Five Burning New York Fashion Week Questions, Answered

Catch up on Day 1 of New York Fashion Week here.

Holy shoe! I can’t believe it’s day three of New York Fashion Week, which means we’re about to recap Friday’s day two, and what a day it was. Amelia may or may not have worn the same outfit for the third day in a row, and Harling ate a Sweetgreen salad for dinner alone in between shows in the Financial District, which may seem like a questionable confession on both accounts but the outfit RULES and the salad was chock-full of delicious GOAT CHEESE, so it’s probably more of a humblebrag.

Anyways, back to the clothes, because that’s what you’re here for, right? Take a peek below to catch yourself up on the need-to-know, then drop us a Post-It in the comments and tell us: what are you wearing (+5 points if it’s head-to-toe navy like Amelia), what are you eating this second (+10 points if it contains goat cheese), and what, from all the fashion week stuff so far, are you into?

As for yesterday’s designers, they answered a whole bunch of questions for us, such as…

1. How can I dress for the office and look cool at the same time?

Tory Burch’s FW18 collection had multiple answers: prim midi-length skirts and dresses trimmed with subtle ruffles, as well as plenty of messenger bags and top-handle totes. My favorite, though, was the kaftan styled over khakis. (Non-office highlights included a floor-length casual-but-cool white dress that would be perfect for a low-key bride if you are one, a wool NECK WARMER!!!, which Harling is very excited to wear next December, and tons and tons of carnations across the entire runway.)

Side Q: Will every fashion week show include some kind of floral still life component since this has proven to be THE Instagram bait of the season, never mind the clothes?

(BTW: Tory Burch’s venue was easily the most Instagrammed thing of the day).

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2. Are cowboy boots sticking around or what?

Oh yeah, Nelly. The cowboy boot trend galloped (sorry) all the way to a full-blown Western extravaganza at Kate Spade. There were cow-print coats, cowboy/moto boot hybrids, frills, a sweater decorated with horse silhouettes and prairie collars — which also appeared at Sandy Liang yesterday, you may remember. If three’s a trend, keep your eyes akimbo. And re-watch Westworld for further inspo.

3. Is romance dead?

Jason Wu and Brock say absolutely not. 

Two tips to try from Jason Wu immediately for your next date night with yourself:

1) Wear a white turtleneck under a khaki button down to make your favorite formal skirt feel more chill.

2) No can do with the white turtleneck because it reminds you too much of ruined childhood Halloween costumes? Okay, pair your favorite formal skirt with a camel-colored turtleneck and matching blazer. You’ll look like a cross between Mr. Rogers and an angel, which is the biggest compliment I know how to pay.

As for Brock takeaways:

1) It would be great if you could find at least one ruffle to stick on one shoe (just one) to imbalance-out an otherwise pristine outfit.

2) Just when you thought you might be sick of velvet, don’t be. Give that dress you over-wore a minute to breathe but I promise you’ll be glad you didn’t sell it come Fall 2018.

4. Is millennial pink still a thing?

Not for long! Cushnie et Ochs was the second show Harling saw today (after Tory Burch) in which millennial pink had morphed into a hue closer to Fran Drescher’s preferences (i.e. fuchsia). Be on the lookout for more of that. Also, Cushnie et Ochs had your Fall 2018 party looks covered, figuratively speaking, but also literally if you’re looking for a dress that hugs your body like your mom probably wishes she could every day.

5. Is animal print just for kooky aunts?

NOPE. Bottega Veneta’s tiger print outerwear indicated that animal prints are going to be big big big for anyone and everyone come come next season, and as a bonus, true pajama dressing might be making a real comeback. This show was a SPLASH. There was no water involved, but there were celebrities — lots of them — including Gigi Hadid (who walked in the show) and Julianne Moore (who watched). There may have been others, but Harling was too busy eyeing the spectacular green velvet chairs positioned in the center of the stage to notice…

Photos via Vogue Runway. 

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