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New York Fashion Week Street Style Was All About Expressive Minimalism

New York Fashion Week Street Style Was All About Expressive Minimalism

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New York Fashion Week has just come to a close and, as is often the case, the showgoer’s looks on the street (and of course, the front row) were just as inspiring as those on the runway. This February, unexpectedly balmy weather in New York had attendees test driving their spring styling chops and, give us a peek at the trends to expect in the months ahead. Of course, the street style set is known for serving looks across the spectrum—from the ultra minimalist to eccentric peacock that delights every photographer’s flashbulb—but we were still able to tease out a dominating trends.

One such overarching theme (in addition to the baseball caps used to protect showgoers’ hair from the surprise snow flurries) was a wave of expressive minimalism—an offshoot of pared-back dressing; one with more flare and freedom, expanding the typically stark genre and imbuing it with personality and fun. Clean silhouettes were pushed to a point of interest through the unexpected use of color, shape, accessories—sometimes all three. 

It’s a mood for spring that feels as elevated as last year’s much-hyped quiet luxury movement, but with a more artful, intellectual twist. For our NYFW street style edit, we’ve highlighted some of our favorite examples, below.

All Wrapped Up 

The always-chic Lauren Santo Domingo put her twist on a classic trench coat by choosing one with a built-in matching scarf (effortlessly draped, of course), second-skin knee high boots, and black leather gloves. The result is sleek and fluid, with a dose of romantic femininity.

Cos

oversized scarf-detail trench coat

The Row

Woolworth mid-rise ankle leggings

Neous

Atlas leather ballet flats

J.Crew

Italian leather gloves

Sophie Buhai

tiny egg stud earrings

Savette

Tondo textured-leather shoulder bag

Gray Scales 

The magic of this look is in the details. Vogue’s executive fashion director Lisa Aiken elevates a clean, gray suit and T-shirt look with a sweater artfully draped across her shoulders and pinned with a silver brooch. Sculptural, silver cuffs tie it all together.

Wardrobe.NYC

double-breasted blazer

Wardrobe.NYC

wide-leg pants

Proenza Schouler White Label

Tara knitted sweater

Ice Ice Baby

Classic trousers pair perfectly with a fresh, sculptural blouse for a look that’s interesting yet unfussy. Burgundy (rather than the go-to black) and gold accessories anchor the look.

MM6 Maison Margiela

pleated top

Cos

wide-leg tailored trousers

Savette

Tondo Crescent leather shoulder bag

Zara

casual athletic sneakers

Lié Studio

Victoria gold coil ring

Pastel Licorice  

A turtleneck and trousers take on new personality in slouchy, oversized silhouettes that drape and flow the wearer moves. JW Anderson’s pink knit pops with sleek leather pants and silver extras.

JW Anderson

two-tone high-neck jumper

L’Agence

Livvy leather wide-leg pants

Acne Studios

leather ankle boots

Gabriela Hearst

Phoebe mini satin clutch

Grown-Up Coquette

All black is anything but boring when used to experiment with texture and volume. A cropped, tomboy-esque jacket plays off the girlishness of a ruffled skirt to pleasing effect. Sky-high Mary Janes, black ankle socks, and pop of red add visual interest.

Nili Lotan

Horace military jacket

Bite Studios

frill silk skirt

Pacharee

Chang gold earrings

J.Crew

cashmere-blend trouser socks

Ferragamo

Odette T-strap pumps

Proenza Schouler

flip shoulder bag

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