1. Black and White: This trend has been building since last season, and we were certainly reminded of it when we saw the guests arrive to last night’s Marc Jacobs show, in black and white stripes and checks. Joseph Altuzarra limited his color palette almost completely to the contrasting shades, and Proenza Schouler used black and white conceptually as a whole entities that they could deconstruct. We also saw black and white at Elizabeth and James, and Michael Kors,.
2. Texture: Sleek has not been a concern for New York designers. Alexander Wang single note was “texture” and if the newly appointed creative director of Balenciaga is doing it, we should pay attention. Woven leathers, chains and nubby laces were a big part of the story at Proenza Schouler, and fuzzy furs were the statement makers at 3.1 Phillip Lim.
3. Nipped Waists: Power dressing is making a comeback. Despite the prevalence of oversize and grunge over the past year the tightly tailored waist was a strong statement at Altuzarra, Prabal Gurung and Calvin Klein. Belted coats created the hour glass shape without appearing to skin tight, which we are thankful for. The tailored trend is not all reigning, but it seems designers are returning to the body.
4. Dark Green: This is the new Oxblood. Deep and rich, this forrest-like shade of green looks good on most skin tones and hair colors. Seen on the runway at Altuzarra, Prabal Gurung, and The Row, this is the shade that will be everywhere come fall.
5. Quilting: A graphic approach to embroidery, or a subtler version of checks? Not far from last seasons patchwork trend, quilted jackets and pants popped up at Rag & Bone, Elizabeth and James, and 3.1 Phillip Lim. This season Rag & Bone was inspired by aviation. Bomber jacket have been the cool kid jacket of choice this year and quilting is an instant update to that style.