New York Fashion Week’s 8 Must-Watch Trends

Though we’re nearing the end of February and spring is (supposedly) readily approaching, you wouldn’t know it — polar vortex, anyone? Still, one bonus of these chilly conditions is that it’s all the easier to imagine some of these top fall trends from New York Fashion Week. We’ve compiled a list of eight.

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1. Plaid

Plaid will be back in fall 2014, if New York Fashion Week has anything to say about it. Indeed, this tartan pattern was shown in a variety of iterations like eclectic pink, mustard, and sky blue at Delpozo; a chic red plaid with leather lapels was seen at Victoria Beckham. Try adding a plaid sweater or coat to the mix.

2. Oversize boots

Come autumn, oversize knits will be the perfect antidote to cool, crisp weather. Though they appeared in all shapes at NYFW, particular favorites were an elegant dark turtleneck with light stitching from Tory Burch and an ivory piece from Public School.

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3. Wide-leg pants

Though skinny jeans might never go away, there’s a chance they’ll be taken over this fall by a friendlier, more accommodating pant: the wide leg. Billowing silhouettes appeared often this fashion week, most notably at Oscar de la Renta and and Derek Lam. For the daring, Karen Walker put her models in culottes.

4. Western hats

For those bemoaning the rise of the fedora, this next trend might not be of any more help. Despite being unpractical, Western hats appeared on several runways, including Dion Lee and Cushnie et Ochs. Yee haw?

5. Patterned and colorful fur

Fall for many designers remains a fur-friendly season. Such was the case at Joseph Altuzarra and Diane von Furstenburg, two heavy-hitters who traded conventional furs for those with graphic patterns and lines in a bevy of colors. Though real fur might be less affordable — and in some circles, less appropriate — watch for this trend to make its way to faux fur, too.

6. Ankle-length skirts

If you’ve noticed the advent of the rolled pant this past season, then prepare for something of a similar iteration: a hemline that hits the ankle. Gone are the days of short skirts (OK, maybe not completely) as designers played with length to bring hemlines down, down, down. Thom Browne, Rosie Assoulin, and The Row all showed us similar looks.

7. Sequins

As Fashion Week has showed us, sequins aren’t just for ice skaters competing at Sochi anymore. Wes Gordon showed an all-black subdued ensemble, while Marc Jacobs showed swirling pink-and-silver tops. Get ready for some shine to brighten up that dreary fall weather.

8. New “it” color: oxblood

With fall colors in more muted tones consisting of browns and burnt sienna, the addition of oxblood – this season’s take on red — is a welcome addition. There was no shortage of the color or variety among the collections: Jason Wu showed slip dresses in deep maroon, and Nicole Miller showed a sporty red leather jacket.

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