While the fashion elite touched down in the Big Apple for New York Fashion Week—with a trimmed-down schedule under the new direction of Tom Ford at the CFDA—we observed from afar, patiently noting the latest trends we’ll be wearing throughout the coming fall and winter months. We saw everything from boxy, plaid blazers to padded headbands (get on it now if you haven’t already), but here are our top picks.

 
 
 
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Leather on leather

Back in May, Alexander Wang put on the first-ever Rockefeller Center fashion show, sending lots of leather down his runway. The crowd was clearly paying attention, because this week we saw that trend non-stop in everything from dresses and skirts to tops and long jackets. Though leather is nothing new in fashion, we can safely credit Wang with applying the trend in new ways to non-standard garments.

Bucket hats

When Dior jumps on a trend (in this case with a new checkered pattern), we're buying in, and we love the resurgence of this shape we haven't seen so abundantly since Y2K. Whether you opt for the couture branded version or a more affordable adaptation, the result is the same: an instant chic, spot-on trend. 

Statement belts

We must admit that we were deeply attracted to one in particular after seeing it strapped over one trendsetter's long leather jacket. A CSI-style online investigation revealed the brand to be, unsurprisingly, Bottega Veneta. Perhaps we're not the only ones love-stricken: The item is already sold out in the U.S. Ta-ta for now until we find the more affordable version in this country.

Puffed sleeves and belted, boxy blazers

The ultra-feminine puffed sleeve trend was first seen in 2018, but it's now working well in other key pieces like dresses and shirts. Boxy blazers continue to reign, too—pair them with a belt for the inverted-triangle effect of the moment.

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