As the fashion world saying goes: the runway is a showcase, but the street gets the show.
And just as we all pack for a vacay based to suit the destination, so too do fashion editors and style bloggers tailor their outfits to the fashion week location. While the street style offerings outside the New York Fashion Week shows were a blur of bold colour, statement shoes and strong sunglasses, it was clear to spot patterns forming as the days ticked by.
That’s the natural life-cycle of trends. First, they’re born on the runway, then nurtured by fashion editors, polished on style stars and celebrities, then settled into the general population as the next season of shows begins. Here are 10 hot trends spied on repeat at the NYFW Spring/Summer 2018 shows that would easily translate into your everyday wardrobe.
TREND 1: SHEER CHIFFON MAXI DRESSES Think long sleeves, long skirts and a print that’s impossible to ignore. Team it with an ankle boot for a more daytime-slash-street look, or add strappy heels for a nighttime upgrade. Throw on a boxy jacket then ditch the slip if you dare.
TREND 2: BOX JACKET AND JEANS When your jacket wants to make a bold statement, best partner it with something that won’t compete for attention. This look works best (and some may argue only works at all) if there’s a white shirt involved. Keep hair and jewellery minimal to nail the ‘I’m not trying’ vibe, but this is your chance to show off a big-stakes bag or clutch as a focal point.
TREND 3: BLACK COMBAT BOOTS Further proof it’s now fine to romp when you stomp. Chunky combat boots add a rebellious (and comfortable) touch to skirt and dress styles, but take note, not a nineties-style floral or babydoll dress in site. Team combats with leather skirts, cheeky tartan or black spots for an edgier look and make sure you flash a little skin to give Emo vibes a wide berth.
TREND 4: RED, RED, RED It’s the biggest colour of the current Autumn/Winter 2017 fashion season that’s already dropped in Europe and North America, so little wonder it featured heavily on the most fashion-forward editors and show guests. Pillar box was the red hue du jour for the Big Apple show portion of fashion month.
TREND 5: CALF DETAIL DENIM Time to step away from the patches and denim badging of recent seasons past. Embroidery or embellishments at the bottom of cropped jeans is the newest way to jazz up your jeans. Just make sure they’re of the cropped variety.
TREND 6: PLAID EVERYTHING Once the domain of school uniforms, granny rugs and English manor houses, plaid is having its moment in style set sun. It cropped up various guises on literally every type of garment outside the NYFW shows: dresses, pencil skirts, bags, jackets, shirts, shoes, even a two-piece cropped suit that was one of GRAZIA’s favourite street style looks of the week.
TREND 7: SAILOR HATS It started on Maria Grazia Chiuri’s Dior runway last season. Now sailor caps have filtered into the eschelons of street style, and unsurprisingly so given they’re almost universally flattering, the ultimate cure for a bad hair day and work with almost everything when kept neautral-hued.
TREND 8: COLOURED SUITS Not for the faint of heart or colour vision, the retro-look block colour tailored suit trend is still going strong. They key is the cut, as is strong shoulders and statement lapels. Wear over a tee (or no shirt at all) rather than collared shirt to avoid looking like circus clown.
TREND 9: ENORMOUS EARRINGS Once upon a time in Fashionland there existed a golden rule that big earrings and giant necklaces could timeshare space but never live together. Now that premise is no more. Oversized earrings are still a thing, but the trick now is to team with other OTT pieces like turbans, neon colour, tasselled necklaces and opulent fabrics. More is definitely more.
TREND 10: METALLIC THREADS It was one of the biggest trends on the Autumn/Winter runways, so we always expected modern metallic fabrics to make an appearance in the fashion week FROW. The trick here is to keep the rest of your look simple; whites, greys, pale denim and just a spattering of other accessories.