These were the biggest trends of NYFW – Shop them now

The sartorial set hit the streets of New York this past week to kick off the Spring/Summer 2023 show season, and as is often the case with this concrete jungle of dreams, the city did not disappoint. That’s how good it was style at New York Fashion Weekin fact, that we are already planning the integration of next year’s trends into our current wardrobes… because whoever said that patience is a virtue has clearly never seen what Brandon Maxwell and Tom Ford can do with sequins.

In addition to showing new SS23 collections, this season was filled with pop culture moments that will occupy a well-deserved place in our minds for the foreseeable future. The shows began with Janet Jackson appearing at Elizabeth Taylor’s former townhouse (Christian Siriano) and ended with Madonna on the former trading floor of the New York Mercantile Exchange (Tom Ford), as well as including Lil Nas X’s runway debut at Coach, an IRL The Devil Wears Prada moment at the Michael Kors FROW, and a spread of Serena Williams appearances in her post-tennis glory.

But not even one of the biggest early 2000s movie setbacks of all time could distract from the clothes themselves this season, which featured extra-long skirts dazzling enough to make a mermaid jealous, the clothes dripping in eye-catching tassels and strings, and lots of polka dots.

As the dust begins to settle on New York’s catwalks and style stars turn their attention to London, we’ve channeled our lingering excitement all over the place into a roundup of the best Spring 2023 trends that you can add to your cart right away .

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Waterfall mode

Cascades of tassels and strings flooded the runways this season, dripping from hemlines at Bronx and Banco, Herve Leger, Bevza and more. The waterfall effect was a consistent theme throughout the week, from Kendall Jenner’s worn-back hair at Proenza Schouler – a show that saw waterfalls projected onto the walls instead – to rainwear at Kate Spade New York, whose presentation featured faux clouds and rainfall, to actual rain at the Tommy Hilfiger show.Photo: Courtesy of Bevza

By Anthropologie Cropped Fringe Kimono Sweater, $, available at Anthropology

Abacaxi Nasrin Skirt, $, available at Abacaxi

Perennial Kaz Top, $, available at Perennial

Cynthia Rowley Mini shorts with fringe, $, available Farfetch

Statement Skirts

We’re still not over Zendaya’s two-piece Valentino Haute Couture looks from the 2022 Oscars, and neither is the fashion world. Statement skirts of all kinds promise to be all the rage this spring, from mini and maxi styles at Brandon Maxwell to sparkly pieces at Tory Burch to skirts that turn into skirts at Jonathan Simkhai. We simply can’t wait to give this one a spin.Photo: Monica Feudi/Brandon Maxwell.

Mare Mare x Anthropologie Sequin Train Maxi Skirt, $, available at Anthropology

ASOS DESIGN Sequin Midi Pencil Skirt, $, available at ASOS

Free people Poets Sequin Sarong Skirt, $, available at Free people

Saloon Kirsten Embellished Bows Skirt, $, available at Saloon

Precious Cargo (pants)

Cargo pants proved anything but relaxed on the runways this season, with the utilitarian garment given a glossy upgrade with floral prints, crushed velvet and organza at Collina Strada, silk panels at Hellessy and matching belted corsets at Brandon Maxwell. Perhaps the boldest take on this trend was the iridescent iteration of Beyoncé-endorsed label LaQuan Smith.Photo: Courtesy of LaQuan Smith.

Shops Gia Wide Leg Cargo Pants, $, available at Shops

Frankie shop Hailey Cotton-Twill Cargo Pants, $, available at Net-A-Porter

Good American Shine Boyfriend Cargo, $, available at Good American

Lioness Miami Vice Faux Leather Cargo Pant, $, available at Urban Outfitters

Lots of Polka

Designers like Proenza Schouler, Libertine, Sergio Hudson and Batsheva doubled down on polka dots for the spring season, debuting polka dots in all sizes either paired with or layered over different renditions of the classic print. Photo: Iker Aldama/Sergio Hudson.

Lisa says Gah Cassandra Jumpsuit, $, available at Lisa says Gah

& other stories Printed Open Back Midi Dress, $, available at & other stories

Vince Tossed Dot Pull On Skirt, $, available at Dia & Co.

J.Crew Gwyneth Slip Skirt, $, available at J.Crew

Color me purple

There’s a sweet shade of purple for everyone this spring, with Ulla Johnson making the case plum, Adam Lippes experimenting with a very light purple, and Prabal Gurung loving lavender. Photo: GoRunway/Tibi

Mango Ruffles Flowy Dress, $, available at Mango

Everlane The Organic Cotton Tissue Tank, $, available at Everlane

FIND ME NOW Charlie Off Shoulder Dress, $, available at Find me now

Simon Miller Runa Dress, $, available at Simon Miller

Metallic knit

Festive knitwear enters its next phase with sparkling fabrics that shine in the spring sun. Eckhaus Latta, Jonathan Simkhai and Proenza Schouler all seem to have tinsel on their minds with sparkling compact knits, metallic yarns and dazzling crocheted pieces. Photo: Courtesy of Eckhaus Latta

Rose Carmine | Free people Tube Top, $, available at Free people

Victor Glemaud Bustier Top, $, available at Turn

H&M Jersey Crop Tube Top, $, available at H&M

Mango Metallic Yarn Ribbed Top, $, available at Mango

Going Out Blazer

While go-out tops has made a comeback thanks to the resurgence of Y2K style, there’s a new party-ready piece vying for the attention of the fashion set. According to NYFW heavy hitters like Tom Ford, Khaite and Gabriela Hearst, blazers aren’t just for the office thanks to sequin embellishments, plunging necklines (with nothing underneath) and glamorous fabrics.Photo: Hanna Tveite/Khaite.

Zara Jewel Button Combination Blazer, $, available at Zara

Command Neoprene CEO Blazer, $, available at Command

ASOS CURVE Occasion Satin Dad Blazer, $, available at ASOS

IN PEACE Weddel Double Breasted Sequin Tulle Blazer, $, available at Outnet

Fashionable florals

Not to be confused with broccoli (à la Collina Strada), florets are in, and they become even larger than flowersals this spring. In the process of a multi-season Sex and the City reboot, some of the best Carrie Bradshaw looks are back in fashion (SJP herself even collaborated with Fendi on her own Carrie-inspired baguette purse). Next up: Bradshaw’s penchant for oversized rosette detailing on everything from tops to dresses, which has found its way into pieces by Prabal Gurung, Batsheva and even Willy Chavarria menswear. Photo: Courtesy of Prabal Gurung.

SIKA Sika Bubble Top, $, available at Shop bop

LoveShackFancy Brenaya Ruffled Taffeta Mini, $, available at Net-A-Porter

Farm Rio White Flower Crop Top, $, available at Farm Rio

Mara Hoffman Rosie Rosette Organic Cotton Bra Top, $, available at Nordstrom

Clear coats

With designs by Tory Burch, Peter Do and Monse as your guide, take your next fabulous outfit and treat it like a manicure with a sheer topcoat (or dress or blouse) that will take the look from elegant to envelope-pushing while protecting what which is below. Photo: Courtesy of Tory Burch.

KEE Overlay Slip Cover Up, $, available at SENSE

Shimmers Summer Mesh Long Sleeve Dress, $, available at Shimmers

UO Caleb Sheer Shimmer Midi Dress, $, available at Urban Outfitters

BunnyStreetCom Tulle Overlay Dress, $, available at Etsy

Bubble wraps

Speaking of Y2K style, bubble seams are floating back into fashion. Khaite, Ulla Johnson, Proenza Schouler, and Duaphinette give all voluminous, balloon-like attire their stamp of approval (some more subtle than others). Photo: Jonas Gustavsson/Ulla Johnson.

PrettyLittleThing Plus Rust Puff Sleeve Puffball Hem Shift Dress, $, available at PrettyLittleThing

Ulla Johnson Bubble Hem Mini Corset Dress, $, available at Brown

Cinq à Sept Effie Balloon Hem Midi Dress, $, available at Nordstrom

Jonathan Simkhai Echo Gathered Bubble-Hem Minidress, $, available at Saks Fifth Avenue

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