The 10 Best Spring Trends From New York Fashion Week

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As always, the end of New York Fashion Week brings with it the inevitable forecasting of next season’s trends, and while it’s still too early to tell which styles the masses will take to, we’ve highlighted 10 particularly strong recurring Spring 2016 looks that emerged with a vengeance from the week’s fashion spectacle.

beach bum trend spring 2016

From left: Altuzarra, BCBG, Raquel Allegra (Photos: Imaxtree)

Ton Sai Chic

For spring, designers clearly were inspired by the ultimate beach bum. If we can’t actually quit our corporate gigs to bartend in Bali or make jewelry in Maui, we’ll at least look like we did next season, thanks to the amount of  batik, tie-dye, Baha pullovers, bucket hats, and loose linen coming down the pike.

cold shoulder trend spring 2016

From left: Proenza Schouler, Creatures of the Wind, Edun (Photos: Imaxtree)

The Cold Shoulder

Perhaps taking cues from what was popular in the retail world this summer, more than a few designers showcased tops and dresses with cold shoulder silhouettes for Spring 2016.

white ruffles trend spring 2016

The Puffy Shirt

Designers clearly were catching up on “Seinfeld” reruns while conceptualizing their spring lines, given the fact that white ruffled blouses—reminiscent of the show’s infamous “puffy shirt”—made numerous runway appearances.

pajama lingerie trend spring 2016

From left: Prabal Gurung, Thakoon, Givenchy (Photos: Imaxtree)


Pajama dressing was taken to whole new—and very literal—level at New York Fashion Week, evidenced by the amount of sleepwear-as-daywear we spotted. From crisp PJ-style sets at Thakoon, lingerie-inspired pieces at Givenchy, and nightie dresses at Prabal Gurung, we’ll all be sleeping in our clothes this spring.

wearable volume trend spring 2016

From left: Charles Youssef, Delpozo, Rosie Assoulin (Photos: Imaxtree)

Pump up the Volume

We’re used to seeing over-the-top pieces on runways that often employ laughable proportions. But for spring, designers like Rosie Assoulin and Delpozo managed to fuse structured high-fashion volume with wearability.

prairie desert trend esalen spring 2016

From left: Mara Hoffman, Coach, Alice and Olivia (Photos: Imaxtree)

Esalen or Bust

Remember the spiritual retreat that played an integral part in the “Mad Men” series finale? It’s a real place in Big Sur, California, called the Esalen Institute and throughout the 1970s, it was a haven for post-hippie desert dwellers. Designers clearly were looking west for spring, creating dozens of looks that perfectly captured the prairie-peasant vibe associated with the “spiritual but not religious” crowd in ’70s Cali. Ommmm.

orange and blue

From left: Adam Selman, Narcisso Rodriguez, Guilietta (Photos: Imaxtree)

Go Blue (and Orange)

You might want to brush off that old Knicks jersey or Mets cap, given the number of designers—including Jil Sander, Karen Walker, Jeremy Scott, and Adam Selman—who debuted strong orange and blue color combos.

gold trend spring 2016

From left: Diane von Furstenberg, Karen Walker, Alice and Olivia (Photos: Imaxtree)

Golden Girl

Once upon a time, the thought of shiny gold attire called to mind glitzy grandmas or Las Vegas party girls. However, thanks to an especially strong showing on Spring 2016 runways, shiny gold fabric is poised to be a seasonal standout. At Karen Walker, lamé-like leather stole the show, while DVF opted for a softer gold gossamer. At Alice and Olivia, a gold sequin dress was paired with flat sandals, accentuating its wearability.

shirts under dresses trend spring 2016

From left: Derek Lam, DKNY, Rodarte (Photos: Imaxtree)

Actual Shirt Dressing

Why wait until next spring when you can start testing out this mega-trend—shirts layered under sleeveless dresses—right now?

orange dresses trend spring 2016

From left: BOSS, Erin Fetherston, Marissa Webb (Photos: Imaxtree)

Juicy Couture

We already saw how designers paired orange with blue, but a pretty staggering amount chose to spotlight the the color on its own. Expect to see tons of pants, blouses, skirts, and—our favorite—romantic dresses done up in the divisive hue.

fringe trend spring 2016

From left: Dion Lee, Christian Siriano, Prabal Gurung (Photos: Imaxtree)

Fun Fringe

We saw it last spring, we saw it this fall, and it looks like it’s sticking around for spring 2016. We’re referring to fringe, which several designers employed to trim skirts and dresses. The beauty of this trend lies in its softness—think the ends of a velvet scarf or macrame rather than western-style fringe.