NEW YORK — When Fashion Week attendees are not trying to compete for attention in outlandish clothes, be the first to spot a celebrity in the audience, or hop to a better seat when no one is looking, they’re playing a continual, and sometimes silly, game of trend spotting. For example, on Tuesday morning, while I was wearing pink pants and spotting John Legend in the audience of the Badgley Mischka show, I started compiling a list of trends for Spring/Summer 2014 in my head to pass the time. And yes, I was really wearing pink slacks.
The truth about trends at New York Fashion Week is that they’re easier to come by than the free electronic cigarettes and Juicy Couture perfume samples being pushed in your face on Columbus Avenue. When hundreds of designers show their clothes in the span of seven days, there is bound to be overlap. Some of it is purely coincidental, some of it the indication of a sea change in the way that we’ll be dressing next year.