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Your NYFW Recap: The Shows, The Drama, The Trends

Assembly New York
Assembly New York

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New York Fashion Week's spring 2016 season has come to a close. Alexander Wang went "no concept," Kanye West unveiled Yeezy Season 2 (which won't be produced by Adidas this time, though it looked darn similar to Season 1), and Coach opted for a runway show over a presentation for the first time, in celebration of the brand's 75th anniversary. Beloved bucket bag brand Mansur Gavriel debuted shoes, which led to drama with Maryam Nassir Zadeh, while J.Crew attempted to return to its roots, drawing fire from the internets. We saw a cool micro-trend of big name brands opening up to the public, selectively, with Givenchy holding a public ticket lottery (oh yeah — ICYMI, Givenchy ditched Paris Fashion Week for a NYC show on 9/11) and Rag & Bone hiding some show tickets in Uber cars.

And, of course, there were clothes. And shoes, and bags, and make-up, and manicures, and — it's a lot to keep up with, which is why we're here. Take in part two of our trend roundup below (see part one here), highlighting a trio of looks we saw on numerous runways. For evening, look to lacy, high-neck dresses; for day, you're permitted to wear a robe (essentially). The cleverest way to show a little skin is via geometric cutouts, which we saw sporty versions of at Rag & Bone and in a cool wave effect at Opening Ceremony. See them all below.

Victorian-Style High Necks

Ryan Roche, Yigal Azrouël, Jonathan Simkhai

Consider this the springtime hangover to fall's dark romance trend. The drama and the lace remain, but with a lighter touch and a lot more skin baring. Natural makeup and pulled-back hair are the perfect accompaniments for the face-framing high neck.

Robe Dressing

Thakoon, Assembly New York, Rosetta Getty

Not only are robe styles innately comfortable, they're also universally flattering cousin of the wrap dress. Expect to find this waist-accenting style everywhere from short jackets to ankle-length dusters, day dresses to evening gowns.

Geometric Cut-Outs

Opening Ceremony, Public School, Rag & Bone

Designers used repetitive, geometric cut-outs within prints, allowing slivers of skin to peek through. The look is confident without sacrificing sex appeal.

Photos: Ryan Roche, Assembly New York, and Rosetta Getty courtesy of the designers; Rag & Bone by Edward James/WireImage; Thakoon and Public School by Thomas Concordia/WireImage; Jonathan Simkhai by Mireya Acierto/Getty Images; Opening Ceremony by Edward James/WireImage