February's collection debuts have a habit of sneaking up on us, sometimes disrupting whatever quiet, cosy winter scene we've created for ourselves.
This was definitely the case when New York Fashion Week officially kicked off Sunday evening, the aggressive winter weather hitting so much of the country making it harder than usual to focus on the Fall 2021 offerings from American designers, most of which were shown digitally.
But the week was not forgettable: the brands proved chaos breeds creativity and that there's hope for a dressed-up future!
The trends that emerged are optimistic, hinting at a time of togetherness.
Let's have a closer look:
Repurposing your summery staples may not inherently feel like a trend, but brands are leaning into the idea of repurposing lightweight summer layers with the addition of one key piece: a killer coat.
Good news if you're feeling a bit of sweats-related burnout: Knitwear is here for you. Next fall, designers are offering up not only your usual two-piece knitted separates but also maxi-length dresses that allow you to blanket yourself up comfortably.
Fringe re-entered the fashion vernacular last year thanks to Bottega Veneta'scoat and clutch, but more subtle iterations have found themselves in New York, serving as an extra bit of texture and adornment to coats and blazers.
Nostalgia is running high, and one era particularly on the minds of designers right now is the '80s, a time of high-glamour, high-volume, and high-heels.
5. Cream On Cream
New York's minimalist contingency offered their own takes on sleek and sophisticated, with layered creams and ivories all in different materials. The one message ringing loud and clear: After labour day, wear white with abandon.
For fall, there's one style, in particular, to keep an eye on: the keyhole. Either just below the bra line or on the upper chest, this little circle of skin was highlighted by many designers.
Alongside the season's traditional plaids and jewel-toned abstract prints, you'll find a surprising number of floral styles on this season's runway, often contrasted against the aforementioned traditional options. The key to pulling off the unexpected contrast come fall is to mix together clashing prints in related colour palettes. There's no need to go for anything too matchy-matchy.
This year, you may feel like you're missing out on the usual street style and celebrity front-row looks in NYC, but there is still plenty to inspire you from the designers who call the city home.
With many of the bigger names in the U.S. sitting out fashion week or shifting their show schedule, this season there was lots of room to check out the latest designs from the next generation of thought leaders in the city.
This season, designers are still keeping their focus on comfortable, practical pieces — lots of knitwear, relaxed silhouettes, and neutral colours from industry favourites like Proenza Schouler, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Jonathan Simkhai.