New York fashion week threw out some surprises this week – with certain presidents decrying global warming amid a spate of hurricanes across Texas and Florida, inevitably the designers were pushing their socially conscious credentials along with this season’s latest colour. Which for those not yet in the know, is yellow. I guess America needs cheering up.

Some of the socially conscious statements were about gender, which seems to have been a hot topic in the news all year. Prabal Gurung displayed a collection that was supposed to represent the “de-genderisation of colour” – and featured bright pink, blue and yellow chiffon dresses to make the point.

Some of the shows went out of their way to be inclusive, featuring plus-sized and even heavily pregnant models, different ethnicities and even older women.

Soft colours, glitter and bling made a reappearance – Victoria Beckham showcased a collection of pastel colours and glittery shoes, which she said would show, “strength in delicacy”. Rihanna also went for full on glitter with her Fenty X launch, high-heeled wedges with neon detail and even hybrid stiletto flip flops.

The top trends to take away from the runways of New York this year are:

Yellow – it’s back!

It made an appearance on the runway but dominated the crowds. Rihanna set the scene for the sunny shades when she appeared to launch the Fenty Beauty collection in a stunning yellow Oscar de la Renta two piece. The yellow skirt featured a train and she added a matching yellow crop top just to make a point. Watch this space – we told you yellow was going to be HUGE here:

Effortless jeans

Victoria Beckham nailed the perfect look for jeans in 2018 in the run up to her show, by wearing jeans and a plain white T-shirt and casually commenting that, “I just haven’t had time to think about what to wear.” Her comments didn’t go unnoticed and the front rows were full of a specific jean style – the jean of the moment is the straight-legged, dark denim, slightly cropped style. You heard it here first.

Casual Blazers

The blazer appeared absolutely everywhere, and looks perfect teamed with worn with the season’s on-trend jeans. It also made an entrance smartened up with skirts or even as part of a suit. Keep it slightly casual and slouchy with an oversized blazer rather than eighties preppie.

One to avoid: The French cut swimsuit

Even if you have the body confidence for this one, don’t do it. It will look ridiculous. Tom Ford and Fenty x Puma decided that high-cut swimsuits looked fantastic worn under low-slung trousers, skirts and shorts and that we all needed to see hips this summer.

We don’t. Stop it.