It's that time of year again: the glorious beginning of fashion month. Over the next four weeks, we'll no doubt bear witness to plenty of beautiful runway looks, celebrity front-row outfits, backstage beauty trends, and more—and it all kicks off with New York Fashion Week. In addition to NY mainstays like Proenza Schouler and Marc Jacobs, we're excited to see brands that are getting hotter by the minute, from Sies Marjan and Nanushka to Area and Eckhaus Latta.
Let's face it. The frenzied week can be a bit overwhelming, so consider this your ultimate cheat sheet to the Big Apple shows. Below, the Who What Wear team breaks down every noteworthy show and the trends that emerged from each. Don't say we didn't warn you. These looks will be all over your Instagram any minute now.
Courtesy of Maryam Nassir Zadeh
At Maryam Nassir Zadeh, the clothes were as varied in style as the cast of models was diverse. Everything from safari elements to vintage-inspired pieces to neon harlequin looks punctuated the runway. Individuality and a no-rules approach to dressing was the takeaway from the show.
Courtesy of Ralph Lauren
The Madison Avenue Ralph Lauren store was transformed into Ralph’s Café for an intimate breakfast to showcase an elegant collection. Modern glamour was the mood of the show, in which models walked down a spiral staircase in the brand’s latest designs. The entire collection was executed in a palette of white, black, and gold with standout silhouettes like super-wide-leg trousers and platform heels.
Courtesy of Tom Ford
The runway at Tom Ford was a more understated take on the designer’s signature glamour. The collection was grounded in tailoring with power suiting and oversize trousers dominating the show. Elements like plush faux-fur fedoras and hoodies (yes, hoodies) added a playful element that tapped into the overall mood of understated luxury.
Courtesy of Nanushka
Nanushka knows exactly what fashion girls want: pieces that are both wearable and trend-driven. The outerwear was especially strong this season—we have our eye on the camel coats and shearling jackets in particular.
Courtesy of Eckhaus Latta
Insider favorite brand Eckhaus Latta teamed up with UGG for the footwear that accompanied their fall collection. Models clad in artful knits and multicolored beaded creations traversed the runway in a series of custom high heeled UGGs—from heeled boots to mules and clogs—that took the brand's quirky aesthetic to (literal) new heights.
Courtesy of Cushnie
In its second season as Cushnie (formerly Cushnie et Ochs), the brand's signature clean, modern eveningwear silhouettes have never been stronger. The runway, which was doused in jewel tones like deep ruby and opulent violet, highlighted details like elegant draping and timeless bias cuts.
Courtesy of BLDWN
After a brand overhaul, heritage denim label BLDWN made a strong comeback at fashion week. The presentation hit on themes of New York in the '60s, evident in retro silhouettes like flared trousers and mock necks. If images of Twiggy begin to resurface as fall style inspiration, we'll have this collection to thank.