The Biggest Trends from NYFW

Meet the themes that will define spring fashion.
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Meet the themes that will define spring fashion.
Dream girl Anna Ewers showing off her upper abs at Alexander Wang. All photo: Imaxtree

Dream girl Anna Ewers showing off her upper abs at Alexander Wang. All photo: Imaxtree

Now that the Fashion Week has packed up and moved to London, we've had some time at Fashionista to reflect on the biggest trends that dominated the New York shows. 

While designers mined their personal inspirations (from sneakers at Alexander Wang to mermaids at Rodarte), discernable trends still managed to break through, including the abundance of fringe and plenty of takes on anorak jackets. 

Check out our complete guide to the trends that ruled NYFW below, and stay tuned for our London, Milan and Paris reports.  

The Fringe Effect

How did fringe become so darn popular?! Well, for one, it's a pretty sleek and minimalist way to add volume and texture. From the amazingly cool dresses and skirts at Proenza Schouler to ICB's smartly structured fringe sets, there will be a lot of strings to shop for this spring. 

The Suede Parade

Long live the suede-obsessed '70s! Designers from Jason Wu to Michael Kors crafted separates in the fabric ... but consider yourself forewarned, these looks are not for April showers. 

America the Beautiful

Look, we know that New York Fashion Week takes place in America and all, but more than ever before, designers looked to the staples of American sportswear for inspiration this season. From suits, to separates to the trench coats, there were plenty of nods to the iconic styles that shaped American style (which means plenty of commercial looks to sell to stores). 

The Nifty Fifties 

From the gingham pattern that popped up at several shows to the fitted waist silhouettes that walked the runway in the most unexpected places, there was a decidedly '50s-vibe about the New York collections. Is the return of the lady nigh? 

When Anoraks Attack

Sure, spring is generally a time of warm weather when one might not need a jacket, but that didn't stop designers from putting their best anoraks on the runways. Considering the popularity of streetwear and athletic wear, it's not really a surprise that the anorak is on the rise. 

The New Rave

Where does one go to oppose the simple minimalism that is still trending on the runways and in real life? To a rave, obviously! Marc by Marc Jacobs took the theme to a kitschy place while Jeremy Scott showed clothing that a modern raver (like Miley Cyrus) could love.  

Ab Fab

It's official. High waisted bottoms and crop tops is The Trend of 2014. Seen on red carpets and in real life, the silhouette has become so popular, designers are even fashioning evening wear in it. 

The Long and Longer Of It

Comfort proved to be key this season, with designers favoring a long, lean silhouette that resembled some very posh loungewear. The good news is, it comes in all colors and materials, meaning you can rock your leather Rag & Bone tunic and trousers to a party and then swap it out for a Calvin Klein tank and skirt set for work the next day.