10 Trends to Try According to NYFW Winter 2017

If you catch a falling star, you can put it in your pocket and save it for a rainy day. You can also, if you so choose, stick that star right smack in the middle of your forehead the moment it hits your palms and declare yourself a one-woman star-studded event…the point being that you can either hold onto the sparkly baby for later or put it to good use right away. The same is true for these trends. Try them now or later.

Some are similar to Spring 17’s offerings (no such thing as too much of a good time); some will feel “new,” whatever that even means. But all of them — whether you’re a trend tracker or not — are guaranteed to make you reconsider your closet just enough to get you excited about getting dressed again.

Prepare to find yourself in the mood for…

Poofy Floofy Sleeves that Puff Like Popcorn

Puffy Sleeves

Calvin Klein, Bibhu Mohapatra, Tibi, Tory Burch

Round out your sweaters and shirting with voluminous sleeves. It’s a trend that has a trickle-down effect: some brands, like Brock, puffed up the shoulders; Calvin Klein added extra room for can-do biceps. Meanwhile, at nearby presentations and on runways, designers like Rosie Assoulin, Alexander Wang and Bibhu Mohapatra added oomph around the wrists.

The Floral Prints on Grandma’s Couch Cushions

Grandma's Couch

Delpozo, Brock Collection, Tory Burch, Altuzarra, Adam Lippes

Flower prints are one thing. Your grandmother’s textiles are quite another. Look to Derek Lam, Creatures of Comfort, Creatures of the Wind and Altuzarra to demonstrate the chintz difference.

Fuzzy Mustard (It’s Delicious, I Promise)

Fuzzy Mustard

Calvin Klein, Creatures of Comfort, Marc Jacobs, Altuzarra

Marigold’s already projected to be in for spring. For winter, it’s that sunny yellow color but in a touch-it-or-die fabric. Calvin Klein showed yellow fur all wrapped up in plastic. At Altuzarra, Creatures of Comfort and Marc Jacobs, the clothes were velvet or something like it. All fine by me so long as I’m allowed to pet it.

One Sleeve to Keep You Warm, the Other to Hail a Cab In

One Sleeve Top

Proenza Schouler, Mara Hoffman, Monse

Proenza Schouler, Mara Hoffman, Monse (see slideshow for more of them) drove home what we saw on Spring 17’s runway: one sleeve to keep you warm, the other to keep you cool. A balancing act, if you will. Or a reason to get back into high-fiving.

Equestrian-esque Get-Ups for Subway Riders


Altuzarra, Alexander Wang, Tory Burch

An equestrian reference at Tory Burch may not surprise you, but what about one at Altuzarra or Alexander Wang? In 2017, we are all our own trusty steeds.

Monsters Inc. Coats (Better On You than Under Your Bed)


Michael Kors, Prabal Gurung, Diane von Furstenberg

The weirder, the bolder, the more colorful and teddy-bear-like, the better.

Pink Suits and Trenches for the Go-Get ’em-Tigers


3.1 Phillip Lim, Tome, Oscar de la Renta, Adam Selman

The millennial generation’s official color meets its answer to “the must-have items in every young professional’s wardrobe”: the pink suits at Oscar de la Renta, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Adam Selman will clash like bubble gum with the pink trenches at Adam Lippes and Tome. Yum.

Sequins and Crystals to Knock ‘Em Dead


Adam Selman, Alexander Wang, Jonathan Simkhai, Monse, Sally LaPointe

It’s impossible to get sick of this sentiment: whether via subtle crystal trimming or fish-scale sequins, be a human disco ball whenever humanly possible.

Thank Hip-Hop for This One: It’s Sweatsuit Season


Pyer Moss, Dion Lee, Marc Jacobs, Adam Lippes

Public School, Pyer Moss, Dion Lee and Marc Jacobs revisited what 1980s hip-hop culture set in stone: the sweatsuit as an art form.

And to Wrap it All Up: Tinfoil, Spring 17’s Fabric Effect that Winter 2017 Still Believes In.


Prabal Gurung, Sally Lapointe, Ulla Johnson, Michael Kors

Certain things just taste better after they’ve been reheated. Prabal Gurung, Lacoste, Proenza Schouler, Sies Marjan, Sally LaPointe, Michael Kors and Ulla Johnson all pulled a good thing out of the freezer and somehow made it even better.

Now tell me, which one tugged most at your heart strings?

Photographs via Vogue Runway; collages by Krista Anna Lewis and Maria Jia Ling Pitt.


Amelia Diamond

Amelia Diamond

Amelia Diamond is a writer, creative consultant, and Man Repeller alumnus living in New York City.

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