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Best Looks From New York Fashion Week: Our Editors Share Their Favorites

Here are 25 beautiful, wearable outfits from established designers and up-and-coming new stars

If you’ve been following along, you know that New York Fashion Week (and its encompassing circus) just blew through town. This is the one week when the men’s fashion season, which started in January, overlaps with the women’s fashion season. Editors who follow the womenswear shows are now in London, and afterward they’ll go to Milan and then Paris—just like I did for the menswear shows last month. For the next three weeks, to make sure you keep up to speed with what’s being shown, I asked four of my Bloomberg colleagues to help me pick our favorite womenswear looks from each fashion capital. Below, click through to see what inspired us from the shows here in the Big Apple, where it is currently freezing. Think of this as “The Best of New York Fashion Week: Things You Might Actually Wear Edition.”

As you’ll note, we gravitated toward the coats.

Nic Screws’s Favorites

You know me, I’m Bloomberg’s style director. I feel like I’m enjoying a casual moment right now, and really digging things like colored pumps and skinny jeans, draping statement coats and Marissa Webb for Banana Republic (yes, that Banana Republic).

Jason Wu

Jason Wu look 32
Jason Wu look 32
Photographer: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

Hurry. Someone invite me somewhere fabulous so that I can wear this dress. High slits were a hot trend this season, and when done right they can add a touch of subtle sassiness to an otherwise ladylike look.

Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren look 10
Ralph Lauren look 10
Photographer: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

When in doubt about how to pull off a warm winter look, wear layers of different textures and similar colors, and add a hat. I also like the squashiness of this oversize robe coat.

Michael Kors

Michael Kors look 14
Michael Kors look 14
Photographer: JP Yim/Getty Images for Michael Kors

This year Michael Kors showed some looks that were inspired by menswear, but form-flattering. The idea is, steal the patterns from the boys, but keep your womanly shape.

J.Crew

J.Crew look 11
J.Crew look 11
Source: J.Crew via Bloomberg

How’s that song go? “Don’t cha wish your girlfriend was cool like me?” Or “hot like me”? Whatever. Both apply to this subtle, yet killer, everyday outfit.

Banana Republic

Banana Republic look 8
Banana Republic look 8
Source: Banana Republic via Bloomberg

Creative Director Marissa Webb has flipped the script on Banana Republic. In two short seasons, she has made the humdrum mall brand modern, more feminine, and cool again. You’ve wooed me, lady. Bravo.

Emma Rosenblum’s Favorites

Emma is the editor of Pursuits magazine, Bloomberg’s quarterly publication focused on global luxury and lifestyle. This season, Emma couldn’t keep her eyes off the coats in the fall collections—maybe it was because of all of the luxe accents and materials, or maybe it was just because it’s so damn cold out.

Narciso Rodriguez

Narciso Rodriguez look 11
Narciso Rodriguez look 11
Photographer: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

I love the clean lines on this long Narciso Rodriguez coat. The color is gorgeous and unexpected and reminds me that someday, maybe, it won’t be -20 degrees outside.

Brock

Brock look 6
Brock look 6
Photographer: Peter Goldman/Courtesy of Brock Collection

This leather coat from the Brock Collection, a new line, is fantastic. Flattering, striking, and a nice change from this season’s ubiquitous shearling bombers.

The Row

The Row look 17
The Row look 17
Source: The Row via Bloomberg

Buttery, soft caramel from The Row. Delicious.

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham look 22
Victoria Beckham look 22
Photographer: Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho/WireImage

This jacket is adorable, and also great for those of us who aren’t model-tall. Victoria Beckham is one of my favorites precisely for this reason.

Michael Kors

Michael Kors look 7
Michael Kors look 7
Photographer: JP Yim/Getty Images for Michael Kors

Sure, the fur on the sleeves is perhaps a bit much for real life, but the rest of this Michael Kors camel coat is so perfect and pretty.

Moti Ankari’s Favorites

Associate Market Editor Moti takes the same attention to fit and the finishing touches that he does on his own bespoke suits and jackets, and translates it to what he likes for her. Also: He has strong opinions about men going sleeveless.

Rosie Assouline

Rosie Assouline look 1
Rosie Assouline look 1
Source: Rosie Assouline via Bloomberg

Rosie Assouline. Remember the name. I appreciate this young designer for taking irregular shapes and silhouettes and making them look so damn good (and more importantly, wearable).

Vera Wang

Vera Wang look 2
Vera Wang look 2
Photographer: JP Yim/Getty Images

For me, black is the new black. Leave it to Vera Wang to show us how to wear an all-black-everything rig.

3.1 Phillip Lim

3.1 Phillip Lim look 15
3.1 Phillip Lim look 15
Photographer: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

Here’s a new and (much) improved Canadian tuxedo, brought to you by 3.1 Phillip Lim.

Rodarte

Rodarte look 1
Rodarte look 1
Photographer: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

At the Rodarte show, I liked that designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy mixed up a bunch of seemingly disparate elements, like fur, beaded skirts, and chokers, and they made cohesive, sexy looks.

Derek Lam

Derek Lam look 30
Derek Lam look 30
Photographer: JP Yim/Getty Images

During men's fashion month, we insisted that men should stay away from sleeveless jackets, and we haven’t changed our minds. This is why: Ladies wear it better. WAY better.

Chris Rovzar’s Favorites

Bloomberg’s global luxury editor Chris appreciates feminine details and clever texture play. But mostly he’s a stickler for good fit on a lady, and likes a smart pantsuit. Just don’t ask him if he liked the Thom Browne show. (Side note: Read our advice on how to pull off a pantsuit.)

Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren look 42
Ralph Lauren look 42
Photographer: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

With all the fringe and flowy knits at Ralph’s show this year, I was pleasantly surprised by this floor-length, sleeved gown that had almost an armored aspect to it. Often at a Ralph show you’ll get an armor-like feel with some breastplate detailing, or a high collar. But here the metallic fabric is altogether slinky. You don’t need a lot of bling when the glitter is already on the dress.

Proenza Schouler

Proenza Schouler look 16
Proenza Schouler look 16
Photographer: JP Yim/Getty Images

I really enjoyed the way that Proenza played with texture this season, from raw-edged tweeds to some fluffy stuff that looked like it came out of a couch pillow. There was so much color, too, and interesting cutouts. This coat, to me, is protective but also flattering, and the blood-red tone will make you stand out in a crowd without looking crazy.

Prabal Gurung

Prabal Gurung look 31
Prabal Gurung look 31
Photographer: Fernanda Calfat/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Unlike Moti, I don’t love a collection that’s all black (see: Thom Browne) or even really an outfit that’s just black. But this modified tuxedo manages to add texture to an otherwise traditional look, without making the wearer look like a harlequin (see: Thom Browne). The other fabrics add volume without making her look bulky, and on any occasion, I applaud a cigarette pant.

Tory Burch

Tory Burch look 12
Tory Burch look 12
Photographer: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Tory Burch

This year Tory Burch wallpapered and carpeted her runway to look like a rug store, and the Afghan-inspired patterns on some of the outfits made it look like Scarlett O’Hara had finished using the curtains for her dresses, and started scraping the floors. (It looks cute on Tory, but most women don’t look like Tory.) Still, this modest, ’70s-inspired dress would be a standout in the office or at a cocktail party.

Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs look 10
Marc Jacobs look 10
Photographer: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images

Marc’s collection this year was dark and glittery, a brooding ode to tartans, tweeds, and other traditional fabrics. Many of the looks were tightly tailored, with an edge: a short coat with powerful shoulders, for example, or a nipped waist that was belted by a whiplike leather strap. To me this tea-length dress is so simple, yet the dropped waist and sharp finishing on the bottom make it just a little bit rock ’n’ roll.

Hannah Elliott’s Favorites

Hannah is the car columnist for Bloomberg. She likes hats, and cars (and wearing rad hats while driving fast cars). For fall, she was really feeling the fur accents seen all over the runways. Perhaps some fur-trimmed driving gloves are in her future? (Gift idea! Who makes those?)

Jason Wu

Jason Wu look 31
Jason Wu look 31
Photographer: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

What better way to stay cozy on a brisk winter night than to drape yourself in a mantle of fur? This one from Jason Wu is elegant, feminine, strong, and undoubtedly warm.

Michael Kors

Michael Kors look 15
Michael Kors look 15
Photographer: JP Yim/Getty Images for Michael Kors

The fur neck on this bouclé dress definitely ups the fashion ante, but its bright colors and playful shape keep the dress youthful and fun.

Greg Lauren

Greg Lauren look 45
Greg Lauren look 45
Photographer: Jacopo Raule/Getty Images

Here’s another use for fur indoors and after hours: in the shape of a hoodie. The long neck of the dress, contrasting with the covered head, makes for a dramatic effect.

Proenza Schouler

Proenza Schouler look 38
Proenza Schouler look 38
Photographer: JP Yim/Getty Images

Wear this dress and you’ll grab attention with minimal effort. The bold strips of fur do all the work. You won’t have to say a word.

Altuzarra

Altuzarra look 11
Altuzarra look 11
Photographer: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

This is a sophisticated look made more playful by the pink skirt, ruffled pockets, and killer shoes. The fur adds the extra oomph.

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