#NYFW trend alert!

I'm well aware that fashion nowadays is (trying to be) much more style oriented, rather than being a slave to trends, but you also have to admit to one thing - trends are pretty fun. Their progression can be fickle at best, for gingham might be big in the Big Apple, but completely snubbed in Milan. We shall see. For now, let's concentrate on this short, seven point compendium on New York Fashion Week trends.

It print: gingham

It's been a few seasons since gingham has been on anyone's radar (most memorably, Christopher Kane did a stellar collection centered around it), but New York designers have been going mad for it, whether for sweet (Oscar de la Renta) or seductive (Diane von Furstenberg) looks. What else to say except: welcome back, old friend!

The new navy

What kind of spring collections would they be, had there not have been for some navy stripes? Except that this time around they packed more of a punch. Designers such as Altuzarra and Thakoon used this classic print in interesting new ways, such as wrapping it around the models' bodies or graphically aligning different pieces for an ultra-modern take.

50 shades of suede

Suede and all of its incarnations were a big thing on the New York runways. Altuzarra opted for a classic, sand tone version, whereas Derek Lam had a bit more fun with the skin, coloring it with pastel hues. Suede should be the choice of every woman going for subdued luxury.

Focal point: shoulders

Don't get me wrong with the title of this little trend polaroid - crop tops are still hot and heavy and everywhere, but it's the bare shoulders on the runways that really caught my eye. Victoria Beckham spiced up her LBDs with shoulder cut-outs, whereas Prabal Gurung's asymmetric peek-a-boo knits were one of the biggest hits at NYFW.

Evening wear, reinvented

Finally, designers have realized that the nude tulle, strapless gowns stopped being exciting on the red carpet, so they came up with a pretty fresh concept - a cropped T-shirt (at Carolina Herrera) or racer back top (at Prabal Gurung) over a floor-length or cocktail dress. If you're looking for celebrity validation, look no further than Diane Kruger who already donned this Prabal piece a few days ago.

Jacket of all trades

For the spring/summer season, gigantic jackets aren't such a common part of the collections, but this time around they were the pinnacles of designers' visions. Bedazzled fishermen's jackets at Rodarte and military stunners at Marc Jacobs were personal favorites.

The return of the slims...

Suck in your bellies and hit the treadmill, ladies, because the skin-tight, high-waist pant has made a comeback. Pair it with a cropped bomber jacket (as seen at Alexander Wang) or a romantic top and S&M boots (chez Rodarte).

What is your favorite trend (if any of them)? Let me know below...

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