EXPOSED MIDRIFFS FOR WINTER
A bare ribcage in the winter? Yes, please! Exposed midriffs are a thing of summer, but with some rule bending and layer balancing they transitioned onto the NYFW Fall 2019 collections. Dion Lee did a modest frock with a spin: a cutout at the midriff for a touch of sensuality. Brandon Maxwell and Calvin Luo did crop tops; Maxwell did sporty while Lou’s version was a sophisticated yet simple piece that can be dressed up or down.
FEELING (ROYAL) BLUE
Blue was an accent choice for several designers – each blue hue individualized with their own texture. Carolina Herrera did a sort of dress-slash-top with a dramatic slit in a satin. Cushnie gave dimensions to their blue hue with velvet that came alive when it hit the lights, and Anna Sui united several hues of blue by layering separates and wrapping it all up with a faux-fur blue and black coat.
If there’s anything certain about NYC life, it’s the layers we need in the stormy winters. For fall 2019, several designers made New Yorkers a favor and concocted ensembles made up of layers and layers, all in different prints. From plaids mixed with florals and shorts worn over tights, your Spring closet can easily transition into winter with several styling tips we saw on the fall collections.
PLAIDS FOR ALL
The plaid trend is nothing new, but designers like Coach and Batsheva did a fun spin on it by mixing it, yet again, with florals. Designers are urging us to recycle our Spring separates for the winter. Badgley Mischka took a simpler approach by making a classic A-line coat in plaid and wool.
Take out the dresses for winter – legs are your biggest accessory next season. A concurring runway trend were tights and stockings in pastel hues and bright neons, all complementing their looks, refining the dresses and coats that were paired with them. Pairs of legs were colorful for fall 2019; Sally Lapointe did several monochrome looks matching the tights with the ensemble’s exact shade, while Kim Shui contrasted the tights with different colors and textures.
Animal print has become a classic in the past years. Year after year, design houses send down zebra, snake, and cheetah prints down the runway–and surprisingly it’s never boring or overfed. Some designs were fully printed, while others only showed a minimal animal print detail – both approaches equally fun.
What’s a runway without shine? Being blinded by sequins is a good feeling when its Christian Siriano or Rosa Cha behind the action. Galactic references were seen in Christian Siriano’s one-sleeved, peplum dress; a favorite. Even the accessories were meant for outer space: sunglasses and shoes were unconventional – in a cool manner.