29. It is so awesome how fashion has evolved to many aspects.

  30. I’m not a very trendy person, but I still love seeing all the new styles that come out. I really like those gingham dresses though. Looks like something I might actually wear :)

  31. Love this post! what a nice variety of fashion designs! I like them all :)

  32. Stripes and checkered looks like a new trend from the fashion week. It’s also easier to carry for girls.

  33. I love that long skirts and gingham have come back! It just screams girly and yet sophisticated to me! Can’t wait to go shopping for a few new outfits!

  34. The beige dress is totally divine – that is definitely my style.

  35. Yes! My favorite pattern is coming back out. Plaid I love it. Time to go raid my mother’s closet to turn some of plaid items, into my favorite pieces before Spring gets here. Thanks for the inspiration!

  36. Those dresses are gorgeous! Great post

  37. Wow, what neat dresses! I love the stripes and updated gingham

  38. Wow these all look absolutely amazing, I would love to wear things like this.

  39. Fashion trends come and goes and stays. As far as I’m concerned I think fashion us always around and stays for one and not the other, but then it’s back again.

  40. Rebecca Swenor

    I love the new fashions and I find it interesting about the vertical stripes. Thanks for sharing.

  41. Love looking at the lastest fashion trends. Some are so diffrent then i would expect us to be wearing.

  42. Ann Bacciaglia

    These are great styles. It looks like stripes are going to be big this season. My favorite would be the black and white checkered dress.

  43. I love the Donna Karan dress and the Gingham — DVF wow!!!

  44. I really like the white and blue heels. Totally my style!

  45. Platform shoes are back? Well, I’ll be darn. Some of this has a lot of returning styles.

  46. aahhh,. NYFW!! such a dream!! lovin’ all the collections for this season,., especially the plaid and checkered dresses!

  47. I love seeing what’s new in the fashion world. There are a lot that I like but then there are some I’m not fond of.

  48. Love fashion week in NYC! The DKNY Neoprene dress is hot, and looks very couture.

  49. Wow for Donna Karan and Victoria Beckham’s collection. I want those stone dress, I think it is wearable. I’m into long skirts right now.

  50. so 90’s style are coming back? It always come in cycle! :D

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