New York Fashion Week added some much needed glamour and shine to the cold streets of NYC. The focus of many of the presentations was a celebration of individuality. Designers branched out and have begun to represent a more authentic few of women today both in garments and their casting choices. These looks did not lack in color, texture, or shape, but instead were enhanced with unconventional beauties sporting the wearable art. Unconventional beauties such as Winnie Harlow, Slick Woods, Stav Strashko are slowly changing the landscape of modeling and adding authenticity back into these presentations. As usual designers took risks and were not afraid to push some trends out of the window this week.
Check out our favorite ten looks below.
CFDA- favorite, Chromat, primed the runway for their #Buoyancy collection with a performance from Jersey Club artist, UNIIQU3. The brand, known for it’s inclusive model casting and high-tech design, showcased some inflatables to match with the form-fitting designs of the swimsuits. This collection positions Chromat at the forefront of innovative swimwear and definitely has us excited for summer weather.
Yeezy Season 5
With the year he had, it’s understandable why Kanye West took a quieted approach to his fifth presentation of his Yeezy brand. Called the “most wearable” Yeezy collection yet, West debuted some Calabasas-themed garments as well as a geometric new trainer that has sneaker heads drooling. The oversized, war-ready clothing straddles the line between high fashion and streetwear and continues to offer intriguing looks.
Love and acceptance were reflected on deeply in Rio Uribe’s Gypsy Sport presentation. The creativity of Uribe knows no bounds and it shows through the craftsmanship of his garments and the lively shows the brand produces. Uribe shared at the beginning of his show that this collection was inspired by homeless populations he’s encountered in Paris and Mexico. The collection is a tribute to life and freedom and these virtues were reflected in each off-beat look that walked the runway.
German fashion designer, Philipp Plein, vowed to bring the “fun” back to NYFW and he did that and more. With a star-studded front row including Madonna and a surprise performance from Nas, the glamour of the event matched well with the lavish garments. Plein dressed high-profile models including Young Thug and Desiigner in crocodile jackets with fur arms, chinchilla fur boots and even threw in some snakeskin moto jackets for good measure.
Michael Kors pared down his color palette but ramped up the overall design and feel of his 2017 collection. The garments looked plush, lavish and expensive, borrowing silhouettes from his menswear line but still remaining feminine and wearable. There was a level of comfort with fur and soft leather lining the outerwear and bags serving as a homage to the fashionable woman on the go.
Bibhu Mohapatra inspiration for this collection was power. Specifically, the power of Empress Dowager Cixi who rose from a concubine to ruling China until she died. Mohapatra fuses his own Indian heritage with a sophisticated East Asian flair that resulted in decadent garments featuring embroidered garments and streamlined silhouettes.
Mara Hoffman made a statement at her 2017 presentation opening her show with remarks from the co-chairs of the Women’s March on Washington. To complement their statements of power and equality for all her the collection truly excludes this sentiment with bold colors and textures. The use of color and unusual mediums including denim shows that Hoffman created this collection with no fear and and with a strong woman in mind.
VFILES knows how to throw a party, and that is exactly what they did for their presentation hosting performances from 21 Savage, Lil Uzi Vert and Cardi B. Three designers–Snow Xue Gao, Daniëlle Cathari, and Strateas Carlucci– presented their collections which included references to vintage sportswear and avant-garde formal wear. The tailoring across the board was impeccable and with the guidance of the celebrity mentors, these designers have certainly made a name for themselves.
Prabal Gurung made sure his message for this collection was clear printing pro-feminist slogans on graphic t-shirts to pair with his closely-tailored pants and pointed boots. Towards the end his classic dress silhouettes made an appearance with our favorite being the glitter see-through number above.