Top trends spotted at New York Fashion Week 2021


Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Through Ava gilchrist

New York is the concrete jungle where (fashion) dreams are made. After five hectic days, New York Fashion Week has passed, leaving in its wake an impressive spring / summer collection of 91 collections that have undoubtedly started to make their way into the cultural zeitgeist.

Last season’s storefront was filled with a number of styles that every “It Girl” will be wearing for the coming season. Long and short? In no time at all, we’ll be channeling the minimalist yet pragmatic designs of the New York style ensemble, including Sandy Liang, Peter Do, Proenza Schouler, and Altuzarra.

There was also a strong emphasis on the retrospective – we saw people like LaQuan Smith, Brandon Maxwell and Christian Cowan revert to the ideals of bygone eras, an almost “roaring 2020” where debauchery and drama are paramount and l opulence and extravagance reign supreme.

The themes of community, the urge to travel and mother earth were also present, after 18 months at home it seems like there is no better inspiration than our own backyard. In particular, Collina Strada, Rodarte, Tory Burch, Coach, Ksubi and Gabriela Hearst referred to the microjays of the banal in their presentations.

For the best trends spotted on the New York Fashion Week catwalk, continue reading below.

Apparently, equestrian clothing is making a comeback, if ever it has been in fashion. Channel your inner horse girl (we’re Stevie from Saddle Club) with looks inspired by the jockeys seen at Maisie Wilen and literal ponytails at Collina Strada. More subliminal were the botanical motifs spotted in Rodarte and Anna Sui.

Collina strada
Maisie Wilen

New York is known for its kids’ clubs and nightclubs, and if the collections of LaQuan Smith and Christian Cowan have anything to do with it, NYC is up to the party. We’re ready to let go and don our best LBDs. We are witnessing a hot vaxxed summer.

Christian cowan
LaQuan Smith
Ulla johnson

Minimalist collections from Jonathan Simkhai, Peter Do and even Altuzarra offered a contemporary solution for the modern bride with a range of cream and blush dresses that can be worn on the big day and beyond.

Pierre Do
Jason wu

The hat industry is making a comeback, with many flamboyant and ostentatious hats sent to the runway. While LaQuan Smith and Christian Cowan opted for wide-brimmed numbers adorned with feathers, Kim Shui argued for the return of the cowboy hat.

Kim shui
LaQuan Smith
Christian cowan

Nods to exotic travel and destinations were evident throughout Fashion Week. Whether it’s the reopening of New York or the fact that New Yorkers haven’t been able to leave their apartments for over a year, designers have sorted out your vacation essentials. From necklaces at Proenza Schouler to caftans at Anna Sui, we dream of escape.

Brandon maxwell
Anna sui
Proenza Schouler

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