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NYFW Brunch Trends

While food and fashion haven’t traditionally run in the same circles, we’re loving the rising trend of healthy, fit models (looking at you, Karlie Kloss) and a growing appetite for good eats among the fashion set.

New York Fashion Week just came to a close and since we naturally always have food on the brain, we’ve paired our favorite trends for Spring/Summer 2016 with brunch bites around the city.

Trend: Tropical + Miss Lily’s jerk chicken

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Runway image via Glamour

Gigi Hadid is one of my all-time favorite humans and Miss Lily’s is one of my all-time favorite bottomless brunches in the city so the two go together like chicken and waffles. I loved the island vibes at Tommy Hilfiger’s show and we still saw an influx of beachy floral prints from other designers; palm print isn’t going anywhere.

Miss Lily’s, with locations in Greenwich Village and Alphabet City, never fails to disappoint with a killer boozy deal, an authentic Jamaican ambiance, and of course infamous jerk chicken. We also enjoyed the coconut pancakes and Jamaican rancheros. Read our full review here.

Trend: Light romantic shades + Russ & Daughter’s Hot Smoke/Cold Smoke

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Runway image via Harper’s Bazaar

Light romantic shades of cream and pinks covered the runway, like this look by Tome. We saw an influx of ruffles and girly accents on garments as well as dewy blushed makeup on the catwalk.

Pretty much any smoked fish at Russ & Daughter’s Café in the Lower East Side is going to melt in your mouth, but we particularly loved the Hot Smoke/Cold Smoke appetizer. It’s a fish salad with a blend of baked salmon and Scottish smoked salmon spread and served cool. Nothing screams romance like chilled fish in the morning. Read our full review here.

Trend: Fringe + Il Buco’s pasta carbonara

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Runway image via IBTimes

Fringe is also here to stay as seen by numerous designers, including tennis star Serena Williams’ line, pictured. It’s a fun embellishment whether you rock the trend on your shoes, handbag, or jacket.

Speaking of fun and things that are stringy, we never wanted the perfectly cooked pasta carbonara at Il Buco to end. The bucatina, pancetta, and black pepper were a party in our mouths. This dish is only available at brunch so don’t miss out. Read the full review here.

Trend: Orange + Market Table’s orange blossom French toast

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Runway image via Harper’s Bazaar

The upcoming color of the season is orange and we saw it all across the runways. Narcisco Rodriguez did a stunning job of maximizing the hues without making the model look like a pumpkin.

As soon as I saw this S/S 2016 look, I immediately thought of Market Table’s orange blossom French toast. Every baked good at the West Village eatery was delectable, from the buttermilk pancakes to the buttermilk biscuits, but the French toast knocked it out of the park with almond butter, blackberry sauce, and vanilla cream. Read our full review here. 

Trend: 70’s inspired + Sacred Chow’s tofu scramble

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Runway image via DVF

You can now wear your Coachella gear year round or at least this upcoming spring and summer. DVF absolutely slayed the 70’s look during NYFW with bold patterns and draped garb.

When I think 70’s, I think earthy hippies, which leads me to vegan food. One of my favorite vegan haunts is Sacred Chow in Greenwich Village. The neighborhood has an old-school, free spirited party vibe that fits perfectly with the era. Try the tofu scramble bowl and Nama Gori kale Caesar salad at this casual café. Read the full review here. 



Ally is a Brooklyn-based marketing pro with a passion for food and fitness. You'll most likely find her at her local brunch haunts and coffee shops, always with a book in hand.

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