If it’s true that birds of a feather flock together, then perhaps that explains why the street’s most fashionable seemed to be flying due south by way of their sartorial choices. The Indian summer gracing these past weeks of fashion may have something to do with it as well — the consistent sun and seventy-degree temperature lent itself to exactly the type of weather we dream of for dressing. Not too hot, not too cold; all you need is a light jacket, and perhaps some fringe, florals, novelty heels, and a hat for sheer luxury as opposed to necessity.
Florals? For Fall? Ground breaking! (For real.)
The first trend to catch our eye was a smattering of well-heeled gardens as they traipsed through the concrete of Fashion Week’s four cities. Floral is typically a pattern reserved for spring (if you consider textiles in the traditional calendar sense), so it’s nice to see a whole slew of late bloomers before the imminent winter sentences us all to a uniform of black.
Speaking of well-heeled…
We just recently mused on the merits of flats, but if street style taught us anything it’s that A) trends can be-debunked as quickly as they were announced, and to that, B) if you are going to be the brave soul towering in heels while everyone else scampers in sneakers, why not make those high heels count? A large grouping of street stylers did just that and eschewed tame stilettos in favor of novelty.
Flapper tested and cowgirl approved, fringe took to the streets at exactly the same time it was popping up on the runways. Altuzarra, Proenza Schouler, Rodarte, Valentino (and more!) all showed the same swingy, stringy mass of pulled-apart fabric, decadent and delicious like fresh, wet pasta hanging to dry in an Italian chef’s kitchen.
Some of the greatest moments in fashion happen when its wearers are having fun. That’s why, where I tend to avoid birds like the plague thanks to Hitchcock’s traumatizing film and/or because pigeons are possessed in this city of New York, it was actually a delight to see fouls by way of owls, roosters and flamingos on various forms of outwear.
To top off the notion of fun and fashion, show-goers weren’t afraid to punctuate outfits with their heads. Whether the cap in choice was a turban, a fedora, or something else entirely, one can’t argue with the fantastic feeling of wearing a hat because it completes your look, as opposed to the boring pragmatism of heat-insulation come November.
And finally, if for nothing other than your Pinterest board, we just had to share this black unicorn purse with you.