NEW YORK – Now that we’ve seen hundreds, maybe thousands, of outfits on the runways at last week’s New York Fashion Week, what’s going to stay in our collective memory?
And we speak of the big, giant WE. Fashion editors, stylists and retailers fill the seats at shows but the looks are beamed everywhere – and pretty much instantly. You’ll start seeing consumers copying them sooner – and maybe more inclined to shop, said Sally Singer, creative digital director at Vogue.
But she still thinks spenders like direction from insiders.
Ultimately, retailers pick trends. They decide what people will buy because it’s what they believe in to put into stores, she said. Things that work at retail are things that might not be from this season’s runway.
Hello, cropped tops?
But there are some trends that do work, she said: The great menswear-inspired button-down shirts, for example, from the placket-front nightshirt to the crispest collared shirt, the flashes of sheerness, the fuller skirts and even palazzo pants for evening.
Jay Fielden, editor-in-chief of Town & Country magazine, said he focuses more on muses, or general inspirations, that leave a lasting impression than single items.
From a man’s point of view, there were a few women who came out of the shows: the super-sexy girl showing her goods, the very refined elegant look that’s more of a throwback to a real woman, the tomboy and the girl who has brains and doesn’t wear things aimed at a man, although I’m a guy who can like that.
Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera’s modern twist on an old-school sophisticate is the way any man would like his wife to dress – effortless perfection, Fielden said.
Some designers offered true moments of fashion direction, said Singer, including Proenza Schouler’s show, which featured long pleated metallic skirts. That’s a show that will transcend the week.
Other top picks from Singer included Michael Kors, for modern pretty clothes, and Narcisco Rodriguez, for a cut that fit like a glove.
There wasn’t, however, a huge, groundbreaking swing from aggressive tough girl to a hippie chick, for example – and don’t expect that to happen again soon. You’ll notice the evolution of a tight, nipped shoulder to a rounder, softer one, or skinny jeans to wide-leg pants instead, Singer said.
You realize it has shifted when you feel like you are in the wrong thing, she added.
Don’t start the shopping list just yet, though. While the New York previews ended Sept. 12, there are still weeks to go in London, Milan and Paris.