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By Dylan Grieg – Assistant Fashion Editor

Find out the eight biggest trends of the season straight from New York Fashion Week and see how to wear them in our latest trend report.


This is one of the most significant trends to come out of New York Fashion Week and is set to be big across the fashion landscape. Snakeskin slithered down the runway at Tom Ford on blazers and slick skin tight pants, appeared on shoes and bags at Coach, and wowed on a black coat at Alexander Wang.

The use of the snakeskin pattern itself was beautifully executed by Australian designer Zimmermann. The designer utilised snakeskin on their boots, belts and bags to not only compliment the earthy colour palette, but to also juxtapose the soft frills and lines in their ready to wear.

Whether you go all out in a pair of snakeskin pants, or add a small touch with a bag or belt, you’ll be sure to stand out from the crowd.

Regram:@Zimmermann, Fall ’18 Collection
@Tom Ford


Another major trend seen across the brands at New York Fashion Week is ruffles. An array of designers opted to display the soft, feminine adornments to their collections. Creating whimsical designs, each designer saw ruffles interpreted in a different way.

At homegrown Alice McCall, their statement skirts used ruffles as a modern homage to the 80’s in glistening metallics.

Fellow Australian brand, Zimmermann, used frills to evoke a romantic, almost victorian vibe, which was also seen at Jonathan Simkhai and Anna Sui.

Regram: @Alice McCall, FW18 ‘Portrait of a Lady’
@Anna Sui

Short Coat, Long Dress

New York Fashion Week always brings with it the upcoming must have Fall/Winter coats for the season, and this year was no exception. Whether it was in bold and bright prints at Tom Ford, or more understated formal looks at Ralph Lauren, the short coat, long dress combo was seen at a number of shows across NYFW.

There are two ways the designers approached this combination, it was either tailored blazers and pea coats, or reimagined biker jackets sporting trims of shearling and fur, Australian brand Dion Lee had both.

As for the gowns, many showcased turtlenecks (another regular occurrence on the NYFW runways) with flowing hemlines that danced as the models headed down the catwalk.

Regram: @NYFW – Dion Lee FW ’18
@Ralph Lauren
@nyfw – Zimmermann by @fancygomez
@nyfw – Bibhu Mohapatra


Due to their collections being designed for Fall/Winter, NYFW is often saturated with textured knits, luxurious furs and other heavier materials in preparation for the upcoming colder months.

This season however saw a number of designers including Badgley Mischka, Jason Wu, Carolina Herrera, Bottega Veneta, Christian Siriano and more using satin to create long flowing gowns, long pants and silky blouses.

Satin always looks luxurious down the runway, with this year being no exception, in hues of Atonement green, bright silver and deep purples. This year satin gowns are showing wide necklines and high slits, with blouses having large bows and ruched detailing.

Regram: @nyfw – Jason Wu
@nyfw – Naeem Khan NYC
@nyfw – Zimmermann
@NYFW – Cushnie Et Ochs

Leopard Print

I know what you’re thinking, it hasn’t been seen since mid 2000’s Kardashians, but leopard print is back, and in a very big way. Seen on the runways of nearly every major designer at NYFW, including the likes of Tom Ford, Victoria Beckham, Michael Kors, Carolina Herrera, Badgley Mischka and more.

At Tom Ford it was bright coloured leopard print adorning statement coats, slinky dresses and neon stockings. At Victoria Beckham it was a more traditional leopard print coat, while Carolina Herrera opted for the snow leopard variety on coats and cuffs.

Leopard print has been given a whole new look, with designers modernising the print and bringing it back into the luxury market, be bold and add a leopard print coat to your fall/winter wardrobe, or add a subtle touch of the exotic with a leopard bag or shoe.
Whichever it may be, leopard print is back with vengeance!

Regram: @Carolina Herrera
@Michael Kors
@Tom Ford
@victoriabeckham A/W ‘18

Grey Suiting

Designers are constantly reinventing the classic suit across women’s and men’s fashion, and at this years NYFW, a distinct style has seen a recent innovation for the Fall/Winter collections.

Adaptations on the traditional grey suit were seen at a number of shows across the NYFW calendar. Calvin Klein modernised the traditional suit jacket, oversizing it yet maintaining the usual grey tweed and pinstripe fabrics. While Gabriela Hearst showed some unique looks using a grey houndstooth.

However the designer who has really taken the reinvention of the grey suit to a whole new level is Jonathan Simkhai. The New York native has kept the tailored aspect of suiting, but has created dresses and jumpsuits out of beautiful grey tweeds and pinstripes. He adds femininity with lace detailing and puffed sleeves that have oversized cuffs.

Regram: @Gabriela Hearst
@JonathanSimkhai FW ‘18
@Calvin Klein
@nyfw – Claudia Li Official


If it reflected, sparkled or shimmered, it was at NYFW. Possibly one of the biggest trends to come out of this years collections is anything metallic. Dresses, shoes, bags, coats, you name it, at least one designer had made it twinkle under the lights.

Tom Ford was embellished opulence, with almost every look featuring sequins and jewelled accessories. Calvin Klein opted for a silver space age fabric similar to that worn by astronauts, while Christian Siriano featured an almost irridescent fabric in gold, blue and petroleum purple.

Edgier metallics came from the likes of Alexander Wang, The Blonds and Christian Cowan, with sharp silhouettes and bold sequin embellishment.

Softer metallic looks were seen at Oscar De La Renta with equisite sequin detailing on chiffon and tulle gowns, while Naeem Khan produced shimmering gowns that exuded glamour.

Regram: @Oscar De La Renta
@TomFord F/W ‘18

The Belt

Most female garments traditionally have tailoring in at the waist, it has been a feminine design seen since the early designs of greats like Yves Saint Laurent, Cristobal Balenciaga and Christian Dior.

However this year at NYFW, a number of designers have added a belt to the waist lines of their collections.

Some have opted for subtle and unobtrusive, while others used belts as a way to divide patterns or add statements seen at Zimmermann, Brock Collection and in the iconic finale at Carolina Herrera.

Belted coats and shirt/skirt combos were also widely popular amongst the collections, with many exuding a modern take on the 50’s.

Regram: @NYFW Prabal Gurung FW ‘18
@nyfw – Naeem Khan NYC
@Alice McCall