Arctic air has struck the Northeast, bringing record cold to New York City. So it’s no surprise that layered, winter looks dominated the runway. Models showed off oversized neutral sweaters, sheer panels, and eye-catching neon hues at lavish events around New York City.

Here’s our top three trends from NYFW:


1. Athleisure

This fashion buzzword appropriately describes the combination of athletic clothing and loungewear. And the go-to clothing for both exercise and weekend wear can be seen all over NYFW. Grammy-winner Kanye West showcased his sneaker collection for Adidas on the 12 this week, and other artists, like Rihanna and Beyoncé are launching their own collections with PUMA and Topshop. 

Athleisure stores are popping up left and right, including Without Walls from Urban Outfitters and Lou & Grey, ANN Inc’s newest line.

2. Menswear

The men’s fashion market has outperformed womenswear for over five years, with no indication of slowing down. As consumer research firm Mintel reports “men in the 25 to 34 age group have become as fashion conscious as their younger counterparts.” Understandably, brands like Michael Kors, Coach and Jack Spade are allocating more resources to their menswear lines.

This year, The Council of Fashion Designers of America launched a standalone, biannual event for American men’s fashion. The showcase will include runway shows, presentations and special events from designers like Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors, and Rag & Bone.

3. Technology

Wearable tech is making waves. From Apple Watch’s projected first year sales of 20 million units to Katy Perry’s partnership with CuteCircuit, it seems interactive fashion is everywhere. But wearables aren’t the only high-tech story this year. Collaborations and integrations with shopping apps like Spring and Cortexica are popping up all over the place.

Conveniently following NYFW, San Francisco will host Fashion Tech Week. “The Internet of Fashionable Things” will feature fashion, design, and technology brands, startups and thought leaders and run from February 23 to 27.


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