I’ve never been a huge follower of Fashion Week runway trends. What’s more exciting to me are the looks people are wearing off the runway: on the street, in the front row, to the after-party. These styles are more about personal expression: how real people are creatively reinterpreting and adapting high fashion trends into wearable, functional outfits (well, sometimes). It’s not about mindlessly adopting every fad out there, but choosing which elements really speak to you and blending them into your personal style.
I spent this week getting inspired by great Fashion Week looks, both on and off the runway.
Bright bold florals and billowy silhouettes have been style staples this season, but pairing colorful patterns with standout accessories sets this look apart from the rest.
[1. Bandage caged bralet by CrescentMoonVintage; 2. Hand-stitched tan leather clutch by OrigamiLeather; 3. Ivory ruffle dress by naftul; 4. 1980s Lucite ring from BreesVintageRevivals; 5. Vintage Lucite wedge ankle boots from jamesrowlandshop.]
A range of color palettes appeared on the runway this week, from Thakoon Addition’s pale pastels to Gary Graham’s rustic earth tones. However, black and white was surprisingly popular. BCBG’s geometric overlays and cutouts took the look to the next level.
[1. Black orange envelope leather clutch by wanderwandering; 2. Polka dot "Jane" dress by ilovemona; 3. Tower hammered brass cuff by youngfrankk; 4. 1970s burgundy suede ankle boots from storyofthings.]
This suit’s bold angular shape gives a conservative look subtle and unexpected edge.
Pair leopard print with florals for an earthy wild child vibe that’s worthy of the best after-parties.
All fashion photos from Style.com
Gabriella Cetrulo is a freelance illustrator with a BFA in illustration from Parsons the New School for Design. She is also the shop owner of vintage oasis Tomorrow Is Forever. She is in the process of opening a second online shop featuring her illustration work.