NYFW Gets the Cold Shoulder

Designers turned their attention to the shoulder during day two of fashion week, using various techniques to update simplistic silhouettes. One can’t help but wonder if the increase in shoulder detailing is a result of the "selfie movement," with designers creating necklines that beg to be sold, snapped, and shared online. Here are the designers at NYFW getting the trend right so far.


​Jason Wu Ready To Wear Fall Winter 2017 Fashion Show in New York


Jason Wu

Jason Wu’s sensual collection was skillfully elevated with subtle design elements, most accentuating the shoulder. Gorgeous liquid velvet dresses were adorned with asymmetrical shoulder details, created by twisting existing fabric, adding contrasting shoulder straps, or elegantly adding cutout features that created an irregular cap sleeve. Wu’s use of fabric mixing conjured up more sophisticated and demure looks, yet he somehow managed to inject a sense of playfulness with an unexpected cutout.

The Jason Wu Fall/Winter 2017 ready-to-wear collection.



Sylvie Millstein, the design guru behind Hellessy, played right into the hearts of every fashion blogger. Tapping into the off-the-shoulder trend with her elongated sleeved blouses, Millstein took a deconstructed approach to the pieces, slightly warping and twisting the necklines to create a new shape. Executed in lightweight printed silk, the shoulder focus gave the models an "I woke up like this" feeling, destined to be the next hot street style commodity.

The Hellesy Fall/Winter 2017 ready-to-wear collection.


Cushnie et Ochs Women Fashion Show Ready to Wear Collection Fall Winter 2017 in New York


Cushnie et Ochs

Renowned for oozing endless sex appeal, designers Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs focused on shoulder details to update their assortment of slinky body-conscious dresses and form-fitting tops. From lattice-inspired vents to asymmetrical shoulder cutouts, the subtle revisions felt as seductive as they did conservative – updating simple knee-length silhouettes to add an extra spark.

The Cushnie et Ochs Fall/Winter 2017 ready-to-wear collection.



In a similar vein to Hellessy, Michelle Smith of Milly followed the rules of deconstructivism, thoughtfully piecing shirting together to leave shoulders exposed. The simplicity of the idea was further elaborated by contrasting leather peplum detailing or with ballooned sleeves and self-tie cuffs.

The Milly Fall/Winter 2017 ready-to-wear collection.


​Pamella Roland Ready To Wear Fall Winter 2017 Fashion Show in New York


Pamella Roland

Our clothes are high end, they take a while to make,” said Pamella Roland earlier today in an interview with NowFashion ahead of her Fall/Winter 2017 show. When observing her elegant evening wear up close, it’s clear that she meant it. The subtle embellishments and bold flairs were among the most noticeable strengths of the collection, and testified to an attention to detail that does generally stem from craftsmanship and love for design. The same precision was applied to bringing a touch of sensuality to some dresses by exposing the odd shoulder: think lace-up illusion necklines that lead from the bust to the shoulder, and asymmetric sleeves that were constructed to purposely leave the shoulder uncovered.

The Pamella Roland Fall/Winter 2017 ready-to-wear collection.


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