Style Forecast: Top 10 Fall Trends from Fashion Week

Posted Monday February 24, 2014 10:16 AM GMT

New York Fashion Week serves as a sartorial radar for those who like to look seasons ahead and see what style has in store for us all.

And this time around, the runways served up a bevvy of fashions that have us lusting for fall.

Read on to discover the top 10 trends we spotted at NYFW.

Fur: The swanky fuzz was everywhere. From the catwalks at J. Mendel and BCBGMAXAZRIA to Ralph Lauren and DKNY’s presentations, fur made its mark on autumn fashion mainly through outerwear — and in various forms, too! Some boasted glorious jewel tones, white others flaunted monochrome striped patterns.

Shearling: Cozy and animal-friendly — what more could a girl want? Uniformed sheepskin was another popular pelt for coats. Rag & Bone debuted a chic vest option, while Tommy Hilfiger offered up boxy, boyish silhouettes. At 3.1 Phillip Lim, the coats were dyed with plum, burgundy and lavender shades that brought brilliant pops of color to an otherwise neutral palette.

Metallic: As with many of the forecasted trends, flashy gold and silver tints will make their way onto just about every piece you can imagine. Glamorous jacquard dresses were seen on Badgley Mischka’s runway, while flashier duds were flaunted during — you guessed it — Betsey Johnson’s show.

Leather: The swanky textile is back for yet another season, and we think it’s safe to say it’s not going anywhere soon. Its timeless appeal lent itself to the many collections at NYFW. BCBGMAXAZRIA paraded models down the aisle wearing edgy, cutout dresses, while Kenneth Cole presented classic moto jackets.

Sheer: Come autumn, be ready to show a little lot of skin. Peek-a-boo pieces dominated a vast majority of the fall 2014 runways — with some of our favorite displays being at Vera Wang, Michael Costella and Marchesa. The look is sexy, sophisticated and possesses that wow factor we crave from our statement pieces.

Radiant Orchid: While many jewel tones graced the catwalk, it was this year’s “it” color that reigned supreme. Thakoon’s showing featured the hue all over its Fall 2014 offering — and even on its runway! Other collections saturated with the bold color were Alexander Wang and Altuzarra.

Heavy Knits: Where sweaters are concerned, the bigger the better — at least that’s what the designers think. Chunky, over-sized knits on the runways of Michael Kors, Helmut Lang and Tory Burch hung heavily, yet beautifully on every girl. Who wouldn’t want to cozy up next to a bonfire in one of these?!

Plaids: The rocker-chic print took on a life of its own at shows like Vera Wang, where it was spread across thick wool coats and tailored blazers. Sheer varieties were also present, which added a nice feminine twist on the otherwise edgy pattern. Tommy Hilfiger’s show was also heavy with plaid, as it made its way onto everything from skirts and tops to accessories and dresses.

Hats: Trendy toppers were abundant! Between the giant fur styles seen at Badgley Mischka and the woolen options at Tommy Hilfiger, our accessory cravings hit a fever pitch. But what really got us swooning were the hats at Kenneth Cole. The western-inspired design was incredibly chic, and we guarantee you’ll be seeing a lot of this style come fall.

Menswear: Strong, structured pieces emerged from Rebecca Minkoff’s show. Tailored coats and sporty varsity jackets were some of our favorite silhouettes, as were v-neck sweater vests and pin-striped trousers. Vera Wang’s presentation was another that featured mighty masculine silhouettes.

Florals: Plaid wasn’t the only print making its mark on the NYFW runways. Floral were also in full bloom. Many labels like Thakoon, J.Crew and Peter Som — who debuted a blurry version — opted for fabrics boasting the flirty pattern. Other designers, like Oscar de la Renta, presented the look by way of delicate lace appliques in addition to head-to-toe budded looks.

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