New York Fashion Week is nearly half way through its run, showcasing women's ready-to-wear collections for the spring/summer 2017 season. Although the shows do not officially wrap until Thursday, certain sartorial themes have already begun to emerge, with designers showing key pieces and trends that are sure to trickle down into high-street shops and stores next year.
In triumphant dismissal of seasonal dressing (and thanks to the growing popularity of see-now-buy-now collections), designers are incorporating autumnal fabrics and outerwear pieces into their collections. Read on for the five trends and key items hitting the runways now.
1. Everything Suede: From jackets and button-ups to shoes and tote bags, suede is, thus far, one of the reigning materials of the season. No longer relegated to back-school clothing and fall ensembles, the hide is an unexpected material for spring and summer. Banana Republic featured suede separates in its new spring/summer collection and Simon Miller featured large shoppers in rich suede.
2. Satin And Silk Jackets: Here to stay, the satin bomber jackets are the equivalent of autumn’s leather jacket. As seen at Victoria Beckham (who layered satin jackets over satin slip dresses), Custo Barcelona and Band of Outsiders, the jackets of the season came in punchy prints and dark solids like navy blue.
3. Sweatshirts And Hoodies: Hoodies got a grown-up update for the season. Seen layered under coats and even summer dresses, hoodies were featured in the collections for Simon Miller, Band of Outsiders and -- the king of streetwear -- Alexander Wang.
4. Maximalist, Clashing Prints: Fashion Week offers designers the rare luxury of layering and mixing printed pieces together that shoppers might not dare try. However, this season has already seen an exceptional amount of clashing prints on the runways. Opening Ceremony layered knit skirts and jackets in clashing prints but with similar color palettes. Veronica Beard showed the classic miss-matched combo -- Breton-striped shirts and gingham trousers. Tome’s Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin paired plaids and flower prints -- the height of spring-meets-fall print mixing.
5. Bras: The undergarment has been a key item dominating the runways thus far. Seen at Alexander Wang and Altuzarra, this piece was typically seen worn beneath an oversized coat or blazer or paired with a high-waisted skirt, making them slightly more wearable for the coming season.