New York Fashion Week A/W ’11 trend report

After a hectic week of shows, celebrity-packed front rows, and after parties, New York Fashion Week has come to an end.  So it is time to reflect upon the many trends that have developed for autumn/winter 2011.

Red

This bold primary colour was seen everywhere on the runways, mixed with camel at DKNY, with sky blue at Derek Lam, and not forgetting the bright red and electric blue check dresses at Thakoon.

Tartan

Tartan comes back around year after year,  this season it was seen on the runways of Y3, Rag & Bone and Libertine on coats, scarves and trousers.

Slick tailoring

Sometimes androgynous and other times feminine, tailoring made frequent appearances at the A/W 11 shows, most notably at Jason Wu, Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger and DKNY.

Print clash

Following on from spring’s fascination with clashed prints, Proenza Schouler and Preen showed outfits clashing small and large prints in autumnal hues, whilst Rodarte showed polka dot print dresses with large geometric patterns layered on top.

Ladylike style

Plenty of collections at New York Fashion Week showcased an old-fashioned glamourous look with nipped in waists and evening detailing.  Donna Karan went for grey body-hugging dresses and Preen showcased encrusted jewels panels.

Rock chick

The runways were awash with edgy biker jackets and skinny leather trousers, seen at Alexander Wang, Diesel and Proenza Schouler.

Fur

As controversial as ever, fur continues to divide opinion.  Some designers can’t work without it, Dennis Basso being one of them.  Others pioneer the use of it with cutting edge style, like Alexander Wang with his luxe urban sportswear collection.

Alongside these bustling trends also appeared a cascade of asymmetric hems, silk-pyjama style prints, high-collared shirts (very Harry Hill) and 60s folk/prairie girl styles. With such an array of trends they’ll definitely be something to suit everyone…

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