NYFW Trends to Know

Right now i’m picturing you as Jerry Maguire (which is a compliment because 1996 Tom Cruise is pretty cute) shouting passionately into your phones, “Show me the trends! SHOW ME THE TRENDS!”

So fine! No need to get loud. Ready? At New York Fashion Week, it was all about…

Buttons and stuff. 

big-buttons-trend-man-repeller-nyfw_3456-636x636An elegant way to show skin in moderation and a fantastic fashion hack for clothes that’s now too tight because Winter went from a cheat day to a I-Don’t-Know-How-To-Stop!

Swimsuits as Outerwear.

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Trust me. These are the new wardrobe staple. Wear with high waist trousers but more than okay to lay low on the hips too. 

Fringe.

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Im not a big fringe fan because it always gets hooked on things, which is awkward, but could also be a good way of meeting someone new. If it gets too awkward just start shimmying those fringes like you’re at a Fiesta!

Slitty Slits. 

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Got one slit already? That’s sexy. Now try two and let your legs loose! As seen at: Marc Jacobs, Edun, CG, Michael Kors, Altuzarra, Baja East, Cushnie et Ochs, Dion Lee, Marc Jacobs and Narciso Rodriguez.

Dresses That Cast a Wide Net.

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A cool update on the summer dress. I also want to say, ‘edgy’.

Dangling Earrings.

earrings-man-repeller-nyfw-ss16-trends-636x424I never got into this trend the last time it was… a trend, but now i feel like im ready. Are you? Less embellishments make way for new textures and shapes. The more interesting your ear, the better.

Something to Slip Into for Day or Bed.

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It doesn’t matter where you’re going so long as whatever you’re in plays the coy role of, “I just threw this on.” As seen at: Calvin Klein, Alexander Wang, Creatures of the Wind, Givenchy, Maiyet, Narciso Rodriguez, Sally LaPointe, Tibi, Tome, Victoria Beckham and Wes Gordon.

Loose Ends.

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By this i mean more dangly shit. And by shit i mean as seen at: Derek Lam, Givenchy, Marc Jacobs, Public School and Rosie Assoulin.

Dipping Low With Pride.

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I touched on this with the swimwear. It’s rebellion against the 70s; the 2000s are officially back and you need abs if you wanna play with us. Any tips on how to get those?

Shoestring Laces. SHOESTRING LACES!

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Get those strings out of your shoes and start getting creative. Tie it around your waist, your wrist like a bracelet, or string it through the holes of a button up shirt. I’ve seen this trend becoming more frequent lately and it makes my head spin because it’s all been done in the exact same way. I’m still very much into it, at least into the idea of making it your own. So the question that remains is, are you the type to corset-up?

Reviving (barely) past trends

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If normcore is dead then what do I do with all my sneakers?

The other day I overheard a statement that Normcore is officially no more. This coming straight from post fashion month reviews where no sneaker was seen or even spoken about. I reiterated the statement to a friend, like I was the first one who ever said it, “Normcore is dead.” So stern, so believable, though I didn’t want to believe it myself. Said friend then mentioned that she had heard the same thing. So it was affirmed. We then bowed our heads simultaneously in a mourning-like gesture because this is a sad time, mostly for my sneaker collection.

Since then I contemplated wearing sneakers. Funny how subconsciously influenced I am. Instead I opted for flats or sandals with kitten block heels and pointy ankle boots to pair with my jeans and t-shirt combo, and literally everything else. Sneakers just seem so casual now. But for the last few years I have done nothing but work hard at my aforementioned collection, so hard that one time I almost went mad!

This may leave you feeling exactly the same way I did –Sad, confused and somewhat cheated- when I first realised that I was heavily neglecting a trend I whole-heartedly gave myself to just a couple of years ago. It easily resonated through every human being’s attire, but if you pulled it off right it became a part of who you were: One with a give-no-fucks-but-just-enough type of attitude. There is a part of me that is ready to let go of comfort dressing and to have a little fun with my every day attire. But what do I do with all these sneakers I’ve got lined up on proud display? Well, the only logical solution is to keep wearing them and continue the give-no-fucks attitude. (After all, this isn’t about what’s on trend, it’s about finding your own personal style, right?). So here are my notes on how I think sneakers work now. You can thank me later.

Before it was all about ironic anonymity mixed with a bit of sports luxe. Now you’ll just want the least flashy pair of sneakers you can find, preferably in a solid colour, as the focus has shifted from our feet to other body parts like neck lines, collarbones, ankles and hair lines… If our bodies were stages and our outfits part of the set, sneakers would be the overseen detail that everyone forgets about, but nothing would have worked without it, you know?

high necks at Giles
high necks at Giles

Compliment your sneakers with layered items that vary in texture, but are all shades of black. You may have seen Thom Browne’s Fall/Winter 2015 lookbook on Style.com, or UK designer Phoebe English’s London Fashion Week presentation of soft, Tim Burton-esque dressing which blew me away (sneakers could definitely be paired here). If black is your thing then look towards Giles, Alexander Wang or Givenchy for some dark inspiration. If it were me, I’d pair these with an all black Victorian-like ensemble that just hints towards my obsession with metallics, especially gold.

The main idea is that the sneaker is invisible but compliments your notions to power dress yourself to the nines, hence why gold sneakers could work with a black, floor sweeping skirt. If you’re more of a chirpy bird then pair yours with slip dresses in florals or softer tones in silky textures a la Céline. Since we religiously follow everything that Phoebe Philo tells us to do, then reach for strappy sandals if you’re wearing jeans and a t-shirt – unless you consider tailored striped trousers under a sheer blouse your ‘jeans and a t-shirt’. Then I think we should be friends and sneakers can still be paired here.

Givenchy Fall/Winter 2015
Givenchy Fall/Winter 2015

If you’re looking to draw more focus away from your feet, I’d suggest accessories a la Givenchy at Paris Fashion Week once again for inspiration. And if that’s too much for you opt for statement neckties or a strappy bra under that sheer blouse. Or just do whatever you want because really, who am I to tell you want to do?

Happy YOLO dressing!