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As most people expected, New York Fashion Week Fall 2017 was an extremely political affair, with many designers using their collections to directly or indirectly take a stand. This display of solidarity with immigrants, with women and with humanity was heartening to watch. All the shows in general were more timid than usual, with even Marc Jacobs, New York’s best and biggest showman opting instead to show his collection in the most functional way possible without music or a set. While the spectacle of shows was missing, the clothes themselves had a warmth and optimism about them — from bright colours to feminist slogans.
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The pantsuit, which can also be read as political in light of the last elections in the USA, was ubiquitous on the New York runways. Floral printed ones, formal embroidered ones, pink and powerful ones, straight up business ones – there was a pantsuit for every type of lady. Styling options were also diverse, with lots of designers trading in the button-down shirt for a casual t-shirt.
Designers were paying homage to America and its various sartorial staples in their own styles. From defining the modern cowgirl with a new take on her boots and recreating the prairie life to highlighting denim, sportswear and the hip-hop subculture, there was nostalgia for America everywhere.
Fashion, like everything else in America currently, took a political turn, with many designers who have stayed apolitical in the past using their platform to make comments, to protest and to let their stances known on pressing hot-button issues. The CFDA had pink buttons that read ‘Fashion Stands With Planned Parenthood’ and among the people sporting them were Marchesa designers Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman. Adam Lippes has models with signs that said ‘My Body, My Choice’. Prabal Gurung replaced his usual finale line-up of gowns with models in pantsuits and t-shirts with feminist slogans on them. Some other designers and brands that also made political statements, whether through their collections or personally included Jonathan Simkhai, Tome, Alice + Olivia, Jeremy Scott, Public School, and Creatures of Comfort.
There were a plethora of looks in checks, from plaid to tartan and everything in between, with multiple designers clashing more than one size and colour of checks in one look. Wear them on dresses, skirts, pantsuits and sweaters. While some designers reserved the checks for formal use, others subverted its formality by pairing it with leather, playing with textures and creating ball gowns with them. Another mini-trend was the use of the bright plaid of the 70s.
Designers continued crushing on velvet. Fall 2017 saw it being used more specifically in rich jewel tones to create formal eveningwear looks.
From left to right: Creatures of Comfort, Sally LaPointe, Diane von Furstenberg, Delpozo, Michael Kors Collection, Oscar de la Renta
Metallic continued to rule the runway. Add bursts of it to your outfit, or go all out and compete with a disco ball. While the silver and gold hints were almost used to make looks edgy, coloured metallics were used to add sophistication and sheen to the looks.
While this trend is hardly revolutionary, colour blocking showed up in most collections. Apart from the aesthetics, seeing so many bright colours during Fall shows also appeared as a sign of people’s hopefulness and optimism. The best part about the trend is, all separates you already own can now be mixed and matched to create new and newly-fashionable combinations. All you need is confidence!
This season’s florals had a distinctly vintage vibe that ranged from wallpaper flowers at Rosie Assoulin to soft prairie florals at Coach.
Naturally fall fashion shows will have an abundance of outerwear options, but this year designers kept things oversize and cozy. Some had droopy shoulders, others were wide and belted and yet others had dramatic large and long silhouettes. This didn’t necessarily mean they were all slouchy options, although there were plenty of those too.
Once again, hardly a new styling tip but this season designers paired dresses and tunics over pants to create neat, new shapes and silhouettes. Keep things bold and interesting by wearing pants and a skirt in the same print a la Maryam Nassir Zadeh or keep it sexy in a cut-out tunic with slits worn over trousers like Narciso Rodriguez.