New York Fashion Week Review

April Federico | Herald Reporter

New York Fashion Week (NYFW) is one of the most coveted events of the year where designers, celebrities and models come together to showcase some of the most sought-after fashion trends of the 2018-2019 year. 

Some of the highlights included “Younger’s” Nico Tortorella strutting his stuff on the runway in a sea full of gold, high fashion and the debut of Rihanna’s Fenty Collection.

One of the fall trends of 2018 was “Clueless” plaid, inspired by the iconic movie. Some of the designers that hopped onto this trend were Versace, Christian Dior and Michael Kors. The “out-there” plaid colors that were in the spotlight were pinks, yellows, the classic red and black and blue. Then, there was the ever-so-glittery and disco-ball-like Kira Kira collection. The #kirakira is actually a social media trend. It is Instagram’s “Sparkle App,” which adds sparkle and glitter to any of your prospective Instagram pictures. 

Speaking of disco balls, the ‘80s are coming back into style with scooped leggings, neon, animal print, oversized suits, shoulder pads, acid-wash and pointed-toe heeled booties. Carrie Bradshaw would be so proud. Suits are also a huge staple this fall, including blazer-like dresses and suits with asymmetrical necklines. Also an ‘80s trend, the concept of “Pretty in Pink” is making its return to the runway — and our closets — especially hot pink, thanks to designers Christian Siriano, Alexander Wang, Chanel and Tory Burch.

This past summer, the fashion world and its consumers have seen through color-tinted lenses with all colors of the rainbow. Cat-eye sunglasses, round sunglasses and so many other kinds were very trendy. Bigger seems to be better this fall as oversized bags and blanket coats made their way onto the runway — a perfect way to stay comfortable, warm and secure in your own clothing.

“Bigger” also means flowy prairie-style dresses, skirts and palazzo pants. The “fall version” of the palazzo pant, however, is the culottes. The term “prairie-style” actually refers to a bohemian chic look that fits in with any season. Designers must have been focusing on the term “retro” when it came to NYFW.

This concept of “retro” also applied to makeup with Twiggy-inspired makeup. Twiggy was the first ever supermodel with “floating liner” and use of hot pink and purple eyeshadows. Staying with this colorful theme, Dior debuted rainbow liquid eyeliners for the “rebel with a cause” look. According to Elle magazine, “the collection was inspired by French protests in the late ‘60s.” The use of Swarovski crystals also embellished a few models’ eyes on the runway. The smoky eye was another prevalent makeup trend. Overall, the makeup was playful, retro and certainly, elaborate. 

This year’s NYFW did not disappoint, and once again showcased new and exciting trends that will carry into 2019.