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As much as Fashion Week is about the buzz, the models, the bloggers, and the status, at its core, it’s about the clothes. And this season, we saw some really jaw-droppingly beautiful pieces that we can’t wait to buy.
If you guessed the median price tag of everything that walked down the runways was, like, $7,000, you wouldn’t be wrong. But a bunch of the labels who showed this year in New York are attainable, if not affordable. (At the very least, we’ve got until next spring to save up.) Check out all the stuff we want to buy below, and see more highlights from NYFW here.
I don’t regularly think about what I’d wear to my wedding, if I were to ever have one, but it’s pretty much the only thing I could think about during Ulla Johnson’s spring show this season. The first few models that came down the runway were in these beautiful white dresses; some of them were sheer, some of them were eyelet, and one of them was this beautiful crochet pattern with fringe wrapped around the bodice. —Tiffany Yannetta, shopping director
Raf Simons’ new collection for Calvin Klein is all about American dreams and American nightmares, a concept told brilliantly through blood-red plastics, shimmery pom poms turned into fringe, and denim jackets screen-printed with grim photos from Andy Warhol’s “Death and Disaster” series.
The shape of this coat is like something my grandmother might have owned, but it’s done in a swampy, mottled green with a soft, rubbery sheen. The American dream is owning a piece like this; the American nightmare is not being able to afford it. —Eliza Brooke, senior reporter
I know going into every season that Sandy Liang will be one of my favorite collections. I just love all of the different colors and textures she uses — it’s Very Me. This year (now that I’m not a bottom-of-the-totem-pole assistant with a salary to match), I’m determined to get my hands on one of the glossy leather coats covered in pastel fur. They make an appearance in every collection, so I’ve been envisioning how I’d look in one for years at this point. —Tanisha Pina, market editor
I’m a pretty big Eckhaus Latta fan — the jeans have the most flattering (but oddly cool) butt pockets, and the knits are super unique — so I wasn’t surprised that I loved everything the designers sent down the runway. One of my faves was this cutout dress that features velvet flowers with a slight sheen. —Cory Baldwin, shopping editor
From the same show, this white sweater dress was great, too. (You can’t tell from the photo, but it has a gorgeous open back.) I actually also really loved the chunky white boots, which are a collaboration between Eckhaus Latta and shoe brand Camper. —CB
I also really loved Mara Hoffman’s spring collection — it was so good! I’ve always liked the designer’s swimsuits, but the ready-to-wear and coverups always felt a little too specific of a look for me. This season, though, I want everything: this orange top-and-pant set, this white dress with black buttons running along the side, this floral corduroy jacket, and, above all, these blue pants. —TY
Self-Portrait dresses are essentially the Sour Patch Kids of fashion: They’re just the right balance of tart and sweet, which makes them totally irresistible, at least to me. This season, designer Han Chong offered a few new versions I’m dying to buy — but I especially loved this navy blue number, with its asymmetrical striped skirt and sheer lace top.
Look closely, and you can see the tiny black bows dotting those stripes! I’d probably layer a black tank top underneath for modesty if I was headed anywhere other than da club (and let’s face it, I’m never headed to da club) — but otherwise, it’s a pretty perfect party look. —Elana Fishman, entertainment editor
No surprises either that the Maryam Nassir Zadeh show was full of things I want to wear. The spring collection riffed on the candy colors and metallics you probably recognize from her shoes. Can somebody please buy me this jacket? Because I know I won’t be able to afford it. —CB
Okay. Ignore the whole outfit — not because I don’t like it (I do), but it’s not what I’m talking about right now. I was thinking about these shoes for hours after seeing them IRL at the Simon Miller presentation. You can’t see them completely in this photo, but they’re the most perfect backless kitten heels. Every detail is perfect, at least to me. If I only splurge on one piece in the spring, it’ll be these. —TP
Also, Maki Oh! There was some cute denim with 1940s-style high waists and buttoned-up looks going on at the Nigerian designer’s presentation, but my favorite look was this near-neon sheer tulle dress. —CB
This look is from the Dia & Co. fashion show at The CurvyCon. It was definitely cool to see a plus-size show during NYFW, but not all the looks totally hit the mark. Even so, there were some cool pieces. For example: Please ignore the top half of this outfit and take a look at those pants — they’re dope! —CB
In addition to being one of the nicest people in the fashion industry, Rachel Antonoff consistently makes really, really cute clothes. Her prints stand out every season; this spring’s pastel snakes in particular, which slithered across short suits and sleeveless shifts, are no exception. I need this blazer in my life, like, yesterday. —EF
Soooo, Juicy Couture makes real clothes now? And I like them? A lot? The infamous early-aughts velour tracksuit has taken a backseat to colorful linens, printed chiffon, and ankle-grazing dresses. The styling was great, too — a lot of the looks were playing up the whole monochromatic thing (which I’m still very much into), including my favorite all-white look pictured above. It feels like something both Aaliyah and an extra in the Clueless gym class scene would wear, so of course I want it. —TP