New York Fashion Week has always been the mecca of street style and this year was no different. Despite freezing temperatures, blizzard conditions and the cancellation of many trans-Atlantic flights, New York Fashion Week has triumphed once again and set the standard for London, Paris, and Milan to follow.
A number of key themes emerged this year and were picked up by a range of designers. Monochrome featured heavily on the catwalks, with simple lines and exquisite tailoring providing strong looks and maintaining the popular androgynous trend, albeit in a more subtle manner. This is a flattering look, which was immediately reflected on the red carpet at the BAFTAs and Grammys whilst fashion week was still in full swing.
Stripes also ruled the catwalk and featured prominently in a number of shows. From bold statement pieces to more classic silhouettes and colours, they provided a strong nod to wearable trends and offer an alternative to the floral and graphic prints, which have dominated the past couple of seasons. Rather than clashing with other patterned pieces, the stripes on show were styles with plain co-ordinating colours and minimal accessories. Vivienne Westwood’s show was the key trail-blazer for this trend, which worked effortlessly with her distinctive tailoring.
Strong, masculine lines also reigned supreme and hint at what lies ahead for buyers on the high street this autumn. Whilst it is not unusual for the autumn/winter trends to be more structured than those shown for spring/summer, the trend extended even to brands, which would normally lean towards the feminine. Instead of intricate detailing, the 2013 catwalks have focused on clever tailoring to give the impression of a number of layers within a single garment.
Ultimately, New York Fashion Week focused on strong looks, which highlighted feminine lines in an under-stated manner with technically intricate pieces, which give the impression of simplicity. The core themes were wearable and will almost certainly be translated to the high street in a matter of weeks, delighting fashion-lovers everywhere.