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The 5 Trends Which Dominated NYFW AW18

February fashion week in New York always promises a few constants: wintery weather, breathtaking cityscapes and a sleek start to the fashion week month. As always this season new standout trends, whose ripple effects will come to influence our fashion moves throughout the year, came to the fore. Here, in brief, are the 5 trends which dominated the AW18 runways of this fashion-leading city this past week…

1. Full On Flounce
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credit: vogue.co.uk - Hellessy, Jason Wu, Tory Burch

Often it is spring/summer collections which are awash with frill frivolity but, this year, this joyful trend is passing into the darker months. The trend took many forms, with the runway manifestations ranging from theatrical ruffs at Tory Burch, to the hems of the skirts of 1950s screen-sirens at Hellessy. It is safe to say that in any mode, the ruffle is the embellishment of the season. For an everyday version, a monochromatic theme (such as on the catwalk of Jason Wu) is the perfect way in which to add a simplicity to the flamboyant style.

Pair feminine frills with the equally ladylike Rosa

2. The Wild Upper West Side
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credit: vogue.co.uk - Tibi, Halston Heritage, Pyer Moss

Though the western trend is set to storm this summer, the style has also had its moment on the NYFW AW18 catwalk. It is a trend set to continue. The nods to the stereotype are however importantly subtle – from a neckerchief that finishes off an ensemble to a wide-brimmed hat and star print, as seen from the likes of Tibi, Halston Heritage, and Pyer Moss. The essence of the New York story: take small mementos from a larger trend and merge them into your wider wardrobe. Still unsure as to how to wear the refined cowgirl look? Find the Maxwell – Scott guide here.

Discover your inner cowgirl with the MedollaM

3. Print On Print
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credit: vogue.co.uk - Kate Spade, Brock Collection, NIcole Miller

Perhaps the biggest trend at NYFW AW18 was print, in every form and worn every which way but always all at once. At the heart of this trend is the search for la joie de vivre in a very personal way. It is the layering of prints which will allow you to present an all-encompassing, if not subtle, view of your personality. From top to toe, this trend will add a spring to your step and a creative flare to your winter wardrobe. Whether it is in homage to Kate Spade’s monochrome ensemble or Nicole Miller’s more vibrant pairings, print will be your biggest focus next season.

Accent your clashing outfit with the subtle and sleek Lucca shoulder bag

4. Dripping in Jewel-tones
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credit: vogue.co.uk - Self-portrait, Bottega Veneta, Zac Posen

Autumn/winter dressing always calls for rich tones and this year the designer choice is anything jewel-toned – in a luxe complementary fabric of course. Smooth satin draping was a particular favourite as seen by the likes of Self-Portrait and Zac Posen. A truly decadent version of this, however, comes in the form of a pair of ochre pyjamas, courtesy of Bottega Veneta. A look which will even tick the continuing trend box of nightwear as outerwear trend as well. It certainly seems that, however it’s worn, the decadence of your colour palette next season will glisten even on the dreariest of days.

Contrast this luxe fluidity with the structure of The Fabia

5. Double-Up On Outerwear
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credit: vogue.co.uk - Victoria Beckham, Tory Burch, Adam Lippes

There is very little chance of catching a chill next winter due to the doubling up on outerwear trend which stormed the AW18 catwalk. In the accomplished and sleek Victoria Beckham show a utilitarian grey duo stole the show, whereas Tory Burch opted for a more laid-back, clashing pairing – an apt reflection of the influence of her show, “the princess of laid-back chic” Lee Radziwill. The take-home message? Whatever your outerwear style, wear two. For the office, this can best be executed through a dual blazer look as seen from Adam Lippes. It appears that on any occasion this autumn/winter, two certainly is better than one.

Double your style points with the matching Liliana duo

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credit: vogue.co.uk - Oscar De La Renta's stunning AW18 show