3 Looks We Love From Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week 2015

Inspired by the ’70s, these brand-name designers deliver looks that are contemporary and monochromatic, glitzy and Gothic, and even offer a tip of the cap to the Old West



So, New York Fashion Week came and went in a blur of Instagram photos and Twitter updates. We followed it all, naturally; it’s exciting to spot some fashion trends that we can actually wear in “real” life. Here are a few of our favorite looks from the runway this year:

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JP Yim/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Look #1: Belted Layers at Donna Karan New York

Donna Karan New York’s show was a winner. It wasn’t over-the-top or unrealistic, but it still looked chic. Dark colors dominated the runway — a nod to classic Big Apple style, perhaps? — in a series of oversized, menswear-inspired coats and sheer layers. Karan’s decision to emphasize the waist by knotting straps of leather over the jackets was a good one, and something we’ll surely see on style blogs in the months to come. It’s also easily adaptable off the catwalk. Just think: a structured pea coat cinched by a thick leather belt would look quite flattering and fashion-forward, no?

ralph lauren fashion week
Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Look #2: Western Fringe at Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren’s display was not only one of our favorites of the week, but it was one of our favorites of all time. Everything about his collection was perfect, from the broad-brimmed hats to fringe and fur details. While there’s a fine line between catwalk chic and “costume-y,” Lauren made the Wild West seem elegant and wearable. Our top look? That’d have to be the sweater-and-Stetson combo (above). We have a feeling fringe will be quite popular in these next few seasons, especially since it adapts easily from winter wear to summer festival style. The same goes for those floppy hats: both stylish and functional, they keep luscious locks from getting soaked in the snow and protect skin from the harsh sun. Yee-haw.

reem acra fashion week
Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Look #3: Embellished Glamour at Reem Acra 

If your tastes skew toward the majestic, Reem Acra has you covered. This show was hands-down the most intricate. Lace overlay, metallic embroidery; the tone was gilded and glamorous — almost a cross between Gatsby and Gothic (in the Medieval, not emo, sense). Expect to see many of these styles on celebrities at awards events in the upcoming months. Of course, these styles can be replicated at home, too. A gold blazer like the one above works well as a statement party piece, and can be jazzed up with some sparkly accessories (or toned down with a simple black dress).

What do you think? Would you wear these looks — or put your own spin on them? Let us know in the comments below.

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