In many ways, fashion week is going back to basics. As New York Fashion Week comes to a close and fashion month continues in London, it's looking like designers are putting hyper-wearable looks on the runway.
Who What Wear editor Eliza Huber shares how versatile these looks can be. "If you buy into it, you can have those pieces for the rest of your life, and they're not boring," Huber said. "You can still style them up in really, really interesting ways." Kat Collings, Who What Wear's editor in chief, echoed a similar sentiment about seeing looks off the runway in street style moments. "There were a lot of casual, wearable luxury looks," Collings said. "What I mean by that is a great pair of jeans with a tee and a designer bag and a killer little kitten heel." For the latest episode of Who What Wear With Hillary Kerr, Collings and Huber share the trends they saw come out of NYFW, why statement jewelry is here to stay, and more.
For excerpts from their conversation, scroll below.
Kat Collings: You have such a great eye for trends. I'm curious about what you saw and which ones stood out to you. What do you think will be setting the tone for shopping for next spring?
Eliza Huber: There are always so many. It's kind of crazy how many trends can fit into a five- or six-day week. I split it up into two when I was doing my research ahead of this and just throughout the week. On one side, there's a lot of continuation from fall. We saw a lot of those chrome and gold hardware moments, specifically on bags or belts or those really large '80s-inspired earrings.
KC: What else trend-wise?
EH: Another one is this trend that we called ready-to-wear [last season], which is just this hyper-wearable trend that skews away from those really loud, hard-to-style pieces and is just super classic.
If you buy into it, you can have those pieces for the rest of your life, and they're not boring. You can still style them up in really, really interesting ways using things like those chrome moments or plenty of other styling methods. We saw a ton of it this week. Tibi's whole collection really felt like a "building blocks of your wardrobe" type of collection. Proenza [Schouler] had those loud moments as well, but really at the backbone of it were really classic, timeless pieces.
KC: At first glance, overall, there was a trend of quietness on the runway. Sometimes, you want to be shocked and awed by the visuals of it, but I do think the wearability element… I'm glad that designers are taking this into consideration, and it does feel like the runway to real way is not such a big gap anymore.
KC: What trends are you here for, and what are you not into?
EH: One of the things that I'm not yet convinced of is the net fabric when it comes to garments. I think Proenza [Schouler] did an amazing job. Those final halter dresses were incredible. When it comes to a trend as a whole, I'm not necessarily ready to put all of my money into it yet.
One of the trends that I'm absolutely loving, though, is the lacy details. I'm currently in the saving process for a gorgeous strapless lace top from Beaufille. It's super simple but just feels very romantic, which is something that I want to bring into my wardrobe more in the next few seasons.
EH: What were some of the trends you were loving IRL?
KC: There were a lot of casual, wearable luxury looks. What I mean by that is a great pair of jeans with a tee and a designer bag and a killer little kitten heel. The girls are loving Prada these days in that department.
Timeless maxi dresses, statement earrings. So actually, it's feeling like the end of the peacocking era that we've known in the street style realm for so long. In the past, I've been pulled to dress in ways that weren't actually my personal style just for that splashy moment. That seems to be coming to a close, actually. It had a long reign.