Another season of New York Fashion Week is in the books and it was one to remember. Under the guidance of a new CFDA chairman, Tom Ford, the week was trimmed down from the usual 7 days to 5 days to make an oft-bloated event easier for fashion viewers to manage and easier to organize for the designers. Did it succeed in that mission? I would say yes and no. While I think it’s a step in the right direction, the week still has spilleth over with many runways and events starting on Tuesday-Wednesday, well before it’s official “Friday” start date. I did feel like more designers opted-in for a presentation format which lasted around 2 hours on average, where fashion goers dipped in and out of spaces while sipping on cocktails and viewing different collections up close. This of course as opposed to a traditional runway format that demands your full attention and often overlaps with other shows. But all and all, all of the designers put on amazing shows and presentations! Here are the biggest trends that I saw from the runways that will be sure to inspire your 2020 spring/summer wardrobe:

Graphics go Black & White

How do you make a black & white look stand-out and not make it look like you are wearing a tuxedo? Simple, add graphics like animal prints, polka dots or create your own print for an unforgettable mind-bending look.

L-R: Bibhu Mohapatra, Brock Collection, Dennis Basso
L-R: Elie Tahari, Michael Kors, Halpern

Sleeves go PUFF!

This trend is already having a moment now but will only get bigger. Think billowing sleeves that add volume to any dress or top. Combine them with a bare-shoulder dress for a surprising combo that works.

L-R: Bibhu Mohapatra, Jeremy Scott, Badgley Mischka
L-R: Zimmerman, LaQuan Smith

Pastel Neons

Did neons really go away? This popular retro trend is having a moment again in the spotlight but this time the designers are taming these colors slightly. Think pastels and metallic hues, not hot pinks and acids.

L-R: Molly Goddard, Ryan Roche, Theory, Tom Ford

Dresses that flow

Tube and bodycon dresses are giving way for their less restricting and more freeing flowy cousins. These dresses inspired by vintage styles are meant to be flowed in, not walked in.

L-R: Oscar de la Renta, Jacquemus, Badgley Mischka
L-R: Denis Basso, Ryan Roche

Structured Mini Bags

When it comes to bags this season, designers were either going with an all-out oversized look or they took it in a completely different direction with these tiny bags that will surely keep turning heads for months to come.

L-R: Longchamp, Oscar de la Renta
L-R: Adeam, Brandon Maxwell

Eyelet Dresses

Another vintage trend that is making a comeback, eyelet dresses are reminiscent of the American West and Boho styles. Instead of keeping these dresses in classic white, watch out for pops of monochromatic colors like blues and yellows.

L-R: Badgley Mischka, J.Mendel, Zimmerman, Theory

Clean White Suiting

So many designers have incorporated a clean white suit into their runways this season. Women suiting and power suiting has been on the rise already and including this versatile look only adds class while playing with the traditional definition of femininity.

L-R: Jacquemus, Maison Kitsuné, Proenza Schouler
L-R: Helmut Lang, Pyer Moss

Half & Half

This fun and quirky trend is actually fairly easy to pull of – instead of a single print for a dress, do two prints! Split them up vertically to create visual interest. For suiting, try coloring one pant leg in a single color and another in a different one.

L-R: Badgley Mischka, Bibhu Mohapatra, Elie Tahari, Cynthia Rowley

Suits with Prints

Just like with outerwear and jackets during the F/W 19 season, the prints are also in for spring and summer suits. Watch out for this trend everywhere around you in 2020. I know I will be propagating it myself 🙂

L-R: Badgley Mischka, Jacquemus, Badgley Mischka, Jeremy Scott


And last, but certainly not least is floral prints. Because if your clothes don’t bloom when nature wakes up from a cold hiatus, how would we know that the spring truly begins?

L-R: Badgley Mischka, Cynthia Rowley, Oscar de la Renta, Jason Wu Collection

Which trends from NYFW are you loving and can’t wait to try? Let me know in the comments below!

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