New York Fashion Week 2016: The Biggest Trends

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New York Fashion Week 2016: The Biggest Trends
New York Fashion Week is wrapping tomorrow and maybe it is just us, but it seems especially dynamic this year. Perhaps it is because of the trends towards exaggerated proportions, boldly mixed patterns and unusual combinations of materials. Perhaps it is because of the much talked about “see now buy now” approach that some designers are taking. What ever the reason is, we will be revisiting the collections online in the coming months. Here is a quick run-down of our six favorite New York Fashion Week trends so far:  

New York Fashion Week Trend 1: Exaggerated Proportions

From the minimalist coats at The Row to the punkish proportions at McQ, this season is full of oversized lapels, exaggerated pocket flaps, and striking combinations of short and long hemlines.

New York Fashion Week Trend 2: Modern Embellishments

Gone are the days of hippie-inspired embroideries. These embellishments are sophisticated, modern and anything but cutesy. From the 3-D floral appliques at Carolina Herrera to the oversized leather paillettes at Diane Von Furstenburg, these surface treatments are a contemporary take on adornment.

New York Fashion Week Trend 3: Showing the Shoulders

The consensus with evening wear seems to be that showing the shoulders is in. They are visible in off-the-shoulder blouses made of fluid silks and long sleeved tops with peekaboo cut-outs. We could not be happier, after all the shoulder is the one body part that always looks good.

New York Fashion Week Trend 4: Black & White

Bold, graphic combinations of black and white are always powerful fashion statements, and this year was no different. From Alexander Wang to Derek Lam, black and white is everywhere. Our favorite though: the black and white dress that Gigi Hadid wore at Diane Von Furstenberg. This dress with its fluid fabrics and lace cut-outs is sure to be a best seller.

New York Fashion Week Trend 5: 1960s & 1970s Inspirations

The 1960s and 70s are being seen in spades this season, but they are being recreated in a way that feels fresh, new and anything but old fashioned. The modern materials at M Missoni and the playful patterns at Kate Spade and Tory Burch are making vintage-inspired pieces feel fresh.

Fashion Week Trend 6: Deep Jewel Tones

Deep jewel tones are everywhere on the runways, with an emphasis on burgundy. Burgundy has been a fashion staple for a few seasons now, and it is evident that it isn’t going anywhere. We love this universally flattering deep red shade and are glad to see that it is sticking around.

The Big Fashion Week Change: See Now Buy Now

Overall perhaps the most exciting thing that is defining this season was the "see now buy now" approach that some designers are taking, debuting capsule collections that are available for immediate purchase. Back in December, Burberry and Tom Ford announced that they would be taking a "see now buy now" approach this season, and Michael Kors joined their ranks. The Kors collection featured an assortment of spring pieces that are available for sale on the website and at the Madison Avenue store. Rebecca Minkoff was the first to announce that she would take the "see now buy now" approach back in December. Her collection was an exciting mix of summery chiffon dresses worn with heavier jackets. We are huge fans of combining summer dresses with warmer pieces during cooler weather, and this collection does it masterfully. There has been some speculation that this may be the last traditional fashion week, and that we are moving towards a different calendar structure for showing collections. We look forward to the future, and we can not wait to see how designers adapt their collections to these new changes.
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