New York Fashion Week kicked off at the beginning of February, and despite many New York designers finding other ways to show their collections, (Altuzarra and Thom Browne decamped again to Paris, Proenza Schouler presented during couture and Rodarte dropped their fall look book featuring a
pregnant Kirsten Dunst days before the the first runway show), there was still much to see during the shortened week: Brandon Maxwell celebrated women in a way on he knows how with a beautiful collection mixing elegant hoodies and ballskirts at the Lincoln Center, Eckhaus Latta invited their guests all the way to Bushwick (again) for a show that felt elevated and exciting, Bottega Veneta made a splash by coming to New York to celebrate their new store, and presenting their collection in a modern home space that– surprise!–turned into a big after party, Raf Simons forced guests to wade knee deep in popcorn in order to see his protection-themed fall collection for CALVIN KLEIN 2015W39NYC, and last but not least, Michael Kors delivered a feel-good show that left Zendaya, Blake Lively and Emily Blunt singing along to a Britney Spears song in the front row. From there, the fashion set headed to London, Milan, and Paris, where the style festivities certainly didn’t slow down. Here, the best looks of the Fall 2018 season.
Proenza Schouler did not show in New York this season, yet much of the pieces from the brand’s collection felt more connected with Americana than in seasons past, with their hand-crafted details and earthy hues.
The Mulleavy sisters asked their close friends and collaborators to step in for the models who usually wear their new collections. Kirsten Dunst, who is pregnant with her first child, was just one of the A-listers involved.
The most Instagrammed moment of Fashion Week may have been at Tom Ford’s women’s show (the designer presented his men’s collection days earlier), when Kaia Gerber walked the runway wearing a minidress, oversized earrings, and a headband.
For his eponymous collection, designer Jason Wu added bits of crystals and shine to many of his looks, including this dress and an overcoat worn by Bella Hadid.
Brock Collection’s romantic fall collection was filled with floral brocades, lace, and undone bows–all topped off by a new jewelry collaboration with Marie-Hélène de Taillac.
The design duo behind Eckhaus Latta stayed true to their artsy, individualistic roots, but also showed a more elevated vision this season. Highlights from their show, which was held in Bushwick, include sculptural outerwear and luxe knits.
Who can wear a ballgown and a hoodie? Any client of Brandon Maxwell’s, that’s who. Gigi Hadid did just that at the designer’s show, which also included lovely pieces that ranged from knitwear to eveningwear.
Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia, the designers behind Monse and Oscar de la Renta, created a short film in lieu of a show this season. The film featured the easy, wearable clothes the brand has become known for, and starred model Erin Wasson and included a voiceover from none other than Nicki Minaj.
In addition to their perfect coats and suits, designers Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen offered up more fluid pieces like this cream look.
This cobalt blue coat was a highlight from Jason Wu’s last collection for Boss.
Many show-goers fell in love with this Oscar de la Renta look as it came down the runway, with the full skirt billowing softly behind.
To celebrate Bottega Veneta’s new store in New York City, designer Tomas Maier presented the Italian brand’s fall collection downtown instead of sticking to his usual Milan time slot. For the occasion, he transformed a huge cavernous space into a mid-century modern home filled with models, as well as international It girls and editors.
Michael Kors’s fall collection included plaids, leopard spots, and a great mashed up feel-good soundtrack, that left Blake Lively and Zendaya signing along in the front row.
Colorful marble prints that were present in everything at Rosie Assoulin’s fall presentation, from this silk dress to the cake that the designer served the guests who came to see her collection.
Earlier this month, Carolina Herrera announced that this season would be her last runway collection for the brand, and that she is officially handing over the creative director reins to Wes Gordon. Naturally, she closed the show with her signature look.
Gabriela Hearst won extra points from the show-goers for presenting a charming fall collection during lunch at Cafe Alto Paradiso in SoHo.
For fall, the designer presented a twisted preppy collection, including a unisex bright pink sweater set created specifically with the downtown crowd in mind.
While most of the Instagrams from Raf Simons’s Fall 2018 show for Calvin Klein focused on the popcorn that covered the ground, there was plenty to look at when it came to the fashion, as well, such as this graphic, hand crafted-feeling look.
Brooks Brothers is celebrating their 200th Anniversary this year by recreating archive pieces that feel just as relevant today as they did way back when, like this red riding jacket.
Marc Jacobs closed out New York Fashion Week with a drama-filled collection–and equally dramatic hairstyles.
One of London’s brightest talents, JW Anderson presented another standout show, where utility belts quickly emerged as a must-have accessory.
The ultimate ’80s prom dress got a cool, yet still quirky update for 2018 at Molly Goddard.
Erdem thrives in florals—and there were plenty at his stunning Fall 2018 show—but it was an embellished emerald green velvet dress that truly stole the show.
A nude dress with the word “sex” emblazoned across the front may not be the most subtle choice, but it certainly is a standout one.
The designer presented an entirely wearable collection without loosing any of her romanticism, as seen in this sky blue leather trench.
A windbreaker mixed with a tailcoat shouldn’t work, and yet Marques’Almeidra made it look impossibly cool.
For his final show at Burberry, designer Christopher Bailey played homage to classic house codes, such as the iconic plaid, mixed with romantic slip dresses and full skirts
A silk smoking set in mustard yellow is the perfect, unexpected option for your next night out.
The Halpern girl is not one to shy away from drama, and this sequined tube dress and matching boots is perfect for a night on the town.
Red continued to be a runway favorite this season, which Roksanda offering a ruby red update on the classic primary hue.
Margaret Howell made a very convincing case for uniform dressing with her Fall 2018 collection, which was filled with classic pieces that you’ll want to stock your wardrobe with
Delpozo’s Josep Font is known for his vibrant colors, but this cozy camel coat proves he does well with a neutral, as well.
At Ports 1961, the humble clothing tag became a focal point on suiting and layering pieces.
Mary Katrantzou married the future with Victorian silhouettes, as evident with this slick blazer and patterned pants combo.
Tod’s certainly captured the audience’s hearts by sending puppies down the runway, but it was the sleek trenches that made a lasting impression.
Paul Andrew debuted his first foray into ready-to-wear for Salvatore Ferragamo with a workwear-inspired collection that featured cool scarf prints.
Missoni is never afraid of a bright hue, and this canary yellow jacket is just the bolt of sunshine needed for a dreary fall day.
Marni kicked off its colorful Fall 2018 show with a cobalt blue coat that is sure to turn heads.
Gucci may have been one of the highlights of Milan Fashion Week with actual human heads carried as accessories, but it was a simple New York–themed suit that made a lasting impression.
Altuzarra showed a regal, polished collection that made a purple velvet dress seem like a closet must-have.
Givenchy showed a black-tie-ready suit that is begging for a red carpet outing. Calling Cate Blanchett.
At Alexander McQueen, a gothic love story was formed in the union of classic suiting and moody lace.
Knitwear and prints were the main takeaways from Miu Miu, as best demonstrated by this charming look worn by Adwoa Aboah.
Thought you’d seen every iteration of the Chanel tweed? Think again. This stunning outerwear option was an impressive outing from Karl Lagerfeld.