Leave it to New York Fashion week to kick off the fashion calendar to a great start! From the opening ceremony to the closing shows, this year the event was jam-packed with surprises. Over 90 designers showcased their unique collections which took our breath away. We now look back at the highlights that left us breathless as well as the fun trends we saw emerge on the runway this season.
Location: Although most designers showcased at the same venues from the previous fashion week such as Skylight at Moynihan Station and Skylight Clarkson Square, this season some new venues were also added to the list such as MADE at Milk Studios, FYI at MADE and The Shop at NYFW. Some designers stepped it up even further by showcasing their collections at exciting locations such as the Pier and Staten Island.
Opening Ceremony: The opening debuted with the ‘Pageant Of The People’ which combined a mix of fashion and the current political stance in the U.S., as America’s next presidential election is right around the corner. The pageant featured colorful pieces worn by both models and women of entertainment such as Rashida Jones, Rosario Dawson, Whoopi Goldberg and many more. Designers, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim aimed to create a platform to express one’s freedom of authentic identity and enforced unconventional beauty and ideas with no judgements.
Tommy Hilfiger + Gigi Hadid: Tommy put on quite a spectacular show this season which took us all by surprise. Not only was the show stunning but so was the set up of the whole venue. Hilfiger set up a whole carnival at the Pier of South Street Sea Port. It was complete with carnival food, exciting rides and a ferris wheel. And even further to match this magical venue was his stunning collaborative collection featuring of course non other than top-model-of-the-moment, Gigi Hadid. The Tommy and Gigi capsule combined both their similar styles into an exquisite collection. Of course it featured Tommy’s classic sailor shirts and fishermen knit sweater dresses along with Gigi’s military style input. We must say the collaboration was very good, that it was hard to differentiate who pooled in what. On top of it all, the phenomenon was the ‘see-now, buy-now’ at the featured pop up shop which was revealed at the carnival after the show. We bet all the attendees had a surreal, sublime night!
Alexander Wang: Following Tommy, the next day Alexander Wang also had quite a remarkable show himself. He threw two shows and one big party all in the same day, which also took place at the Pier. First he debuted his spring collection which featured a lot of menswear inspired fabrics and silhouettes including blue stripped shirts paired with shorts and pinstriped rigged sleeveless blazers. The collection slowly emerged into a sporty vibe of scuba like dresses with sweet colored trims. As one show ends, his other began. Little did we know however, that this was a surprise encore collection of his collaboration with Adidas. It ranged from appeals to footwear and was absolutely on point. His show closed with a bang as the runway revealed an enormous party behind it. As the DJ spun beats the crowd hit the Wang 7-Eleven candy and slushy trucks as well as a McDonald’s food truck catering fresh cheeseburgers with french fries. Everyone’s bound to get a little hungry after a show like that…right? ; )
Ralph Lauren: Lauren’s show took place under a built sky lit structure in front of his new flagship store on Madison Avenue, closing off the whole street. The guest list was super exclusive as it was about one third of his usual guest list. The advantage of this was that right after he presented his first show, the attendees were given the chance to purchase what they just saw on the runway instantly at the flagship store. Lauren’s collection featured his classic signature tailored pieces and large belts but with a vamp of Navaj prints. He also introduced ponchos to suede pants to sequin dresses to leather jackets.
Marc Jacobs: Jacobs closed NYFW with a bang at the Hammerstein ballroom. With a stage so beautiful, leave it to Jacobs to think of all the little details that put the whole show together. From the various lengthened descending lights and puddles on stage, the atmosphere was simply magical as if it were a stary night after the rain. The energetic and fun 70’s rave themed collection with trance music put the whole audience in a mesmerizing atmosphere. The collection was styled perfectly from head to toe. It featured rainbow striped thigh high socks with bulky platforms, hot pants, trenches, frill baby doll dresses and even topped off with great hair dos of colorful dyed yarn like dreadlocks. Jacobs has done it again. Bravo Marc.
Hats off to all the other talented designers who also presented their beautiful collections and continue to inspire. Some of the top trends we found on this season’s runway were:
- It’s all about the Bust
- Line Direction
- Ready to Sail
- Nude Mood
- Ruffle Ruffle
- Floral Mania
- Rave Ready
Thanks for reading guys! And stay tuned shortly for our next review: London Spring/Summer 2017!