New York Fashion Week Fall 2015 RTW

New York Fashion Week is always full of impressive moments. The energy is palpable whether you’re there for the action or not. Luckily with the help of social media and extensive coverage by digital publications, we were able to scope out the trends, looks and best (and worst) designers pretty easily. We went ahead and did the work of gathering the need-to-know designers for you, so you can look super knowledgable the next time you chit chat with your fashion friends. So here it goes, our most important takeaways from New York Fashion Week Fall 2015 RTW:


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Always effortlessly cool in a super punky way, Rodarte has been making a serious name for themselves these past few seasons, and this fashion week just further cemented their success. From jewel-toned fur coats, sheer pilgrim-esque dresses and bodysuits, sequined embellished gowns and more, this collection eloquently interpreted hints of nature with tough details in an unexpected flirty way.

Wes Gordon

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A favorite of ours, Wes Gordon FW 2015 RTW is 90s minimalism done right. With sleek and cozy separates and maxi dresses dominating the runway, this collection is all about versatility and mixing and matching. Plus, we’re always big fans of chunky turtle necks. You have to stay warm somehow if you’re going to show off so much leg, right?

Tommy Hilfiger

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Remember how we were so over the literal interpretation of sportswear in fashion? Yeah, well Mr.Hilfiger may have changed our mind. If there was a mock-election for the fashion industry then Tommy Hilfiger FW2015 RTW would definitely win best theme. After transforming the runway into a football stadium, models walked dressed in 70s prep attire, fur skirts, and Pantone’s Color of The Year: Marsala. We’ll cheer on this team anytime.

Jason Wu

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Jason Wu seriously impressed with his Fall 2015 RTW collection. Rich jewel tones in olive green and red were the dominate colors of the collection, and modern, minimalist, silhouettes emphasized Wu’s attention to construction. However, it was the luxe fur accents and separates in jet black and navy blue that really stole (ha, get it?) the show.

Elizabeth & James

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Not that the entire collection wasn’t amazing, but holy fringe. While fringe has easily been overdone lately, Elizabeth & James interpretation of the trend is fresh. Aside from fringe, this collection’s most impressive points were the model who rocked a septum piercing and the cool-girl basics is neutrals that go with EVERYTHING.


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Altuzarra introduced hints of romanticism in his FW 2015 RTW collection with lace and sheer details. Like many other designers, he decided to go with a rich color palette inspired by the 70s, and fur and thigh high boots give it the perfect amount of warmth.

Band of Outsiders

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Pilgrim belt buckles dominated the majority of Band of Outsiders FW 2015 RTW looks. From buckles on jackets, shoes, dresses and more, this detail when combined with a 70s prints and colors and men’s wear silhouettes was modern and cool.

Diane Von Furstenberg

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DVF is kind of known for playing it safe, and sticking to what she knows best. This tends to work for her season after season, but we were still pretty excited to see how edgy her Fall 2015 RTW collection was. Graphic prints and bold colors were the main focus of the collection, and the updates on her classic DVF wrap dress were surprisingly sexy. To top it off, dark floral prints and pin-stripes and tuxedo-inspired pieces pulled the collection together.

Alexander Wang

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Alexander Wang listened to what his customers wanted and delivered with his Fall 2015 RTW collection. Totally emulating the mall goth look we pre-fashionistas grew up loving with creepers, greasy hair, all black, heavy-metal embellishments and more, Wang’s  passion and inspiration for individuality was extremely evident. Needless to say, we’re positive you’ll be seeing recreations of some of these looks at your local Hot Topic in the near future.

Adam Selman

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Adam Selman, while fairly new in the fashion industry spotlight, is proving to be a designer with a ton of ideas. He understands the sweet spot between commerciality and #fashun, and we think that’s a pretty cool thing to be able to do. His FW 2015 RTW brought us back to the days of Grease and Amy Winehouse’s edgy 60s style. With models sporting messy beehive hairdos, delicate bows, fluffy sweaters and skater skirts, in turquoise, baby-pink and black, it was certainly a success.

Marc Jacobs

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Marc Jacobs is giving young designers a run for their money. The thing about Jacobs is he understands fashion at its core. His collections are thoughtful and well-researched and his FW RTW 2015 is no exception. Inspired by the iconic Diana Vreeland, models paraded down the runway in moody and sophisticated designs. Featuring navy blue, dark lips, tight hair, leopard print and snakeskin, full skirts, patent leather gloves, metallics, and more, the Marc Jacobs FW 2015 vibe is something that’s fresh and more than welcomed.

Oscar De La Renta

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Peter Copping, Oscar De La Renta’s hand-picked successor, managed to get by just fine for his first collection for the iconic fashion haus. While not many of the looks were particularly ‘wow,’ he managed to cohesively demonstrate his understanding of what makes Oscar De La Renta, well, Oscar De La Renta, which is rather impressive given the circumstances. With that being said, we were particularly huge fans of the romantic white and red color palette, and multiple interpretations of florals displayed in the collection. Bravo, Pete.

Impressive Newbies: Hellessy, Protagonist, Katie Ermilio

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While all unique in their own right, this group of new designers have all harnessed the understanding of what it takes to dress the modern woman. With interesting and thoughtful details showcased in the Fall 2015 RTW collections from Hellessy, Protagonist and Katie Ermilio, we’re excited to see what will come next for each of these talented designers.

RIP Lincoln Center & Mercedes-Benz

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Finally, it would be a shame to write about New York Fashion Week and not mention the end of Lincoln Center and Merced-Benz sponsorship. Since Bryant Park pulled out, Lincoln Center has been home to New York Fashion Week, and Mercedes-Benz has been the sponsor for, like, ever. It’s still unclear what the demise of these two fashion week staples will mean for next season, but we’re pretty sure all will be fine (We’re looking at you MILK Studios).


What were your favorite New York Fashion Week Fall 2015 RTW moments? Leave your answer in the comment section below! 

Emma Klug started The Style Note in the fall of 2012. Her writing has been featured in DBusiness Magazine, Chicago Sun-Times, Nothing Major, The Working Wardrobe, Chicago Talks, Inexpensive Chic, and The Wayne State University student paper: The South End. When she’s not writing you can find her eating pizza, binge-watching Netflix and working her day job as a magazine editor.