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With the Met Gala already behind us, September’s biggest events have come and gone in a flash. And this includes the long-awaited, in-person return of New York Fashion Week. After a handful of seasons viewing the collections virtually, show-going New Yorkers were finally back together to see the collections IRL during five jam-packed days that led up to a night at the museum.
In true New Yorker fashion, street style usuals like Lauren Santo Domingo, Richie Shazam, and Rachel Seville Tashjian opted for all-black ensembles. Whether it was sleek tailoring or interesting silhouettes or shoes and accessories, these color-less looks were just as striking as their brightly colored and loud printed counterparts. Head-to-toe black isn’t the least bit dull when cut-out tops, balloon-shaped pants, or textured fabrics are incorporated. So if you find you’re out of ideas on what to wear, you can never go wrong with the iconic New York uniform—the effortlessly chic and unendingly cool.
Ahead, eight all-black outfits captured on the streets during New York Fashion Week to inspire your ensembles for fall. Nobody wears black better than New Yorkers.Photographed by Phil OhElevated Basics
Opt for a cool pant silhouette and visually striking long sleeve top for an update to the basic jeans and t-shirt.
Everlane utility barrel pantsPhotographed by Phil OhStriking Suiting
There are few things better than ultra-sleek, all-black suiting—plus the suit vest is having a moment, too.
& Other Stories oversized buttoned vest
& Other Stories wide-flared trousersPhotographed by Phil OhWell Embellished
Give your all-black look some shine with added embellishment, from gold charms to crystal accents.
Bode Appenzeller Ohio embellished jacket
Miu Miu cat-eye crystal-embellished acetate sunglassesPhotographed by Phil OhPushing Buttons
Button front details add a nice contrast to fall’s black dresses.
Sandro knit midi shirtdress
Stella McCartney small chain faux leather shoulder bagPhotographed by Phil OhPrinted Matter
Ok, it still counts if the prints are black-based—especially when incorporating onyx-colored accessories.
Chopova Lowena Taz corset flocked-cotton midi dress
Photographed by Phil OhSoft to the Touch
Plain black won’t fall flat when they offer a little something extra—a bit of texture, like cloqué or puffed padding, goes a long way.
Cecilie Bahnsen Clara puff sleeve minidress
Coach pillow Tabby shoulder bagPhotographed by Phil OhAnchored Embroidery
Not-so-subtle statements feel grounded when anchored with black, like this embroidered dress and embellished sandal.
Muzungu Sisters floral-embroidered silk dress
Roger Vivier Viv' Rangers strass buckle sandals in leatherPhotographed by Phil OhGold Dust
Gold hardware adds a nice contrast for an elegant, evening-ready look.
Boutique Moschino single-breased fitted blazer
Proenza Schouler Rolo fringed leather shoulder bag