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Tie-Dye Takes Manhattan During New York Fashion Week

Trendsetters are channeling the Summer of Love during the dead of winter.

Psychedelic tie-dye and acid wash fashion injected a bold splash of color and texture to street style during New York Fashion Week.

And with early spring styles from Proenza Schouler, Amiri and Balmain readily available, and fast fashion retailers Pull & Bear, Zara and Urban Outfitters with their own supply of tie-dye, there’s a print for every style.

The playful and nostalgic trend is proving to be one that transcends age, price point and personal style, with street style looks spanning ’90s-era grunge and club kid style, to urban gypsy princess.

That mishmash of interpretations was evident as Fashion Week goers paired tie-dye tees, hoodies and jeans with directional pieces like Western belts and boots, futuristic silver and white leather accessories, and club kid platform sneakers and hikers. Sunglasses with colorful mirrored lenses, jewelry with tiny charms and shoelace belts were subtle nods to tie-dye’s skater heritage.

Denim was a common companion—particularly, jean jackets, mom jeans and straight fit jeans in ’90s washes. Meanwhile, the acid wash designs from Proenza Schouler’s Spring ’19 “Made in USA” collection flexed its commercial muscle with influencers sporting full head-to-toe looks from the label.