5 Trends We Spotted at NYFW

For as long as I can remember, September always meant two things to me and many of my colleagues: summer is over and DO NOT make plans: Fashion Week is here.
Global Fashion Weeks often took up my life, from New York to London to Paris. This year looks drastically different than years past and adapting to our ‘new normal’ was really manifested when viewing every designers’ approach to NYFW this week. Nevertheless, while we visited Spring 2021 presentations and shows on our laptops versus the traditional bustling physical events we are used to, beauty was still at the forefront. I personally needed this more than ever!

Additionally, it was clear that designers were using their shows this season to amplify critical social matters–from gender neutral style, to racial equality, to a call for simplicity. Jonathan Simkhai said it wonderfully at the front of his show which showcased immediately shoppable Fall fashion: “A ‘now’ that demands brands act as part of their community, listening and amplifying the calls for justice, equality, and social consciousness. Stripping back to basics, both in practice and in product, to build a better future, one step at a time.”

While viewing the ‘shows’, a few trends felt most reoccurring and significant to us at Something Navy:

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Function with Fashion

While I don’t know if we can define this as a ‘trend’, it’s important to call out that our New York designers collectively want their SS21 collections to feel approachable and ‘re-creatable’. This mindset feels synergistic with the current climate, not to mention with how Something Navy always approaches fashion, as remote working has brought a new meaning to our shopping habits and daily style. Think: oversized separates, flowy dresses, and breathable fabrics. Comfort and accessibility remain top of mind, yet successfully matched with fun and thoughtful design.

As Seen at Jason Wu Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear

Courtesy Ulla Johnson

Pops of Color

Rich hues of blue and purple caught my eye. Blue drove many color stories in multiple segments of collections I’ve seen and purple was often its complement. This felt new to me, particularly the blues, as Spring historically has focused on the pink–yellow– red family. We are here to embrace it!

As Seen at Ulla Johnson Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear

Courtesy Rosetta Getty

Crop Tops

I didn’t expect our fashion leaders to make such a stance for crop tops anytime soon, but that time is now. I’m glad I have 5 months to warm up to the trend, because it’s replete across our favorite brands for SS21. But, the take this season is a crop top typically styled back to a more relaxed bottom, which is a nice juxtaposition for a more laid back approach.

As Seen at Rosetta Getty Spring 2021

Courtesy Tom Ford

Retro Vibes

It seems we are paying homage to the 80s and 90s for SS21 and I am loving it. This trend manifests itself as a really fun play on colors and prints–an energy we stand behind at Something Navy.

As Seen at Tom Ford Spring 2021

Courtesy Tom Ford

Powerful Femininity

Spring is often our favorite time to dress as ‘girly’ and ‘whimsical’ as we can. These themes should also bring a sense of empowerment for women and SS21 is showing us how to dress as feminine, yet formidable, as we can. Think: bold yet relaxed suiting, a sea of separates, and a sexy approach to minimalism.

As Seen at Tom Ford Spring 2021

Aside from the trends, a significant takeaway for me was that I felt fulfilled by the virtual nature of New York Fashion Week this season. I didn’t need the grand physicalness of a runway show to be able to appreciate the fashion. Perhaps that is me embracing what I mentioned earlier, a call for simplicity. Don’t get me wrong, I will be sprinting into a fashion show the moment we can!