Manhattan turns into a fashion world when fashion week descends twice a year. Last week saw the second edition, i.e. Spring/summer 2017, of the prestigious fashion show held at several locations across New York City.
From the latest fashion styles and industry shifts to controversies, the one-week-long fashion happening has them all. Read on for all of the highlights from the New York Fashion Week 2016 that have gotten us talking.
Fashion x Sport
No one knows how to make splash better than Alexander Wang. The New York-based designer debuted his surprising collection with sports brand giant Adidas with 84 pieces of unisex clothing last Saturday.
The collection features apparel and footwear that includes T-shirts, crop tops, jackets, and a patent trench all in black. The highlight was the designer’s take on the inverted trefoil Adidas logo. Other news from the show include the star-studded attendees: names like Kylie Jenner, Tyga, Nicki Minaj and Madonna with her daughter, and the impromptu haircut the runway models got backstage. Talk about a dramatic effect.
If the previous NYFW: Men’s fashion show taught us anything, it is that politics is a hot topic in the fashion world. The American fashion label Opening Ceremony brought a breath of fresh air to the glitzy routine of fashion week by staging a different and daring kind of show entitled "Pageant of the People".
This runway shows featured female actresses and comedians instead of models to discuss political issues with the 2016 presidential election as the main theme. The show featured Rashida Jones, Whoopi Goldberg, Rosario Dawson and Sarah McBride, among others, who voiced their opinions and encouraged the audience to vote along with sporting the brand’s latest fall 2016 collection on the runway.
This year the fashion industry has seen some major business shake-ups. The movement called “see now, buy now” started last February when major brands started selling their collections online instantly after the fashion show instead of holding the process for four to six months.
Joining the instant fashion business model are Tom Ford, Burberry, Tommy Hilfiger and smaller brands like Rebecca Minkoff, British retailer Topshop and Club Monaco.
Meanwhile, another shake-up includes a blend of fashion and technology. Designer Misha Nonoo announced her spring/summer collection last September via Instagram. Now, the designer chose Snapchat to rolled out her latest collection and referred it as the first ever “Live Lookbook”.
Designer Christian Siriano made headlines with his spring 2017 collection by casting five plus-size models on his runway at New York Fashion Show. The ground-breaking move quickly took the fashion world by storm and received positive acknowledgement from many who hailed the designer as the champion for all women. The Project Runway alum’s latest collection showcases his natural flair, which accentuates curves and flattering designs for any shape.
Panache & Presentation
The theatrical flair ran high at New York Fashion Show with several fashion mavens demonstrating their latest collections in unique runway shows. First off, we had the much-awaited Tommy Hilfiger, who staged his show over New York City’s pier and turned it into a carnival with temporary tattoos, nail art stands and fairground rides available at the side.
Elsewhere, designer extraordinaire Tom Ford returned with an epic setting: the recently closed Four Seasons restaurant was turned into an intimate runway filled with big name models, such as Liya Kebede, Carolyn Murphy and Natasha Poly, among others, strutting down the main stage.
(Photo Credit: Alexander Wang, Misha Nonoo, Tom Ford, Tommy Hilfiger & Christian Siriano)