New York fashion week was a whirlwind! Here is a recap of the standout trends you will be seeing a lot more of come the London, Milan and Paris shows. Spring may be months away, but when it comes to trends you can bet you you heard it here first!
1.) Patchwork: Fabrics were cut up and sewn back together to create color blocked or collage effects as seen at 3.1 Phillip Lim, Rodarte, and Jen Kao. Patchwork has become a signature technique at Proenza Schouler and this year the boys created dresses out of re-worked photo prints that were further abstracted by appliqués. If you’re seeing it at Proenza you can bet it’s going to be a trend!
2.) Black and white: A go to-color combination for every season, but also a staple at New York Fashion Week where the combo was on practically every runway. Victoria Beckham showed modern lady-like skirts and shirt dresses in white with single black stripes, while Jason Wu created floral prints in the contrasting color mix. Black and white was also seen at Marc Jacobs, DKNY, Oscar de La Renta, and Michael Kors- but who could forget the downtown all-star Alexander Wang, who limited his color palette exclusively to black and white, choosing to focus on a deconstructed silhouette that had everyone talking.
3.) Bermuda shorts: The longer short has slowly been making a comeback and with fashion’s current interest in oversize dress –read clothes with more fabric- the knee length short may finally be catching on. At DKNY, Cara Delevingne rocked super baggy denim shorts with such authenticity she may as well have been walking down the street on the lower east side. Alexander Wang, Rag & Bone and Vera Wang also showed longer shorts as a sporty alternative to the summer skirt.
4.) Cobalt- Pantone’s “Monaco Blue” was a hot color for Fall (Stella McCartney’s AW12 collection was full of it) and it looks like designers are keeping it around for Spring. Whether in solid leather, such as Derek Lam’s version, or patched in color blocks as at Proenza Schouler, this bright blue was everywhere!
5.) Stripes- Stripes may be a tried and true trend for spring, but New York designers showed us that not all stripes are alike. Marc Jacobs made a singular statement starting his show with a striped T-shirt and ending with a sequined striped gown that was head-to-toe stripes. Michael Kors did them in red and blue with a nautical 60’s vibe, while Phillip Lim and Chris Benz took a more crafty approach creating stripes with embroidery. Stripes are for spring!