Labor Day is over, school is in session and it's time to get back to business. New York Fashion Week begins on Thursday, kicking off the month-long, multicity fashion tour you know and love (to hate). And as we speak, many of the attending bloggers and editors are surely planning wardrobes that will court the attention of street style photographers, leveraging their designer connections and massive social media followings to get access to fall collections before anyone else.
Before each season kicks off, we like to weigh in with our predictions as to which attention-grabbing pieces the street style stars will be wearing, from the flashiest boots to the most colorful clutches.
We've put together of list of pieces and designers sure to be ubiquitous this month, keeping in mind some of summer's biggest trends, as well as fall's most anticipated ones.
Prada's pastel fall collection dominated the fall fashion editorials and there's no doubt it will be just as popular among show-goers this season, especially since the color palette feels appropriate for warmer weather — as do many silhouettes, like the strappy dresses. Keep an eye out also for accessories like the "inside bag," the house's new double-layered "It" bag and the chunky Mary Jane pumps.
The right handbag might be the easiest way to catch a photographer's attention. In addition to Prada's "inside" style, we bet Altuzarra's debut collection of saddle bags will make many appearances on the shoulders of editors and bloggers, and so will quirky, colorful clutches by Les Petits Joueurs, Kenzo and Olympia Le-Tan.
Chanel reproduced its classic black and nude slingback for fall, and it was instantly one of the most desirable shoes of the season.
NEW MANSUR GAVRIEL
Mansur Gavriel debuted a whole host of new shapes in February that have been just as hard to get a hold of as the brand's signature bucket bags. And there's nothing a street style star likes more than exclusivity and bright colors.
ALEXANDER WANG CREEPERS
Alexander Wang's glam goth fall collection is full of distinctive pieces we might see on the street, but we are counting on seeing the chunky lace-up boots and creepers. These are the season's biggest statement shoes, perfect for the boldest of bloggers.
We've already established that glove shoes were the surprise hit of the summer. The strange, slipper-like statements shoes are comfortable and fashionable — an unbeatable combination.
Vyshyvanka by Vita Kin Dresses
Ukrainian designer Vita Kin's traditional and colorful dresses were all over editor and blogger Instagram accounts this summer after selling out within hours on Net-a-Porter and Matchesfashion.com. Street style regulars like Leandra Medine and Italian stylist Viviana Volpicella, photographed above, are already fans. Plus, the dresses are warm-weather friendly and look super comfortable.
RACHEL COMEY JEANS
Rachel Comey's wide legged jeans have cropped up (pun intended) in many blogger shoots and on the street outside the fall shows, but we have a hunch their ubiquity isn't over.
ALESSANDRO MICHELE FOR GUCCI
Daring street style stars will jump at the chance to sport Alessandro Michele's well-received debut collection for Gucci, especially the transparent lace leotards (perfect for hot September days) and the furry loafers that had everyone talking when they debuted on the runway.
Off-the-shoulder tops are an enduring summer trend that we think will transition into early fall. Johanna Ortiz's sold out Tulum top is the most likely to pop up outside the shows.
Knee High (and Higher) Boots
Statement making knee-high boots were one the biggest trends of the fall collections. The fashion flock will probably show up in the psychedelic Dior design, the striped Loewe boot (also available in a shorter version) and the lace-up Chloé style. Keep an eye our for open-toed versions too, like Chloé's spring 2015 numbers.
Coach Racer Jacket
Coach is still struggling to make a comeback in terms of sales, but the fashion crowd has readily embraced creative director Stuart Vevers' youthful, cool collections. The hiker boot was a big street style pick in February and this month we expect this pin-covered leather jacket will be a popular style, too.
Just because it will be probably be hot throughout fashion month, especially in New York City, doesn't mean a few brave souls won't try to push the seasons by wearing some of pre-fall and fall's best coats. Who cares about having heatstroke if you're the first to show off Miu Miu's python-trimmed style? For those less interested in extreme sweating, the Fendi three-quarter length cape is our pick.