New York Fashion Week unveiled a covetable host of new trends this week, with a six-strong Australian designer contingent adding to the mix.

More and more Australian designers are being lured to show in New York Fashion Week, as they take a bite of the Big Apple that tastes like a prime opportunity for exposure to the lucrative US market.

This season, Rebecca Vallance and New-York based Australian designers TOME made their NYFW debut, while Zimmermann, Dion Lee and Sass + Bide and bridal/red carpet designer Steven Khalil all took at least their second turn at the Lincoln Centre.

Trends to emerge from the week were ranged from knits interpreted in a myriad different ways, to coats that either tied tightly around the waist and followed the figure or hung loose and cocooned in all the colours of the rainbow. Plaid was the print du jour and white remained a focal colour for the cool climate clotheshorse.


Short fall

New York fashion week Fall 2014 - Tory Burch's armour-inspired mini

Tory Burch’s armour-inspired mini

Hemlines look to be on the rise again. Sass & Bide and Tory Burch showed short lengths and bare legs, which was also a popular choice among show-goers.

Plunging necklines were the other way designers chose to bare some skin on their fall runways. Donna Karan and Diane Von Furstenberg showed navel-grazing necklines on elegant gowns but compensated with floor-sweeping length.

Boy meets girl dressing

Already a big trend for the coming winter, mens fashion will continue to influence our wardrobes next winter. Suiting separates are oversized and well-tailored in muted tones of camel and grey.

New York fashion week Fall 2014 - 3.1 Phillip Lim

3.1 Phillip Lim 

New York fashion week Fall 2014 - Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren

New York fashion week Fall 2014 - The Row

The Row

1940s influence

The cinched-waisted suiting, the fit and flare skirt, the peplum, the elegance of it all – Oscar de la Renta’s skirt suit nailed it for me.

New York fashion week Fall 2014 - Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta

New York fashion week Fall 2014 - Theory



Whereas once black was the winter mainstay colour, white is hanging around as the other go-to staple. Sass & Bide showed some winter white, and Victoria Beckham and Calvin Klein did it beautifully.

New York fashion week Fall 2014 - Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein

New York fashion week Fall 2014 - Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham

New York fashion week Fall 2014 - Helmut Lang

Helmut Lang


Tommy Hilfiger’s Americana is always a staple of New York Fashion Week – interpreted this season with an outdoorsy bent full of lumberjack plaids and raw denim. Plaid continues to be a strong trend for winter, everywhere from casual to more formal looks.

New York fashion week Fall 2014 - Theory


New York fashion week Fall 2014 - Tommy HIlfiger

Tommy HIlfiger

From here, Fashion Weeks continue in London, then Milan and Paris. I’ll be following the shows and have updates soon.