Spring 2016 trends from New York Fashion Week


Georgine SS16 NYFW Runway. Photo courtesy of Georgine.

The last model has walked off the New York Fashion Week, spring/summer 2016 runway, and left the world with a whole new set of amazing trends to look forward this spring season.

Over the past few seasons, designers have favored 1970’s inspiration with a little bit of 90’s, 60’s, and 80’s inspiration thrown into the mix. For the spring/summer 2016 season, the decade of influence has shifted. The 70’s are still present, but the 60’s have risen to the forefront of New York fashion.

Here is a list of trends from the runways at New York Fashion Week. It should be interesting to see which of these trends make it from the runway, to the streets!

Color trends: The most prominent and eye-catching colors on the runways were vivid. Designers favored shades of blue, green, and pink.

All-White: In contrast to a brighter color palette for spring 2016, designers loved the all-white look. Look forward to all-white ensembles, dresses, accessories, and more!


Jay Godfrey SS16 NYFW presentation. Photo courtesy of Jay Godfrey.

Short hemlines: Gone are the days of the modest midi. Designers favored mini-skirt hemlines with an a-line silhouette for the spring 2016 season. Start heading to spin and step classes! Those legs will need to be in tip-top shape come March.

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Pamella Roland SS16 NYFW runway. Photo by Cathy OBrien

Geometry: Spring 2016 is all about structure, and geometric lines. Look for large, geometric earrings, structured clothing, geometric patterns, and structure.

Color Blocking: The trend that refuses to die. Look for bi-color blocking, and contrasting paneling on attire this spring.

Asymmetrical hemlines: In contrast to the mini-skirt this spring, look for midi and maxi lengths with asymmetrical hemlines. See, the 70’s are not dead yet 😉

Ombre: Who doesn’t love Ombre? Look for ombre fabrics as a fun alternative to color blocking this spring.

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Zimmermann SS16 NYFW runway. Photo by Cathy OBrien

Box bags: As fashion moves to a more structured silhouette, so do the handbags. Look for boxy, stiff, and structural handbags this spring season. The sizes are small to medium, and offer one top handle. Although most designers opted for square or rectangular boxes, cutting edge IT bag designers Mansur Gavriel have gone with structural circles. This will be a bag to watch for 2016.


Marissa Webb SS16 NYFW runway. Photo by Cathy OBrien

Strappy shoes: Never fear, your strappy sandals will still be here! Designers are still showing strappy shoes, strappy sandals, tassels on shoes, tassels on boots, wrap-up styles, tie up styles, bright colors, and suede. Since these are continuing trends, your shoe game will be strong.

Florals: Revolutionary! Can you believe it?! Designers are showing florals for spring. Look for small floral prints this spring season.


Marissa Webb SS16 NYFW runway. Photo by Cathy OBrien

Pale Pink: Another trend which refuses to die. Look for the continuation of all blush or pale pink outfits. Shoes, bags, clothing worn together in pale pink for spring. It’s a tonal look.

Solid Colors: Although designers showed small florals, and geometric patterns for spring, solid colors took the cake for the upcoming warm weather season.


Vivienne Hu SS16 runway NYFW. Photo by Cathy OBrien

Bi-Color Pleats: Heaven forbid your pleats are all one color. Pleats are bi-color for spring. Don’t be caught with a solid color pleated skirt, it will be so LY.

Blazers: The topper of choice for spring seems to be the blazer. Look for office-appropriate styles, as well as casual blazers, which will top jeans or casual mini-dresses.

Lace: Designers loved lace everything for spring 2016. Look for lace overlays, trim, and all-over design.

Overall, designers showed playful collections for the spring/summer 2016 season on the runways during New York Fashion Week. There is no reason to take fashion too seriously this season. It is a transitional season where the 70’s are still OK, but the 60’s and 80’s are on the rise. Feel free to mix up your hemlines, go with muted, neutral, or bright colors. Wear all white or pale pink without fear. Think go-go girl meets office girl; and you’re right on trend.

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