By Brooke Knappenberger, E23 Fashion Reporter

New York City’s eight-day fashion week ended over the weekend, and a slew of new trends hit the runways. These trends are ready to inspire upcoming fall fashion. Major ‘80s trends like fuchsia, animal prints and suits were among the biggest trends spotted, while minimalist clothing also had a moment.

Fashion designers may have been looking toward modern culture and politics for their inspiration, which can explain their sudden interest in the ‘80s. Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour explained the ‘80s “[was] the moment when women first emerged in a real way into the workforce and they dominated with their big shoulders and bright colors.” With today’s emerging feminist and #MeToo movement, paying homage to the ‘80s during NYFW may be a sign of designers saying “time’s up!”

One of the best shows of the week unmistakably goes to Tom Ford. Ford opened NYFW with an onslaught of the most prominent ‘80s trends. Imagine a more glamorous version of what your mom may have worn in high school and you’ll get a hint of Ford’s collection. Neon leopard-print tights, blazers with bold shoulders and furry ski jackets were all paired with thick leather headbands and enormous bejeweled hoops. Ford managed to create the fall season’s major trends in a single collection, and it will be exciting to see how his looks play off the runway.

Another notable show of NYFW was from Alexander Wang. For Wang’s last show of NYFW, he took over the Condé Nast office building to create a cubicle-filled runway. The collection played into the corporate setting with a mix of business-inspired pieces and looks that could have come straight from “The Matrix.” Wang gave “office chic” his typical edgy spin with long blazers, metallic detailing and asymmetrical necklines, all paired with spiky stilettos and tiny eyeglasses. Most of the collection is a range of black, white and gray; however, three looks gave a slight nod to the ‘80s with a pop of fuchsia. Overall, Wang took a departure from his classic “party girl” look to a slightly more work-appropriate collection.

“It felt timely to do a collection that reflects a different part of my life, everyone knows the partying me, but I actually go to work more than I party,” he explained after the show to Vogue.

Additionally, Prabal Gurung’s show made a huge impression but not particularly for his looks. Gurung has recently been known for his political activism; last year he had a slew of feminist slogan T-shirts for his spring 2018 collection and had Gloria Steinem as his guest of honor. He did not miss the chance to make another political statement with his show this year. Backstage, many inspiring feminist posters decked the walls, making the perfect backdrop. Gurung closed the show beautifully with the models silently walking down the runway with linked arms, clutching white roses. Amidst the huge coverage of NYFW, it’s refreshing to see fashion designers use their platforms to take a stance.

Lastly, there were a few viral moments during NYFW that need to be mentioned. Twitter loved when rapper Cardi B sat next to Anna Wintour at the Alexander Wang show. Ten-year-old and self-proclaimed “drag kid” Desmond Napoles made his runway debut at the Gypsy Sport show. Finally, supermodel Irina Shayk walked the runway with a literal transformer at the Philipp Plein show.

A tweet featuring photos of Cardi B sitting next to Anna Wintour. The tweet's caption reads "When Anna met Cardi."


Inevitably, more fall fashion trends will come out of London, Milan and Paris fashion weeks that are still to come through the end of February. However, NYFW, as always, showcased some of the best designers in the fashion industry and revealed the trends to watch for next season.

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