March 12, 2018 11:00 AM

In the face of change, many turn to the past for stability. Last month’s New York Fashion Week saw more and more designers ditching the runway to go rogue, from Zac Posen to Diane von Furstenberg to Lela Rose, as the murmurs surrounding the future of NYFW grow. Nonetheless, the shows had troops of devout followers flooding the sidewalks donning outfits that had an optimism for the future and a reverence for the past.

Western flair continued to ride the streets from fringe details to woven satchel bags and white western boots. Model Milena Litvinovskaya radiated gothic cowgirl vibes in a black jean jacket paired with a prairie skirt in the same shade of noir. A rustic touch was brought by steel-toed ankle boots and a Marc Jacobs shoulder bag in brown suede. Blogger Sonja Kovac nods to the West by carrying a semi-circular, studded Salar satchel as part of her pastel pink ensemble.

Kovac was not the only fan of enveloping, relaxed wool coats. Many cinched their outfits together with ankle-sweeping outerwear in solid woolen shades. As wide-leg trousers peeped from underneath, a new power suit emerged, fit for the New York City cold.

Red and pink reunite as Streeters hark back to the 80’s. Jessica Wang channels the decade through a boxy crew neck, printed midi-skirt, slouchy boots from Paul Andrew, and Salvatore Ferragamo’s Gancio Cutout Tote. A pair of Karen Walker shades lended the blogger rosy vision for Valentine’s Day. Throughout the week, eyewear ranged from rectangular black blocks to 60’s cat eyes and 90’s colored lenses. PR director Michelle Song peered through clear aviators, clutching a patent white MM6 clutch as she poses in Off-White’s “For Walking” over-the-knee boots.

While glam certainly had its place, German blogger Caroline Daur evokes the uniform of an industrial painter in a cream shearling jacket atop a tan denim jumpsuit by Adam Selman. Blue florals climb up her legs as the sartorial version of paint splatters. The shearling inclination was continued by photographer Franco Shicke, whose all-leather ensemble was topped with a slick bronze number for night, and for day, model Leah Rodl wrapped herself in a long patchwork duster.

Some of the hardest workers of NYFW– the models– mainly stuck to no-fuss neutrals and lean lines when off-duty. Accessories like baker boy caps, sky-high boots, and vibrant bags– like Kateryna Zub’s bright blue Marc Jacobs crossbody– break up the monotony of one shade dressing, without losing its sense of simplicity.







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