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Fashion Week is where all the major trends that inevitably take over your wardrobe begin. Whether it’s on the runway or from street style, you’re immersed in a season’s worth of trends, silhouettes, and styling ideas—the only caveat being that you’re looking six months ahead. Still, you can pick out a handful of moments that speak to larger themes and directions, which you can start peppering into your wardrobe ASAP. You might not be able to buy the exact item that caught your eye from the Spring 2019 shows, but you could play around with scarf prints, incorporate daytime pyjamas into your outfit, and even take up fringing to prepare. Here, we break down the top runway trends from New York Fashion Week to get acquainted with now.

Scarf Prints

From left to right: Marine Serre, Versace, Richard Quinn

Enter scarf print, the new season trend coming to smash summer’s minimalist mood in all its print-clashing glory. On the A/W 18 runways, designers, including Richard Quinn, Toga and Salvatore Ferragamo, took traditional scarf motifs and blew them up to create a plethora of elaborate creations, from asymmetric dresses and draped tops to accented jackets and maxi skirts. High-street brands such as Zara and ASOS have also got in on the action with equally showstopping offerings at reasonable price points. All we’re going to say is this: If you’re going to invest in a statement dress for autumn, make it scarf print because you’re going to see this trend everywhere in two months’ time.

Captivating Capes

From left to right: Etro, Alberta Ferretti, Alexander McQueen

Capes: the ultimate in warmth and versatility, and a dream if you love layers. They’re trending big time for autumn 2018, and there’s a style to suit every need. A cape is a great way to add elegance and stylish retro vibe to your fall wardrobe. Perfect for transition periods (from warm to cool), not that practical (unless you can find a cape with splits for moving your arms), but undeniably a striking outerwear for you who wants to have fun with silhouettes this season!

80’s Shoulder Pads

From left to right: YSL, Fendi, Marc Jacobs

Shoulder pads have been around a long time, filling the mannish shoulders of tailored suits during the 1940s and making a brief appearance in the seventies. But it was 80s Shoulder pads that saw them burst out big and bold during the height of eighties fashion. It seems that the fashion world is not yet done with this prevalent trend as it is back!

Fringe Appeal

From left to right: Valentino, Alexander McQueen, Givenchy

If the fringe isn’t your thing, perhaps you just haven’t seen the Spring ’19 fashion week iterations yet. Some designers introduced the look sparingly on accent pieces — bags and bustiers — while others went all out with technicolour and layers. Suffice to say, there’s something for everyone with this showstopping finish.

The beauty of the trend is that it isn’t something that’s exclusively for cold weather, as it’s a detail that can feasibly be added to pieces that are relevant to any season—handbags, dresses, and outerwear included. Plus, they can take on many forms, from leather to yarn to metallic to beaded to denim. Given all this and its impending popularity, I’m predicting that fringe is the fall trend that will inevitably start cropping up first this year (and it doesn’t hurt that it’s basically Instagram gold).

The Hologram Effect

From left to right: Balmain, Maison Margiela, Sies Marjan

The hologram design trend is a force to be reckoned with. In its simplest terms, a hologram is a photograph of light that’s scattered from an object and then displayed in a three-dimensional way. You’ve seen holograms in many different applications, from their use in Star Wars movies to the so-called rainbow holograms that are on the backs of your credit cards for security reasons, just to name a few.

Holograms have been around for decades, with the technology behind their roots dating all the way back to the 1920s. However, the hologram design trend is experiencing a renaissance recently, with the holographic method being applied in design across a myriad of industries.

Pyjamas as Daywear

From left to right: Bottega Veneta, Y/Project, Givenchy

If you haven’t already, it’s time to get familiar with fashion’s easiest and most comfortable trend yet — pyjama dressing. So long are the days when you could only sleep in your PJs because designers have converted sleepwear classics into ready-to-wear pieces that can not only take you from night to day but also from day to night. Whether it be a slinky camisole, silk robe or full pyjama set, it is now socially acceptable to wear PJ-style attire out in public and still look effortlessly chic.

It all started with silk trouser bottoms, followed by lace-trimmed camisoles and midi slip dresses. Now, designers have given the pyjama dressing trend a whole new (very literal) meaning. Major fashion labels, such as Alexander Wang, Céline, Givenchy and Dolce & Gabbana have made the dream of daytime comfort a reality by incorporating sultry silks, pretty lace trims and playful floral prints into their lines.

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