When attending a fashion show, I usually find myself backstage either styling, dressing or screaming at (sorry) a model, moving racks, steaming a garment or making a very last minute alteration. I’m no stranger to New York Fashion Week having worked backstage dressing for several designers such as Naeem Kahn, Bibhu Mohapatra, Badgley Mischka, Marimekko and Dion Lee…just to name a few. This year however I attended wearing a much different hat as a spectator and I have to admit that it took some getting use to. Not unlike a musician with a trained ear, it’s hard to attend a concert without seeing what most may not. I often wondered what was going on backstage at the show, “Uh oh, that model didn’t wait completely to get out of sight before she started running back to get into her next change. ” “Was she going to make her next change?” “Ugh so many layers AND fishnets? THAT must be a pain to deal with.” “What is going on with that lighting?” “That model didn’t hit her mark.” “Wow, that model has a great walk.” “Hmmm…finale is taking too long to get out here. ” However, once I got used to it, it was quite lovely as I got to have all of the fun and none of the pressure.
This year I partnered with Dallas Market Center to bring you the fall trends of New York Fashion Week. If you aren’t familiar with the DMC, it’s a global business-to-business trade center and the leading wholesale marketplace in North America connecting retailers and interior designers with top manufacturers in home décor, furniture, gifts, lighting and fashion. I’ve been working as a stylist for their shows for over 15 years and it was a pleasure to get to do this. So, without further ado here are the top fall 2018 fashion trends from New York Fashion Week as I see them.
If there is any one color that stood out across all designers, it was this shade of fuchsia or hot pink and it was more often than not paired with its Valentine counterpart: red. Maybe since Fashion Week is held over Valentine’s Day the designers were “feeling the love.”
CHRISTIAN SIRIANO, BIBHU MOHAPATRA, PRABAL GURUNG
Whispers of colorful fur started creeping into our wardrobe over this past fall but get ready for an all-out takeover. From accents like cuffs and trims to floor length coats, colorful fur was seen in every size, shape and form!
JEREMY SCOTT, SON JUNG WAN (photo credit here), MILLY
BIRDS OF A FEATHER
Not to be outdone by its fellow animal covering, feathers also played a vital roll in all colors and trims. It was enough to make Big Bird himself blush with pride.
CAROLINA HERRERA, SON JUNG WAN (photo credit found here), PRABAL GURUNG
Hmmm…fur, feathers and animal print…are we seeing a trend here? Any way you look at it, it’s very chic to be an animal this fall and especially if you are bright!
R13, TOM FORD, CAROLINA HERRERA
NOT YOUR MOMMA’S PUFFER
There were puffers a plenty. These are not your “I’m going to take my dog for a walk” puffers. These are “look at me” puffers in all colors, mixed fabrications and designs.
CUSTO BARCELONA, KIM SHUI, TOM FORD
Anyone who knows me knows I can get behind a mixed pattern. So, I was thrilled to see so many in an elevated and modernized way. It wasn’t just within a look like a striped jacket with a floral blouse for instance but within the actual fabrication of the garment itself. How to mix patterns is one of the questions I get most often as a stylist and the designers have now taken the guess work out of the equation.
3.1 PHILLIP LIM, SON JUNG WAN (photo credit found here), PRABAL GURUNG
It was interesting to see this “aluminesque” fabrication on the runways when compared to the softer textures of fur and feathers but it was undoubtedly a statement. Shiny, sometimes foiled fabrics in yummy colors gave a nod to a playful, futuristic vibe.
SIES MARJAN, CUSTO BARCELONA, CHRISTIAN COWAN
With all of the color and texture going on, it was nice to find somewhere to “rest” your eyes. This trend with its softer, more feminine feel toting French nods, blushes, florals and lace all complete with a bustier was enough to make even Marie Antoinette “lose her head.”
ZIMMERMAN, BIBHU MOHAPATRA, BROCK COLLECTION
WORKING NINE TO FIVE
It’s the working girl’s suit re-created. It celebrates the woman’s body while accentuating the curves and adding dimension through fabrication all while making a statement that says, “I’m a woman and I mean business!” Which one do you think Dolly would wear?
DION LEE, JONATHAN SIMKHAI, BADGLEY MISCHKA
IT FEELS GOOD TO BE PLAID
Guess what? Plaid is here to stay and if you didn’t think it could be re-imagined then think again. It, like so many of the trends, is all about making a statement by wearing it from head to toe in a variety of colors and paired with things like fur and fishnets. It should be wrong but something about it feels oh so right.
VIVIENNE TAM, ANNA SUI, MARC JACOBS
By far there were two breakout accessory trends I saw: statement hosiery and fanny packs. Fishnets were embellished with crystals and appliques and tights came in an assortment of every color in the rainbow. And whether you like it or not, fanny packs are back! There have been rumblings about it for a while but now they’re ready to make their way into your closet. These aren’t the fanny packs of yesteryear made of nylon and a plastic zipper. Now they go under names like “waist pack” or “belt bag.” They’re made of leather and all kinds of decadent fabrications but any way you slice it, it’s a fanny pack.
ANNA SUI, ZIMMERMAN, ADAM SELMAN, SON JUNG WAN (photo credit found here), ANNA SUI, AREA
The one take away I read loud and clear for this fall is FUN! It’s not just the burgundies, emeralds and navies (though they’re there) but the hot pinks, pastel blues, purples, and yellows that will be front and center reminiscent of the late 80’s and early 90’s. It’s all about making a statement with what you wear and owning it and if you had any doubt about whether or not those decades are coming back…I’m just going to leave this right here.
So what do you think of the trends? Will you be all in this fall or sitting this one out? What are your favorites and what are you hoping doesn’t catch on? Let me know in the comments below!
All PHOTO CREDITS FOUND at VOGUE RUNWAY unless otherwise noted.