NYFW AW19 Trend Report

Well, another NYFW has come and gone, and now it’s time to look back, reflect and forecast. This final step in the process is arguably on-par with attending the actual shows and presentations for me, and I always look forward to sharing the wealth of creativity I’m lucky enough to witness in-person with all of you!

It’s no secret that the importance of Fashion Week has been wavering in the midst of the “retail crisis” and “media apocalypse” that publications like Business of Fashion and Fashionista are always in debate over. Nonetheless, the reshaping of the industry is exciting, innovative, and, honestly, much-needed.

The days are long, February weather is less than pleasant and logistics never fail to be messy, but every show remains a “pinch me” moment. It’s truly incredible to see months of preparation by the designers, PR teams and producers come to life which makes the not-so-glamorous moment absolutely worth it.

As promised, I’ve aggregated the top, most-wearable trends that can easily go from the NYFW runways to your closets.

OVERALL MOOD: It was actually quite easy to categorize the collections into overarching themes this season. This loosely means where the designer drew inspiration from before translating it into their own house’s style or the underlying “tone” of the collection.

60/70’s - The decade emphasis this season was clearly on the 1960’s to 1970’s. Certain designers took a more mod slant while others honed in on Studio 54 or a bit of a bohemian influence.

Updated Minimalism - As a rebuttal to the maximalism of previous seasons (think Gucci, 80’s party dresses, etc.), we’re seeing an emphasis on simplicity, tailoring and androgyny.

Other themes to note that weren’t quite as strong but still present were Victorian, utility and Western influences across the collections.

COLORS: This season, the most-frequented colors remaining mid-tone yet rich. Here’s some shades to keep an eye out for next season: magenta, cadet blue, apricot, tomato red, deep plum, lavender, jade, gold, oranges and black & white (paired together).

PRINTS: We all know animal prints have swept the ‘gram lately; but for fall, we’re putting an emphasis on tiger and natural-colored leopard. Other prints to note are color-blocking (not exactly a print, but you get the idea), abstract florals (many look like paintings), geometrics as well as pinstripes and menswear checks for a classic approach.

DETAILS: Here are a few details that were prominent across product categories. This means you could find them on a dress or blouse, pants or a jacket, etc.— they’re just about universal. Keep an eye out for these additions to make any garment pop: contrast stitching, quilting, sleeve volume, high necklines, feather trim, belting, high shine fabrications (satin, metallics, etc.).

KEY ITEMS: Now these are the items you’ll definitely want to add to your shopping list: butter-leather trousers, a tunic for layering (seriously), pussybow blouse, co-ord pants & blazer (aka a suit), utility-style jumpsuit, second-skin turtlenecks and a statement jacket (faux fur, quilting, XL duster).