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New York Fashion Week: New season, new trends

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.

Hip to be square: Altuzarra spring 15

Hip to be square: Altuzarra spring 15

 

Maxi moment

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.

Maxi moment: Tommy Hilfiger spring 15

Maxi moment: Tommy Hilfiger spring 15

 

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.

High waist heros: Donna Karen spring 15

High waist heros: Donna Karen spring 15

 

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.

Must have monochrome: Victoria Beckham spring 15

Must have monochrome: Victoria Beckham spring 15

 

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.

Swayed by suede: Jason Wu spring 15

Swayed by suede: Jason Wu spring 15

 

Down below

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.

Down below: Michael Kors

Down below: Michael Kors

 

Sports women

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.

Sports women: Rag and Bone spring 15

Sports women: Rag and Bone spring 15

 

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.

New York Wrappers: Jason Wu spring 15

New York Wrappers: Jason Wu spring 15

 

 

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