NYFW 2016 Recap
New York Fashion Week seemed to come and go in the blink of eye this past week with its whirlwind of shows that ranged from subdued presentations to a full-blown spectacles. Compiled below are the top ten highlights from the NYFW Fall 2016 ready-to-wear collections, from Marc Jacobs' moody, fantastical runway to the fanfare of Yeezy Season 3. 1 - Fenty x Puma by Rihanna
RiRi's debut collection for the sleek sports label was a testament to her edgy and subversive street style, with models tromping down the runway in all black and white ensembles that featured panels of sheer fabric, oversized beanies and lace-up boots. Jet black matte lipstick, white under-eye football stripes and silver hair dye streaked through still-wet hair further emphasized the collection's badass vibe. “I’m inspired by attitude more than anything,” said Rihanna. “Literally from my album to my collection, everything has been stemming from what makes me feel something, what moves me” (Vogue).
2 - Opening Ceremony
Cult favorite Opening Ceremony showcased their most recent RTW collection amidst a silvery, streamlined set (that looked like it was plucked straight out a scene of The Jetsons). Iridescent fabrics, shimmery reptilian skins and bold colors were grounded by boxy, modern silhouettes, with several looks featuring imagined cityscapes of the future.
3 - DVF throws a disco party
Diane von Furstenberg's 70's inspired, party-ready pieces were memorably showcased at various staged sets throughout the presentation's venue. The ultimate girl squad was also in full force, with Karlie Kloss, Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid and Jourdan Dunn dancing, frolicking and posing for polaroids while photographers and bloggers eagerly recorded the event. DVF's decision to stray from her typical runway show was a response to the fashion world's recent shift towards spectacle over substance. While avidly documented on Snapchat, Instagram and other social media outlets, the awkward format of the show left many fashion insiders disappointed by von Furstenberg's indulgence in what many are calling the death of Fashion Week at the hands of flashier, faster paced fashion.
4 - Tommy Hilfiger's nautical wonderland
Hilfiger's playful digression from his more sporty and increasingly predictable aesthetic was a welcome breath of fresh air. Fresh faced models glided down the runway in various sailor inspired ensembles, with wide peter pan collars, boat necks, nautical stripes, sea faring inspired prints and cascades of silk adorning most of the looks. While several looks were notably more costume-like than others (re: Sara Sampaio's shiny, cropped blouse and embellished high-waisted undies as depicted below), most of the collection can be easily integrated into any fashionista's closet.
5 - Naeem Khan x Make a Wish Foundation
Naeem Khan's rich, colorful spectrum of gowns were a testament to the designer's attention to detail and deep understanding of the female form. The evocative reds, purples and golds that flitted down the runway were no doubt indicative of the designer's continued success as a couturier. The true highlight of the show, however, was the final bow, where Khan was accompanied by 11 year old Make-A-Wish Foundation recipient, Trinity Faith Moran, who dazzled in a custom cherry-red gown gifted to her by the designer.
6 - It's Jeremy Scott!
Moschino's current creative director did not fail to pull out all the stops for his own namesake label in which shiny, 60's shift dresses, neon brights, fur, fringe, fishnet and more sashayed down the runway for his "Cowboys and Poodles" collection. Scott's ready embrace of all that glitters is so extreme it's respectable, to the extent that a sequined mini dress with cut-outs and Pepto-Bismol pink cowboy boots actually seems to work once you wrap your head around the concept (it also helps if you style the look with beehive hair and lurid green eyeshadow).
7 - Yeezy Season 3
Regardless of whether or not you consider Kanye West to be the "greatest living artist and greatest artist of all time," it was hard to ignore the amount of fanfare that surrounded his Yeezy Season 3 debut (TIME). The show featured no less than 1,200 models, including Naomi Campbell, was staged in Madison Square Garden and doubled as the formal release of the artist's most recent album The Life of Pablo. The entire Kardashian-Jenner clan was in attendance and clad in Yeezy originals, in addition to the likes of Anna Wintour, Jay Z and many more celebrities, with ticket prices ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars to snag a seat at NYFW's most sought-after event. Needless to say the clothes themselves (an assortment of colorful spandex ensembles) were not necessarily the show's main attraction.
8 - FTL Moda show
Rebekah Marine, a seasoned model who happens to also have a prosethic arm, was joined by her "mini me," Gianna Schiavone, in gilded Josefa Da Silva gowns. The two took a turn on the FTL Moda show runway to much applause and acted as a welcome reprieve from the otherwise flashy and celebrity-oriented nature of the NYFW shows.
9 - J. Crew Collection
J. Crew's color shocked collection was a kaleidoscope of pastels, prints and enviably trendy shoes. Velvet strappy heeled Mary-Janes, fluffy fur coats and culottes dotted the playful collection, and effortlessly interpreted high fashion trends into looks that can be easily incorporated into everything from your work wardrobe, to running errands or a nice night out.
10 - Fans go Gaga at Marc Jacobs
Jacobs' sombre collection, where models towered over the runway in sky-high platform boots, was an eclectic mix of conservative silhouettes, offset by decadent fur shrugs, cut-outs, latex and obsidian black makeup. The edgy, goth vibe was very prevalent at the NYFW shows, from Jacobs' dark, romantic vision to Alexander Wang's gritty aesthetic or Hood By Air's more deconstructed take on the trend. Lady Gaga's turn on the runway further served as a physical reminder of Jacobs' consistent ability to surprise his viewers, whether that be through his elaborate and creative presentations or his ingenuity when it comes to design.
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