The 10 Biggest Trends from New York Fashion Week Spring 2016

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From left to right: Ohne Titel, Tanya Taylor, Tommy Hilfiger, Altuzarra, Proenza Schouler

From left to right: Ohne Titel, Tanya Taylor, Tommy Hilfiger, Altuzarra, Proenza Schouler

New York has come and gone, and for those who have barely had time to lift their heads, don't worry, we have taken the time to compile the most important trends from the city. Looking through the hundreds of collections has taught us plenty, and here is what we have learned: Relax. Really. Designers want their customers to take a load off. The reigning silhouette was a little more casual and a little less rigid than usual. And even if a trend wasn't directly to related to living the good life, it was often styled in a way that seemed to suggest it. Not sure what we mean? Scroll through to see.

Pajama Dressing

From left to right: Calvin Klein, Thakoon, Misha Nonoo, Givenchy and Alexander Wang.

From left to right: Calvin Klein, Thakoon, Misha Nonoo, Givenchy and Alexander Wang.

Silk pajamas, piping and loungewear were popular choices this past week. If you've ever had trouble getting out of bed in the morning, this one is definitely for you.

The Right Stripe

From left to right: Nili Lotan, Tanya Taylor, M Missoni, Protagonist, and J.Crew

From left to right: Nili Lotan, Tanya Taylor, M Missoni, Protagonist, and J.Crew

Interested in tricking the eye and adding a few inches to your height? Designers went head to toe with this trend. Stripes were seen on suit combos, dresses, and everything in between. It was a graphic look, to be sure, and one we can't wait to see come spring.

The Cold Shoulder

From left to right: Edun, Whit, Hellessy, Ohne Titel and Trina Turk

From left to right: Edun, Whit, Hellessy, Ohne Titel and Trina Turk

Everyone will be giving the cold shoulder this spring. Between all of the shoulder cut-outs and this incredibly popular off-the-shoulder look (which was everywhere), the collarbone may just be the most important feature for spring 2016.

Fringed Hems

From left to right: Ulla Johnson, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tess Giberson, Christian Siriano, and Tory Burch

From left to right: Ulla Johnson, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tess Giberson, Christian Siriano, and Tory Burch

Fringe has trended for enough seasons now that it wouldn't generally peak our interest, but for spring 2016, almost every designer who used this swingy embellishment decided that the hem was the right place to do it. 

Nautical Details

From left to right: Derek Lam, Altuzarra, Creatures of Comfort, Kate Spade New York and Rebecca Minkoff

From left to right: Derek Lam, Altuzarra, Creatures of Comfort, Kate Spade New York and Rebecca Minkoff

Details like toggles, stripes and rope were included in many collections to give looks a nautical bent. 

Bucket Hats

From left to right: Alexander Wang, Tommy Hilfiger and BCBG Max Azria

From left to right: Alexander Wang, Tommy Hilfiger and BCBG Max Azria

This 90s staple came back with a bang right at the beginning of fashion week at BCBG. The topper added a fun, youthful element to each look. We love a good throwback.

Modern Ruffles

From left to right: Suno, Oscar de la Renta, Tome, Michael Kors and Proenza Schouler

From left to right: Suno, Oscar de la Renta, Tome, Michael Kors and Proenza Schouler

When one thinks of ruffles, one might recall something girly and frilly. However, ruffles for spring 2016 were more on the slouchy side, and placed sparingly on the body.

All Crumpled Up

From left to right: Thakoon, Rosetta Getty, Givenchy, Altuzarra and Victoria Beckham

From left to right: Thakoon, Rosetta Getty, Givenchy, Altuzarra and Victoria Beckham

We are more than happy to welcome the carefully crumpled trend which has been so popular in New York. Just think, you never have to worry about ironing! 

Rhode Scholars

From left to right: Tommy Hilfiger, ICB, Milly, Monse and Veronica Beard

From left to right: Tommy Hilfiger, ICB, Milly, Monse and Veronica Beard

The Oxford shirt got a much needed revamp this season with feathers, slashes and embellishments.

Orange Is the New Black

From left to right: Altuzarra, Michael Kors, Prabal Gurung, Lacoste and Narciso Rodriguez

From left to right: Altuzarra, Michael Kors, Prabal Gurung, Lacoste and Narciso Rodriguez

You'll have to excuse the saying, but orange is the new black for spring 2016. The color can add a pop to any garment, it gets downright shocking when covering the entire body. Still, the bright hue was a popular choice in New York.

For more spring 2016 trends, click here.

All photos from Imaxtree or from the brand.