Trend Forecasting at NYFW F/W 2018
While millennial pink and power-suits reimagined for the modern day working woman continue to dominate catwalks and all the latest collections, a handful of emerging trends are really starting to take hold as NYFW draws to a close. As we look to Paris, London and Milan Fashion Weeks to either affirm the creative messages of their American counterparts or introduce an entirely new palette of colors, patterns and silhouettes to consider for the fall/winter season, take a moment to soak in the surprisingly cohesive aesthetic vision of this season's NYFW.
Whether it emerged in the form of a silken blouse or a head-to-toe wool business suit, mustard yellow dominated this season's color palette and vision for the fall/winter 2018 season. Many designers chose to downplay the color's shock value, often presenting the hue in the form of sophisticated silhouettes fit for the office place, cocktail hour or even a more formal event.
Matching sets appeared everywhere this season, from brands as disparate in vibe and vision as Sies Marjan (laid-back, ethereal, color packed) to Victoria Beckham (sophisticated, mature, impeccably tailored). From DVF's 70s, pajama inspired looks, to knit sets perfect for the office and even a handful of skirt based looks fit for a night out, designers seemed intent on sending out complete, cohesive looks.
Our obsession with the 90s continues with the endless array of slip dresses spotted on the runway this season. From more experimental takes on the classic silhouette that grappled with deconstructed fabrics and pattern-mixing, to sleek and timeless takes, as seen at Brandon Maxwell and Jason Wu, it appears as if slip dresses have fully integrated themselves into our wardrobes for everyday wear.
A quick cheat that makes you automatically look more fashionable? Dress all in one color. Monochrome ensembles were spotted in almost every collection this season, regardless of the designer's color of choice or inspiration source–a testament to the sheer versatility (and ease) of this approach to dress.
Everyone was seeing red this season, perhaps in response to the overwhelming amount of playful pastel pinks we've been forced to look at in recent months. When you think of it, it comes as little surprise that designers would look within the same color range for something new, yet not entirely unfamiliar to base their latest collections around. Bright, boisterous reds played out as more mature, sensual and confident statements on the runway alongside their millennial pink counterparts.
Colder weather doesn't necessarily call for covering up according to some designers. From the classical elegance of Cushnie et Ochs to Alexander Wang's bossy bad asses, mini skirts seem no longer the sole domain of Hedi Slimane. Whether you pair it with sheer tights or sky-high pumps, expect to see shorter hemlines come fall.
Ever since Brock Collection won the CFDA Fashion Fund two years ago and received Anna Wintour's stamp of approval, the brand has been successfully spreading its vision of bucolic beauty–and it seems like many brands are taking note. Everyone from the experimental Gypsy Sport to mainstays like Ralph Lauren took cues from Brock Collection's affinity for all things off-the-shoulder, ruffled, ruched, breezy and maidenly.
Feature Image via Vogue Runway