With the most recent fashion month wrapped up, I’ve had some time to reflect on my absolute favorite SS17 collections. Shows in New York and London always stand out for their upscale yet practical approach to dressing. Standouts from this season’s round of shows were fashion brands such as Rodarte, which elevated its usual approach to design, Rachel Comey, for her gender bending presentation, J.W. Anderson for its updated take on the age-old hard meets soft aesthetic, and more.

Anyway take a peek at my favorite NYFW and LFW SS17 collections below, and keep your eyes peeled for SS17 Part Two, which will detail the best of the best at PFW and MFW SS17.

Rodarte

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With safety pins, crystal embellishments, ruffles, puffy sleeves, stand-out colors, and more, Rodarte’s SS17 collection is full of bad ass sophistication. The duo behind the brand — Kate and Laura Mulleavy — showed a much more gentle approach to warm weather dressing this season than years past, and it works for them.

Proenza Schouler

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Bold primary colors — reds, yellows, and blue — were key in Proenza Schouler’s SS17 runway collection. Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough presented a modern take on 60s meets 90s design with elements of color blocking, fringe, platform shoes, streamlined silhouettes, and large earrings present in a variety of the collection’s looks.

Thom Browne

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Unlike many designers who showed more somber spring/summer runway shows, Thom Browne didn’t attempt to completely redesign warm weather fashion with his SS17 collection. Instead, Browne showed pieces that were full of feminine fantasy (think futuristic Alice and Wonderland goes to the beach), pastels, and unique details — a.k.a. classic spring/summer with a twist. The graphic nature of the pieces, was the most interesting aspect of the presentation, which featured large floral prints, checkers, and pop colors.

Prabal Gurung

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Once again, Prabal Gurung showed his dedication for creating fashion forward pieces for “his girl” with the brand’s SS17 collection. Keeping true to himself, Gurung showcased a runway show full of feminine, high-fashion pieces that were also totally wearable. Favorites include: tiered skirts, pops of blue, high collared dresses with equally high thigh slits, bold blues and yellow/greens, and slouchy sweaters.

Rachel Comey

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Rachel Comey switched things up for her SS17  show. Instead of showcasing her work in a more traditional runway setting, Comey’s models took to the sidewalks for a street style-esque show that was both modern and reflective of everyday life. Aside from her interesting approach to the presentation, Comey’s collection was both relevant and fashion forward and included voluminous pants, crop tops, off-the-shoulder tops, and more, for both men and women.

Christopher Kane

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Christopher Kane SS17 was all about embellishments, and interesting details and construction. Religious imagery, chainaccents, and deconstruction/collaging designs dominated an array of the line’s graphic tees, overcoats, dresses, and more. However, the most notable detail was the brand’s successful attempt to makeover ugly footwear, such as Crocs.  Yup.

Charlotte Olympia

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A show full of fun surprises, Charlotte Olympia’s SS17 collection was debuted alongside dancing fruit and showgirls. The collection’s summer whites, bright footwear, oversized jewelry, and fruit themed handbags offered a more fun and refreshing approach to warm weather dressing.

Peter Pilotto

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Bright colors, folky accents and embellishments, and twists (literally) on spring pieces were focal points of Peter Pilotto SS17. More subdue/natural hair and makeup looks left plenty of space for the funky pieces in the collection — specifically: kangaroo patches, colorful lace, gingham print, and voluminous skirts — to shine. These fun colors and design details made for an unexpectedly upbeat runway show, especially when sandwiched between an array of summer whites and darker hues from other designers.

Mulberry

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Mulberry SS17 featured new takes on classic British styles. Fashioned in streamlined suits, skirts, and tops, an array of stripes and plaids dominated the brand’s runway show. Providing a more fall-centric approach to spring/summer fashion, other interesting design details included satin fabrics, slouchy silhouettes, bold yellow and black shades, and high necklines.

J.W. Anderson

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J.W. Anderson brought the drama for SS17 with its bold bomber jackets, ombre hues, and contrasting textured silhouettes. With an overarching focus on experimental spring/summer pieces, combat boots and interesting lace up shoes, a minimal approach to beauty, and mismatched accessories pulled everything together and provided plenty of styling options.

Photos Courtesy: Vogue Runway

What were your favorite collections from NYFW and LFW SS17? Share your feelings in the comment section. 

Emma Klug started The Style Note in the fall of 2012. Her writing has been featured in DBusiness Magazine, Chicago Sun-Times, Nothing Major, The Working Wardrobe, Chicago Talks, Inexpensive Chic, and The Wayne State University student paper: The South End. When she’s not writing you can find her eating pizza, binge-watching Netflix and working her day job as a magazine editor.

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