All you need to know about New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week is over for another year and the bi-annual show did not disappoint. Givenchy featured their first ever show at NYFW to coincide with their Manhattan store opening. There was an abundance of celebrities on the front row of shows, the who’s-who models and the make-up and clothes were as big and bold as ever.

We’ve rounded up all the trends, styles and latest news to keep you up-to-date and ready for London Fashion Week.

Spring/Summer 2016 trends

Of course, the most important part of the week is the fashion! The latest trends to come out of fashion week were as usual quirky, to say the least. So how do these translate to high street fashion and what can we expect to see in the shops?

Feathering was frequent on the catwalk so expect to see dresses and tops with feminine, flowy ruffles. Orange and red were also the colour of the moment, with designers like Jeremy Scott and Prabal Gurung dressing their models in orange.

Cut-outs are also sure to be coming to the high street soon, with a subtle showing of skin, cut-out dresses and bare shouldered coats all featuring on the runway. Statement earrings were also a big trend, with Rosie Assoulin, Alexander Wang and Banana Republic all showcasing them – the bolder the better.

Makeup was kept to a bare minimum and it is clear the ‘au naturel’ look isn’t going anywhere. However, Victoria Beckham and Jason Wu enhanced this look with a bold statement lip.

Model diversity

This year’s fashion week has garnered a great deal of attention due to recently announced news that a Down syndrome model would walk the runway.

Madeline Stuart, an Australian model, made her Fashion Week debut walking for FTL Moda, dressed in Hendrik Vermeulen and became only the second woman with Down syndrome to model in New York Fashion Week.

FTL Moda aims to showcase new talent within the fashion and modelling world. The group also featured paralytic model Leslie Irby who wowed in a gold dress and matching dramatic make up.

Celebrating normal bodies

Over the years, the fashion scene has received a great deal of criticism for its elitism and the acceptance of super skinny models. However, that all changed this year with size 16, lingerie model Ashley Graham walking for Addition Elle. The model has also taken social media by storm with the hashtags, #IAmSizeSexy and #PlusIsEqual

The closing ceremony

Marc Jacobs closed fashion week in spectacular style with his catwalk themed around a cinema and including a 20 piece swing band, popcorn and an escalator. Jacobs featured top models of the moment Kendall Jenner, Joan Smalls and Molly Bair and also included Beth Ditto in the line-up – proving another win for plus size.

His clothes featured horizontal and vertical stripes, a lot of sparkling and shiny material, baseball jackets and, in keeping with the theme, majorette uniforms.

Alison Simpson
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Alison is the Digital Content Editor for WeAreTheCity. She has a BA Honours degree in Journalism and History from the University of Portsmouth. She has previously worked in the marketing sector and in a copywriting role. Alison’s other passions and hobbies include writing, blogging and travelling.

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