Not all street style lewks are created equal. Some are bought and paid for by brands looking to capitalize on an influencer's Instagram following, while others are the result of an editor or stylist's personal relationship with a designer or access to a magazine fashion closet — which explains why you often see pre-fall collection pieces on the street in February. And then there's the real zeitgeist pieces that might be a combination of all the above and even some good old fashion shopping — like the Chanel slingbacks and Gucci loafers in September, as well as the single Vetements dress worn in almost every city by different chic women. But usually, the standout street style looks vary from photog-magnet silliness (see the milk carton bag from London label Skinnydip, above) to an under-the-radar luxury piece (anything Celine, basically).
But what designers and trends do we expect to see outside the shows this season when New York Fashion Week kicks off on Thursday? See our predictions below and check back for daily street style roundups once the fall collections hit the runway.
The Paris-based design collective was perhaps the king of street style in September and October. And now that its designer Demna Gvasalia has been named the new creative director at Balenciaga, the buzz has only increased. Expect to see the brand's distinctive spring 2016 dresses, sock heels and moto-cross jackets on smart stylists with a playful sense of style.
Speaking of Vetements, the brand also has luxe, oversized hoodies and track pants that we anticipate daring female bloggers will borrow from the boys on particularly harsh weather days. Buzzy brands like Gosha Rubchinskiy and Yeezy Season 2 are also sure to pop up in the form of crew-neck sweatshirts and relaxed lounge pants.
One year into Alessandro Michele's chapter at Gucci, and the brand's fashion cache is higher than we could have ever anticipated. The playful, opulent collections are a certified hit with editors, so expect to see handbags, jackets and coats on days when the weather prohibits wearing those ever-present loafers. That pre-fall 2016 cat sweater definitely needs to make an appearance.
Extra Long Sleeves
Unpractically long sleeves are nothing new — they popped up on the runway and in street style last year, mostly in the form of shirting — but we bet the look isn't going anywhere yet since it's striking and cold weather-friendly in sweater form. See these looks from Derek Lam spring 2016 and Stella McCartney fall 2015 as examples .
In the street style bubble, there are always "It"-bag micro-trends — usually a designer style that hasn't hit stores yet, a prohibitively priced accent (see: Karlito) or an up-and-coming statement-making brand. This season, we predict Mansur Gavriel's new circle style bags will be popular, as will Mark Cross's new robot bags. Also keep an eye out for Chanel's travel-themed accessories and, on the more understated side, Simon Miller's delightfully mini bucket bags.