Many of the trends from the runway shows for fall/winter 2017 were a continuation of what we’ve been seeing for the past few fashion cycles—including bared shoulders, ruffles, and slip dresses.

But a few new (or newish) themes seem to be percolating to the surface, as well. Here is our report on our five favorite fashion trends that you’ll likely be spotting on the streets and store racks—and even in your own closet—come autumn:

Tan garments by 3.1 Philip Lim, Michael Kors and Alexander McQueen.


Light brown is making a comeback as the de rigueur neutral to have in your wardrobe—in slacks, skirts, shirts, dresses and/or jackets. You’ll find it offered in varying shades of tan, from muted khaki to soft camel to flesh tone, and from designers including Karen Walker, Marissa Webb, Michael Kors, Alexander McQueen and 3.1 Phillip Lim.

Metallic effects from Baja East (with tan too), Michael Kors and Gucci.


We mean “heavy” in the sense that garments with a metallic effect (especially gold) were everywhere on the runways. Whether weaving it in as a glittery embellishment, pairing it with a more neutral piece, or making an entire outfit out of it, designers such as Hanley, Rachel Zoe, Jenny Packham, Baja East, Michael Kors, Valentino and Gucci are making shiny fabric the look-at-me element of the season.

Power suits by Rachel Zoe, Givenchy and Hellessy.


Female power is front-and-center with bold, gorgeous pant-and-jacket pairings that truly make a statement. Examples include a sleek, monochromatic metallic number (Rachel Zoe), a gray tweed suit with wide-legged slacks (Hellessy), and an embroidered jacket with dark trousers (Givenchy). Other designers offering striking takes on the power-suit look include Banana Republic, J.Crew, Brandon Maxwell and Versace.

Plaid pieces from Victoria Beckham, Sonia Rykiel and Calvin Klein.


Let’s face it: Plaid is a pattern that can easily fall into “overkill” territory. But it also can be a timeless classic when done right. And we were happy to see labels like Calvin Klein, Victoria Beckham, Rag & Bone and Sonia Rykiel approaching plaid in clever, catchy ways on everything from tweedy outerwear to fetching cocktail dresses.

Fur creations by Valentino, Saint Laurent and Christian Siriano.


Fur made a strong showing at the fall shows, in versions both real and faux (our style of choice, natch!). Some designers, such as Christian Siriano and Giambattista Valli, offered more traditional takes, with black or brown fur coats, lapels or stoles. Others took a much more playful or artsy approach with bold colors and prints. These included Michael Kors’ floral fur, J. Crew’s cotton-candy coat, Valentino’s black-and-white capelet, a chevron-patterned coat by Salvatore Ferragamo, and a bright red, heart-shaped number from Saint Laurent.