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New York Fashion Week: First look at fall

Creative juices were flowing and so were the fabrics during New York Fashion Week, which ended Thursday. As designers presented their collections for next fall and winter, styles ranged from crisp white blouses to embellished eveningwear.

Menswear plaids and autumnal shades of camel, gray, navy and, of course, black filled the runways but floral prints and colors more often associated with spring also appeared. Below, we highlight six trends.

Wide-leg pants

From the voluminous satin pants shown at J. Crew in lavender and red – the latter modeled by comedian/singer/actress Sandra Bernhard – to the floor-grazing trousers at Victoria Beckham, slim pants have some company. Beckham and Tory Burch showed full-cut trousers slung close to the hip, while Badgley Mischka and Lacoste sent out high-waisted styles.

Buffalo native Adam Lippes’ culottes provide another option for fall. There are plenty of slim pants, of course, and many collections offered both.

Billowy skirts

Swish go the skirts for fall. Pleats appeared on the runways as did skirts fashioned in sheer chiffon and other fluid fabrics. Some designers added slits or ruffles and played with draping and layering. There were dark colors and brights, menswear-inspired plaids and florals and even horse motifs at Coach.

A model in marigold at the Mara Hoffman presentation.

Designers topped these skirts with blouses, luxurious knits or slightly oversized blazers. J.Crew went with a preppy pairing –full skirts in satin or tulle worn with oversized Fair Isle sweaters.

Shades of yellow

From lemon to mustard to marigold, shades of yellow brightened the runways at Altuzarra, A. Detacher and Prabal Gurung – to name a few. Sometimes it served as an accent, but the sunny color showed up on solid-colored dresses, skirts and jackets.

Yellow made appearances off the runways as well. One showgoer was photographed wearing a bright yellow parka over a black print dress. Another layered a super-sized yellow scarf over her coat and held it all in place with a waist-cinching belt. Trends travel fast.

Pattern clashes

First came the photographs from the Diane von Furstenberg presentation, where chief creative officer Jonathan Saunders mixed stripes with florals. Then we saw plaids mixed with plaids at Rosie Assoulin, stripes mixed with argyles at Altuzarra, and animal prints mixed with florals at Naeem Khan.

When not clashing, other patterns were worn practically head-to-toe – a floral parka over a matching ruffle-trimmed skirt at Coach. Or a topper described by WWD as a “pink and magenta floral brocade opera coat” worn with matching stiletto boots at Adam Lippes.


Think pantsuits and a certain image may come to mind. A look at the pantsuits on the fall/winter 2017 runways may change that. There were jackets with matching pants for daytime, and elegant suits for evening. Styles included double-breasted suits in red or plaids at Gabriela Hearst.

A model walks the runway for the Narciso Rodriguez collection (Getty Images).

A camel suede blazer with matching wide-leg trousers at Ryan Roche. Brilliant blue at La Perla. And suits in emerald green, pale pink and black by Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia, creative directors at Oscar de la Renta.

Long coats

Fluid is a word that keeps coming up when describing many of the styles spotted on the New York runways.

It applies to the long coats seen for next fall and winter, too. Narciso Rodriguez showed long coats over pants cropped above the ankles. Tory Burch punctuated a long white coat with a large gold TB monogram.

At The Row, coats extended to the ankle and appeared to be wrapped several times with a belt. And Buffalo native Mara Hoffman paired a long duster-style coat with matching trousers – complete with suspenders.


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