Fall/winter “fashion month” is always my favorite. Living in metro Detroit, I can’t help but be inspired by fabulous outerwear, boots, and layering techniques, and this year’s FW17 presentations didn’t disappoint.
Along with a newfound love for color, bold political statements were big at New York Fashion Week. Designer Prabal Gurung, who showcased a selection of feminist T-Shirts, put it best when speaking with The New York Times. He said, “With all the things happening around us, I could not justify to myself the idea ‘Let me just make pretty clothes, escapist fare. It all seems to me so tone-deaf.” While, at London Fashion Week, eccentric styling and whimsical details were all the rage, which was a pleasant change given the focus on minimalism the past few years. Each city has it’s own vibe, but they each do fashion really, really well.
So, are New York and London just a hint of what’s to come in terms of activism and maximalism in fashion? Keep an eye out for my take on Milan and Paris to find out.
Creatures of the Wind
Creatures of the Wind brought its A-game when it came to layering. Thoughtfully pairing together a mixture of textures (sequins, velvet, metallics, etc.) and rich colors, the collection boasts an unexpected take on cold-weather fashion. The show closed with a display of silkscreen T-Shirts that read “We Are All Human Beings” and “No.”
In its FW17 collection, Public School elevated its semi-casual approach to fashion with the introduction of slouchy silhouettes, deconstructed sportswear, and “Make America New York Again” baseball hats. Displaying a mixture of women’s and men’s wear, the brand showed a refined, modern take on athleisure that’s meant for street style stardom.
Talk about making a statement — Prabal Gurung’s most stand-out moment from his FW17 collection was definitely when models closed the show wearing a variety of feminist slogan T-Shirts. The tees had sayings such as, “Break Down Walls,” “The Future is Female,” “My Girlfriend is a Feminist,” and more. However, aside from that display, the collection as a whole was also pretty stellar. Yellows, greens, and blues all played crucial roles in Gurung’s collection, and the outerwear and shoe options (both major elements of fall/winter fashion) were bomb.
March Jacobs’ FW 17 was another show that had a stand-out display. Held in a gym, two single-rows of seats lined the runway, and models walked in silence. After the runway show, attendees then walked outside to find models posing in relaxed stances for photos. The clothes, although not my favorite of Jacob’s most recent collections, were definitely different while still paying homage to vintage style and hip-hop music.
Maybe it’s because of the shift towards minimalism and basics we’ve seen season after season these past couple years, but Anna Sui’s eccentric and embellished collection was like a breath of fresh air. Rich blues, greens, and purples stood out in the form of lace dresses, velvet cloaks, and fur embellishments. To top it off, literally, a mixture of natural, relaxed hairdos and a double top-knot hairstyle finished each look.
One word — outerwear. As expected, Simone Rocha FW17 collection was beautiful, feminine, and fashionable. But this season, the brand’s approach to coats, jackets, and fur stoles is what really stood out. From large fur coats with pops of color to lighter, tule overcoats in black, Simone Rocha showed a wide range of romantic and eccentric looks for fall/winter.
Erdem’s velvet-game was strong in its FW17 collection. A variety of velvet pieces in mustard, maroon, and emerald were just one element of the runway show, though. The brand also touched on interesting cutouts, mixed prints, and the big belt trend, which is expected to gain traction this spring/summer. However, despite all the design elements being thrown together, the looks seemed polished and fashion forward.
I can’t help but drool over the looks that were shown during the Christopher Kane FW17 runway. From large sequins and floral embellishments to sleek metallic separates and whimsical prints, the collection made me wish fall was right around the corner. The collection also gave a hint of a super cool, emerging trend: flashy red boots.
Never one to shy away from color, shape, and texture, the newest collection from Mary Katrantzou is sci-fi fashion at its finest. Stand-out pieces include a short jacket with puffy fur sleeves, colonial-style pointed heels, large pink and yellow fur coats, and floor-length sheer gowns. Styling was simple, except for bleached eyebrows and pastel shadows. Ya know, the usual.
Preen by Thornton Bregazzi
Although styled in a fairly disheveled manor, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi FW17 still had that cool-girl je ne sais quoi that can be super hard to come by. Off-the-shoulder tops layered over dress shirts, ruched sheer overlays, and (once again) bold, red boots were just a few of the cool pieces that walked the runway. My personal favorite though? The sleeping bag-esque floral print coats that I would just looooove to take a nap in.
What are your favorite FW17 collections from New York Fashion Week and London Fashion Week? Share your thoughts below!