Fashion week street style culture is a strange, fickle concept. One season, someone will be all over sites like this one, only to disappear six months later. Bloggers and editors with strong designer connections and photographer friends know how to guarantee snaps, but, even so, nothing is guaranteed — every publication covering the shows and its well-dressed guests inevitably has a different street style edit from the next. Here at Fashionista, we tend to gravitate away from celebrities and clearly bought-and-paid-for looks (though, hey, we like those sometimes, too) so to feature people with a clear sense of personal style. Bonus points for a sense of adventure, a colorful combination or a styling trick we want to bring into our own wardrobes.
With that in mind, we bring you our top 17 favorite street style looks from New York Fashion Week. Check them out in the gallery below, and stay tuned for our ongoing coverage of the action outside the shows in London, Milan and Paris.