Our Fashion Office Recaps the New York Fashion Week Trends
After the whirlwind of runways this New York Fashion Week, we looked to our Fashion Office to tell us what exactly happened. When it comes to fall 2017, what will we be wearing? What are the big takeaways for the season? What do we need to know? Um, help.
Associate Fashion Director Kate Bellman sifted through the crazy, beautiful style this season, breaking it down to six need-to-know trends. With our sights newly focused, we then took the liberty of rounding up some styles that you can shop—and wear—now.
Public School, fall 2017; photo by Indigital Images
This Fashion Week, one of the biggest looks on the runway involved reworked classic menswear. Prep codes were reinvented with generous proportions and masculine/feminine mash-ups. Tailoring introduced deconstructed layers to make suits look modern and streetwise. Androgynous hats, tweeds, checks and pinstripes all appeared on runways as distinct as Public School, Victoria Beckham, Michael Kors and Proenza Schouler.
Tory Burch, fall 2017; photo by Indigital Images
History informed a romantic outlook that blended with artistry in many fall 2017 collections. Tory Burch leaned on oversized blouse shapes and bow necklines for a lovely look at autumn that incorporated lush floral fabrics. Altuzarra interpreted romance through a Renaissance lens: coats with frog fastenings, pearl trims, silky skirts, feminine longlines, sculptural velvet and corseted brocade provided a veritable visual feast.
Alexander Wang, fall 2017; photo by Indigital Image
There’s a new urban uniform, one infused with sporty function and sturdiness for city living. Practicality lends itself to pockets, as in the new cargo designs at Public School, or to fanny packs and leather pants, as worn by the models in Alexander Wang’s squad, or to oversized, cocoon puffer shapes like those at Zadig & Voltaire. Even shows that didn’t interpret the trend as a call to utilitarianism saw it as a call to revolution—for instance kate spade new york and Muse.
Return to Tailoring
Michael Kors, fall 2017; photo by Indigital Images
The through line to fall 2017 is renewed interest in sharp stitching. Reworked masculine classics in new proportions introduced a modern sense of feminine draping. These styles played with the ’90s power suit and stereotypical menswear cuts like double-breasted coats while displaying the fluidity of longlines and layering. Notable were Michael Kors’s and Victoria Beckham’s collections.
MARC JACOBS, fall 2017; photo by Indigital Images
Infusions of primary colors helped keep autumn fashion interesting. At MARC JACOBS, Proenza Schouler, Jason Wu and Victoria Beckham, crimson dresses provided an arresting break to neutral fall colors. The bolder designs introduced stark, unexpected pairings of mustard, olive, black and brown with cobalt and canary.
Tibi, fall 2017; photo by Indigital Images
The fashion world’s velvet crush continues into fall, with fluid panne, devoré and more liquid shapes appearing on the runway. Suiting and structured velvet made a strong show as did drapery dresses, both at Tibi and Altuzarra. For fall, wear your velvet in gemstone tones; skip the neutrals or black.
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