Fashion shows have been a thing since 1850s France when Charles Frederick Worth became “the father of haute couture”, started The Historic House of Worth, and just generally lived his best life. Grandpa Worth used to use fashion shows with live models to showcase his designs to his upper class clientèle, who would then custom order the pieces that they liked.
Fast forward 160 years, and here we are at New York Fashion Week. Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m not actually at NYFW. So I guess fast forward 160 years, and here we are pressing our noses to our screens as we watch NYFW livestreams. That sounds sad; I totally don’t do that…
Anyway, New York Fashion Week has existed in some form or other since 1943 when Americans decided it was time to stake a claim on what was, at that time, almost exclusively French property and get some sartorial glory for ourselves. Americans will be Americans, I guess.
Fashion Week (or really — when you add London, Milan, and Paris — Fashion Month) happens twice a year, in September and February, and designers generally show their collections for the next season. So, in September they show designs for the following Spring/Summer, and in February they show stuff for Fall/Winter. That means right now designers are showing us what we’re going to be able to buy to wear in Spring 2017.
Okay, that’s enough exposition. Let’s see some photos.
I’m a fan of Kanye in general, and I didn’t hate Yeezy Season 4. It was a lot of neutrals and stretchy fabric, which I’m down for. A lot of it had the same army surplus vibe that past Yeezy collections have had. The clear plastic thigh-high boots were something to notice. I’m mainly just including photos from Yeezy because Kanye is a cultural milestone, and we all need to keep up to date on what he’s doing. I didn’t really find it to be especially interesting, but I’d probably wear some of it. Not sure what that says about me. Mostly I just think Kim Kardashian would look great in everything in this collection.
Tommy x GiGi
Tommy Hilfiger and Gigi Hadid’s much-anticipated collaboration finally hit the runway at NYFW. I dig it. I’m just showing you a couple of looks that I liked, but there was a lot more diversity in the collection — it basically showcased different aspects of Gigi’s personal style — boho, sporty, etc. etc. Also, there was a giant ferris wheel at this show, and Taylor Swift and Martha Hunt sat front row with Gigi’s family, dancing and singing along to the music. That’s okay guys, I guess I’ll catch you at the next one…
Technically this last one isn’t from the NYFW show, but I really like it, so I threw it in there. It’s part of the collection that was shown earlier in the year.
Christian Siriano had some stuff I really liked (just look at the way these dresses move) and is especially worth mentioning because he cast models of varying body shapes in his show. You might remember Siriano as the designer who dressed Leslie Jones for the Ghostbusters premiere when pretty much everyone else was apparently unwilling to make a gown larger than a sample size.
Alexander Wang’s collection was California beach inspired. There was a lot of activewear-chic stuff at NYFW this season, which I don’t love as an inactive person, but I liked this collection. Also, vinyl pants were definitely having a moment.
Altuzarra was trying to cheer up the US during the dark election year with some fruity prints that are definitely reminiscent of emojis. The lemon print immediately makes me think of Beyonce’s Lemonade merch, but I don’t hate it.
Britney’s 2001 VMAs denim on denim. Carolina Herrera debuted some other cool stuff at this show, but this is the only thing I can think about. I’m not totally sold on the denim gown, but I do really want to see a celebrity wear it on a red carpet this year.
These are dresses, guys. None of these models are wearing jackets. This show was like a Barbie pool party. I’m so obsessed with this faux-layering thing.
I haven’t really seen anyone talking about this collection, so maybe it’s just me, but I love it. It’s just so much. It just feels like rich layer on top of rich layer. I’m not sure I’d ever feel bold enough to wear most of these pieces, but I love them all the same.
Rodarte’s collection was inspired by bees! I just love that. It’s like honey bees meet 80’s rockers.
Coach’s stuff was very grungy. I like the mix of softer/delicate floral pieces with leather, fringe, and studs. There were also a lot of Elvis collage shirts, which was fun to see.
Michael Kors was another designer that aimed to make us happier this season. I really like this oversized LOVE sweater. Most of the rest of the collection was marked by really bright florals, which aren’t really my preference when I get dressed, but they were definitely lovely. And there were even some fun LBDs for people like me who are afraid of bright colors.
Marc Jacobs was basically the grand finale of NYFW, and he definitely caused a stir. This show was like a rave, with an oil slick runway and lots of pastels and bright colors. I’m really into the over-the-knee socks and the pastel metallics. I also love the crazy high heels. Marc did catch a lot of criticism for the pastel dreadlocks (more on cultural appropriation in a later post) and also didn’t handle it well when he responded on Instagram. I like this collection, but I think at this point we’re better than white people in dreads.
This doesn’t even scratch the surface of NYFW, but these are some of the many that are worth mentioning. I’m sure we’ll talk about more of the shows in the future, but for now comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your favorite looks from New York. Now let’s move on to London!