New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015 Style Guide

Wow. NYFW was absolutely amazing!!! I’ll have a much more personal post up tomorrow, but today, I am giving you the Spring/Summer 2015 comprehensive lowdown. I’ve broken everything down by top/bottom/shoe categories, as well as fabrics, textures, accessories, color combos, and even styling trends to try. When I say comprehensive, I very much mean that I need a table of contents for this post! It’s literally a style bible for spring. You’re most welcome.

In a nutshell, Spring 2015 is looking unflinchingly kick-A, athletic-sexy, so get excited!


Slim, meshy tank cuts are showing off those toned arms, while loose, boxy-tee shapes lend a casual-cool vibe; this mix is so indicative of next spring’s style.

Sporty Shapes + Fabrics

Designers from left to right: DKNY, Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, Elizabeth + James, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Mara Hoffman, Kate Spade, Clover Canyon, Jonathan Simpkhai.

Sporty Tops NYFW SS15

The sweatshirt is continuing to mix things up in the traditionally tailored-and-polished world. Such a rebel, that sweatshirt.

Sporty Sweats + Sweaters

Designers left to right: L.A.M.B., Prabal Gurung, L.A.M.B., Naeem Khan, Tibi, Sachin Babi, Cut25 by Yigal Azrouël, ADEAM, Alexander Wang.

Sporty Tops NYFW SS15 2

Crop tops are stayyyyyying, and come in all sorts of fun silhouettes. They’re still largely (and tastefully) paired with high-waists (just a few navels bared), so no need to stress.

Crop Tops

Designers left to right:  L.A.M.B., Marc by Marc Jacobs, Erin Fetherston, Tibi, Tibi, Rebecca Taylor, Kate Spade, Mara Hoffman, Christian Siriano.

Crop Tops 1 NYFW SS15

Designers left to right: Nicole Miller, Alice + Olivia, Milly, Oscar de la Renta, Marc Jacobs, Rag & Bone, Jonathan Simkhai, Diane von Furstenberg, Diane von Furstenberg.

 Crop Tops 2 NYFW SS15

 Cargos are not just pants, anymore….

 Cargo Details

Designers left to right: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Rodarte, Rodarte, Marissa Webb, Zimmermann, Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs, Marc Jacobs, Marc Jacobs.

Cargo NYFW SS15

Baseball jackets are the new moto jacket. They were seen eheheheheverywhere. It’s definitely the new “It Girl” in the jacket world. She plays very well during the day, and knows how to glam a party all night. She comes in all sorts of cuts (regular + cropped), prints, solids, and textures – you literally can’t go wrong, if you close your eyes and blindly pick one from a stack. There is even baseball-inspired detailing seen on tops and pants, alike – it’s omnipotent!

Varsity/Bomber Jackets

Evening, Casual, Preppy.

Designers left to right: Alexander Wang, Jonathan Simpkhai, Donna Karan, Yigal Azrouël, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Ralph Lauren, Maison Kitsune, DKNY, Cut25 by Yigal Azrouël.

BBall Jacket NYFW SS15 1

Prints, Day, Night.

Designers left to right: Cut25 by Yigal Azrouël, Alice + Olivia, L.A.M.B., J.Crew, Tess Giberson, Sachin Babi, Alexander Wang, DKNY, Alexander Wang.

BBall Jacket NYFW SS15 2

Not to be out-done by bombers, the vest had some major moments, as well. Its oversized, long length instantly adds a wonderful, effortless, sophistication to a look, making cropped, denim vests look like the ugly stepsister. This Cinderella piece was seen worn as a top, coat, and layering piece (even as a dress, as I point out later on).

The Sleeveless Jacket

Fit: oversized/long. Worn as a top, coat, or layering piece.

Designers left to right: Opening Ceremony, Opening Ceremony, Vera Wang, Rag & Bone, Cut25 by Yigal Azrouël, BCBG Max Azria, Sally LaPointe, Marissa Webb, ADEAM.

Vest NYFW SS15


Wide legs are backkk, and they are drapey, breezy, slightly slouchy, and gorge.

Wide Leg Long

Designers left to right: Alice + Olivia, Misha Nonoo, Jason Wu, L.A.M.B., Hellessy, ADEAM, Jason Wu, Hellessy, Alice + Olivia.

Wide Long NYFW SS15

Move over skinnies! Cropped wide legs are the new length and silhouette for spring…. They’re not the easiest to pull off in a flattering way, but find the right cut, and they’ll be your breezy-comfy, spring/summer go-to.

Wide Leg Cropped


Designers left to right: Carolina Herrera, Monique Lhuillier, Tibi, Rachel Zoe, Elizabeth + James, Jenny Packham, Tess Giberson, Rebecca Taylor, Elizabeth + James.

Wide Crop NYFW SS15


Designers left to right: Mara Hoffman, Vivienne Tam, Tibi, ADEAM, Donna Karan, Opening Ceremony, Rodebjer, Rebecca Taylor, ADEAM.

wide leg crop NYFW SS15 2

Told you spring 2015 was sporty! Jogger pants aren’t just for jogging anymore, Ma. They’re seen in suiting, day, and night wear. Just be sure to skip the frumpy terry/sweatshirt materials (unless very tailored, like Alexander Wang’s), and go for more polished materials like: silks, tweeds, or even sequins.


Designers left to right: Naeem Khan, Tomas Maier, Alexander Wang, Tess Giberson, Naeem Khan, Nicholas K, Elizabeth + James, Tibi, Naeem Khan.

Joggers NYFW SS15

Oh, boy. Just the word “culottes” conjures a bitter taste in my mouth, but the ones I saw marching down runways were done so well, that I just might pop a peppermint and sport some, come warmer weather next year. Not so bad, at all….


Designers left to right: Tibi, Tibi, Opening Ceremony, Jonathan Simkhai, Opening Ceremony, J.Crew, Alice + Olivia, Victoria Beckham, Elie Tahari.

Culottes NYFW SS15

Shorts are wide, and long. Very sophisticatedly tomboy-ish. Love.

Updated Shorts

Wide and long.

Designers left to right: Monique Lhuillier, J.Crew, Zoe Jordan, Oscar de la Renta, Monique Lhuillier, Rebecca Taylor, Clover Canyon, Rebecca Taylor, Sachin Babi.

Shorts NYFW SS15

While there was scarce a moto jacket to be seen, moto still popped up here and there in edgy details, as seen in Alexander Wang’s collection. Love the details on these pants, in particular.

Updated Moto

Designers left to right: Prabal Gurung + L.A.M.B.

Moto NYFW SS15

Jumpsuits are still huge for spring, and got an airy, cropped, wide-leg update (some with peek-a-boo detailing, which I cover a bit, below).

Updated Jumpsuit

Cut: cropped wide leg

Jumpsuit NYFW SS15


Skirts! There were so many beautiful skirts! Midi, layered, pencil, ball gown – you name it. Love it.


Designers left to right: Christian Siriano, Michael Kors, Monique Lhuillier, Erin Fetherston, Alice + Olivia, Alice + Olivia, Kate Spade, DKNY, Oscar de la Renta.

Midi NYFW SS15

Designers left to right: Donna Karan, Milly, Lela Rose, Lela Rose, Oscar de la Renta, DKNY, Donna Karan, Kate Spade, Michael Kors.

Midi NYFW SS15 2


Designers left to right: Zimmerman, Rebecca Taylor, Rebecca Taylor, Zimmermann, BCBG Max Azria, Zimmermann, Prabal Gurung, Diane von Furstenberg, Ralph Lauren.

Layered Skirt NYFW SS15

Ball Gown

Designers left to right: Alice + Olivia, Christian Siriano, Naeem Khan, Naeem Khan, Carolina Herrera, Naeem Khan.

Ball Gown Skirt NYFW SS15

Matching Separates

Matching separates are still going strong, and were just beautifully done by so many designers. Here are some of my faves!

Designers left to right: Michael Kors, Tory Burch, Oscar de la Renta, J. Crew, Kate Spade New York, Diane von Furstenberg, DKNY, Elizabeth + James, ADEAM.

Match Prints NYFW SS15

Designers left to right: Donna Karan, Tory Burch, Diane von Furstenberg, Jonathan Simkhai, ADEAM, Milly, Oscar de la Renta, Cut25 by Yigal Azrouël, Diane von Furstenberg.

Match Prints NYFW SS15 2


So. When it comes to dresses, you’ll have loads of options. From sporty mesh, to floaty, feminine ruffles, to plunging deep-Vs, to tailored vest-styles, you will have something to fit your every spring mood.


Designers left to right: Vivienne Tam, Jonathan Simkhai, Alexander Wang, Lela Rose, Vivienne Tam, Vivienne Tam, Alexander Wang, Vivienne Tam.

Sporty Dress NYFW SS15


Designers left to right: BCBG Max Azria, J. Mendel, BCBG Max Azria, Rebecca Taylor, Naeem Khan, Alice + Olivia, Alice + Olivia, Pamella Roland.

Floaty Dress NYFW SS15

Plunge-V + Midi Length

Designers left to right:  Pamella Roland, Jason Wu, Tracy Reese, Boss, Naeem Khan, Michael Kors, Michael Kors, Tome.

Plunge Midi Dress NYFW SS15

Sleeveless Trench

Designers left to right: Marissa Webb, Tome, Elizabeth + James, Peter Som, Theory, Rachel Zoe.

TrenchVest Dress NYFW SS15

Spotted: Peek-a-Boo Detailing in Dresses + Jumpsuits

Designers left to right: Lela Rose, Pamella Roland, Michael Kors, Rebecca taylor, Pamella Roland, Michael Kors, Lela Rose, Rachel Zoe, Marc Jacobs.

peekaboo NYFW SS15


So, heels – especially strappy sandals – still abound in pretty much every designer’s line, but sporty flats are making a 90s comeback in a huge way. We’ve seen the ugly Birkenstock trend (still hurts my heart and my eyes), and while this trend is still sticking around, designers have thankfully made some pretty-ish updates to the ugly shoe (thank you, L.A.M.B., Kate Spade, and Oscar de la Renta!!). In addition to the updated Birkenstock, we also saw a plethora of slip-ons, sporty sandals, and tennis shoes. All of these sporty flats were paired with classic, tailored suiting, feminine, evening, and casual dresses/skirts, alike. They add a fun balance of casual-tomboy-ease, to the traditionally polished or feminine worlds.

Sporty Flats: Updated Birkenstocks, Sporty Slip-Ons, + Tennies

Designers left to right: L.A.M.B., Kate Spade New York, Oscar de la Renta, Kate Spade New York, Rag & Bone, Kate Spade New York, Tibi, DKNY, Elizabeth + James.

Birk Sport Shoes NYFW SS15

While I love a good tomboy flat, I also love me some feminine heels, and there were plennnnty to choose from! As I mentioned, there was an abundance of strappy sandal-heels on the runways (J.Crew has some gorgeous ones), but as they’re kind of a staple, I chose to stick with showing you newer designs for this post. I am particularly loving the slip-on heels – I’m obsessed with that middle pair by Donna Karan!!

Sporty Flatforms + Feminine Slip-Ons/Mules

Designers left to right: DKNY, Creatures of the Wind, DKNY, Rachel Zoe, Donna Karan, Alexander Wang, Cynthia Rowley, Tibi, Kate Spade New York.

FlatformMule NYFW SS15

My preppy side loves that oxfords and loafers are still very relevant this coming spring, and I just wanted to show you some fun designs that I personally love. We’ve got the simple classics, and ones with really cool, edgy designs and details, like snakeskin and studs.


Designers left to right: Sally LaPointe, Oscar de la Renta, Sachin & Babi, Elie Tahari, Marissa Webb, Elie Tahari, Creatures of the Wind, Sally LaPointe, Vera Wang.

OxfordsLoafers NYFW SS15


Two things jumped out at me in the accessory realm. Statement belts (yay!), and talllll hats (umm, verdict is still out on that one). I’m crazy for these belts, though….

Statement Belts

Designers left to right: Sally LaPointe, Tomas Maier, Donna Karan, Chadwick Bell, Donna Karan, Pamella Roland, Creatures of the Wind, Nicholas K, Ralph Lauren, L.A.M.B., Marc Jacobs, Rodarte, Vera Wang, Oscar de la Renta, Victoria Beckham, Nicholas K.

Belts NYFW SS15

So, there are tall hats, and there are crazy tall hats. Chandeliers, watch your toes….

Tall Hats

Designers left to right: Tibi, Karen Walker (love that whole look!), Donna Karan, Donna Karan.

Tall Hats NYFW SS15


If you’re not super trendy, like me, knowing and playing with of-the-moment textures (and color combos, for that matter) is a great way to stay current without trying too hard. Spring runways Brought It in the texture department.  Among the sea of varied textures, accordion pleats were making a statement everywhere, and in varied, beautiful ways. Skirts, dresses, vests, tops, satins, sweaters, sashes, micro, regular, and large; there was no shortage of its use in spring fashion.

Accordion Pleats

Designers left to right: Tome, Tadashi Shoji, Alexander Wang, Boss, Tracy Reese, ADEAM, Alice + Olivia, J.Crew.

Accordion Pleats NYFW SS15

Designers left to right: Tome, J. Mendel, Tome, Alexander Wang, Sass & Bide, J. Mendel, ADEAM.

Accordion Pleats NYFW SS15 2

Another texture that popped up on almost every single runway was a very sports-inspired mesh material. Shorts, dresses, tops, jackets, suiting, belts, detailing – you name it! It was perhaps the trendiest material I saw for spring.


Designers left to right: J.Crew, Clover Canyon, Opening Ceremony, DKNY, Alexander Wang, Elie Tahari, Clover Canyon, Milly, Jonathan Simkhai.

Perforated Texture NYFW SS15

Eyelet was another texture/material that kept popping up here and there, in its quiet, understated, sweet way.


Designers left to right: Lela Rose, Marissa Webb, Tess Giberson, Tess Giberson, Pamella Roland, Kate Spade New York.

Eyelet NYFW SS15

Ooooo, it doesn’t get more dramatic and glam than metallic – especially when you are shoulders-to-toes in it! Whether you want to go bold in an entire dress of the slick, shiny stuff, or want to ease into it with just a skirt, some simple separates, or some cool accents, this daring material will definitely help you up your style game this spring.


Designers left to right: Tess Giberson, Jenny Packham, Monique Lhuillier, Misha Nonoo, Clover Canyon, Christian Siriano, Pamella Roland, Monique Lhuillier.

Metallics NYFW SS15

Satin is another dominant material for spring. I know, mesh to satin; that pretty much sums up spring 2015! Tomboy meets Cinderella. Satin was seen in entire ensembles, and in separates – loving those trousers by Jason Wu!


Designers left to right: Christian Siriano, Jason Wu, Ralph Lauren, Ralph Lauren, Naeem Khan, Marc Jacobs, Nicholas K, Ralph Lauren.

Satin NYFW SS15

Lace is definitely not new, but it was so gorgeous, I had to share! That first black-and-white Erin Fetherston dress – a Grace Kelly moment. #swoon


Designers left to right: Erin Fetherston, Tadashi Shoji, Pamella Roland, Tadashi Shoji, Tracy Reese, Erin Fetherston, Rachel Zoe, Zimmermann.

Lace NYFW SS15

Designers always love a good sheer number it seems, and this season has loads to choose from…


Designers left to right: Prabal Gurung, Erin Fetherston, Alexander Wang, Rag & Bone, Oscar de la Renta, Lela Rose, Vera Wang, Diane von Furstenberg.

Sheer NYFW SS15

Designers left to right: Christian Siriano, Tracy Reese, Jenny Packham, Monique Lhuillier, Vera Wang, Diane von Furstenberg, Pamella Roland, Charlotte Ronson.

Sheer NYFW SS15 2

Although I wouldn’t say it dominated runways, fringe was definitely a little fun guy that kept appearing in big and subtle ways. He definitely had some moments, and is making spring fresh and swishy.


Designers left to right: Sachin & Babi, Proenza Schouler, Oscar de la Renta, Pamella Roland, Christian Siriano, Donna Karan, Elie Tahari, Proenza Schouler, Tory Burch.

Fringe NYFW SS15


While this fall seems to be all about bold graphics, spring is very spring with slightly more subdued florals and fun palm trees (and abstract prints in bright colors, although not shown).


Designers left to right: Tadashi Shoji, Naeem Khan, Rebecca Taylor, Oscar de la Renta, Lela Rose, Michael Kors, Pamella Roland, Lela Rose.

Floral Print NYFW SS15

Designers left to right: Monique Lhuillier, Jenny Packham, Monique Lhuillier, Oscar de la Renta, Cynthia Rowley, Naeem Khan, Vera Wang, Naeem Khan.

Floral Print NYFW SS15 2

Palm Trees/Branches

Designers left to right: Tomas Maier, Elizabeth & James, Cut25 by Yigal Azrouël

Palm Print NYFW SS15


As I previously mentioned, a great way to stay current without being overly trendy, is with color! Here are some of the more prominent colors seen on spring runways – styled in monochromatic confections, as well as pops and accents.

Blush, Powder Blue, Scarlet, Lilac, Olive + Hunter Green, All-White, Navy, Orange

Trending colors for spring 2015

Here are some color combos I personally loved….


Pair with Blush:

Blush Pairings


Pair with Powder Blue:

Powder Blue


Pair with Lilac (additional pairings):




I love trying new ways to style old thangs. Here are some layerings and pairings I found intriguing, and inspiring.

Skirt Layering



Shirt Layering



New Pairings:




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And that, my fine folk, is all of New York Fashion Week at your very scrolling fingertips. Feeling inspired? I hope so! I know there’s a lot to take in, so feel free to file away for now, and visit again later when it’s time to refresh your spring closet! Sooo, so much to look forward to in spring, but for now, I’m most excited for fall leaves, apple cider, and the promise of cozy holidays…. Cheers to that!!


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