A/W ‘19 Part 1: From the Big Apple to the Big Ben

It seems hard to believe that we’re already 3/4 through fashion month. With New York, London and Milan already checked off the list, the fashion world has jetted off to Paris as the runway collections begin to unfold. Though it may seem a bit soon to draw conclusions based on the looks we’ve seen so far, there have certainly been a handful of common trends popping up on the runway between New York and London. Here’s a roundup of 4 major themes from these two fashion capitals.

NEW YORK

  1. That 70’s Show
    Nostalgia is nothing new in fashion. Designers are constantly looking back and finding ways to reinvent styles that defined past decades. The ‘70s is one era in particular that always seems to come back time after time. From romantic, bohemian styles at Longchamp to more sophisticated glamour at Michael Kors, the ‘70s are sure to be a hit come Fall. 

Longchamp, Michael Kors, Tory Burch, Longchamp, Oscar de la Renta, Ulla Johnson, Jonathan Simkhai

2. Feathered Friends
Feathers are a major trend for Spring and Summer, and it seems that this look will be migrating into Fall and Winter. Ultra-glam dresses at Oscar de la Renta and Marc Jacobs made major statements, while girly-girl minis at Cynthia Rowley and Naeem Khan offered a flirtatious vibe.

Oscar de la Renta, Cynthia Rowley, Dion Lee, Naeem Khan, Cushnie, Cynthia Rowley, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, Prabal Gurung

3. A Trip to the Zoo
Leopard print has been lingering since last season, and appears to be a key trend for the upcoming warmer months. While feline prints are the most popular look, designers were inspired by a wild mix of animals, including zebra and snakeskin motifs.

3.1 Philip Lim, Proenza Schouler, Brandon Maxwell, Kate Spade, Dennis Basso, Zimmermann, Naeem Khan, Zadig & Voltaire, Marc Jacobs, R13, Ulla Johnson

4. Brighten Up
Vibrant shades provided a pleasant pop among the collections, from clever color-blocking at Prabal Gurung and Sies Marjan to neon structured coats at Carolina Herrera and Zadig & Voltaire. The best part about this trend? We can easily transition bright hues from our summer wardrobes into Fall and Winter next year. 

Bibhu Mohapatra, Carolina Herrera, Brandon Maxwell, Siess Marjan, Christian Cowan, Zadig & Voltaire, Prabal Gurung, Christian Cowan, Sies Marjan

LONDON

  1. Argyle
    The seemingly preppy pattern is not strictly for country club outings or games of croquet. Is Argyle perhaps the new plaid ? 

A.W.A.K.E, Ashley Williams, Molly Goddard, Preen, Pringle of Scotland, Victoria Beckham

2. Taking Flight
Piggy-backing on the looks we saw at NYFW, feathers seem to be a major trend for A/W 2019.
There was plenty of plumage to be seen in London, ranging from bright hues to neutrals.

Ashley Williams, Burberry, David Koma, Erdem, J.W Anderson, Mary Katranzou, Peter Pilotto, Roksanda

3. Pump Up the Volume
High volume silhouettes were seen in New York as well, but London designers took it to a whole new level. These couture-like shapes put a modern twist on 18th-century silhouettes—imagine if Marie Antoinette sat front row next to the Queen.

Huishan Zhang, Erdem, Richard Quinn, Molly Goddard, Mary Katrantzou, David Koma, Christopher Kane, Emilia Wickstead

4. Cinch It
A cinched waist is an ultra-flattering silhouette that was seen at a handful of London shows. Whether it be a classic trench or a thick belt paired with an oversized coat, get ready to cinch it up. Thrift shops are a great place to find vintage belts that can serve as a true staple piece.

Simone Rocha, Alexa Chung, J.W Anderson, Roksanda, Eudon Choi, Burbery

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