Each season, New York City comes alive with the presence of designer-clad icons trying to grab the cameras’ attention. CFDA’s NYFW 2019 schedule was released way in advance and the fall collections of 2019 will be just as exciting as any other. Among the latest and most notable designers to be showcased are Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, and Oscar De La Renta. The Designer Debut by the Fashion Umbrella Foundation (on September 6 at 8 pm), which is the organization’s second-biggest annual fundraiser, will feature designers all over the world.

New York Fashion Week: When and Where?

This fall, NYFW will run from September 6 to September 13 at Spring Studios’ premises at 50 Varick Street and Gallery 1, 6 St. John’s Lane and of course Lincoln Center. These state-of-the-art spaces make perfect exposition grounds because they are very roomy, airy, and immersed in light. The studios are also equipped with multiple amenities and the latest AV technology to provide everyone involved in NYFW with the ultimate experience.

The week kicks off with MRHUA MRSHUA by NiuNiu Chou on September 6. On that day, guests will also see collections by Telfar and Tomo Koizumi. 

Christian Siriano, former winner of Project Runway, makes a notable return this fall. He celebrates a decade at his label and will present his collection at 4 pm on September 7. Chromat, who won the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s (CFDA) award two years ago, will also be featured on that day. Interestingly, Chromat shares the 9 pm slot with Ralph Lauren himself.

Touches of Nostalgia

Recently, Ralph Lauren reminisced about his first collection in New York back in the fall of 1972. He may be an international fashion icon now, but in no way was that the case then! He tells us that they set up chairs in his office and only about 10 editors attended the “event”. There were just 10 models, who walked in one at a time, and Ralph Lauren talked about the designs. It’s a time he looks back at with a great deal of nostalgia.

Collections featured on September 8 will include Tory Burch, Lou Dallas, Tanya Taylor, Jonathan Cohen, Tibi, Mansur Gavriel, Victor Glemaud, Tommy Hilfiger, and more.  

On the 9th, you can see The Row, Carolina Herrera, Jonathan Simkhai, Alice & Olivia, Lela Rose, Anna Sui, Tom Ford, and Phillip Lim among others.  

The September 10th event starts with BAILUYU by Fu Wenjie, followed by Alejandra Alonso Rojas, Theory, Sally Lapointe, and Gabriela Hearst. Afternoon highlights include Christian Cowan, Claudia Li, and Studio 189. We’ll be dazzled by Naeem Khan and Oscar De La Renta’s latest collections in the evening. 

Highlights on September 11 include Michael Kors and Dennis Basso in the morning, Brock Collection, Ryan Roche, and Mischka in the afternoon, and Marc Jacobs in the evening.

The event enters its last day with the collections of Helen Yarmak and Ontavia Roulette and finishes off with FIFI FW and Jeanette Limas on September 13.

What to Wear at NYFW

Now we come to the essence of things. A guest of NYFW will show respect by putting just as much effort into their outfit as the featured designers did into their pieces. You want to turn heads this fall, don’t you? Seeing as you were fortunate enough to get an invite to the most famous fashion show in the world (and even if you didn’t)… the street style of NYFW is one to watch.

Below, we present some ideas we’ve found most inspiring. At first, these styles might seem incongruous – what does plaid have in common with python print, you might wonder – but bear with us. The latest trends include the most unexpected of combinations.

Blast from the Past

Retro styles have been inspiring designers at NYFW for years. The FashionTag wrote about “Time Traveling to the 40s” and the “80s Comeback” at NYFW in the spring of 2017. Those 40s-inspired collections featured pencil skirts, hourglass designs, high waists, and other ultra-feminine elements. Sequins, giant shoulder pads, oversized earrings, and cinched waists invoked the 80s. Fall 2019 Fashion Week takes a bow to history with the Fendi Baguette, a style going back to the early 2000s.

Suits – from Retro Futuristic to Slouchy in Just a Year 

On occasion of Fall 2018 NYFW, The FashionTag reported a unique trend – boxy retro suits in de-saturated shades. These have been replaced by slouchy suits a year later. Slouchy suits are a must for a guest who compromises neither on style nor on comfort. Over the past several seasons, suits have become a staple in street styles as well. In 2019, we’re seeing slouchy two-piece suits in a variety of styles, from flashy all-over prints to candy-colored versions. The suit’s Fall 2019 silhouette is super-slouchy.  

On a related note, New York Dress introduced jumpsuits as a great alternative to wear to an official event in lieu of a formal dress.

Preppy Plaid

Prep is undergoing a revival in athleisure, street wear, and more. One option of easing into this interesting and versatile trend is by wearing plaid in different ways: tailored pants, coats, or mixed-and-matched into a full outfit. Coats were pretty much mandatory at NYFW earlier this year, and this tendency isn’t going anywhere. If you aren’t a plaid fan – some people just can’t bear its elitist feel – there is plenty of statement outerwear you can choose from, like teddy jackets, colorful faux fur, or belted coats.

Hair Accessories

Barrettes, scrunches, and claw clips are coming back in a huge way, which is great news for guests of NYFW. It means you can get as creative as you want and do your own hair because all of these accessories are easy to use and make a major impact.

One last note on accessories – no outfit will be complete without a giant blanket scarf this fall. Fendi and Acne Studios are the most popular options. The fact they keep you warm is an added bonus.

Python and Zebra Prints

Maybe it would be too much to combine them, but do go for at least one this fall. Python has replaced leopard print as a trend, while zebra stripes will adorn quite a few outfits in ways beyond traditional black and white.

See and Be Seen  

New York Fashion Week is where the greatest of the Greats in the fashion world converge. It has always been THE event to see and to be seen, so have fun dressing the part!  

Author Bio: Jonah Levine is the Creative Director of NewYorkDress.com. NewYorkDress.com, established in 2008, is the #1 online source for Evening and Prom dresses worldwide. As Creative Director, Jonah works to create the ultimate online and in store luxury shopping experience with a focus on service and personalization.  

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