NYFW Fall/Winter 2016/17 Trend Report

By: Non Kuramoto

With Tom Ford, Burberry and Vetements having announced their departure from the “Fashion Month” presentations, it is clear that the fashion world is being rocked out of tradition. Though most of our favorite designers are still showing us their newest pieces this New York Fashion Week, we can still see some "high-fashion rules" being broken here and there. The trend towards less structural pieces is still ongoing, and simple chic is being pushed out by the ornamental and artful. 

Here are some trends to watch for Fall 2016 from the first half of New York Fashion Week.

Dancing Queen

Inspiration from the '70s is still holding up from last season. Bold prints and flared pants discoed through many presentations. Mara Hoffman’s intricate patterns and zebra stripes found themselves on jumpsuits, dresses and robes that have the perfect amount of billowiness that will make you want to dance through the night. Josie Natori focused on the extravagance of the time period. Her column dresses and beaded detailings spoke to the lavish lifestyles of those in the early '70s. Custo Barcelona threw in some funk with chunky square framed glasses and colorful patterns haphazardly combined.

I Woke Up Like This

When androgynous fashion came into style, structured clothing seemed to fade away. With athleisure also having a moment, we can safely say people are not very interested in constricting clothes. ICB, making perhaps the boldest statement in this direction, showed knit sweaters that were practically dresses with sleeves that stretched passed the hemline. The wide-legged pants that contributed to the shapelessness and the fur slip on sandals may make this your new favorite trend; the "just rolled out of bed" look can now be fashionable. Assembly New York is also on the comfort train with pants so wide they look like skirts, and sleeves long enough that you can leave your gloves at home.

Necklines: Go Big or Go Home

Get ready to take back everything you said about how dorky you think turtlenecks are. From neck-hugging turtlenecks to cowl necks and bows that wrap around the neck, for Fall 2016, keep your neck covered. Tibi, Suno and Creatures of Comfort came forth with pieces with necklines grazing the chin; In Suno’s case a sweater even went past the chin, covering the bottom half of the model’s face. On the other end of the spectrum, necklines plunged at Olympic diver levels. Brock Collection, Protagonist, and Cushnie et Ochs opted for deep V’s that would make traditional mothers (or fathers) ask “Where do you think you’re going young lady?” Whichever side you choose to stand on, keeping your crewneck sweaters deep in your dresser is probably a good move.

High Shine

Rihanna aptly told us to “shine bright like a diamond” in 2012, and the fashion world (as it should) has been following suit. This season saw a continuation of the shine and luster in garments. Area showed us a variety of shiny fabrics with satin, velvet, glittery lurex and even Swarovski encrusted pieces. Alexander Wang incorporated metallic elements by way of accessories, with silver bulbs on shoes and handbags. Shiny leather pieces were also prominent in Wang’s collection. The sun might start to hide in the fall, but you can still shine your way through the cold.

Source: Vogue Runway