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NYFW SS 17: September 9th & 10th

Rebecca Taylor seemed to have a theme of the higher waisted, the better. Pastel pinks and greens in dainty floral prints went down the runway, adorned with dramatic ruffles, thick lace, set apart with patchwork denim elements.

Looks 5, 8, 18 from Rebecca Taylor

Karen Walker took animal print to two different levels, including the seemingly never out of style leopard print, all the way to actual graphic-printed animals. SS 17 seems to have an underlying theme of 70s patterns, shown with pleats, sheer chiffon, and even a ruffled denim jacket to boot.

Looks 3, 11, 25 from Karen Walker

Cynthia Rowley sent a a combination of sporty and a borderline celestial pieces down the runway for SS 17. Garments appeared adorned with dramatic bell sleeves and opulent prints in rich copper and peacock hues. There was even a seeming homage to the supposedly continuing pajama style top (and matching bottoms, of course) trend.

Looks 2, 9, 14, 16, 20, 28 from Cynthia Rowley

Tadashi Shoji changed the game to feather and lace, following a birds of paradise theme. Rich emeralds (including an amazing full lace jumpsuit in the same hue), icy pastels and a punchy orangey-red took over the runway.

Looks 5, 10, 20 from Tadashi Shoji

Kate Spade delivered their usual contemporary elegance in only a way that the brand could. The SS 17 features it's usual quirky accessories and details. Huge multi-pink graphic roses adorned blousey tops and skirts, even embroidered into the side of a simple black car coat. Kate Spade showed deep navy denim with no distressing, even including a pair of over-alls. A 'Bardot' style dress was styled with a long neck scarf, a flashback to old school Hollywood glamor. There appeared to be a Spanish influence with gauzy dresses and the continuation of the pom-pom trend (like we saw in Rachel Zoe's SS 17 collection as well). Ginger jar prints appeared alongside crisp all-white ensembles, including the ever so classic black and white striped garments, even a black and white chevron printed bag.

Looks 1, 8, 14, 30 from Kate Spade

Diane von Furstenberg  sent a mixture of looks down the runway for some interesting additions and juxtapositions to spring fashion. Tropical prints came down the runway aside from brightly dyed fur stoles, dramatically cuffed wide legged trousers and large saddle bags that rivaled tote sizes. Every garment had the perfect mixture of prints, with handkerchief hemlines, retro and mod colors all in modern deconstructed styles.

Looks 8, 1620 from Diane von Furstenberg

Tibi, in usual fashion, had a fairly tame and simple show, utilizer muted, dulled down shades and mostly shied away from the typical pastel and bright shades for the warmer months. There was a hint of utilitarian flair at the beginning of the collection, including a pair of acid wash "mom" jeans and a one-shoulder pair of overalls in a gorgeous olive khaki shade. Pinstripes appeared alongside one dimensional dark wash denim and chambray parents, with fitted panelling on the waist of dresses, mustard on mustard ensembles, and plenty of the same flowy dresses in different colors.

Looks 4, 10, 18 and 27 from Tibi

Alexander Wang seems to always rule the street style game at NYFW. His collections, season after season, manage to become the ultimate metro-hip style guide, including loose silhouettes, simplistic pieces deconstructed and cut and layered into cool ensembles that never lack the edgy appeal. This season seemed to bring the dismantling of oversized oxford blouses, wrapping them every which way to create thigh-skimming dresses, chopping off the entire top to use the bottom shirt-tails as cheeky length skirts, cut into strips to create skin tight bralettes and crop tops, ruched running shorts, and so much more. Classic blazers were lined with black lace, styled with a pair of cheeky shirts adorned with the same lace (with a pop of floral lining to boot). The SS 17 show took distressed denim to a new level, including jackets and jeans that had holes on seemingly every inch of the lightwash fabric. The second half of the collection seemed to pay homage to the spring break warriors, tackling scuba suits, neon, oversized sweatshirts and hoodies that seem oddly reminiscent of the clothing you see lining all of the shops on boardwalks, all made in colors that remind you of the 80s aerobics dance workouts.

Looks 6, 9, 15, 35, 57, 60 from Alexander Wang

Christian Siriano took diversity to the next (and appropriate) level with his SS 17 presentation. Fashion beauty standards be damned, to see more designers following in the footsteps of Chromat when it comes to diversity on the runway is admirable and appreciated. Siriano–known originally for his spunky and sassy personality on Project Runway season four (and the winner!) but most recently for dressing SNL and Ghostbusters start Leslie Jones (also known as one of the funniest women on earth) for the red carpet after she struggled to find somebody willing to dress her for the premiere–seemed to tone it down for this collection, yet through colors and patterns, still seemed to do the most with what he had. Pinstripes–a common theme through most of the collections thus far at NYFW–took center stage at the beginning of the collection, shown through wide legged trousers paired with oversized blouses in similar fabrics, long blazers cut to function as dresses and asymmetrically cut skirts. Siriano never shies away from using volume to add details to outfits, including sky high shoulder ruffles that travel down under the bust. Watercolor fabric offset the jewel-toned and punchy orange shades used to create figure skimming dresses, all with different cuts and hems, ranging from slits, to tiered ruffles, to texture silk to create the ultimate mini dress.

Looks 4, 17, 23, 25 from Christian Siriano 


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