YORK FASHION WEEK Fall17 “FASHION OVERLOAD”
COLOR, METALLICS, DRAPES, FRILLS, FRINGES & FURS – YOUR BASICS FOR FALL 2017
The glamour of Shanghai, China was the inspiration from the House of MARCHESA. Keren Craig & Georgina Chapman always bring the essence of glamour and beauty to the runways. For Fall 2017, within 35 looks, they revealed lots of tassels, fringes, feathers and lace. The collection was bold, modern and beautiful, highlighting their expertise in lavish embroidery. The draped satin skirts looked like they were ready for the Oscar red carpet. A cocktail dress was made from four tiers of fringes with bare shoulders, featured an elaborate embroidered chestplate. A stunning dusty rose, satin gown featured intricate embroidery with green beads and tiny feathers, was among the catwalk standouts.
TRACY REESE celebrated the diversity of womanhood with a unique presentation staged in a three floor townhouse, downtown Manhattan. Models reclined in realistic vignettes, as feminist poets read their works on each floor throughout the showing. In the library, a model reclined wearing a Blousan bijou surplas sweater over a metallic pleated skirt. Moving to the upper suite, we saw a menswear plaid fema forte hoodie, over matching plaid track pants, with an animal fur coat. Over in the Shanghai Den, Tracy showed off a black & sea green embroidered lace ballerina donegal sweater coat. “More than ever, the world we inhabit demands that we, as women be all things: strong yet feminine, nurturing yet stoic, seductive yet demure. This collection is an ode to the strength and beauty of the feminine spirit,” offered the designer. “Individuality always lights my creative fire. Working with and seeing women from diverse backgrounds with unique points of view inspires me to continue to create pieces that will serve us tirelessly as we navigate the world.”
SON JUNG WAN saturated her catwalk with splashes of color – Lipstick red, punch pink, Sepia & Turquoise blue, Fawn beige, gold and white brought a chic yet gentle allure to the collection. “80’s Rewind – 80’s Inspired” was the theme of the show, Son Jung Wan’s mood emphasized an exaggerated silhouette. She created an impactful collection with her unusual mix and match concepts. Her fur accents were creatively woven into smart dresses and suits, billowing fur sleeves were also a part of some ladylike coats. Bold 80’s layered looks were exhibited in metallics, handcrafted knits and lush velvets.
BADGLEY MISCHKA used their runway to display their newly launched furniture line. Yes, furniture and models wearing their sexy sportswear and glamorous gowns, with models in repose. Their beautiful brocade gowns, some embellished with beads and frills were quite sophisticated. Everything was about romance and elegance, etched with dazzling sequins and floral appliquets as major co-stars.
“Crossover – Classics Meet Modern” was the theme for designer TORAY WANG‘S Fall/ Winter 2017 womenswear showing at Skylight Clarkson Studio. “I was inspired by contemporary Chinese drama depicting Qing Dynasty characters crossing over from ancient times to present day world…Transcending time, gender and geography, they awaken as men in suiting of a very unique kind.” noted the designer. Hence, a parade of refined tailoring and sophisticated silhouettes all in luxurious fabrics. The effortless ease of her clothing and her genius balance of fabric, is a testament to Toray Wang being named as one of the top ten Chinese women’s fashion labels.
KATTY XIOMARA had some of the most original shapes, cuts and silhouettes coming down the runway this season. Her clothes were expertly made and had a fresh, young and feminine appeal. With a big dose of loungewear influence dusted throughout the collection, Katty’s lacy tops and sheer dresses were all winners. A blue long sleeve jersey dress with satin frills cascading across the front and on the sleeves spelt; practical elegance. All of the models wore shiny gold laced up flats that were the best shoes of the season. Kudos to the MAC pro make-up team led by Chantel Miller who brought the new `half cat-eye’ and wine stained lips to the forefront.
Always the hippest, fun, happy show of the season, DESIGUAL (pronounced Des-u-all) did not disappoint their fans. Named “Extraordinary” and shown in three sequences; `Ready to Dance,’ `Upper Wave,’ and `California Team,’ the Desigual girl was all about mixing and layering. The clash of cultures was a magical treat on the catwalk. Imagine Sg. Pepper meeting Bohemian chic. Sounds crazy…but it worked. Colorful, fancy pieces with flowers and glitter were free and easy. According to the program notes – “Desigual payed tribute to the women of those sinhular ecosystems, where within a strict society, they chose their own rules and celebrated their own identities.” It all came together with the cabine’ of young, energetic, fresh-faced models who reflected today’s new generation of global fashionestas – all proud of their own cultures and identities.