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10 Top Trends from New York Fashion Week

We rounded up the most ubiquitous silhouettes, motifs and fabrications from the New York runways.
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From left to right: DKNY. Photo: Imaxtree; Marc Jacobs. Photo: Imaxtree; Tome. Photo: Imaxtree; 3.1 Phillip Lim. Photo: 3.1 Phillip Lim; Brock Collection. Photo: Imaxtree

From left to right: DKNY. Photo: Imaxtree; Marc Jacobs. Photo: Imaxtree; Tome. Photo: Imaxtree; 3.1 Phillip Lim. Photo: 3.1 Phillip Lim; Brock Collection. Photo: Imaxtree

After an endless marathon of shows and presentations, New York Fashion Week finally came to a close on Thursday evening, giving us time to take a look back at the common threads connecting these collections. While there were some recurring elements from the spring 2016 shows — the ever-popular off-the-shoulder silhouette, for instance — others felt more unique to this season, like extra-long sleeves and slick black PVC.

Read on for 10 of the most popular trends from the New York runways, and stay tuned for our recap of London Fashion Week in the days to come.


Velvet, a timelessly luxe fabric, showed no signs of going away this season. Most notably, designer Phillip Lim gave velvet a refreshing spin by combining the (typically) stand-alone fabric with a printed silk material. Labels like Monse and M. Martin experimented with shades ranging from blush pink to olive green. 


As was the case during the spring 2016 shows, bare shoulders and collarbones proved to be the most popular erogenous zones of the season. 

Extra-Long Sleeves

Though we'd be remiss if we didn't mention that several labels have used extra-long sleeves in the past, the work of Vetements and Balenciaga's Demna Gvasalia (arbiter of all things cool) seemed like the most current point of reference.

Designers also chose to send extra-long, occasionally ruffled, wide sleeves down the runways.

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'The Revenant'-worthy Furs

There was no shortage of fur (both real and faux) on the runways, which was especially fitting during the brutally cold days of NYFW. J.Crew and Rodarte presented colorful versions, while labels like Tome and Michael Kors showed "The Revenant"-worthy brown fur coats.

Logomania 2.0

Compared to seasons past, designers seemed much more self-aware in terms of branding and logos. At DKNY, Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne showed tees and deconstructed oxford shirts printed with "Insert Logo Here," and at Alexander Wang, models walked out with shirts emblazoned with words like "tender," "girls" and "strict" that recalled Supreme's famous box logos. 

The Alessandro Michele Effect

Alessandro Michele's eccentric, vintage-inspired aesthetic pervaded the fall runways in the form of head-to-toe mixed prints, quirky glasses and hats, ruffled lace, sweet bows, glittery collars and much more. While some designers were clearly inspired by Michele, others (like Anna Sui) have long had a similar aesthetic.

Trash Bags

Slick PVC? Shiny plastic? Trash bags? Whatever you'd like to call it, some looks were more digestible than others.

Round Shoulders

This season, exaggerated round shoulders were seen on everything from jackets to evening dresses. Marc Jacobs wholeheartedly embraced the oversized look, while designers Dion Lee and Narciso Rodriguez balanced the linebacker silhouette with short skirts on the bottom. 

All Streetwear Everything

Hoodies, oversized jackets, baggy jeans and sweatpants were in abundance on the New York runways. This cozy yet cool look is certainly one we can get behind.

For more fall 2016 trends, click here.

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