New York Fashion Week 2017 began on Wednesday, September 6 to showcase the latest Spring Summer 2018 collections of the hottest fashion designers. And all the stars came out to not only see the hottest fashions, but to flaunt their nicest styles.
Tom Ford kicked off the first day of the NYFW with a supermodel extravaganza in New York. The designer – who was returning to the city after showing in Los Angeles last season – did not disappoint his lovers, serving up a much-welcomed dose of his signature glamour. Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid and Joan Smalls all took to the catwalk sporting short, cropped hair and seriously sexy evening gowns. On the front row sat Cindy Crawford, Karlie Kloss, a newly-blonde Kim Kardashian West, Suki Waterhouse, Doutzen Kroes and Julianne Moore.
In its second day, DESIGUAL and Calvin Klein amazed the audience with their latest trends.
Rather than a traditional fashion show, Desigual staged a celebration of multiculturalism. For a label that has always promoted a happy approach to life, dance definitely seemed the most appropriate art form to reflect that joy, and the professional dancers who performed on the catwalk managed to express it. Fashion-wise, there was a little bit of everything in the lineup. There were references to Africa, Chinese influences, Indian symbols, as well as Western staples, such as denim pants and tops recalling the uniforms of American sailors.
The Calvin Klein designers Raf Simons and Pieter Mulier built on diner uniforms and traditional suiting while injecting new elements like opera coats and full skirts. All this was underlined with a perverse twist—see the rubber dresses and Warhol knife prints—that evoked not only the horrors of cinema but some of the real world horrors we are living.
On Friday September 8, Tory Burch presented to the fashion industry its spring 2018 line in a lovely garden setup held in the garden of the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. For the line, Burch worked with designer David Hicks’ library, the legendary English interior designer who was known for his bold colors and mix of styles. Not unlike Burch herself. Silky maxi dresses and relaxed trousers were complemented by oversized bags and Turkish towels, ready for yoga or pool-side reading. Long necklaces and draped scarves completed the looks, along with more of the closed-toe slides that have become so popular this season.
The next day, it was Alexander’s Wang turn to stun on the catwalk. Wang showcased a street-meets-sexy aesthetic collection with many dresses using sheers, silk and other fabrics, and we saw some long t-shirt paired with jeans and sandals.