Style Forecast: Top 5 Designers from New York Fashion Week
Written By: Aliecia Brissett
Welcome to fashion season! Although in my world everyday is fashion season, September marks the start of all the new Spring/Summer 2017 collections that will be making their way to racks early next year. And even though some designers, such as Tom Ford and Diane von Furstenberg, showcased current season Autumn/Winter 2016 collections to coincide with Mother Nature's seasonal clock, majority of the designers that showed at this seasons New York Fashion Week took to the runways to present an abundant array of dresses, floral prints, and midriff attire.
From over the 30 designers that showed during the weeks fashion festivities, five stood out to me that exemplified daring, forward thinking and classically sexy styles that I see lasting for seasons to come. In no particular order, these designers continued to stay true to their brand while giving us fashion goers something to look forward to, while also setting the fashion trend for Spring/Summer 2017.
Bringing classic and sexy to the runway for Spring/Summer 2017 was Brandon Maxell. Combining cheeky midriff tops with long flowing floor length skirts surely hit the fashion spot as the collection took the catwalk. Staying true to the colour palettes of black, white, olive green and pale beige, Maxwell showcased the versatility of the earth tones and the importance of having neutral staples in your wardrobe. Also, the sex appeal that exuded from the collection was undeniable. From thigh high slits on a classic high waist skirt, to the cut-outs on silky dresses that resemble night gowns, the pieces of the collection take the two fashion staples of classic and sexy and combine them into a cohesive collection.
Always a favourite amongst all New York Fashion Week attendees and fashionistas around the globe, Naeem Khan once again proved that exuberant and jaw dropping gowns should be a must in every woman's closet. With this seasons incorporation of playful fringe and capes, Khan continues to prove that bold statements are needed when wanting to make a fashion statement. And with the use of floral, geometric and various patterned textiles to create the collections array of dresses, the 45 look showcase continued to push the fashion envelope to take risks as well as have fun.
Bold and structure. Those are the two words that came to mind when first seeing Delpozo's Spring/Summer 2017 collection. Between the high waist wide leg culotte's, and the peplum shirts and jackets, the structure to the pieces of this collection are undeniably incredible and well put together. Definitely for the woman who wants to turn heads, Delpozo always has a new world edge to their pieces that sets them apart from a lot of ready to wear collections. By adding draping chandelier earrings to the pieces, in addition to the already elaborate floral and silk patterns, the 39 look collection revived the meaning of spring and summer, and breathed new life into the season to come.
Another brand I personally adore and that continues to stay ahead of the trend while remixing what is already on trend is Milly. Their Spring/Summer 2107 Ready to Wear collection was a great mix of feminine sophistication and whimsical fun. With the use of colours such as lustrous greens, bright oranges and bold blues, the colour gradient from beginning to end transformed from modern classic to new world chic. Also, playing with the current off-the shoulder trend that has been circulating this current Spring/Summer 2016 season, the brand remixes the look with the use of bows, multiple criss-crosses and cropped features. If you're looking for an easy, relaxed yet sophisticated look, Milly's got you covered!
Consistent with the use of hi-lo structure, loose materials and the overall lounge look, Sies Marjan took what seemed to be a trend for the Spring/Summer 2017 season - the playful yet trendy pajama look - and make it into a new trend all on its own. Incorporating the off-the shoulder trend as well, Sies Marjan took the coveted look and created easy two piece sets and carried through with thigh high slits (which I will now refer to as off-the-thigh, a play from off-the-shoulder...) Another standout feature from the collection was the use of the criss-cross wrap technique amongst the varied dresses, sweaters and skirts. Giving the intricate illusion of hugging the body to create a feminine silhouette is a must for the warmer season, and the brand did a great job in showcasing variations of the effect with different garments.
Who were your favourite designers from New York Fashion Week?