Proenza Schouler; Rosie Assoulin; Opening Ceremony
Bold, bright, and brilliantly textured, spring’s stripes are a jolt of energy in a sea of classic Bretons. And while they came in all shades of the rainbow this season, our favorites were those that featured graphic primary colors anchored down with some polished black.
Tanya Taylor; Tibi; Lela Rose
The season’s florals felt fresh in their unabashed femininity, blooming up and down long, tiered skirts, ruffled jumpsuits, and voluminous sleeves.
Tory Burch; Victoria Beckham; Altuzarra
For those with ample confidence (and not-so-ample cleavage), there will be endless opportunities next spring to take the crop-top trend to its logical conclusion and skip the “top” part all together. Lingerie-like pieces were paired with evening skirts, cropped jeans, slinky suits, and more at shows as varied as Alexander Wang, Tory Burch, and Oscar de la Renta.
4.Shades of Blue
Michael Kors; Prabal Gurung; Jill Stuart
One of the easiest colors to wear was also one of the most popular across the board this season—which should come as some relief to those need a break from black and white but aren’t quite ready to heed designers’ calls for orange as a new neutral.
5.Bad Girls’ Club
Baja East; Marc Jacobs; Coach 1941
The references may have been wide and varied—glam rock and rave culture at Marc Jacobs, rockabilly rebels at Coach, louche tropical vibes at Baja East—but ultimately, the same young, wild, and free spirit ran through some of the best shows of the week.
Self-Portrait; Monse; Claudia Li
The classic striped button-down has been turned on its head. It’s a look that pays homage to tradition, but shows you’re not too concerned with playing by the rules.
Is it just us, or is the future looking especially bright? Designers dipped their toes back into fluorescent waters for spring, both for day (DKNY, 3.1 Phillip Lim) and for night (Delpozo, Jason Wu).
Frills were BIG at NYFW, both in terms of proportion and in terms of popularity (you’d be harder pressed to find a show that didn’t feature a little bit of flounce). The styles we’re most eager to get a hold of, though, were those that balanced the femininity with a little sleekness or ease—think asymmetrical dresses, one-shoulder tops, and voluminous skirts styled as effortlessly as a pair of jeans.
9.All Tied Up
Milly by Michelle Smith; Alexander Wang; Kaelen
Laces: no longer just for your sneakers. Thanks to this season’s runways, there will be plenty of creative ways to strap up for spring, both subtle and in-your-face.
Ulla Johnson; Dion Lee; Creatures of the Wind
“Beige” stopped being a synonym for “boring” the second Kim Kardashian slithered into Band-aid-colored bodycon, and this spring, neutral hues will be especially widespread. At Dion Lee, the timeless trench silhouette got transformed into tailored, slit-shoulder jackets and belted skirt-pants, while at Ulla Johnson and Creatures of the Wind.