You might not know it, but I went to New York Fashion Week. I saw the Marc by Marc Jacobs show live, and I pinned my favorite looks fewer than two minutes after the show ended. I saw street style stars strut their stuff, and I even went to an after-party! True, I was sitting at my desk in San Francisco the whole time, but I was most definitely there. With designers live-streaming of their shows and taking social media seriously, fashion week is increasingly available to those outside NYC and even outside the industry.
I stalked the shows all week at work (the perks of working at a fashion/tech startup), and I fell in love with the vibrant colors (as well as no color) and body-con silhouettes (as well as serious volume). I’ve rounded up my six favorite trends from the week, and what’s more, they’re all totally wearable regardless of budget. Which one would you try?
There’s something so playful and bold about bright hues, especially when you pair a few together in a delightfully clashing way. To get the look without the designer price tag, try pairing a bold red skirt with a bubblegum-pink top and a bright moto jacket. For a more subtle take on it, experiment with clashing bright lips and nails or a fun wallet.
It’s a classic for a reason- stark black and white is effortless, eye-catching , and especially bold when paired with black and white accessories. Designers played up the classic color combination by keeping makeup neutral and going for extreme silhouettes, both body-con and seriously boxy. Pick whatever silhouette is more comfortable for you, and resist the temptation to add any color!
Dark, Slouchy, and Sexy
Fashion’s always loved black (and I’m sorry, but pink will never be the new black), and this season’s collections took the classic color and stepped it up a notch. The silhouettes create sex appeal by leaning towards the loose and slouchy over tight and strapped-in. Some of the best all-black looks revealed tasteful bits of skin through sheer paneling or by pairing a high hemline with an even higher neckline. To get the look, try a sleeveless black romper or jumpsuit (more flattering than you’d think), or pair your professional work trousers with a slinky camisole for night.
I never thought I’d see the day when shiny gold fabric actually looked chic. But the show-stopping liquid-gold skirts and tops at Altuzzara proved me wrong. Besides classic and reinvented gold evening dresses, gold also showed up in unexpected places like shorts and woven into the models’ hair. A pair of metallic gold shorts can be surprisingly sophisticated when paired with a tailored black blouse for an evening out. Or, to lightly gild your outfit, try a metallic clutch.
Florals for spring aren’t exactly new, but many designers took the classic print and made it a little more grown-up. I love the structured fabric and longer length at BCBG, and the angular print at Marc by Marc Jacobs is more mod than sweet. Try florals with a dark background to add a bit of edge, or play with proportion by trying an oversized print or something abstract.
Similar to the dramatic black-on-black looks above, designers embraced the lighter non-color en masse. From suits to fairy-like blouses to dead sexy dresses, white was everywhere at fashion week. Try layering slightly different shades of white for a unique, or go for stark matching white separates like at DVF to really stand out.
Which look was your favorite? Which ones, if any, will you be wearing this spring?