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NYFW round-up: Catwalks need to know

Updated: Nov 24, 2020

Echoing a fresher and lighter summer, the New York Fashion Week was a declaration for an optimistic future. Despite the uncertainty regarding whether designers would opt for a digital show, this season’s edition was somewhat different. Many brands chose to showcase their collection with lookbooks, but those who decided to take on the runway in real life had to follow the public health guidance, counting on none or a few spectators.

You could notice the pursue of escapism and a glimpse of joy in styles over the week, illustrated by a lighter utility and colorful suit sets. Simultaneously, pleated details emerge, continuing the importance of visual impact and driving authenticity to classic shapes.

Lightweight utility

The Start by WGSN’s trend spotters has already called out this direction for the menswear market. At the New York Fashion Week, the lightweight utility hit down womenswear through a softer take. Several important labels, such as Private Policy and Tibi, invoked this narrative through a more soothing palette with pastel tones and beach-worthy prints.

Images: Tibi; Private Policy; Jason Wu

Colorful suit sets

The colorful suit sets came to the fore at NYFW with bolder acting. Relaxed shapes evoked the vacation-ready narrative, while the cropped top interactions uplifted the joyful and youthful season’s sense. Moving away from the classic workwear aesthetic, these colorful suit sets are essential to elevating the escapist tropical feel.

Images: Bronx and Banco; Frère; Jason Wu

Pleated details

Showing no sign of slowing down, the visual impact narrative continues to evolve, and this time, pleated details were leading the way at the fashion catwalks. Bringing surface interest and volume to classic pieces, these details create original shapes, enhancing the crafted feel.

Images: Ulla Johson; Snow Xue Gao; Janson Wu

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