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Trends so far at NYFW: free flowing silhouettes, deconstruction, and bright colors

By Kristopher Fraser


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New York - The shows continued to roll along at NYFW, and this season's runway trends have become increasingly obvious. For starters, we're in the era of the free flowing silhouette for woman. Bodices are becoming looser and wider cuts have been given to dresses. Of course, in the tradition of spring/summer there is plenty of bright colors as well.

Jason Wu was all about the lines this season, from asymmetrical lines to belts and shimmery trims around the dresses. While he actually used a lot of black and white, two of his best looks were an emerald green snake skin skirt with bell angel sleeves, and a rust orange sleeveless dress with silver trimming. The designer, whose claim to fame is dressing Michelle Obama for the inaugural ball and is now the women's designer for Hugo Boss, reminded us what catapulted him to start power in the first place: a classic American look for a modern American lady with the right touch of patterns and color.

Idan Cohen was feeling blue this season, as the signature color for his collection was light blue. The best look from his collection would have to be a light blue dress with an embellished cross strap neckline and embellished trim around the bust. It was like a sea goddess and Cinderella had somehow fused together for a beautiful piece of high fashion.

Jason Wu, Zang Toi, and Idan Cohen displayed some of the season's best trends on day 2 of NYFW

While other designers were off following the trend of bright colors, one of the most talked about shows of the season decided to stay true to their aesthetic. Givenchy, who opened their show to 800 members of the public and had a star studded seating chart with everyone from Kim Kardashian to Ciara, was all about the black. While spring is usually for bright colors, designer Ricardo Tisci showed the world that black is fashionable at anytime when he sent "it girl" model Joan Smalls down the runway in a tiered black gown with pleated ruffles on the bodice that became the talk of the fashion town. Sometimes trends aren't always the answer and you have to be yourself.

For Zang Toi's collection, he stuck to an aesthetic fit for the kind of lady who is probably CEO of a Fortune 500 company, but he also chose to loosen up the bodices and silhouettes of his women's suit jackets and tops. Embellishments are also big this season, as several of his dresses included sequin green patterns that looked like leaves and blue sequin embellishments that were like crystal mermaid scales.

The show that really spoke to the future of fashion was the Academy of Art University show. The show included several looks from neo-futuristic sweatshirts, asymmetrical coats and jackets, and silhouettes that were more than ever. Many of the pieces were similar to deconstructed things seen at Nicholas K's show, proving that the era of deconstruction is coming to the fashion industry as people move toward more avant garde looks and silhouettes as non-restricting as possible. After all, who better to tell you about the future of fashion than the students who will one day designing it.

Bright colors, loose silhouettes, and deconstruction are the reigning champions of trends so far at NYFW. While it's only day 2, it's clear what spring/summer 2016 will be looking like. It's poised to be one fashionable year already.

Academy of Art University
Idan Cohen
Jason Wu
Zang Toi