New York Fashion Week 2014

The Biggest Trends to Grace the Runway will be Hitting the Streets Next Fall

It’s hard to think about the cold returning once again when the only thing on people’s minds are hot summer days. But, last week in NYC the cold weather was overshadowed by all the great new fashion trends that will be seen in store windows; last week was New York’s Fall Fashion week.

The major trend that carried through the entire week was warmth. Maybe it was this year’s abnormally cold winter that inspired designers or maybe it was simply a trend that everyone agreed on. Whatever the reason, there is no doubt you will be keeping warm next season in style.

Coats were a major trend, from puffy parkas to shearling jackets. Large, bulky warm outerwear was seen all over the runways. There was not one show that did not include a puffy jacket. All the warm jackets make it almost exciting to know that next fall it will be cold again.

Although it seems impossible to ever think of parting with your skinny jeans, a trend to try this fall might be the wide legged pants.

Junior social work major Antonia Popo had one word to say with the mention of a wider pant, “Ew!” She said, “Leave wide legged pants in the past! I am five feet tall and anything too wide will make me look even shorter, I can’t see this trend ever making a come back.”

Taking notes from fashion trends of the past, designers went wild with updating the classic turtleneck. There were traditional turtlenecks to turtle necks on crop tops, dresses with turtlenecks and smaller turtlenecks under blouses. Although turtlenecks are sometimes looked down upon in the fashion world, New York Fashion Week proved that they could in fact be stylish. Going along with the trend of keeping warm, incorporating a turtleneck into your style next year will help protect against these frigid winters.

Every season has a staple skirt. Nowadays it may seem like anything goes, mini skirt to maxi skirt, all girls own at least one of each. But this falls statement skirt is a longer, attention grabbing A-line skirt. Popular in rich bold colors, wearing one of these statement pieces will grab everyone’s attention. Midi skirts will also be a popular trend, and many designers showed off garments that reached below the knee. These new styles prove that less skin may be more this fall.

A fun new trend to try is long layers. Think 80’s layers minus the shoulder pads, with a more streamlined feel. This trend is nothing short of warm and chic. You can throw on a big chunky sweater with a longer skirt and knee boots, completely trendy and totally warm. Check out the Rag and Bone runway show if you are looking for inspiration for this trend.

The biggest overall fashion trend of the week was country chic. The runways were adorned with fringe scarves, frayed edges, equestrian-inspired boots and blanket coats. Inspiration was drawn directly out of Nashville. Even western hats were adorned across many runways. Given the recent trend of country music becoming popular, it is no surprise designers are jumping on this trend.

Junior social work major Katie Agabiti said, “I think they’re making a mockery of fashion week by making Nashville a trend. Fashion week is supposed to be avant garde.” Although Agabiti feels this trend is a little too street style for the runway, it doesn’t change the fact that cowboy boots may be the biggest hit next fall.

As far as patterns go, plaid is making a comeback. Many designers showed off buffalo check in feminine colors like pink and red. From bomber jackets to midi skirts, plaid was seen everywhere on the runway.

Designers were playful with color this season. Pantone’s top 10 colors of fall 2014 are Radiant Orchid, Royal Blue, Aluminum (and other metallics), Misted Yellow, Sangria, Mauve Mist, Cognac, Bright Cobalt and Cypress. The biggest color, however, is Aurora Red. With such a colorful palette to choose from, there are many ways to stand out next fall when it comes to being fashion forward.

Even though fashion week focuses on designers and apparel, makeup, hair and nail polish are also trends that will be changing with the season.

The hottest nail polish colors are pale pastels and nudes. But if you’re looking for that extra pop, stick to a classic dark red.

Makeup trends include bold lips, silvery smoky eyes, green eye makeup and bold liner. Hair trends include perfected ponytails, waves and pretty ballerina up-dos. Overall, the biggest trend was minimalist makeup to match the nude nails.

With all of these fall trends, it’s easy to forget the spring 2014 season still awaits us. No one wants the cold to once again return, but hopefully these hot fall looks make the return of winter seem a little more exciting. New York Fashion Week proved that we can still feel, look and dress warm despite frigid temperatures.