From the runways of New York to the catwalks of Paris and Milan, New Yorkers draw inspiration from the visionary designers whose art, each season, establishes the trends we will crave-- the clothes, in which, we will live our lives. The savvy fashionistas stomping through Soho, the power-players of lower Manhattan, the social climbers and students, the artists and dreamers...all are watching the glossy pages of magazines, the shiny surface of their tablets, and, of course, each other, for what may be the next big thing.
It's an exciting time for fashion. September shows awakened our senses and filled us with hope for the future in unsettling times. From bold colors and shapes to romantic ruffles and political statements; from historical inspiration to futuristic melee...the trends abound. The following are five of the most encapsulating trends from the streets of New York to you.
Yellow, Yes, Yellow!
From soft butter-cream to grain mustard to an actual banana (thanks, Charlotte Olympia), the hue could be found on almost every runway from New York to Paris and beyond. Yellow not your color? Don't worry! The color is being featured prominently in accessories, as well. Other colors to look out for: cobalt, cerulean, cherry red, malachite, black, and classic white!
Stripes for Spring may seem stale and overdone...but not the way they were done this year! Stripes of all colors, shapes, and sizes could be found on the top runways of the season. From chic, pin stripes to bold, circus stripes and everything in between. Designers like Siriano created intricate blends of stripes and print and the result is a fresh approach to an old staple.
Rock N Roll is Here to Stay
From leather jackets and skirts and punk-rock plaids, to Mick Jagger-inspired scarves and printed pants...seventies era music is still infiltrating the inspiration boards of designers everywhere. Whether you're going for the “guitarist of the moment” look or an “I’m with the band” motif...it doesn't get any cooler than Rock N Roll chic.
Colorful fur. Striking embellishments. Animal print. Fringe. Florals. The runways were alive with truly astounding outerwear this season. The sky is the limit and the imagination is free to run wild with this bold, brazen trend. Just have fun with it! Designers not to miss: Gucci, Valentino, Barbara Bui, Miu Miu, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, and Balenciaga.
Single Shoulder Show-Off
History repeats itself. Nothing embodies this ideal quite like the fashion world. The runways were filled with past patterns--Edwardian style bodices, 70s rocker suits, 90s street style. However, there was one standout above them all--the return of the Flashdance shoulder. That's right, both shoulders are out, solo shoulders are in. From peekaboo cutouts to clever draping and sculptural elements...single shoulders have taken center stage.