The snow, the statements, who went west, and trends… here is our rundown on NWFW Fall/Winter 2017!
Fashion week started off with some winter weather. Of course of all weeks to have a snow storm, mother nature choose this week. Here in New York City, we had about 10in of snowfall during the first two days of fashion week. With freezing temperatures and dangerous roads, less people were attending runway shows. However, the snow did not stop us catching up on the latest trends and what went down on the runway.
Who Moved West
Not only did the snow slow things down a bit this year, the venue locations were quite spread out. For someone attending multiple shows throughout the day, the amount of traveling is stressful and time consuming. The attendance compared to fashion week in September is definitely less, but along with the winter and travel, even less people wanted to participate. That is not to say there were empty shows, but just not as crowded as they could be. Could this be a reason designers like Rebecca Minkoff and Tommy Hilfiger went west to debut their newest collection? They are not the only ones who moved west for venue freedom and steady weather.
This season, many designers banded together to stand up for the rights of others, using their runway as their platform. From the clothing, to the music, and even the audience participated in the fight against Donald Trumps actions. The Business of Fashion created an initiative to symbolize unity and inclusion for all by using white bandanas. Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, and Thakoon Panichgul were among some of the designers who used them to make a statement.
Other designers took a different approach and went bolder and more direct with their message. Public School altered the President’s slogan, “Make America Great Again”, to “Make America New York” and placed in on bold red baseball caps. Meanwhile Prabal Gurung sent is models for the final walk in feminist slogan shirts, with strong messages. Adam Lippes had signs at his show his support with Planned Parenthood. And many icons such as the editor in chief, Anna Wintour, designer Diane von Furstenberg, and Adam Selman sported a pink pin with the phrase, “Fashion Stands With Planned Parenthood”.
Fashion week would not be complete without some designer drama. On Feb. 14, Alexander Wang posted on his Instagram a meme at Philipp Plein, accusing him of plagiarizing. Wang in his post is referring to his 2014 collaboration with H&M and Philipp Plein’s recent Milan viewing of his sports wear collection. If you look at both side by side there is definitely similarities. Both had athletes in harnesses, similar designed clothing, and similar run after their finales. While Plein nor his team have commented back, audiences continue to wonder if this will stir up conflict between the designers. Check out Alexander Wang’s post on his Instagram @alexwangny
Now that we got the serious topics out of the way, lets talk about what was trending for this fall. It looks like patches are staying for another season. If you watched the Jeremy Scott show or Tommy Hilfiger you will see how they intergraded patches into their pieces. After watching a few shows it is also clear that mesh and fishnets tights will be featured in many fall outfits. This fall will be all about bold slogans and statements. As we written above, many designers this season were keen on getting the message out there, and I think we’re going to see more of this trend. Marc Jacobs also made a statement but in a different way. With his show he only used the essentials, meaning there was no music, stage, or bold make up. His collection brought back the early 80s hip-hop era with his latest collection. It features, plenty of gold accented clothing, loose fitting pants and coats, and the warm neutral palette gives us a sense of the past. Sweaters are combined with old school caps, topped of with gold chains of course. It seems as though short party dresses, retro chunky shoes and sheer tights will be in.
NYFW wouldn’t be complete without a statement from Marc Jacobs, the last show on the calendar. With his show only used the essentials, meaning there was no music, stage, or bold make up, his collection brought back the early 80s hip-hop era. It featured, plenty of gold accented clothing, loose fitting pants and fur lined coats, and the warm neutral palette gives us a sense of the past. Sweaters are combined with old school caps, topped of with gold chains of course. It seems as though short party dresses, retro chunky shoes and sheer tights will also be in. Now off to London, Milan and Paris! I wonder what trends we will see hitting the runway and now more than every more important, the streets!
Yours in Style,
Lauren Cecchi New York Team
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