What to wear when it’s freezing and snow is on the ground? Ski pants might seem a sensible answer, but possibly not when worn stirrupped over 10cm lime-suede stilettos, no tights. What madness is this? New York Fashion Week in February, when the price of fashion could be pneumonia.
Many of the front row appeared to be suffering from seasonal affective disorder, though not in the usual sense. They might, by way of one example, have nonchalantly offset a woolly hat with bare legs. Or, if they were wearing a coat at all, they might allow it partially to slip off their shoulders. I am going to call this “shawling”, a new Balenciaga-inspired phen- omenon that is even more annoying than the now old hat “shrobe-ing” once beloved of the fashion community. (That was when you wore a coat over your shoulders, arms out of sleeves. Keep up!)
The name on everyone’s lips was Raf Simons, the Belgian designer who was to present his first collection for Calvin Klein. The name on no one’s lips, but endlessly hinted at, was Donald Trump. The question: what does it mean to be American in 2017?
The only concrete answer the New York fashion crowd offered came in the form of clothes. Americana. Power suits. Red, white and blue. Big stuff (shoulders especially). Snug stuff (knitted everything).
1. Club Americana. How to make your mark on the most quintessentially American of brands? By out-Uncle-Samming the opposition, in the case of Simons’ debut at Calvin Klein. So there were the cowboy shirts and boots with which the west was won, not to mention the head-to-toe denim that also helped the brand to win over the world in the 1990s. And there was reinvented sportswear — such as the mesh tops with knitted varsity sleeves — and Wall Street-appropriate tailoring. It could have looked like theme-park fashion but, in the hands of a designer of Simons’ calibre — he was at Christian Dior before he moved to the US — it was rendered right here, right now. What’s more, there was something for everyone, which was, it seems, Simons’ point. “It is the coming together of different characters and different individuals,” he said. “Just like America itself.”
2. All hail the power suit. Turns out there’s a reason why you have watchedWorking Girl all those times. Because the power suit is back and you can pick up some pointers from late-era Tess McGill and any-era Katharine Parker. (Not, repeat not, when it comes to hair.)
What does a designer do when they are worried about a new president? Conjure up jackets with shoulder pads, apparently. Behold, the 21st-century power suit. As seen at Victoria Beckham, or VB, not to mention at Calvin Klein, Alexander Wang, Tibi and the cool kids, Monse, where those bodybuilder shoulders were zipped open. Think dark, plain wools and lots of greyish tweeds. Serious stuff.
3. Jumper dresses and dressy jumpers. The jumper dress used to be better as a concept than a reality, in that it was a dress that, if we were honest, never had enough heft to function as an actual jumper. Not any more. At Tibi it came in spangly forest green over matching leggings; at Victoria Beckham it transformed navy rib-knit into sexy, with its clingy cut and a front that was zip-up and — presumably, by extension — down. Yet it still looked warm. Bliss. Va-va-voom jumpers were everywhere, too — double bliss — even at upscale Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera.
4. The new surplus. Think surplus as in big, as in a lot of it, as in some of the baggiest trousers not to mention jackets and coats, you have ever seen. That was the case at VB, where there were wool trews that would conveniently sweep your floors as you go (not that I imagine Beckham factors in such matters) and a long coat with bulbous sleeves in which to keep extra snackage (ditto).
J Crew’s lilac satin trews were so capacious as to be practically a ballgown. (Ball-trousers? No, that sounds wrong.) The Row had more clothes to get lost in, a feeling that its pint-size designers, the Olsen twins, must be used to. Think surplus, too, as in layering, layering and more layering, in ways both entirely unnecessary yet rather cool looking, fashion’s favourite double act (see 9).
5. Scarlet women. Red was the colour of the season. Sure, blue and white came in second and third place, but rare was the designer who didn’t feature red in some way. Even The Row — usually a black, white and taupe affair — threw in a red card. Just the one mind: a thick-satin coat-and-trouser ensemble.
Beckham’s shade was lipstick, inspired by her make-up range for Estee Lauder, and used for sweater-and-skirt combos. Oscar de la Renta kept it strictly lippy, too — except when it came to the red eyeshadow, that is — but Carolina Herrera and Altuzarra both added a plum shade.
6. Any skirt as long as it’s chiffon. After a couple of years of hearting on pleated metallic skirts, it was inevitable that fashion would move on, but it’s not gone far. Pleated chiffon is the radical retool of the season, with some ruffled options, too, to keep things fresh.
The good news is that the fabric is multilayered and therefore not remotely see-through, plus it’s more flattering to wear than the stiffer metallics.
Use to soften the edges of power jackets or to glamour up a cosy knit as seen at Carolina Herrera. Yes, more good news: jumpers and skirts are still acceptable evening attire.
7. The biker jacket goes girlie. There’s nothing better than a one-stop way to refresh your look and the easiest next season will be with a biker jacket, newly feminised and so much more flattering. Carolina Herrera’s was tailored to kill; Calvin Klein’s was strewn with silver roses; Creatures of the Wind’s was apple leather. Vroom-vroom.
8. Sies-ing it up. Ask a frower which is their favourite new label and it’s a fair bet Sies Marjan will be the answer. Its third collection by Sander Lak, a Dries van Noten alumnus, encapsulated why. First, the colour! Why channel only a handful of hues, like most designers, when you can go full ice-cream parlour? Sies delivered pistachio, peach and berry shades that went from palest pink to deepest purple. Then there’s the designer’s genius at creating showstopping total looks out of wearable separates.
9. Little Edie layering. Little Edie, one of the eccentric mother and daughter duo in the 1975 documentary Grey Gardens, has long been a fashion muse. How apt that the very week it was announced theGrey Gardens house is for sale (a snip at just under $US20 million), her influence should be felt more than ever. Edie Beale, to use her real name, never met a skirt that she wouldn’t rather wear as top, or the other way round, and it was always a case of more is more.
She would have approved of the dresses over skirts at Sies Marjan and Proenza Schouler, and over trousers at Tibi and — most memorably — Monse (chartreuse velvet meets black leather). Then there was Zadig & Voltaire’s Edie-tastic red hoodie ‘n’ red trousers ‘n’ pink petticoat slip combo.
10. Boots and box bags. It looks like the statement boot will still be issuing directives next season, be it Victoria Beckham’s hot-red, heeled, knee-high style or Oscar de la Renta’s knockout, diamante-bloom-strewn number — more of a declaration of independence than a mere statement. As for the box bag, at VB it was an actual vanity case, with interior mirror, and big enough for her best-selling make-up range.
Roomier still was Calvin Klein’s take on the bag that is a box. This was more of a doctor’s affair, with space for a stethoscope or two. Fashion was taking a nation’s pulse, in the only way it knew how.Read more at:bridesmaid dresses online
Chunky knits and frilly dresses took over the London catwalk on Friday as the British capital kicked off its leg of the autumn/winter womenswear fashion week calendar.
After New York, fashionistas gather for London Fashion Week (LFW) where a mix of established names, high-street labels and emerging designers will present their latest creations during five days of runway shows and presentations.
While smaller than fellow fashion capitals New York, Milan and Paris, the event in London - which is known for its fashion schools and new creative talent - will host labels including Burberry, Mulberry, Versace's Versus line and Temperley London.
With some brands using the catwalk to make political statements during New York Fashion Week, fashionistas expect London designers could follow suit.
"There seems to be a mood of activism. There seems to be a lot of people finding a voice," accessories designer Anya Hindmarch said when asked what to expect this fashion season.
"I think London is all about creativity."
Among the first to present his autumn/winter 2017 collection was designer Eudon Choi, who dressed models in chunky ribbed jumpers worn like shawls, wide-leg trousers and sports shoes.
Taking inspiration from architect Adolf Loos, London-based Choi, who first trained as a designer for menswear in Seoul, presented a line of "utilitarian designs," adding metallic button-like fastenings on his tailored looks.
The collection featured shirts with extended backs, quilted parkas, oversized coats, sweaters adorned with tie details and satin dresses.
London-based Turkish designer Bora Aksu, who took inspiration from prominent British suffragette Princess Sophia Duleep Singh for his line, presented floral as well as frilly dresses in white, pale pink and blue, with black and white checked jacket and skirt combinations also featuring.
Models, some in small hats, wore calf-high black boots on top of tights embroidered with words such as "love" and "freedom".
More than 50 catwalk shows and 30 presentations will be held during LFW, which takes place with the uncertainty of Brexit looming over the industry.Read more at:bridesmaid dresses online
The popping of flashbulbs made it abundantly clear who was the most important person at the Coach fashion show on Tuesday afternoon in New York: Selena Gomez, the brand’s new face and the most popular person on Instagram with 109 million followers.
Once the photographers had calmed down, the former Disney star settled in among the other VIPs – Drew Barrymore and Selah Marley, the daughter of Lauryn Hill – to watch the presentation of the American leather goods brand’s autumn/winter 17 collection.
To say that Coach is a brand that revels in its American heritage is like saying that Donald Trump is a bit orange, and it was clear from the outset that this would be another examination of Americana: the set was a spooky, cracked facade of a prairie house. Behind the construction was a projection of a desolate landscape punctuated by wonky telephone pylons, like something from Badlands or Paris, Texas.
The clothes combined Little House on the Prairie prints with hip-hop silhouettes. There were oversized trucker hats fashioned from shearling and ragged shearling coats worn with a swagger over checked smock dresses. In among the earthy tones were pops of colour from Park Ranger-style badges. Padded jackets – a typically urban shape seen all over the streets of New York outside the fashion shows – were decorated with delicate flowers.
Coach was founded in New York in 1941 as a small family-owned wallet manufacturer. Last week, Miles Cahn, one of the company’s co-founders, died at the age of 95. It was Cahn’s wife, Lillian, who suggested the company branch out into handbags. Over the years it grew to become one of America’s most famous handbag lines, although until Stuart Vevers’ appointment as creative director three years ago sales had flagged and it had been deemed to lack the cool factor.
In the three years since the Yorkshireman’s appointment Coach has explored Americana in multiple ways, with references ranging from Bruce Springsteen to Elvis to Scooby-Doo’s Velma.
Like Belgian Raf Simons – another European who riffed on Americana in his debut collection for Calvin Klein on Friday – Vevers’ view of American identity was rooted in nostalgia, the past feeling a lot safer than the present this New York fashion week, which is the first to take place under the shadow of the Trump administration.
Vevers’ other hits for Coach have included the kind of poppy, attention-grabbing designs that appeal to street style stars, such as brightly coloured sweatshirts featuring Rexy, a tyrannosaurus rex that adorns many of the label’s designs and has become the house’s very Instagram-friendly mascot.
Though today’s collection was for the premium Coach 1941 line, the buzz it generates will have a halo effect on the company as a whole. And, with charms at around £50 and plenty of handbags at the £250 mark, some items in the Coach range are relatively affordable – in designer fashion terms, at least – which makes the star of today’s show, Selena Gomez, the brand’s ideal ally.Read more at:formal dresses melbourne