News From NYFW: Polo Necks, Prince of Wales Checks and Big Grins

Nothing can bring New York Fashion Week down, we discovered this weekend. Especially not a blizzard named after an animated fish! The Autumn/Winter 2013 shows continued despite the sub-zero conditions, with editors wearing wellies on the front row and ‘It’ girls doubling-up on coats. The collections were worth suffering numb toes for, luckily, with Tommy Hilfiger, Victoria Beckham and Diane von Furstenberg amongst the highlights. Here are the key trends to note, so far…

Tommy Hilfiger Fall 2013 Prince of Wales checks

Prince of Wales Checks at Tommy Hilfiger: The Tommy Hilfiger show opened with eight menswear-inspired outfits in Prince of Wales checks. The mixture of boyish tailoring and heritage prints was sassy and cool, reminding me a little of Diane Keaton in Annie Hall. I hope Tommy has started a big trend here, as it’s a look I’d like to see more of!

Victoria Beckham Fall 2013 polo neck purple detachable

Polo Necks Make a Comeback at Victoria Beckham: This season Victoria Beckham is also feeling the menswear influence, sending oversized coats, boxy silhouettes and elements of suiting down her AW13 runway. But the polo necks somehow made the biggest impact. For such a small detail they certainly transform a look, and rumour has it Victoria’s polo necks are all detachable. I do love a garment that can be worn in more than one way…

Diane Von Furstenberg Fall 2013 smiles

Models Smile at Diane von Furstenberg: Here’s a fashion week shocker, if ever there was one… At the DVF show the models actually smiled as they walked down the runway. After years of expressionless faces this felt groundbreaking! Here’s hoping Diane’s influence will inspire a change in the industry, and we’ll see big, cheesy grins at every major show.

Are you enjoying New York Fashion Week, so far? Which collections have you liked best? Let me know…