New York Fashion Week has arrived yet again, and with it comes some serious sewing inspiration. From new silhouettes to fun textures, I’ve rounded up the top seven runway trends to keep in mind when picking out fabric for your next creation.

1. Rounded Shoulders. In the world of posture, this is something to be avoided, but the term has taken on a whole new meaning with the new shapes of coats these past few seasons. Get creative with a Kimono vibe or try something ultra-minimal.
2. Robe Coats. This look is as comfortable as it is chic—in other words, it’s a win-win. Pick out a plush wool to pull off this look. And the best part? No closure necessary with a tie belt.
3. Touchable Textures. Designers this season lined the runways with layered looks in a variety of weights and surfaces. To give extra depth to a design, try a rich boucle or nubby tweed.
4. Bright two-tones. Whether it’s a silky dress or a warm topper, don’t forget to have fun with linings. Bright contrasting colors were a big hit this season.
5. Velvet. If you have a fancy fete at your fingertips, I’d recommend you take a cruise through the velvet department because the glamorous textile has slinked down the catwalk several times.
6. Trousers. Power pants are back! Make some bold boxy capris or narrow cigarette pants. Don’t be afraid to try some high-waists and standout pleats for a twist on office wear.
7. Printastic. While many labels veered in the direction of luxe neutrals, the rest fearlessly dove into print fabric. The rule? The bolder the better with graphic maxi-dresses and matchy-matchy pantsuits.

February 14, 2014 — Shopify API