Top 7 Trends from
New York Fashion Week
Discover the biggest trends from NYFW’s Spring-Summer 2021 socially-distanced shows
This was always going to be a New York Fashion Week like no other, with the current pandemic forcing many designers to show virtually or in-person to a limited audience, but that didn’t stop America’s finest fashion talent from bringing their A-game. NYFW kicked off with a flurry of fabulous new styles that are sure to set the tone for the rest of the show season. Here we’ve rounded up the biggest trends to hit the catwalk, all of which we’re eager to wear come spring.
Luxe loungewear - NYFW Trend 1
Sweats had a real moment this year at New York Fashion Week, as we all spent more time than ever indoors, and the comfy separates aren’t going anywhere next season. Designers including Zero + Maria Cornejo and PH5 showed elevated versions of the relaxed two-piece sets in luxury fabrics, while newcomer Oak and Acorn showcased sustainable, yet cosy loungewear that even had built-in antiviral and antimicrobial technology.
Happy, sunny, yellow shades - NYFW Trend 2
Brightening up 2021 will be the job of just one colour—yellow. The sunny, marigold shade was seen at Khaite, Maara Collective’s Julia Shaw, and M.M. La Fleur during New York Fashion Week, to name just a few— and is without a doubt the happy wardrobe pick-me-up we’ve all been waiting for.
The new normal silhouette - NYFW Trend 3
Amy Smilovic, head designer at Tibi wanted to create a collection she could wear in her living room ‘without feeling ridiculous’, and so offered up a range of slouchy trousers and smart tops for spring-summer 2021. Veronica Beard showed similar low-key looks that focused on easy-to-wear separates and chic, but comfortable maxi dresses. A true New York Fashion Week Trend to remember from this new world.
Faux holiday freckles - NYFW Trend 4
We might not be jetting off anywhere exotic soon, but that didn’t stop designers like Jason Wu from bringing the vacation vibes. His catwalk was surrounded by sand and palms trees while the models sported healthy-looking beach babe glows. Head makeup artist Erin Parsons used liquid lipstick to create the sun-kissed freckles that dotted the model's cheeks and kept the rest of the face natural with bushy brows and curled lashes.
Fantasy florals - NYFW Trend 5
Another of our favourite New York Fashion Week trends included 1940s-style floral dresses and faux flower headpieces at Rodarte, to a crop top formed from daisies preserved in tree resin at Dauphinette, unique ways of wearing nature’s blooms dominated the SS21 shows. Inspired by the precious moments we spent outside during lockdown, designers are honouring our natural environment more than ever before.
All dressed up with nowhere to go - NYFW Trend 6
Dramatic silhouettes at Reem Acra, elegant gowns at Badgley Mischka, and high-end sparkles at Naeem Khan made it clear that designers still have a love affair with eveningwear. We might not be headed to a black-tie event anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still find joy in dressing up.
Matching masks - NYFW Trend 7
Anna Sui’s latest collection was inspired by the home crafts we took up during quarantine, and many of her models wore face masks in sweet floral prints that matched the dresses in her collection. Co-ordinating face coverings were also seen at Future Lovers of Tomorrow, Libertine and Imitation of Christ too, cementing the fact that matching PPE is here to stay—for now, at least.