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The Best Runway Looks at New York Fashion Week Fall 2019

The standout looks from the week's top collections.
IMAGE GETTY IMAGES / PETER WHITE
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As the Fall 2019 collections unfold at New York Fashion Week, we're spotlighting the top five runway looks from all the standout shows. Consider it your sneak peek at the looks and trends that will define the upcoming season.

OSCAR DE LA RENTA


OSCAR DE LA RENTA


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OSCAR DE LA RENTA


OSCAR DE LA RENTA


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OSCAR DE LA RENTA


PROENZA SCHOULER


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PROENZA SCHOULER


PROENZA SCHOULER


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PROENZA SCHOULER


PROENZA SCHOULER


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3.1 PHILLIP LIM


"Make less, mean more" is Phillip Lims philosophy for his latest collection. It's clear he's a designer who is giving more thought to sustainability and the conscious consumer as his brand moves towards the future. The designer announced his label would go fur-free the morning of his show. The designer continued to play with proportions in a collection that aimed to elevate utility with youthful tailoring.

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3.1 PHILLIP LIM


3.1 PHILLIP LIM


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3.1 PHILLIP LIM


3.1 PHILLIP LIM


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ZIMMERMANN


ZIMMERMANN


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ZIMMERMANN


ZIMMERMANN


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ZIMMERMANN


LELA ROSE


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Lela Rose’s love of dogs not only inspired her Fall 2019 collection, it also led to a full-on dog show on the runway. Making for an unexpected NYFW moment, the designer staged the “Roseminster Dog Show” (the Westminster Dog Show, but make it fashion) on a turf-covered runway surrounded by mini white picket fences. Wearing the new fall collection, models each walked a furry friend out for the competition, which was officiated by Jenna Bush Hager and Robert Verdi. A standard poodle was paired with an elegant black and white cocktail dress, a corgi with a plaid, Brit-inspired coat dress, a golden retriever with a floral prairie dress. There were also more literal canine references, like a dress featuring antique dog buttons and a silk print dress featuring Dalmatians, Yorkshire Terriers, and French Bulldogs. Crazy dog ladies can be chic too. —Lauren Alexis Fisher

LELA ROSE


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LELA ROSE


LELA ROSE


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LELA ROSE


DION LEE


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DION LEE


DION LEE


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DION LEE


DION LEE


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CAROLINA HERRERA


Wes Gordon is putting his stamp on Carolina Herrera and it's a bold one with a young, bright outlook. The procession of looks that showed this morning at the New York Historical Society included abstract florals of blue and yellow, chiffon gowns in lemon and pink, mixed with black and white suiting and duster coats. He's telling the Herrera woman that he's got her back for any occasion and mood—so long as that mood is optimistic. —Kerry Pieri

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CAROLINA HERRERA


CAROLINA HERRERA


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CAROLINA HERRERA


CAROLINA HERRERA


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PRABAL GURUNG


Prabal Gurung began his namesake label after a 5-year stint at Bill Blass, and perhaps as a result, his collections always seemed pointedly designed with the New York woman in mind. This season (and in his last two collections), his point of view has a more of a globetrotting feel, focusing more on his native Kathmandu and the world beyond. Bold color, hand-embroidered elements, globally inspired prints and finishes, and a dynamic new wave of both wear-to-work looks and party dressing filled Gurung's Fall 2019 runway. Looks of note includes plush mini dresses covered in beading and feathers, cool riffs on cargo pants for evening, and deconstructed suiting that would feel just as at home in the boardroom as they would for after-work nights out.

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PRABAL GURUNG


PRABAL GURUNG


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PRABAL GURUNG


PRABAL GURUNG


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TORY BURCH


Tory Burch took her preppy Americana vibes back in time to North Carolina for Fall and Black Mountain College in particular, an art school founded in 1933 (and open for a mere 25 years). In its short life the school taught such heavy-weights as Cy Twombly and Franz Kline. Those creative vibes showed up on an oversized multi-hued knit dress, cool kid duster coats, scarf print sequins. This arty-yet preppy girl can still rock a plaid suit and bold shouldered gown—because Tory knows where her girls' hearts lie. —Kerry Pieri

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TORY BURCH


TORY BURCH


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TORY BURCH


TORY BURCH


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TIBI


With sleek suiting, wool single button coats, knit turtlenecks and poplin dresses, designer Amy Smilovic once again delivers the goods on wearable, chic clothes for the modern woman. That's the elevator pitch, but these goods deliver that something special, too. High shine trousers under that basic coat in a matching shade of concrete gray. Unexpected flip flops with those suits. An open-back cable knit cream sweater. Tibi has become a mainstay for women who want to look current, but not trendy, minimal, but not boring. Smilovic gets them. -Kerry Pieri

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TIBI


TIBI


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TIBI


TIBI


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BRANDON MAXWELL


Brandon Maxwell's runway shows feel like a celebration—this one was a nod to "resolving where I am," according to his show notes. Perhaps, where he is a very glam cocktail party loosely inspired by the mid-90s, with Carolyn Bessette-worthy streamlined black and white dresses and ballgowns. But it was also a celebration of women, "who transform the ugliness and brutality of reality into something beautiful and substantial," the designer also wrote. The same might be said of Maxwell himself. -Kerry Pieri

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BRANDON MAXWELL


BRANDON MAXWELL


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BRANDON MAXWELL


BRANDON MAXWELL


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JONATHAN SIMKHAI


Jonathan Simkhai now boasts a Los Angeles boutique and has been quietly growing his business into a powerhouse. For Fall 2019, his woman was powerful too, rocking suiting, in pinks and plaids, puffer coats and denim dresses. Scarf prints on dresses and tops were inspired by traditional Ukrainian dress, a nod to his mother's grandmother, who was born in Odessa. But that feminine, sexy Simkhai girl was there too, this time in a standout yellow floral slip dress that all of the designer's Hollywood fans will fall for immediately no doubt. -Kerry Pieri

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JONATHAN SIMKHAI


JONATHAN SIMKHAI


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JONATHAN SIMKHAI


JONATHAN SIMKHAI


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ADEAM


ADEAM


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ADEAM


ADEAM


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ADEAM


HELLESSY


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The Hellessy woman won’t be hiding behind an all-black wardrobe come fall. It was an explosion of color and texture on Sylvie Millstein’s runway—one that ranged from suiting separates to party dresses. Blending in wasn’t an option with pops of neon, tall wide-brim hats, colorful prints, and strong ‘80s silhouettes. In a mashup of references, there were red, white, and blue star print pieces that added a touch of Americana followed by big shoulder pads done up in cobalt blue and hot pink. But it was 68-year-old supermodel Pat Cleveland gliding down the runway in a red hooded gown and sequin pants that completely stole the show. The unexpected finale moment served as the cherry on top of an unapologetically bold and playful collection. —Lauren Alexis Fisher

HELLESSY


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HELLESSY


HELLESSY


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HELLESSY


BROCK COLLECTION


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Brock Collection isn’t afraid to be unabashedly pretty—and that’s the source of all of its power. There were florals and ruffles for Fall 2019, heart prints, tiered skirts and bustier tops. Monochromatic tweeds give a true dose of autumnal texture, but the emphasis is always on form—hugging a woman’s body and embracing sensuality with that perfect Victorian wink. -Kerry Pieri

BROCK COLLECTION


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BROCK COLLECTION


BROCK COLLECTION


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BROCK COLLECTION


CUSHNIE


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Carly Cushnie knows how to make women feel sexy with just the right draping and silhouettes. For Fall, the designer looked to Paul Poiret’s 1920s archives, particularly his Japanese-inspired pieces, for a twist on her signature aesthetic. The end result was a collection rich in both color and texture, with jewel tone hues done in velvets and silks. Standouts included a navy velvet suit adorned with beaded floral designs, draped slip dresses that hugged the body in all the right places, and a string of monochromatic looks done in various shades of eggplant, navy, and burgundy. The rich color palette already seems to be a major theme of the season. —Lauren Alexis Fisher

CUSHNIE


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CUSHNIE


CUSHNIE


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CUSHNIE


NANUSHKA


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Nansushka is a bonafide Instagram success, but this Budapest based designer is hardly a flash in the pan. She’s been designing for over a decade, with an emphasis on sustainable wares. Her vegan leathers, cozy toppers and belt bags appeal to a younger crowd—but Nanushka’s eye for tailoring, great coats, and knitwear are completely ageless. Working in a palette of mauves, browns, creams and burnt oranges for fall, Nanushka is remaining true to her style, and growing her fan base every season. —Kerry Pieri

NANUSHKA


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NANUSHKA


NANUSHKA


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NANUSHKA


KHAITE


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While some of New York Fashion Week's staple labels are exploring new ways of showcasing their collections—some via lookbooks, others through presentations—KHAITE opted for their first runway show this season, and served up the type of show we've become accustomed to seeing only in Europe. This is why we love fashion week: red carpet-worthy confections (some with wearable midi-hemlines) paired with slick yet sophisticated denim and daywear...walking amongst a set of ochre leaves falling from a tree at the center of the room. Designer Catherine Holstein was inspired by the "ingenuity, strength, and audacity of women in America,"—and strong and audacious it was, both in the collection's innovative looks at eveningwear, and in its launch of a shoes and accessories range for the brand that Holstein's bold, inspired American women are going to want in their wardrobes ASAP. —Carrie Goldberg

KHAITE


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KHAITE


KHAITE


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KHAITE


ULLA JOHNSON


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Ulla Johnson has long been the go-to for easy dresses, tops with a bohemian flair, and a free-spirited take on day-to-night dressing. This season the designer wowed with outerwear and accessories that sat well with her staples, but broke new ground. Craftsmanship abounds with Johnson's designs, from beadwork hand-embroidered in India to the artful threadwork featured on her sheepskin coats. This season, Johnson offered far more than the pretty dress or blouse you wear beneath your layers; this collection was fun and fanciful, complete with animal prints, pleats galore, dreamy beadwork, and loads of rich texture. —Carrie Goldberg

ULLA JOHNSON


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ULLA JOHNSON


ULLA JOHNSON


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ULLA JOHNSON


TOM FORD


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Tom Ford channeled his very essence for Fall 2019—a sleek, tailored extravaganza of silk satins mixed with fur and, sometimes, hoodies. Gigi Hadid in red velvet suiting brought to mind Ford’s ‘90s glory days and a mid-20s Gwyneth Paltrow in that famed Tom Ford for Gucci suit. Ditto those white and pastel gowns with chain link details. The star of the night though was a glimmering dress that closed the show on model Anok Yai, who shimmered under those runway lights with all the optimism of a time, well, any time other than right now. –Kerry Pieri

TOM FORD


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TOM FORD


TOM FORD


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TOM FORD


From: Harper's BAZAAR US

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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