The Big Apple fashion week is a hotbed of commercial looks. We pick the most important for spring 15:
Hip to be square
Classic gingham was given a new lease of life in New York, covering simple separates and ladylike dresses. Designers used it in varying sizes and scales, from mini checks to supersized styles. A monochrome colourway offers a classic option (and is a top colour trend to watch), but pretty pastels also looked fresh.
For day or evening wear, some designers served up soft and floaty dresses for spring. Light and flowing fabrics were used to complement the floor-skimming silhouettes. Watch out for this boho festival vibe - seen particularly at the likes of Tommy Hilfiger and Anna Sui - filtering down to the high street.
High waist heroes
Whether wide and roomy, tight and cropped, smart or casual, the unifying factor for trousers in many New York collections was a high waist shape. Nipping in above the hips, they came in both smart and casual guises and are a new trend worth watching out for in London.
Must have monochrome
The focus on all things black and white carried over into another season, so buyers should stock up on the trend. In New York monochrome was used in graphic ways, such as optic stripes and tessellated geometric patterns.
Swayed by suede
Autumn 14’s lashings of leather have evolved into soft and supple suede. Giving a summer-appropriate luxe spin to collections, it featured on simple dresses and basic separates, or as a light alternative to warm-weather outerwear.
Keep hems on or below the knee for dresses and skirts, as the midi-length skirt’s broad appeal will stick around. Straight up-and-down pencil skirt shapes are slightly loosened compared with winter’s tight take, while A-line skirts are fuller with extra kick for summer.
The influence of sportswear remained strong in New York, with techy fabrics and athletic shapes. Unlike past seasons, this isn’t a sports luxe look but a more casual approach. Tennis shirt dresses, easy bomber jackets, light anoraks and loose running shorts are the key items to stock; buyers should look out for gym-ready fabrics such as neoprene and mesh to touch on this trend.
New York Wrappers
Many skirts, dresses, tops and jackets came with overlapping panels, wrapped closures and double-breasted designs, sparking a fresh trend. Flattering for a wide range of shoppers, wrapped skirts particularly stood out, while loose jacket fronts were often overlapped and belted at the waist or fixed with simple ties and knot fastenings.