With my signature white pumps having barely had a chance to cool off, New York Fashion Week is over. Had you asked me at the beginning, I never would have predicted nine days of runway shows would have gone by so fast. But the close of the week unfortunately doesn’t mean it’s time to relax—certainly there’s no rest for the fashion set until October. Instead, it’s time to talk runway trends and the top looks from NYFW so you can see what you’ll be wearing come Spring. Cue the New York Fashion Week Spring 2014 Trend Report.
There were several strong silhouettes on the runway. Let’s start with one that may already have been a staple in your summer wardrobe: the crop top. I know, just when you thought you’d seen the last of them, this trend lives on. I guess it’s the fashion world’s way of telling you to stop skipping those Pilates classes. While the iteration of this trend ran the gamut, the crop top felt most fresh when paired with a pencil skirt, imbuing it with a ladylike appeal that the street versions lacked.
Something you may not have seen in a while is the slouchy pant. Last Spring’s cigarette shape has been replaced by an arguably cooler cousin and was seen on at least a dozen runways—my favorite was Francisco Costa’s painter’s pant for Calvin Klein.
Speaking of something we haven’t seen in a while, let’s talk about the slip dress. A 90’s staple (we’ll get to that influence shortly) and favorite of Ms Carrie Bradshaw (remember the “naked dress”?), this silhouette had taken a back seat until this season. From Donna Karan (who revisited the naked dress for her DKNY show), to Jason Wu, designers went minimal when it came to dressing their ladies for Spring.
The top Spring looks weren’t just about standout silhouettes. Strong themes for the season included sport luxe, safari chic, and a major 1990’s revival. Noticeably absent from the majority of the runways were the requisite prints, replaced by a much more palette cleansing line up of clean-chic clothing. In fact, the dominance of easy, wearable clothes was a theme in and of itself and best realized on the runway at Michael Kors where look after look saw elevated versions of the every day. Who doesn’t love that?
So without further ado, it’s time to take a look at everything we’ve been talking about. Scroll through the slideshow above for the NYFW Spring 2014 Trend Report and get a sneak peek at what you’ll be buying next season.