Twice a year, the streets of Manhattan light up with a swirl of style as the runways of New York Fashion Week reveal the trends to come in spring/summer 2016.
Wait, what? You missed it?
Even if you didn’t attend a single show (or even know that #NYFW was happening), you can still play it off over drinks with your more style-inclined friends. For starters: NYFW is no longer held at Lincoln Center. And it’s no longer sponsored by Mercedes-Benz. The new official name is New York Fashion Week: The Shows, as WME/IMG aim to make it into a media property all its own.
It was also a season of milestones. While both Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy and Alexander Wang marked their 10-year anniversaries, Betsey Johnson celebrated her 50th—no, not a typo. Tisci’s Givenchy show was a particular standout, with Kim Kardashian West, Julia Roberts, and an additional 1,000-plus guests in attendance. (Kim’s hubby Kanye also had another insane show, which looked suspiciously like last season’s, so let’s not even go there.) On the party circuit, aside from the above and Marc Jacobs’s book party-cum-ode to nightlife of yesteryear at the old Tunnel space, the only one that really mattered was Carine Roitfeld’s “Bazaar Icons,” held at the Plaza Hotel. Guests including Mariah Carey and Rita Ora toasted while Katy Perry performed some of her biggest hits.
And of course, there were clothes. Get familiar with the following seven trends, because you’re going to see them a whole lot come spring—and may want to debate their merits after that second cocktail now.
Don’t give away your florals just yet. Fashion may be fickle, but this trend, which we saw everywhere this summer—even on men’s shoes—seems to be sticking around for at least another season.
Black Dress Pants
Want to amp up the versatility of your favorite black dress? The runways (and model Taylor Hill) showed us a way, and it’s simple: Throw some pants under it. Or keep it casual up top with a business pant on the bottom.
Baja what? Think Woodstock by way of Southern California, and you’re almost there. Forget about everything you thought about tie-dyed shirts, oversize racer tanks, and patchwork bucket hats, because they’re all a thing—for a person with a certain type of attitude at least.
White will always be a trend come summer, so this NYFW was just a reminder. From flowy mesh dresses to more-tailored tops, keep an eye out for a favorite cut—then find it in white.
Sneakers Dress Down
Wider Leg the Better
If the shows this season were any indication, the tombstone for skinny jeans will read 2004–2016 next spring. It’s a wide-leg world, so get ready to pump up the volume with something loose, slouchy, and at the same time stylish, as designers sew plenty of breathing room into ladies’ trousers.
The belly shirt is back. Prepare to get even cozier with your Pilates instructor.