As New York Fashion Week Fall 2016 came to a close, we are left with an endless wish list of style "wants" and a new appreciation for all the fashion mavens who braved the NYC chill.
Fashion's most fabulous heavy hitters flocked to the Big Apple, rocking street style that foreshadowed the Fall 2016 shows. From copious layering, to glitter and sheen, with a touch of old Hollywood meets disco -- NYFW16 did not disappoint.
Beyond the fashion -- there were new faces to watch, new experiential shows and even beauty looks that we cannot wait to welcome come Fall.
Blast from the Past
The 70s were in full-effect in 2015 and by the looks of Alice and Olivia, Jeremy Scott and Michael Kors -- the retro look is here to stay.
Karlie Kloss wore retro prints to open and close the Jeremy Scott show Monday, including a bright leopard coat and a pink polka-dotted dress, both with fur detail and Hairpsray-approved hair styles. Michael Kors played the 1960s pop hit ‘Windy’ as his models mirrored the sentiment of the tune -- all with a modern twist, of course.
Going back even further, Binx Walton at Tommy Hilfiger was '40s pin-up in a babe in a red satin dress, echoing vintage detailing.
Madeline Stuart Stuns
Australian model Madeline Stuart took the runway by storm at NYFW Spring 2016 shows when she became the first person with Down syndrome to walk the runway at New York Fashion Week.
Her glowing smile appeared again for FTL Moda, the first was a wintry look by Lulu te Gigi and the second, a gold and purple formal dress she stunned in.
“I hope through modeling I can change society's view of people with disabilities, exposure to creating awareness, acceptance and inclusion," she wrote on her website -- we adore her!
Ri-Ri Goes Futuristic
Rihanna had a lot to prove at NYFW, as the new creative director for Puma all eyes were on her first show for the brand.
Looks were full of Japanese streetwear–inspired gear from Ri, including FENTY PUMA by Rihanna collection which featured model power sisters, Gigi and Bella Hadid. The models walked down the runway in slicked back silver-white hair, dark colored lips, a plush coat and pointed-toe stiletto sneakers. The future looks fab, Rihanna!
Coming to a Red Carpet Near You
Red carpet elegance, is there nothing more thrilling at FW then an incredible gown? It is the thing that fashion dreams are made of. Christian Siriano 'wowed' with silky, flowing silhouettes. As did Ralph Lauren with gilded gowns as far as the eye could see. One breathtaking gown after another took to the runway.
At Carolina Herrera, a neutral color palette turned into rich hues of violet, crushed grape and mulberry. Texture offset the luxe satins with sweet flower embroideries. J. Medel and Marchesa also showcased floral motifs on everything from off-the-shoulder to deep-v gowns.
Disco Inferno at DVF
Diane von Furstenberg brought together every top model including Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Lily Aldridge and the current face of DVF - Karlie Kloss - for her show turned dance party. Held at DVF's meatpacking district headquarters, the runway show was touted as an "experience," as the audience watched the models as they got ready, as if the beauties were having a girl's night out. Primping, prepping and boogying to 70s music, a conga line even began!
Similar to DVF's non-runway show, designers created experiential shows at NYFW 2016. Rachel Antonoff had a performers sing "A Secretary Is Not a Toy" from the Broadway musical How to Succeed in Business Without Even Trying with the beautiful and brave, Ali Stroker, sang lead. Stroker made history by being the first wheelchair actor to appear on Broadway. The designer's brother, Jack Antonoff, even joined in.
Marc Jacobs, Kate Spade and Ryan Roche joined in on the celebration of performance. While she didn't sing at the show, she did rock the runway at Marc Jacobs. While Roche's children performed a tribute to David Bowie and Spade had Alice Smith belting out bluesy jazz tunes as models stood in the round.
Sparkle and Sheen
Makeup is everything! It is the final touch to the fashion, the accent to the look and complement to any design. The beauty looks ranged from almost super natural to bohemian and everything in-between.
Opening Ceremony took the glitter up a notch with streaks of sparkle across the models' eye lids and down their noses. Sheen across the rest of their face gave it almost a minimalist effect.
For all you statement lip fans, no fear, your go-to bold look is not going anywhere soon. Fresh-faced models at Proenza Schouler alternated with nude and bold, matte red lips while Rodarte and Zac Posen showcased one of our favorite Fall beauty looks -- deep burgundy lips.