The coolest 2016 New York Fashion Week trends and where to get them

New York Fashion Week has been and gone, leaving a whole bunch of new trends in its wake.

90s girls everywhere rejoiced over the return of checks and plaid into the palettes of many designers. The likes of Jason Wu, Rag & Bone and Calvin Klein all incorporated the pattern into their Fall collections. Metallics are another common element across the catwalks, with J. Mendel and Marc Jacobs showcasing silvery, metallic gowns. More subtly, designers like Monique L'Huillier and Noon by Noor incorporated the trend by adding metallic accents to their prints.

But it's not all just glitz and couture. There were plenty of trends that are wearable right now. To help you make sense of the fashion extravaganza that is NYFW, we've outlined five of the coolest trends we saw on the catwalks and how you can get the look way ahead of the game.


The coming season's collections we saw a break from the traditional leather jacket and saw the fabric being used in more exciting way. Rachel Zoe showed a three piece leather suit and Tommy Hilfiger created a long-line leather coat.

This is an easy one to try yourself. Incorporate the fabric into your outfit in a different way by wearing a leather skirt or a leather tee, rather than the classic leather jacket.

Get the look

Elka Collective Cameo Skirt - $299.00
True Decadence Leather Look Tee - $43.00
Jasmine Leather Look Midi Skirt - $40.00


Anyone who caught just a few catwalk shows would easily be able to see that an earthy-pink colour palette was one of the most prominent trends. Rosy-blush, terracotta, dusty-pink and pale peach are all colours that took the main stage at NYFW. What's great about this trend is that it's multi-tonal - so there's a shade to suit every skin colour and complexion. Just remember to choose earthy tones rather than bright or neon.

Get the look

Petite bonded faux suede mini skirt mauve - $42.00
Petite ribbed cowl neck vest rust - $21.00
High neck bodycon dress dusky pink - $42.00

Statement neck ties

This is one of the coolest and easiest trends to jump on. You don't have to buy a whole new outfit, just one little accessory. Adding a  neck tie is one of simplest ways to take your outfit to the next level - throw one over a sexy dress or at it too a shirt and jeans. Tie it loosely in a classic tie-knot or jazz it up with a bow. You can use a bold silk scarf like Marc Jacobs showcased or you can use a simple black neck tie like Rachel Zoe. The options are endless.

Get the look

ASOS Oversized Bow Tie - $17.00
ASOS Poly Satin Paisley Print Scarf - $26.00
ASOS Skinny Neck Tie - $11.00

Turtleneck Layering

This is not only one of the most fun trends, but also one of the most practical. Layering is a great way to experiment with fashion and get more wear out of your wardrobe, it also keeps you super warm. We saw many designers layering turtleneck tops and jumpers in creative ways like under dresses or under an unusual neckline.

This is a great trend for all girls to try out. You probably have the necessary pieces in your wardrobe already, all you need to do is style them a little differently and voila! Hello new outfit! One of the easiest ways to get this look is to take a plain turtleneck jumper in a black or white and wear it underneath any skater-dress you might have sitting around. Also, if you have any v-neck or off the shoulder jumpers, you can add a turtleneck under those for a bit of a high-fashion twist.

Get the look

Long sleeve turtle neck top black - $21.00
ASOS Pinafore Dress - $32.00
ASOS Jumper Off Shoulder Wrap Detail - $68.00


Velvet is one of those fabrics that is either very in or very out. This fashion week, it was very, very in. Many major designers included some form of velvet in their collections. Memorably, 3.1 Phillip constructed a stunning two-piece pant-suit out of a rust coloured velvet, and Ralph Lauren designed a whole line of evening gowns out of the rich fabric.

Velvet is a trend that can be a little scary to adopt off the catwalks. When incorrectly worn, you run the risk of looking like a 90s art teacher or a little too grungy-goth. So, when incorporating velvet into your wardrobe, keep it clean and simple. Start off with a classic shade like black and opt for clean silhouettes. Nothing too frilly, nothing too boxy, nothing too baggy.

Get the look

Free People Nicole's Velvet Halter Top - $104.72
Vero Moda Velvet A-Line Skirt - $40.00
Tina Velvet Strappy Bodycon Dress - $15

Mia Steiber

Mia Steiber is a journalist at with a serious shopping habit and an addiction to gold jewellery. Her talents include tracking down one-off or almost sold out pieces and knowing the sizing charts for just about every brand.

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