February has come and gone, and with it, New York Fashion Week. Now it's time to assess all the trends we saw on this season's runways.
But first, let’s acknowledge that we’re still very much in the year of Daniel Lee, creative director of Bottega Venetta, whom you might recall after he struck gold last NYFW with pouch bags, square-toed shoes, and oversized belts—all items spotted on plenty of celebs and fashion influencers at September's shows.
Animal print, metallics, and leather were still going strong this season, too; and leather is now expanding into more outfit pieces. While we saw it in long jackets and skirts last fall, now we can appreciate it in dresses, blazers, and different pant styles including culottes.
Here are some of our other most-loved trends—the styles we're predicting will stay on our minds and in our closets for some time.
Boxy blazers with oversized shoulders were all the rage, so excuse us while we go raid our boyfriend's closet for a jacket. We don’t mind the savings, and maybe he'll also have the matching vest to go underneath the blazer, a full-on trend from the runway brought to us by The Row.
Rumor has it that when it was time for Khaite’s show, everybody was wearing the Davis boots (pictured above), which is particular for the shape of the heel. When one piece catches our eye, we make sure to peek at the rest of the collection and, more often than not, end up finding more to love. Such was the case with one Khaite top, featuring a bowtie and sheer panel, and this dress with dramatic side cutouts.
Speaking of cutouts, Proenza Schouler was another designer to feature them this year, and we are stoked that it took the form of a transitional piece—aka we can start wearing it now instead of having to wait six months.
There’s plenty of reason to believe that latex is here to stay: For one, Balmain just strategically gifted Kim and Kourtney Kardashian fresh-off-the-runway looks in the material. Furthermore, since leather has dominated over the last year, designers will likely look to new textures like lacquer, PVC, and all sorts of shiny materials in an attempt to refresh our looks.
The next trend comes straight from Chanel during Haute Couture Week as models were seen wearing embroidered collar tops, a darling style we're quickly adopting as further proof that when this brand speaks, we listen. At the recent ready-to-wear show, we were also happy to see the classic skirt suits appear in lime green, a color we're already keen on for spring and summer alike.