While Fashion Month is only partially over—with London, Milan, and Paris hosting shows next—New York's week-long reign has already left its sartorial passport stamp. This season saw a rise in the diversity of models walking, the runway debuts of names like Kaia Garber, and plenty of political statements. While typically considered the tamest and most wearable of the Big Four, NYFW changed gears (in one case, literally) on us this season, introducing a slew of daring and unexpected looks that we're actually excited about come spring.
From BDSM-inspired detailing to one revived fashion accessory, here are the 10 trends that you will want to work into your wardrobe next year.
From Ralph Lauren's use of his garage as the venue and of Ferraris as props, to the racing-themed fashion shown, like, everywhere, spring is going to be one wild ride. Equal parts elegant and sporty, pops of yellow patent leather, tracksuits with side stripes, and motorcycle jackets paired with logo-emblazoned racing caps made their way down the runway, all tracked to push your fashion into high gear.
From left to right: R13, Monse, Kith, Fenty Puma, Calvin Klein.
Say what you will, but we love our fanny packs—if only for the way they allow us to carry all of our life's necessities hands-free and hold our drink and Instagram at the same time at parties—which is why we are so excited that they're making a comeback. And what a stylish comeback it is. Appearing in all shapes, from structured to oversized, and textures, from fuzzy to embroidered raffia, the fashionable fanny pack was also shown pulling double duty as a belt and a cross-body bag.
From left to right clockwise: Alexander Wang, Creatures of the Wind, Noon by Noor, Fenty Puma, Public School, Urban Zen, Zimmermann.
There's a new kid on the block, and it's giving the Canadian tuxedo a run for its fashion money. Denim-on-denim styles took over the runway in an entirely new way, with shirt-and-pants combos replaced with denim crop tops and skirts, denim bras and capris, and even denim aprons (?!) and chambray shirts (hi, R13). The options are endless, and you've got six months to learn how to nail the perfect wash combinations.
From left to right in a V: Tom Ford, Zadig & Voltaire, R13, Chromat, Public School, Baja East.
While lilac was huge this season, it was electric orange that burnt our runway-focused eyes—in the best way possible. From the rubber-like sporty ensembles at Fenty Puma and Tom Ford to the more elegant separates at Tibi and Sies Marjan and even a red carpet take at Helmut Lang, we've never felt more convinced about rocking this shade.
From bottom left to top right: Tom Ford, Tibi, Sies Marjan, Jeremy Scott, Helmut Lang, Fenty Puma, Calvin Klein.
Bound by Style
While New York's Fashion Week is notorious for playing it safe, there were at least 50 shades of BDSM-inspired references on the runways this time around. The Helmut Lang collection, helmed by Hood By Air’s Shayne Oliver, was a lesson in bondage and one of our favorite collections of the week. It appears that others, too, were inspired to get it on, with looks boasting subtle harness-like details on feminine dresses at Eckhaus Latta and full-on cages making numerous appearances at the Philipp Plein show.
From left to right clockwise: Katie Gallagher, Cushnie et Ochs, Helmut Lang, Eckhaus Latta, Philipp Plein, Sandy Liang.
High Fashion Hippie
Blame it on the current administration, but designers looked to a different politically charged era to draw inspiration for their upcoming collections. Drawing references from the mid-'60s to mid-'70s, the clothes looked plucked from the Summer of Love and Woodstock era, only redesigned for the modern age. Anna Sui devoted an entire collection to the hippie and counterculture fashions of the pasts. Spoiler alert: It was stunning, with the final look (seen above), sported by Gigi Hadid, giving off major Penny Lane vibes.
From left to right in a V: Alice + Olivia, Ulla Johnson, Anna Sui, Tory Burch, Tadashi Shoji.
Power pantsuits were a huge trend last season, thanks in part to Hillary Clinton. It, then, makes sense that, for spring, designers took the trend and made it warm-weather appropriate by shortening the pant hemlines. Ranging from printed to solid and even denim versions, the short suits that paraded down the runway proved that one can look professional and incredibly fashion-forward at the same time. They've got out popular vote.
From top left to bottom right: Tibi, Monse, Alice + Olivia, Zadig & Voltaire.
Little House on the Prairie
Florals for spring, groundbreaking, we know. This time around, though, designers focused less on obvious blooms and more on microfloral, gingham, and watercolor prints. The dresses and skirts grew fabric, with hemlines ankle-length and lower, plus longer sleeves, and high necks. If you think that sounds boring, think again, and look no further than the stunning styles above for evidence.
From left to right: Creatures of Comfort, Ulla Johnson, Jill Stuart, Rebecca Taylor.
Probably the most unexpected trend from the spring runways is the bodysuit. But not just a regular bodysuit or a swimsuit masked as fashion, but one paired with low-rise pants as to reveal the cutouts. From Baha East's "Thriving" style to the athletic take at Fenty Puma and, most surprisingly, the low-cut version at Tom Ford (I repeat: Tom Ford), the '90s-esque trend is alive and, well, thriving in a new, high fashion way.
From left to right: Tom Ford, Baja East, Kith, Fenty Puma.
Hard at Work
Get ready to work it... in utilitarian jumpsuits. The menswear silhouettes have been reimagined for the ladies in mind, with cinched waistlines, belts, and tightened pant lines. The traditional khaki garbs have also been updated color-wise, with sleek jumpsuits showcased in olive, blue, and even white. Putting on a uniform has never looked this good.
From left to right: Walk of Shame, Tibi, Jason Wu, Public School, Nicole Miller.