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16 Top Trends

ss09nyc_greatesthitsopenOur greatest hits from New York Fashion Week. By Christene Barberich & Piera Gelardi
Fashion Week in fall is always a little jarring. Most of us are still re-programming ourselves out of the slower pace of summer, and then the Tents go up, taxis disappear, and fashion is once again in session. Perhaps in keeping with the frenetic pace, the recent spring/summer shows conjured a lot of strong opinions. Critics, buyers, and enthusiasts loved or hated them. And many called the collections a disappointment. We don't agree. Even though the economy is in the shitter and loads of designers are being a tad more conservative with their output, we discovered several shows that revealed vitality and risk in good measure. In particular, we loved the pattern of opposing forces at work: Some designers went soft and feminine, while others embraced sexy, hard-edged, and angular; some went with black or inky winter shades as the other side adopted powdery pastels. The yin-yang excited us, and as a result there were a lot of top moments to choose from. Here we go…again—our top 16 trends of NYFW…get 'em while they're hot.

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Our greatest hits from New York Fashion Week.