Remembering that my human brain can only comprehend so much fashion in such a concentrated amount of time, New York Fashion Week (NYFW for all you hashtaggers), is an amalgam of parties, people, pomp and circumstance. Yes, that’s the Kardashian-West clan front row with North wearing a custom baby-sized version of some designer’s latest inspiration. For sure, you can expect a candid shot of Minaj, Wintour, Menkes, and Dello Russo. It’s all part of the fashion game, and my favorite players are out in force despite some terrible polar weather.
Trends are like friends from summer camp. You enjoy their company so much you don’t even realize they’re becoming an integral part of your social circle. Such is the case with knit beanies, cozy turtlenecks, and brown leather suede, wrap coats, knee high boots, and fringe. These trends are familiar but still fresh and inviting, with interesting things to say beyond their face value. Let’s look into it:
Put a Belt On It
Fashion that reflects our comforts of home are always going to bode well IRL. We like ponchos because they’re like fancy blankets, and wrap coats are like fancy bathrobes. Get a fine quality fabric that’s not printed with coffee cups or kitties and a belt and you have yourself a wrap coat. Fashion continues to run the course of long coats devoid of fitted seams and body-forming darts in favor of a unisex look, but in the same stitch, waist-defining wrap coats are sneaking back into our closets. The Row and Band of Outsiders wrapped things up snuggly in oversized belts that make a statement stronger than the brightest bib necklace while Opening Ceremony and Rodarte have intricate belts that add a delicate touch.
At this point, Carhartt is synonymous with street style. Affordable and warm, it is the most democratic option for wallets and styles alike. The beanie is prevalent, but not tired. This isn’t a trend the likes of a Kenzo sweater or Valentino Rockstud (who knew a shoe could incite so much negativity?). Also, it’s still winter and it’s still cold, do you think those of us living in colder climes want our noggins nice and toasty? Let’s keep warm with an update – Public School’s baseball cap-cum-beanie has a downtown attitude with an uptown quality knit. Tommy Hilfiger opted for a luxurious fur-topping update to an overall varsity/prep ensemble that’s touchdown worthy.
Anyone else read that Man Repeller piece about turtleneck hair? Leandra Medine and her team pegged the presence of turtlenecks months ago and with every high slit dress from Joseph Altuzarra was a complementing high-lace turtleneck. Knit, lace, gathered, cowled, scrunched – they’re everywhere and in every textile, from tissue-thin to thick and cozy. You may as well make one so big you need a zipper like Rag & Bone. It’s a trend that everyone should try in some capacity, mainly because fashion does not beg a tired idea of wearing a beret and holding a paintbrush as accessories to the turtleneck.
You Go, Big Logo
Fashion is polarizing and moody when it comes to logos. In the luxury fashion sector, having a handbag and garments that scream GUCCI LOUIS VUITTON FENDI is considerably garish. From the contemporary, cool, and present/future houses, logos have never been more welcome to share their voice. Alexander Wang’s collaboration with H&M was sportswear-centric and a first-day sellout success. For this season, look no further than Hood By Air for sportswear emblazoned with ‘HBA’ and Opening Ceremony’s Kodak inspired collection for logos making their way back into wardrobes.
All images via Style.com