If you have a friend who works fashion week, you’ve probably heard a lot of the same things over the past few days. “Sorry, I'm busy. Brunch in October?” “Sooo tired (insert coffee cup emoji here).” “Can you believe I got standing?” The truth is, that’s a mere fraction of what actually happens at #NYFW. And over the last week, we Who What Wear editors have been focused on scouring the endless outfit inspiration for tons of emerging trends to predict what the fashion industry will look like in six months.
We’ll soon be bringing you plenty more S/S 18 insights from London, Milan, and Paris. But with New York Fashion Week just behind us, we’ve summed up a few of the most need-to-know moments. Among a week's worth of information overload, these are the parties we can't stop talking about, the looks we know will be a hit, and some of our absolute favorite shows (including the clear crowd favorites).
Below, take a look at a summary of what we loved this season (so far), and why we’re excited about the direction fashion is heading.
The best show overall: The Row. The intimate show was the perfect representation of the brand: quietly luxurious and aspirational. The headpieces and flashes of red were unexpected delights.
The best celebrity sighting of the week: Gloria Steinem at Prabal Gurung. Her first fashion show ever!
The craziest trend I know will be a thing in six months: Bra straps worn hanging out and clasped in the back outside the shirt, as seen at Tibi.
Never had I ever at fashion week… taken a phone meeting locked inside a bathroom. I couldn't find anywhere else quiet enough between shows!
The styling trick I'm not waiting until spring to copy: You'd really have to be committed to do this, but I want to open a slit in the side stitching of a blazer to make it so you can slip a belt through like this.
The presentation I could be found loitering at all day long: Rosie Assoulin, always.
The moment of NYFW that makes me most excited for the future of fashion: Seeing a compelling second season from one of the most exciting designers in the NYFW lineup: Raf Simons at Calvin Klein. There's always a lot riding on a debut collection, but the following season helps set the narrative and trajectory. It's a story I'm looking forward to following.
The best show overall: Calvin Klein. The provocative and entrancing collection, featuring artistic motifs including nods to horror movies (think Carrie-inspired nightgowns), as well as Andy Warhol's iconic prints made you feel like you were living in an American dream horror story. A true fashion spectacle.
The best celebrity sighting of the week: Kaia Gerber—so exciting to see her walk in her first fashion week. Her walk is on point—supermodel in the making, anyone?
The craziest trend I know will be a thing in six months: Everyone will continue to wear a bodysuit or one-piece swimsuit with low-slung jeans (so you see a pop of hip) à la Fenty x Puma and Baja East.
Never had I ever at fashion week… had only one stick of gum left (no time to go to the store!), breaking it into three tiny pieces to keep fresh next to fashion editors at shows.
The styling trick I'm not waiting until spring to copy: Ditching cropped trousers for a moment in favor of long pants bunched up at the ankle.
The presentation I could be found loitering at all day long: Sandy Liang (her pieces are wearable yet trend-forward) and Rosie Assoulin, of course.
The moment of NYFW that makes me most excited for the future of fashion: It's really inspiring to see the industry to continue pushing diversity more than before.
The best show overall: I loved everything that was happening at Simon Miller. The bright colors felt optimistic and the silhouettes were relaxed yet powerful—sign me up. Plus, I was obsessed with the presentation, which essentially brought to life the designers' inspiration, the Congolese rain forest—not easy to do in downtown Manhattan!
The best celebrity sighting of the week: Leslie Jones sitting, cheering, and totally losing her mind in the front row on Christian Siriano's show. That joy was genuine, unbridled, and totally infectious for everyone around her.
The craziest trend I know will be a thing in six months: I own one pair of flip-flops that are used for beach days and pedicures only. However, thanks to Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, and Dion Lee, I'm convinced we're going to see thong sandals everywhere—for day and evening—come spring.
Never had I ever at fashion week… been to an Alexander Wang after-party. I'm not usually a late-night partygoer during fashion week, but I made the exception for Wang. There was a candlelit table stacked with Dunkin' Donuts, a bounce house, and performances by Ashanti and Ja Rule. Was it worth sacrificing a few precious hours of sleep? Absolutely.
The styling trick I'm not waiting until spring to copy: I spotted some really pretty dress layering tricks on the runways of Creatures of Comfort and Sies Marjan. It’s all about clashing straps and necklines, something I can totally get on board with right away.
The presentation I could be found loitering at all day long: Tome, for sure. It’s not every day a fashion show includes a dance performance (specifically by Pam Tanowitz's company), but whenever it does, I'm totally enamored.
The moment of NYFW that makes me most excited for the future of fashion: It’s not just about the clothes on the runway at fashion week—although they’re beautiful and ingenious, and, yes, I've started an imaginary shopping list in my head. This week has been an opportunity for brands to tell us who they are and what they stand for. It’s really inspiring to see designers like Prabal Gurung, Christian Siriano, Tome, Chromat, and so many more lead the charge of inclusive casting that includes diversity in race, size, age, and gender identity.
The best show overall: I always love Brock Collection. The designs are a bit Victorian but with a cool-girl twist. This season, the runway was littered with real gardenias so the scent just wafted around the room as we watched the show—it felt so romantic.
The best celebrity sighting of the week: Being at a dinner with Cindy Crawford was a lot of fun—even from across the room, she stands out. Plus, with her kids in tow, it felt like I was in the presence of fashion's royal family.
The craziest trend I know will be a thing in six months: Okay, so maybe this isn't so crazy, but there were so many waist cutouts. I'm calling it now: A peek of abs is the new off-the-shoulder.
Never had I ever at fashion week… been so exhausted that I jumped in a taxi to go from one show to the next, only to realize that they were literally two blocks apart. It probably would have been faster to walk.
The styling trick I'm not waiting until spring to copy: I'm excited to bring more color into my wardrobe. I'm often hesitant to mix and match bright hues, but this season was all about super saturation.
The presentation I could be found loitering at all day long: Definitely Simon Miller. The setting resembled a tropical jungle, and models were dressed in dreamy, bold hues. Everything about it was perfect.
The moment of NYFW that makes me most excited for the future of fashion: It was cool seeing such strong collections from up-and-comers like Sandy Liang, Vaquera, and Shayne Oliver's capsule at Helmut Lang. The future of fashion in New York is looking very exciting these days.
The best show overall: It would definitely have to be Brock Collection. The clothes always have a way of transporting you to a more whimsical time that I personally would love to live in.
The best celebrity sighting of the week: Anna Wintour—she walked by me at the Tory Burch show, and I almost tripped out of amazement.
The craziest trend I know will be a thing in six months: Translucent/plastic belts and corsets as seen at Tibi and Jill Stuart. The accessory was styled over more traditional pieces like blazers and floral dresses. I'm really into it.
Never had I ever at fashion week… This was actually my first time attending fashion week, so everything was a first for me. (Yes, it was as amazing as I imagined.)
Creature of Comfort
The styling trick I'm not waiting until spring to copy: I will definitely be wearing my sweater as a corset this fall thanks to Creatures of Comfort.
The presentation I could be found loitering at all day long: Besides Rosie Assoulin, of course, Cinq à Sept's presentation at The Beekman Hotel was breathtaking. I couldn't stop snapping pictures of the feathers and tulle that drove the collection.
The moment of NYFW that makes me most excited for the future of fashion: I found it so wonderful to see more body diversity on the runway this season. It was even more wonderful to see how much praise designers received for it.
The best show overall: Brock Collection.
The best celebrity sighting of the week: Cindy Crawford, hands down.
The craziest trend I know will be a thing in six months: Tibi's colorful PVC belts!
Never had I ever at fashion week… made it to four fashion week parties in one night. Really though, I tried, but I think three is my limit.
The styling trick I'm not waiting until spring to copy: I have saved about seven images of Beaufille's presentation to my desktop, all of which I plan to (attempt to) re-create immediately. Thinking I'll start with this one.
The presentation I could be found loitering at all day long: The chic townhouse setting for Rosetta Getty had me feeling very fancy—I could get used to that!
The moment of NYFW that makes me most excited for the future of fashion: For me, every covetable look down the runway or at a presentation is something to look forward to next spring, when actually wearing yourself it becomes a possibility.
Take a look at the rest of our fashion week coverage, from New York to Paris.