Notes From New York: The 7 Leading Trends to Know for Autumn 2023

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The autumn/winter show season in New York is always smaller, but there was clearly no shortage of fashion trends and moments to track for the year ahead. Wearable dressing at Proenza Schouler! Opulence at Carolina Hererra! Redefining Womanhood at Tory Burch! Bold and hot clothes at Luar! This season, the runway collections had us all breathing a sigh of relief from the usual performance style of dressing we've seen from designers past. Because after all, isn't making great clothes what these shows should be all about?

The weather may have been up and down, but the city was still in full-swing. Some highlights? Designers like Paloma Spain and Hellesy made swift comebacks to the city. Chloe Sevigny, everyone's favourite fashion icon extraordinaire opened (and narrated) Proenza Schouler. 23-year-old rapper Ice Spice was a celebrity highlight as she sat front row at Coach and Dion Lee. Khaite also opened its doors for its first NYC shop right after showing its collection in the dreamy and architectural advanced space. Luar took the week's finale (with a marvellous collection in tow), usually upheld by more established designers.

There are still three more cities to go to, but before we move on to our London round-up, and then head across to Milan and Paris, we've given you a complete download on the top trends to know from New York below. 

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Move over, Barbie Pink. Spotted both on the runway and all over street style, a striking red seemed to be the It colour of the moment. Whether you're incorporating the shade in small accessories or adapting a completely tonal look, it's worth trying out.

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Shop the Trend:

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Classic blazers, maxi coats, layered sweaters, and cinched belts brought back an influx of wearable dressing to the runways. There's a reason why Quiet Luxury brands like The Row and Toteme have such a strong backing—and many brands are following suit.

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We've already seen big bags on the runways recently, but they've always been large tote bags and carryalls. Now, designers brought out larger-than-life clutches and briefcases into the mix. 

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The best part about NYFW this season is that there was a continuation of trends from seasons past, proving just how versatile and wearable these trends can be. We've been constantly talking about the surge of metallics right now, and it continues on to be a huge hit.

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Oh, pretty things, how we love you so. We saw rosettes and "romantic dressing" in Paris and Milan last season but New York also got the memo for autumn/winter 2023.

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While metallics were a big hit, chrome accessories, and hardware was the detail we also paid attention to. If you'd rather not opt for a shiny dress or pants, subtle chrome accessories are the way to go for adding that cool factor to your look.

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The "no trousers trend" may be a tad controversial, but it doesn't seem to be cooling down anytime soon. 

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Yusra Siddiqui is an editor who resides in New Jersey but bounces between the suburbs and NYC. (She's a Jersey girl at heart.) After interning at Who What Wear in 2019, she found her way to the team after graduating from LIM College in 2022 with a fashion media degree. She's also spent time writing and working for publications such as Fashionista, Coveteur, and Nylon, but she always knew that Who What Wear was where she was meant to be. When she's on the job, she's perusing runway shows, analyzing the latest thing fellow Gen Zers are up to on the internet, and sharing what she can about the modest-fashion market. You can also catch her dabbling in entertainment, talking about the costume choices of the latest Netflix series or diving deeper into how the plotline affects the viewers in a myriad of ways. Lastly, she likes to create content for Who What Wear's TikTok. Her personal time is spent doing similar but also different things—deep diving into almost every new TV show (Bridgerton, Gilmore Girls, and Stranger Things are favorites), planning her next local getaway (whenever that may be), and reading the latest Emily Henry or Sally Rooney novel in one sitting.