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The Best of New York Fashion Week AW16/17

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Nottingham chapter.


This year so many incredible designers showcased their latest Autumn/Winter collections in New York. Brands such as Alexander Wang, Self Portrait, Jill Stuart, Monique Lhuillier, Derek Lam, Tory Burch, Rag and Bone, Michael Kors, and Rachel Zoe all graced the catwalk, and the list goes on and on and on. Next season will be full of prints, checks, stripes, lace, sequins and prominent colours will be navy, burgundy, khaki and of course, black. Here are our favourite catwalk shows from New York Fashion Week AW16/17.

Jason Wu

Jason Wu’s autumn/winter collection was full of fringe, florals and lace, while still remaining practical and wearable. The designs were mainly navy and black with an occasional bright yellow piece. Checks were also all over this runway, a recurring theme throughout New York Fashion Week this year.


Altuzarra had some of the prettiest prints, and the most unique patterns you’ll see next season. Stripes, paisley and floral patterns all featured, with a focus on navy and burgundy shades. There were a lot of cosy fur jackets, belts to cinch in the waist and knee high boots. Some of the long flowing skirts also featured embellishments, a key trend for next autumn.  

Diane Von Furstenberg

This year Diane Von Furstenberg ditched the usual runway show for a more intimate “Fall 2016 Experience” in her headquarters, where guests were able to move around freely to look at the models. This unique show marked a turn for DvF as she branched out from her usual wrap dresses (but of course they still featured). Instead she focused on pretty patterns, slinky silk dresses, faux fur, and tweed skirts, all with a hint of the seventies.

Prabal Gurung

Prabal Gurung’s catwalk was feather obsessed. There were so many different variations of feather prints that were all equally beautiful. Embellishments, leather, fur and dresses with slits and cut-out shoulders were also key trends in this collection. White pieces featured on this catwalk, as well as shades of bright fuchsia, purple, navy and black.  

Tommy Hilfiger

Tommy Hilfiger mixed girly floral prints with nautical pieces in his catwalk show this season. Of course, the main colours were white and navy throughout until a few sparkly brighter pieces closed the show. He also added a few stripes and bows into the mix with silky flowing printed dresses and structured sailor jackets.

Vera Wang

You can always count on Vera Wang for some monochrome. Her collection for Autumn/Winter included long skirts with bold belts and slits down the side, tailored coats, chiffon jumpsuits, oversized blazers, and a bit of khaki thrown in too. The second half of her collection featured oversized fur coats and long sequined and chiffon dresses.

Narcisco Rodriguez

The main look on Narcisco Rodriguez’s catwalk was asymmetrical dresses and skirts. Khaki, monochrome and deep browns dominated. We loved the solid blocks of colour featured in a lot of his pieces too. He also added some leather and sparkle to give his pieces an edge through texture.


DKNY was full of boyish silhouettes with feminine twists. Baggy trousers were paired with lace blouses; formal pinstripe and checked trousers were paired with slogan t-shirts, and almost everything was oversized. The collection, full of black, white and red, was the ultimate casual compilation.


You probably won’t be seeing many Marchesa reproductions on the high street next season but the designs were so beautiful and intricate they needed to be included. Marchesa’s looks were truly regal. We’re hoping to see some of these gorgeous embellished dressed on some red carpets in the near future.

Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs designs were wacky and wonderful; think Gothic meets the future.  Marc went for a mainly monochrome palette but by no means did that mean his pieces were basic or boring. The large skirts defied gravity, the boots had platforms too high to even imagine and he also added some lace, sequins and fur, just to enhance the dark dramatic outfits even further.

Edited by Lucy Jackman


Sophie is a 4th year student at the University of Nottingham, England. She is studying American Studies and would love a career in Journalism or Public Relations (preferably while living in NYC). Sophie has been a Fashion Blogger at HC Nottingham since she started at the University at Nottingham in 2012/13. She was also a Publicity Intern during her second year at HC Nottingham in 2013/14. She was a Campus Correspondent during her year abroad for HC Albany as well as contributing to writing for HC Nottingham. She is currently the Head of Publicity for Her Campus, as well as continuing to write fashion blogs. She is a self proclaimed fashion and make-up addict and she also enjoys travelling, reading, (excessively) watching TV shows and films, music, shopping and of course writing for Her Campus!