Wednesday, 14 September 2011

New York Fashion Week

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New York Fashion Week will very soon be coming to a close for yet another season. So, before we move on to the excitement of London, here is a brief summary of all the trends I've picked up on over the last week. The shows at New York have been amazing and we can see there has been lots of different inspirations and trends emerging from that. 
First off is the preppy look. This is basically a given trend for brands like J.Crew and Tommy Hilfiger but other fashion houses are jumping on the band wagon for S/S12. Think cool and classic, with shirt dresses, trench coats and knitted jumpers. This is quite a relaxed look but one that always looks good on everyone, there's plenty of different styles and colours to choose from.
Sorbet colours are also making a return for spring with many houses choosing this soft and feminine look. Preen has used the colouring with soft tailoring combining two trends in one. Other brands such as Carolina Herrera have gone for a softer and more womanly look with pleated midi skirts and silk blouses. Many brands have also combined sorbet colours with a variety of prints bringing the look to life. If you do decide to buy into this trend make sure you pick the right tone for your colouring as there's a danger it will wash you out.
Other brands have focused on prints and whilst paisley prints were certainly on the run way it was the digital print that seemed to be the main focus. This is a great trend to buy into as it's always fun to wear and usually involves some great colours which is perfect for spring and summer. As the print is quite linear it looks great on tailored pieces.
Donna Karen took inspiration from her recent trip to Haiti and there were strong influences of that going down her catwalk with bold tribal prints. Gwen Stefani's brand L.A.M.B was clearly in the same mind set and both designers softened the look by putting their prints of flowing maxi dresses and large circle skirts.
Moving away from prints, many designers such as Jason Wu and Victoria Beckham went for the minimalist look. Always classic and timeless, there were so many covetable items in these collections. The colours were neutral and the silhouettes were simple and sharp. This look is great if you like no fuss and want to buy pieces that will last a lifetime rather than buying into seasonal trends.
Lastly, it seems that colour blocking shows no signs of going anywhere. A strong trend for the current season it seems if you have bought into this trend then you'll be able to translate it into next seasons wardrobe too. 
There's still two more days of NYFW left and I'm excited to see shows such as J.Crew, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors and Proenza Schouler. Let me know what trends you're most excited about...

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