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Fashion Week Spring 2016: White, slip dresses and more trends from the runways

A model walks the runway at the Spring

A model walks the runway at the Spring 2016 collection presentation by Badgley Mischka, during New York Fashion Week on Sept. 15, 2015. Credit: EPA / PETER FOLEY

There was p-l-e-n-t-y of color on runways all over the spring '16 collections at New York Fashion Week, which came to a close last week. But there was hardly a lineup that didn't have a hefty dose of white.

From the boys at Public School, whose whites were hipster and a touch exotic, to the gorgeous gowns at Carolina Herrera to Ralph Lauren's crisp, sporty nautical whites -- it was everywhere.

"White always acts as a palate cleanser," says Adam Glassman, creative director of O, the Oprah Magazine. "It happens every season, but this season there seems to be more of it."

The benefit? "White tends to look great on everyone, especially around the face," says Glassman. The disadvantage? "The dirt factor. Guaranteed if you're wearing a white top, you're going to spill something on it."

So here's to looking great and, sorry, some additional dry cleaning bills.

Besides the white, the season was, according to Allure Magazine's fashion director, Siobhan Bonnouvrier, "very easy, slightly undone and feminine, but not frilly." A look at a few other trends:

The slip dress: Among the top looks, Bonnouvrier points out the slip dress, seen on runways all over town. "It's a slight nod to the '90s," says Bonnouvrier. "It ties in to the popular boudoir trend, and slip dresses are easy and effortless.

Shoulders: Those crop tops, popular for years, have moved over to make room for the newest erogenous zone. "We saw a lot of shoulder this season and a lot of cutouts," said Bonnouvrier. "It's a good thing because many women have great shoulders."

Shorts: Finally, though looks with shorts have been runway favorites for years, this season seemed to have more than a fair share of serious shorts outfits. Bonnouvrier calls the suited short looks "real clothes," and, surprisingly, looks go from casual to almost black tie.

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