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Top 5 trends for fall 2016 from New York Fashion Week

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Photo: Leanne Marshall fall 2016 NYFW

New York Fashion Week has officially come to an end. This means the fashion world has been left with a whole new list of trends to look forward to for the upcoming fall/winter 2016/2017 season. While we saw many continuing trends from past seasons walk down the catwalks, we also saw new styles to look forward to, and covet, for the cool weather season.

There were many, many trends on the New York Fashion Week fall 2016 runways, so to make it less overwhelming, I have narrowed it down to the five most significant trends to covet for the fall 2016 season. Without further adieu . . .

1 Stand out in TEXTURE

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From top: Custo Barcelona, Vivienne Hu, Reem Acra, and Zimmermann

Texture is a loaded term for the embellishments designers offered up for the fall 2016 season at New York Fashion Week. As the top trend of the season, designers mixed fabrications, added embellishments, showed hand-sewn beadwork, small mirror embellishments, lacework, fur (real and faux), soft and structured fabrics mixed together, and layers of texture.

You can mix texture on one piece of clothing, or you can layer multiple pieces with differing textures. However you rock it this fall, mix it. Texture that is. ūüėČ

2 Rock your inner Bohemian with FRINGE and peace out

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Photos: Zimmermann, and Marcel Ostertag

Protest your favorite cause, and peace out because with the 1970s trend in full swing, fringe in all forms is a hot trend for fall 2016 from New York. Look for long fringe on longer pieces, and short fringe on jackets, dresses, and tops. Fringe has been reinvented on shorter pieces. Instead of traditional fringe, string or fabric, look for fringe beadwork as seen on the Custo Barcelona runway, and also the Marcel Ostertag runway. Shake shake shake, and show off your fringe!

3 Don’t be blue, just wear SHADES OF BLUE

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Photos: Vivienne Hu, Marissa Webb, Marcel Ostertag, Zimmermann, and Monique Lhuillier

Don’t let grey skies make you blue this cool weather season, instead, wear shades of blue! As much blue at once as humanly possible! Designers for fall 2016 in New York loved pale blue, medium blue, bright blue, and navy. Look for pieces in one shade of blue, or layer them together for a cool, blue look. You cannot go wring with blue for fall 2016. It is the hip color of the season.

4 Get groovy with 1970s INFLUENCE

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Photos: Monique Lhuilier, and Zimmermann

Can ya dig it? The early 1970s were in full force on the runways for fall 2016 at New York Fashion Week. Look for carry-over, short hemlines from the late 1960s, and very 1970s midi lengths, and maxi lengths. We will see athleisure suits, flowing fabrics, wide-leg trousers, blazers, wrap skirts and dresses, and a general groovy vibe. Peace.

5 Stock up on staples because NEUTRALS RULE

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Photos: Demoo Parkchoonmoo, Marissa Webb, Leanne Marshall, and Vivienne Hu

Every designer in New York showed several neutral looks for fall 2016. Instead of playing with colors, they played with texture.¬†There were all black looks on Custo Barcelona’s runway which offered mixed texture, and several choices for the perfect little black dress at Leanne Marshall. Designers showed black and white together, grey and black together, shades of grey mixed together, all-white, all-grey, and all-black. The top three neutrals for fall 2016 are definitely black, grey, and white.

Want to mix it up? Add a pop of blue or red (bright or burgundy) to break up the black, grey, or white you will be wearing. Otherwise, you cannot go wrong mixing these three neutral colors together this fall.

*There you have it! The top five trends from the New York Fashion Week fall 2016 runways. Of course, there were far more trends than what I mentioned above, but these are the trends which you will find most often when you head out to the stores to shop for fall 2016.

Easy ways to prep for fall 2016:

  1. Invest in a pair of wide-leg trousers in either black, grey, or white.
  2. Invest in a jacket or coat with texture in black, grey, pale blue, or navy.
  3. Get one fringe piece to rock. You can get a fun jacket, cocktail dress, or top to pair with a black midi skirt, or mini skirt. Just remember to shake shake shake!
  4. Invest in at least one textured piece in lace, beadwork, embroidery, appliques, or faux fur.
  5. Change up your hemline. If you favored midi skirts last year, rock a mini dress or maxi dress.

Other notable trends for fall 2016 from the New York Fashion Week runways include: softened autumn hues, shades of red, shades of mustard, large bracelets stacked on the arm, choker necklaces, mixed metals, metallic fabrics, open shoulders, sheer fabrics, occasional bright hues, mixed prints, bomber jackets, athleisure, leisure suits, small handbags, suede shoes, lace-up clothing and shoes.

That’s a wrap! What were your favorite trends from the New York Fashion Week runway for fall 2016?


Photo Journal: NYFW fall 2016 recap

There were so many shows during the fall/winter 2016/2017 runways at New York Fashion Week. I was honored to be invited to attend a small fraction of those runway presentations. Although I try hard to take pictures at each show so that I can share them with you, sometimes I am not in the right spot to get photos. Most of the time my photos are washed out, or blurry. It can be difficult to take pictures from the side!

I always feel lucky when I have a front row seat, or a seat facing the models as they walk down the runway. That is when I am able to get the best photos to share with you.

The single designer articles I shared with you were the ones where I was able to get photos which really capture a good segment of the designer’s collection. Otherwise, I was able to get at least one photo from each show I attended. These photos can give you a snapshot of what I saw on the runway, and what we can expect to see in stores for fall 2016!

Without further adieu, here is my fall 2016 New York Fashion Week recap!

Day one: February 11, 2016

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Marissa Webb fall 2016. Click here to see my full coverage.

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A Detacher fall 2016. Click here to see my full coverage.

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Marcel Ostertag fall 2016. Click here for my full coverage.

Day Two: February 12, 2016

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Zimmermann fall 2016. Click here for my full coverage.

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Backstage with L’Oreal Professionnel at Pamella Roland. Click here for coverage.

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O’2nd fall 2016.

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Cromat fall 2016 MADE Fashion Week at Milk Studios.

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Nika Tang fall 2016.

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Francesca Liberatore fall 2016.

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Demoo Parkchoonmoo fall 2016. Click here for full coverage.

Day three: February 13, 2016

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Taoray Wang fall 2016.

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Leanne Marshall fall 2016. Click here for my full coverage.

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Michelle Helene fall 2016.

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Monique Lhuillier fall 2016.

Day four: February 14, 2016

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Asia Fashion Collection fall 2016. Click here for full coverage.

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Custo Barcelona fall 2016

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Michael DePaulo fall 2016.

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Runa Ray fall 2016

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Vivienne Hu fall 2016 with AtoG Lingerie. Click here for full coverage.

Day five: February 15, 2016

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Reem Acra fall 2016.

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Vivienne Tam fall 2016.

All photos by Cathy OBrien/Bay Area Fashionista 2016©


Reem Acra spring 2016 New York Fashion Week

Reem Acra showed the spring/summer 2016 collection at New York Fashion Week in September 2015. It was a stunning collection filled with eastern influences, intricate prints, luxurious embellishments, golden hues, and rich colors.

I apologize I was not able to get any photos from the collection. Please view the video below from Reem Acra to see the collection in it’s entirety. I am in love!