The best New York Fashion Week street style looks … and how to wear them IRL

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Away from the runway, the intrigue about fashion is all about street style, where the world’s taste-makers, models and a few celebrities give an indication of what people will be wearing the season after the one on show. 

So midway through New York Fashion Week, how are the people on the street performing?

Day one was all about plaid blazers, according to Fashionista, which is good news for anyone thinking of investing in Prince of Wales check this season.

And according to Man Repeller, the street style at the spring shows has “a newfound sense of fun and freedom” (maybe less political?) compared to six months ago, when Fashion Week occurred in the wake of the US election.

Here are the top looks from New York this week – do try these at home.

Dress like a multiplication table

Winner: Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert

Double denim, head-to-toe leather and now triple leopard. A look that only an Italian has enough chutzpah to carry off, Engelbert went all matchy-matchy in a classic Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress with matching heels and bag. Throw on some gold bling, oversized sunglasses and you’ve got a whole lot of look. 

Wear velvet in the daytime

Winner: Athena Calderone

​Velvet is one of those fabrics that can stump even the most ardent fashion girl. It can add bulk and be incredibly difficult to layer. But this dress in antique gold is a winner: the backless silhouette removes bulk and the straw bag says “casual cool” more than “wedding guest”.

Match pink and red in the same outfit

Winner: Natalie Lim Suarez

​Pink and red, blue and green, who wrote these silly fashion rules? Fashion week is the place to give the proverbial finger to the rules by wearing colours and prints in all their clashing glory. Bonus points to Natalie for incorporating velvet into this look.

Tie back sport-luxe with Sunday best

Winner: Meme

One of my all-time favourite fashion week looks is the hoodie and ball skirt combo, as perfected by our own Pip Edwards, of P.E. Nation. The trick, as shown here, is to play with proportion, or find a windcheater or hoodie that’s elevated with embroidery or tricky sleeve detail.

Carry the ‘it’ bag (even if it only costs $300)

Winner: Everyone who owns a Cult Gaia Ark bag

OK, so by the end of this week, this bag may be on the “not” lists but it’s hard to ignore its appeal, and friendly price point. Expect it to be a huge hit at the spring carnival.

Dress like Gucci but not actually in Gucci

Winner: Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert

With a triple-barrelled name whose syllables alone are enough to get the heart racing, the ultimate “slashie” (writer/stylist/consultant) carried off one of the most-photographed NYFW looks with a red T-shirt emblazoned with “more is more” on the back, a candy-striped midi skirt by Off White and red Gianvito Rossi slingback heels.

Wear your bag/jacket in an unexpected fashion

Winner: Dani Stahl

​We all know the bumbag is back in fashion but looking like a 1990s gangster rapper isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But you can still get on the trend by wearing your cross-body bag like a Dutch tourist in Barcelona by shortening the strap until it’s nearly cutting off your circulation. 

When in doubt, Balenciaga

Winner: Evangelie Smyrniotaki

​If there’s one designer that’s hotter than hot at NYFW – and isn’t even showing – it’s Balenciaga. The Style Heroine blogger has nailed the 1990s with this sporty look.

Dress like you don’t give a f–k

Winner: Lynn Yaeger

Proving that winning fashion week is about style over fashion (or youth), the Vogue contributing editor has made “bag lady chic” and her drawn-on pout a double signature that few would dare to copy.

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