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New York Fashion Week Hen Party Inspiration


Fashion Week is always one of the most exciting weeks in the calendar for every fashionista. Inspiration can be found everywhere; from the runway production, the music, the street style, the FROW and of course, the collections themselves. For those not lucky enough to score a front row seat, here are some of the key collections from New York Fashion Week that will be making big impact next Autumn Winter.

Rihanna’s debut Fashion Week runways show as Puma’s new women’s creative director certainly got people talking. Her Fenty line, christened after her own last name is packed full of inspiration to draw into your own look. The women's jumpsuit with barely pulled together lacing that curved from cleavage over to thigh and down the leg, worn by Bella Hadid, above, proves how the laced up look from previous seasons is here to stay. Inky blacks streamed down the runway teamed with a dark lip to give a gothic undertone, along with fab oversize furry hoodies, fuzzy backpacks and spike-heel sneaker booties; the fur trend is clearly here to stay but with a more casual look this season for a new edge to a glam hen night out. There’s even a twist on the nautical trend in the form of a low cut sailor top in honour of her Navy fan base. Rihanna’s line is dark and opulent whilst also casual and wearable, modelled after her own personal style, making it a modern take on the usual luxurious hen night out.


Shades of caramel, tobacco and cinnamon have been cropping up a lot this fashion week and look set to be the new colour palette of the season. The colour can be hard to wear, especially for a hen party where brown velvet doesn’t seem exciting enough to create a stunning outfit. But on 3.1 Phillip Lim’s runway the colour looked both sumptuous and cool in the form of a relaxed, tailored velvet suitor a classic pea coat. Wear this trend out on your hen party nights out in the form of outwear in the colder months, allowing you to cover your clothes stylishly and look just as glamorous waiting for a cab as you do the rest of the night. For a double trend, add some military references – they were in high supply, from mossy green and burnt orange quilted parachute coats and jackets courtesy of Lim, to the heavy, hybrid anoraks and ribbed knit jumpers at Rag and Bone. You’ll want them all.

Tommy Hilfiger describes the inspiration behind his nautical accented collection; “Imagine a girl finding her grandmother’s favourite dress from the 40s, throwing on a boyfriend’s coat and a pair of sparkly shoes before dashing out the door.” This is nautical dressing, but with a vintage, sparkling edge. Even the “boyfriend’s coat” is fashioned of fluffy white furs and pink shell satins and some models even wear bejewelled tiaras. The feeling is romantic but there’s still a contrast between the properness of the frilled socks and the oversized coats, keeping with the theme of the season of casual outfits. Team your own delicate hen party dress with a large military code, mixing feminine floral prints with rougher materials to get the look. Don’t forget to add sparkly earrings!

One of the biggest things to take away from NYFW is a vaguely gothic attitude spreading throughout the city. The goth feeling surfacing in AW16 is less about dark lipstick (even though it’s still here) and more about a general sombre, funeral mood; at Rodarte the set was decorated with trampled flowers and rubble as if zombie brides, complete with lace veils, had just immerged from their graves. The bridal theme was kept throughout the show (in stark contrast to Chanel’s famously chic end-of-runway bride) as lace filled the runway - lace has been everywhere this week. Rodarte showcased a pair of sheer lace trousers here, a ruffled slip dress there. Multicoloured furs also lined the runway whilst the white and blacks of the bridal look were joined by deep roses and burgundies creating a richer AW16 colour palette. Floral patterns, along with fresh flower earrings add a dark femininity that you can channel into a hen occasion easily; perfect for afternoon tea in the darker months. Lingerie dressing, one of spring’s biggest trends looks like it will definitely hang around for the following winter, great for a late hen night out sipping cocktails with the girls in candlelit bars.

New York Fashion Week was filled to the brim with inspiration, from new trends to little tweaks to make in your wardrobe to keep yourself up to date. Think glam in a more relaxed way – a trend that is so easily adaptable for when you’re heading out with the girls, making sure your hen party look is runway ready!

Image Credits: Vogue

Lydia Stevenson

Lydia loves nothing more than spending weekends shopping for the latest styles with friends, or curled up with a fabulous fashion magazine!

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