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10 Spring Trends That Emerged on the Runways at New York Fashion Week

As the Spring 2019 collections make their way down the runways, we’re keeping an eye on all the emerging trends to note. With New York Fashion Week officially wrapped, we got a sneak-peek at the upcoming season in fashion and spoiler alert: it’s bringing some major color and some even more major nostalgia. From brighter than the sun yellow to the return of tie-dye and cargo pants, we’re tracking all the rising trends as they hit the runways in New York, London, Milan, and Paris. Check back as we highlight them throughout Fashion Month.

Everything is coming up marigolds. The gown shade of choice for Spring is quite apropos of the season—a rich shade of yellow that appears to have just emerged out of fresh earth. The memorable hue came on a draped front gown at Oscar de la Renta, on a one-shoulder maxi at Pyer Moss and on a flowing off-the-shoulder number at Wes Gordon’s debut at Carolina Herrera. Wall-flowers will be a hit on the gala circuit.

Pictured from left: Oscar de la Renta, Pyer Moss, Carolina Herrera

Following the return of chunky sneakers, we’ve got more good news for your dad: cargo pants are back. Once reserved for middle-aged men of the ’90s, fashion’s fresh take on the controversial pant is surprisingly cool (although perhaps in a slightly ironic way). Designers presented the trend in a variety of styles—from Ralph Lauren’s ultra-sporty rendition to a bright pink style worn by Bella at Prabal Gurung and the most unexpected take yet: an ultra-chic, evening-friendly iteration of the look at Jonathan Simkhai.

Pictured from left: Ralph Lauren, Jonathan Simkhai, Prabal Gurung

Perhaps it’s the runway’s answer to slow fashion, but it doesn’t get much slower, and cooler, than hand-crocheted pieces. The Insta-potential of a sheer beach moment come spring make these dresses—by Oscar de la Renta and Michael Kors—and top—by Maryam Nassir Zadeh—worth their weight in crochet hooks. And who doesn’t love a hand-crafted piece?

Pictured from left: Oscar de la Renta, Maryam Nassir Zadeh, Michael Kors Collection

Accessory wise, it’s time to make way for a waist belt comeback. Belts were layered over straight midi-length skirts at Mara Hoffman and Marc Jacobs (along with countless other runways, too). But at Maryam Nassir Zadeh, the look really went to the next level when worn sans a shirt. The takeaway? This belt trend is about fashun, not necessarily function.

Pictured from left: Maryam Nassir Zadeh, Mara Hoffman, Marc Jacobs

Equal parts Victorian and ’80s, the voluminous puff sleeve is still going strong for spring. Designers showed the look in both blouse and dress form but it was the latter done in printed and ultra-feminine frocks that felt fresh for spring.

Pictured from left: Brock Collection, Rodarte, Mara Hoffman

For yet another season, strong suiting continued to rule the runways. Although the wardrobe classic was offered up in a variety of styles, colors, and prints, there was a new crop of suits marked by their deconstructed and reimagined silhouettes. Dion Lee opted for some daring early 2000s-inspired hip cut-outs, while Tibi gave a more subtle update to the look in the form of a wrap jacket. Sies Marjan, meanwhile, went for a bold hybrid of the skirtsuit and pantsuit.

Pictured from left: Dion Lee, Tibi, Sies Marjan

Once a symbol of peace and freedom embraced in the 1960s, perhaps the hope for those same things in 2018 is what brought tie-dye back to the runways this season. The look was done in more subtle iterations at Prabal Gurung and Eckhaus Latta, but R13 went for full on rainbow tie-dye with a colorful t-shirt and matching blazer worn by Kaia.

Pictured from left: Prabal Gurung, R13, Eckhaus Latta

Following a resurgence on the street style scene, bike shorts have now made their way to the runways too. Worn with structured blazers (and for the daring Miaou girl, tiny crop tops), the throwback look once perfected by Princess Diana is seemingly here to stay for Spring.

Pictured from left: Nanushka, Miaou, Maryam Nassir Zadeh

It hardly gets fresher than a great starched white shirt. Designers are taking that ethos to dress-wear with day frocks in vivid shades of white cotton. There’s a belted shirt dress at Tome, a high-low hem dress from Adam Lippes and a waist-tied men’s button-down inspired dress from Garbiela Hearst. Its simplicity at its best.

Pictured from left: Tome, Adam Lippes, Gabriela Hearst

Acting as an alternative to the classic spring trench, sheer colorful PVC jackets hit the runways at Monse, ADEAM, and Sies Marjan. Whether candy-colored or neutral, the high shine look makes for an outerwear piece that does anything but blend in.

Pictured from left: Monse, ADEAM, Sies Marjan

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