New York Has Spoken—These 6 Trends Will Be Everywhere in 6 Months


(Image credit: Courtesy of Marina Moscone; Courtesy of Jonathan Simkhai; Courtesy of Markarian)

Why, yes, it is that time of year again: It's the glorious beginning of fashion month. The fall/winter 2021 shows have officially kicked off in New York this week, and although the pandemic has restricted the number of in-person events, the show must (literally) go on. Virtually, of course. So in addition to NY mainstays like Jason Wu and Prabal Gurung, we're excited to see brands that are getting hotter by the minute, from Maisie Wilen and PH5. 

Let's face it—the frenzied week can be a bit overwhelming to digest, so consider this your ultimate cheat sheet to the Big Apple shows. Below, we're breaking down every noteworthy show with the standout looks and the emerging trends from each. Expect these looks will be all over your Instagram feeds next spring. Don't say we didn't warn you. 


(Image credit: Victor Glemaud; Sandy Liang; Jonathan Simkhai; Bevza)

Thus far into 2021, we've already been noting how the cutouts trend is taking hold, but given the recent fall/winter collections we viewed this week, the eye-catching silhouettes aren't going anywhere. We're bookmarking the scooped-out knitwear like the ones presented by Jonathan Simkhai and Bevza as a potential key buy for fall.


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(Image credit: Marina Moscone; Claudia Li; Jason Wu; Bevza)

Coats so puffy and cloud-like that you're tempted to take a nap in them—that's the vibe for fall. Plenty of designers from Marina Moscone to Claudia Li are all on board, showing quilted puffer coats in their collections that ranged from crystal-embellished to understated.


(Image credit: Courtesy of Jason Wu)


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(Image credit: PH5; Bevza; Jason Wu)

We first made note of the sweater vest trend last September and, well, I'll just say it: we told you so. Now that the fall runways in New York have spoken, we can confirm that the knit is officially here to stay. The way to wear it for fall? Layered over a long skirt à la Jason Wu, Bevza, and PH5.


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(Image credit: Prabal Gurung; Markarian; Shrimps)

Clearly, nothing is immune to the world of Bridgerton fandom. In the wake of the cult-popular Netflix show that everyone and their mother is obsessed with, a fashion aesthetic is emerging. These themes were echoed on the fall runways where the eveningwear looks from Prabal Gurung and Markarian aligned with the corsets, floral prints, and dainty bowties that define the look.


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(Image credit: PH5; Marina Moscone; Victor Li; Bevza)

There's new neutral in town and it feels completely fresh from what we've seen in seasons past. Deep shades of indigo appeared on the runways in NYC this week in all manner of ensembles from Western-inspired denim to sleek suiting.


(Image credit: Courtesy of Bevza)


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(Image credit: Courtesy of Marina Moscone)

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(Image credit: Zev Schmidt Courtesy of Maisie Wilen; PH5; Private Policy)

Less of a trend and more of a styling trick, we saw several of these layered T-shirt moments and simply couldn't ignore them. They feature a long sleeve tee in a bright color underneath a boxier T-shirt in a way that feels very skater kid-inspired. Per Private Policy, this is such an easy way to add a pop of color to an all-black look.


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(Image credit: Zev Schmidt; Courtesy of Maisie Wilen)


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Next up, see the six sandal trends I predict that will define summer 2021.

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Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.