New York Fashion Week delivered eight days of back-to-back shows underscored by the introduction of in-season collections and a flurry of social media strategies. Here are the ten top moments selected by NOWFASHION:
3.1 Phillip Lim Fashion Show Ready to Wear Collection Spring Summer 2017 in New York
3.1 Phillip Lim
Lim’s collection was an unraveling of pleasant surprises – from the first spring-infused romantic looks to the chic and sleek pieces with an edgy vibe. Even the clunky, studded platforms felt rebellious as can be and were a tasteful accomplishment. The Spring/Summer 2017 assortment came across as super sellable and catered to an array of Lim’s potential IT-girls who will undoubtedly be flossing the looks for street style photographers next season.
Misbhv Ready to Wear Collection Spring Summer 2017 in New York
The debut collection from Polish brand MISBHV was presented at the emerging designer showcase at Milk Studios. While the visit was unplanned, it was one of the most satisfying collections – albeit super compact and focused (only 15 looks in total) – and presented in collaboration with the Insta-famous Sita Abellan. While obvious 90s vibes surrounded the presentation, opposing sport references such as motocross-inspired jackets and pants offset Barbie pink parachute pants with cold shoulder tops, and of course those Vetements-inspired elongated sleeves, which were ever present in many of the collections (maybe too many).
Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Show Ready to Wear Collection Spring Summer 2017 in New York
Set the (literal) carnival aside, the Tommy Hilfiger show was well worth a mention. From the shoppable pop-ups onsite that catered to the audience’s FOMO (fear of missing out), to the star-studded front row (Yes, Taylor Swift was there #squadgoals), the theatrics didn’t overshadow the collection. Co-designed by model Gigi Hadid, each in-season look felt relevant, accessible, and super wearable. In part due to Gigi designing the collection with her model friends in mind and if it’s one look everybody is buying into this year, it’s the model-off-duty aesthetic.
Marc Jacobs Fashion Show Ready to Wear Collection Spring Summer 2017 in New York
Throwing Marc Jacobs in the mix might seem like a no-brainer, but his collection (and the last to close NYFW) was one of pure whimsy and delight. The theme didn’t resemble or connect with anything else we’d seen this week, and that was where some of the beauty lay. Originality always does pay off, especially when it’s brave in nature (and of course in concept or theme). Jacobs’ fusion of glam raver meets Harajuku girl felt like a basic concept on their own, but teamed together created fresh styles such as micro hotpants, babydoll dresses, and metallic finished jackets. The sugary pastel color palette perfectly complemented the rainbow dreadlocks each model was sporting – not to mention the sky-high multi-colored platform shoes. Jacobs is the man.
DKNY Fashion Show Ready to Wear Collection Spring Summer 2017 in New York
As guests took their seats and photographers snapped away at star studded front rows (from Emily Ratajkowski to Chloë Sevigny and every celebrity in between), a somber piano loop and dim lighting kept the atmosphere smooth and calm at the top of Manhattan’s beautiful Highline. Yet, in no way did it prepare anyone for what was about to come – an overarching analogy of everything else that night it seems, from the set up to Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne’s designs. Once the show began, the lights turned bright, the music morphed into heavy club infused bass lines, and the mood switched to an intoxicating energy. All this provided an ideal backdrop for the predominant theme of the collection which was futuristic and slick, featuring a street wear attitude and strong elements of activewear.
Proenza Schouler Fashion Show Ready to Wear Collection Spring Summer 2017 in New York
The Proenza show felt relatively more accessible this season, specifically in terms of the wearability factor. From the variegated striped rib-knit dresses to the oversized neoprene sweatshirts, key items screamed “buy me," as the reintroduction of pops of color added an extra element to the collection. And if accessories are anything to go by, we all know that next spring we’ll be rocking those dangly statement earrings and super-wide chokers.
Baja East Fashion Show Ready to Wear Collection Spring Summer 2017 in New York
One of the few shows to deliver nomadic looks that still possessed some kind of street edge, the boys at Baja East, John Targon and Scott Studenberg, used Spring/Summer 2017 to showcase one of their strongest collections yet, and we applaud them for it. Despite the steamy heat, the heavier pieces, such as oversized ponchos and moto jackets, still felt summer-friendly. Loose, billowy maxi dresses and softly tailored trousers rounded out those sporty aspects, highlighting Targon and Studenberg’s ability to create an assortment with a linking narrative, despite the break in aesthetics. Key trends popped up here making it seem super relevant – think the elongated sleeve sweatshirt and the cold shoulder button-through blouse.
Monse Fashion Show Ready to Wear Collection Spring Summer 2017 in New York
One of the most unassuming shows of the season by designers Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim, turned out to be one of our favorites, in part maybe due to its understatement. From the intentional clash of two opposing stripe patterns on silky blouses to the dip-dye effect sequined dresses, each piece felt like a new expression of creativity – challenging and pushing the boundaries of fashion forward, while still remaining approachable and accessible.
Thom Browne Fashion Show Ready to Wear Collection Spring Summer 2017 in New York
Thom Browne shows are often a theatrical delight, so as guests gathered in this quasi-basement space turned into this roman-bath-like set (purposely covered in colorful tiles and with all the seating wrapped in soft towel material), the joyful anticipation was immediately felt. As soon as the first note of his colorful choice of (French Riviera nostalgic like) music kicked in and the models came out in small groups pretending to silently gossip among themselves, it was obvious we would not be disappointed. Once again, we were treated to one of those Browne experiences that make you forget how making it to certain NYFW fashion shows can sometimes turn into a hassle. And the collection followed suit: trompe l’oeil prints, strikingly paired accessories (including swim-cap like adorned hats!), artisanal elements, ribbons galore, tasteful checkerboard patterns, and the beauty goes on. There is no doubt about it, we’ll gladly deal with the hassle of getting into a Thom Browne show any time.
Marchesa Fashion Show Ready to Wear Collection Spring Summer 2017 in New York
Marchesa’s show might as well have been a fairytale-like daydream, featuring breathtaking gowns and all around rich embellishments and sparkles, as well as a tasteful choice of music – surprisingly never once falling into lazy sonic clichés but playing an elegant and string driven classical take on it all. The ravishing hair styles and make up on the fine selections of models (such as Julia Belyakova and Amilna Estevao), cohesively tied up the Princess-like feel quite nicely. Designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig – in their signature manner of painting the world in pinks, lilacs, and light blues – delivered a show and collection to remember.