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14 Breakout Trends from New York Fashion Week

So far, the Fall 2018 look is anything but subtle.
Christian Siriano, Alexander Wang, Tom Ford, Tibi. Photos: Imaxtree

Christian Siriano, Alexander Wang, Tom Ford, Tibi. Photos: Imaxtree

How will we all be dressing next fall? There's, of course, not one concise answer to that question, although the New York Fashion Week runways offered a strong indication that we'll be looking to the '80s. Many of the decade's biggest trends were present: Think statement-making, capital-L Looks like brightly colored animal prints and furs, metallics, colorful tights and tracksuits. "The Matrix" look was also prominent, most commonly seen in long, leather coats. And color-wise, fuchsia and orange were everywhere. 

Read on to see these and a few other major trends from New York Fashion Week Fall 2018.

Animal Print

Bold tiger and cheetah prints were everywhere, often in bright colors. This trend is not for the faint of heart.


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Colorful Fur

Call it the Shrimps/Saks Potts effect. Designers seemed to take inspo from the street-style set and incorporated dyed fur — both real and faux — into their collections.

Creative Neckwear

Regular old wool and cashmere scarves are boring, apparently, so many designers fashioned sweatshirts, sweaters and even puffer coats into neck-warming gear. It requires a certain je ne sais quoi to pull off but it's something you can try at home now.

Long Leather Coats

Pair one of these with a pair of tiny sunglasses and you will be so 2018. The only problem is these are going to be wildly expensive; hopefully someone makes a "vegan leather" version.

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Sexy Prairie Dresses

Is boho going to be the next trend to come back? With many designers incorporating sexy versions of long, loose, prairie or Victorian-inspired dresses, it seems like we could head in that direction soon.

A Touch of Shine

New York did offer a few all-over sequin looks but we were more intrigued by these more subtle incorporations of shine, from Mylar-like leather at Calvin Klein to iridescent fabrics at Sies Marjan.


Yep, suits are still very much a thing and still very much chic.


This color trend stuck around from Spring 2018, and to be honest we did need a little more convincing before actually adopting it into our wardrobes. By fall perhaps we'll be ready to embrace the construction/sanitation worker aesthetic.

Statement Tights

Tired of wearing black tights all winter every winter? Worry not, from kooky patterns to bold colors, hosiery is going to get a lot more interesting.


Tracksuits have the rare quality of looking somewhat put-together while also literally being sweats. Sign us up.


Plaid for fall may not be groundbreaking, but we love the non-grungy versions brands like Matthew Adams Dolan and Marc Jacobs did this season.


Speaking of groundbreaking, florals for spring are not. Florals for fall on the otherhand... kinda?

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