Just like that, New York Fashion Week is done. The runway lights are off, models have departed for shows in Europe, and for those who attended the shows, it's time to revisit hastily-scrawled notes (or in my case, feverish thoughts pasted into a blank email) and piece together the fashion puzzle. Now that it's all over, what are the biggest NYFW Spring/Summer 2019 trends?
Though each designer presents their own distinct vision of what women (and men) will wear in the months to come, sitting through close to 100 shows, certain trends unfurl themselves look by look.
This season in New York was one of transition and triumphant returns. Rodarte and Proenza Schouler both made their way back to NYC after having showed in Paris for the previous 3 and 2 seasons respectively. Rihanna closed out the week by staging a Savage x Fenty lingerie show on the final evening. An impressive number of up-and-coming designers, from Sandy Liang to Claudia Li, bucked tradition for sentimentality (Sandy presented her collection in her father's Lower East side restaurant, while Claudia staged her first runway show with all Asian models), proving once again, that New York doesn't play by the rules.
New York, seeing as it kicks off fashion month, is the harbinger of spring wardrobes, and there's always a few things you can expect: plenty of color, cool suiting, and lots of creative design details (like revamped pleats and fresh fringe). The '80s and '90s influences of 2018 remain, as seen at Escada, as do the bright hues spotted at Tibi, Christian Siriano and Prabal Gurung. Below, you'll find seven major trends you should keep an eye on for spring 2019. Now comes the hard part: waiting through winter for the chance to shop them.
Nothing But Netting
Come spring, prepare yourself to shed your heavy knits for see-through styles. Netting, sheer knits, and crochet are the newest way to show a little (or a lot) of skin. While the PVC trend still remains (spotted at Kate Spade and Sally Lapointe), knitwear is the new way to bare it all. At Pyer Moss, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and Oscar de la Renta models walked in open-weave maxi dresses. Meanwhile at Cushnie, Dion Lee, and Area, netting was used as a layering tool, adding texture to an already-born ensemble.
Festive, funky, and dramatic, fringe was in full force on the runways this season. At Longchamp and Coach it served as the latest iteration of the western trend we've seen throughout 2018. But, this trend truly shone when it was an added embellishment on dramatic dresses. Whether it be scarf-inspired at Oscar de la Renta, or full-on fringe skirting at Tom Ford, these were dresses made for a twirl.
Vibrant colors were everywhere to be found during fashion week, but one that stood out is a high-saturation tangerine that appeared in runways that ranged from New York staple Tory Burch to the recently reestablished Escada (under new global design director, Niall Sloane), to up-and-comer Miaou. Pantone, the arbiter of all things color has also predicted orange's rise, recently calling out "turmeric" as a hue to keep an eye out for in the coming months.
The New Suit
Power suiting continues its rise, with slouchy silhouettes and '80s-inspired shoulders both making appearances on the runway. But, the coolest new way to take on corporate dressing is with the shorts suit. Marc Jacobs and Matthew Adams Dolan presented an oversized take on the ensemble, while the likes of Tibi and Dion Lee presented more tailored takes. Also worth noting is the general lowering of hemlines when it comes to shorts. Bermuda length styles, hitting just over the knee, are poised to surpass shorter shorts in the coming year.
Refined pleats are getting an update in 2019. At Tibi, models walked the runway in dresses paneled with pleat details while at Calvin Klein 205W39NYFW a simple accordion pleat skirt is reinvented with a gash up the side. Expect to see pleats in ways you've never seen them before.
Mind Your Drawstrings
While ruching seemed to take over ready-to-wear in 2018, the '90s-inspired trend has shifted slightly, with drawstrings being used to cinch clothing every which way for spring. At Prabal Gurung, Adeam, and Eckhaus Latta cinching appeared at the midriff. But, drawstrings were also used to tug and twist clothing in unexpected ways, like at Sies Marjan and Priscavera.
If you thought tie-dye was relegated to Deadheads, the Spring/Summer 2019 runways will have you thinking differently. While the rainbow-rock iteration made an appearance at R13, other brands reimagined tie-dye in subtler ways. At Proenza Schouler, classic button-downs were splashed with color, while at Collina Strada and Eckhaus Latta, tie-dye from head-to-toe became a de facto uniform.