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NYFW: The Good, the Bad, and the Amazing

To me, New York Fashion Week has always been the Eighth Wonder of the World (a title that it shares with heelies, another fashion marvel). Unfortunately, the sheer size of the entire event, in addition to its inconvenient timing (honestly, anything during the school year is inconvenient), makes it difficult to keep up with. Fear not, however! I’ve compiled a list of NYFW highlights––the wildest collections, the coolest runway shows, and the dreamiest dresses––so that you don’t miss out.

This NYFW, bold patterns and fun frills appeared throughout the runways, popping up at fashion labels such as Tome, Altuzarra and Proenza Schouler. If fashion is all about looking fun and trendy to you, look no further, for you’ve found the clothes of your dreams. Bright and exciting, yet still comfortable and classy, these outfits bring a pop of color to an otherwise dull day.

Top row left to right: Altuzarra, Oscar de la Renta, Altuzarra.

Bottom row: Proenza Schouler, Tome, Proenza Schouler.

Elsewhere in New York, soft and dark queen-of-the-underworld looks reigned. Rodarte, Monique Lhuillier, and Marchesa all embodied a beautiful mix of Hades and Persephone aesthetics in the form of jaw-dropping gowns. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Lorde wearing something like this in one of her music videos. These looks were definitely packing some serious fashion power.

Top row left to right: Marchesa, Oscar de la Renta, Monique Lhuillier.

Bottom row: Rodarte, Monique Lhuillier, Prabal Gurung.

Designers often incorporate their own themes into their collections; one of my favorite looks from this NYFW was the wild tea party. Flower-patterned, exciting, but also somehow punk, the trend both caught my eye and entertained me. Popping up on runways like Rodarte and Coach 1941, these clothes brought some much-needed whimsy to this year’s fashion week. If you’re in need of some inspiration for an eccentric, fashionable Mad Hatter costume on this coming Halloween, or if alternative tea parties are just your thing, this trend is perfect for you.

Top row left to right: Rodarte, Rodarte, Coach 1941.

Bottom row: Coach 1941, Rodarte, Tome.

As always, New York Fashion Week delivered pleasant surprises and exciting new trends. Each show brought something different to the table, but they all ultimately came together to create the wonderful––if sometimes bemusing––experience that is NYFW. From bold patterns to godly gowns, NYFW 2016 was truly memorable.

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