Where to begin. New York Fashion Week felt reinvigorated this season. Rodarte transported us to a fairytale princess world of tulle, taffeta and breathtaking silhouettes; Ralph Lauren shut Central Park down with his 100-plus-look 50th-anniversary show, complete with celebrity guests and a speech by Oprah. Rihanna put on a powerfully emotional and inclusive ode to womanhood; Pyer Moss to black life in America; Opening Ceremony to the LGBTQIA+ community. And across the city, the clothes — and styling tricks! — were equally exciting and creative. (Maryam Nassir Zadeh is all over our 2019 mood boards.)
As for the main trends that emerged: the runways were essentially a mix of anything-goes, power femme looks (think dresses done in fisherman’s netting, clashy patterns, sky-high slits, loads of lingerie-as-outerwear and denim so expertly Frankensteined it put Vetements to shame) and pieces that are already proven hits (sheer dresses, bike shorts, neon everything). Designers straddled the line between pandering to commercialism and doing whatever the heck they wanted.
Of course, when it comes to summing up the runways, pictures say a lot more than words. Click through the slideshow above for the lowdown on the top 15 trends of New York Fashion Week Spring 2019.