The Fall 2017 collections just walked the runways of New York Fashion Week. Designers had a strong voice this season, and we heard them roar, loud and clear. From Canadian darlings Beaufille’s first New York presentation, to the show stopping Michael Costello, to the incomparable Prabal Gurung, I’ve picked my five favourite shows of the season to share with you.
I watched the shows online this season. Although I really missed being in the city, it was incredible to see how much behind the scenes access social media has created. Technology has changed the way we see fashion week and has allowed designers to reach a much larger audience. We can appreciate our favourite brands from the comfort of our couch, and then connect by giving them a congratulations comment, or like.
Strolling down Rainbow Row in the West Village with Cee in between shows last season.
Michael Costello designs killer, sexy dresses. His girl is a vixen and she’s ready to party! The flowing fabrics and plunging necklines gave this collection a 70’s vibe with lots of sex appeal. Plenty of skin was on display with cage silhouettes, high slits and peek a boo lace trim. The embellishments on Michael’s gowns are always exquisite. Details like sequins, beaded fringe and floral appliques. The big textured hair and bright red lips completed this disco divas look.
Tadashi Shoji delivered an opulent collection filled with beautiful fabrics like velvet, jacquard and lace. Inspired by the youth revolution of the ’60s and ’70s with a nod to women’s empowerment, this collection was bold and feminine. Featuring a jewel tone colour palette of purple, burgundy and green, the models looked fresh and youthful with a nostalgic nod to a by-gone era.
This season, Georgine Ratelband was inspired by permanent hotel dwellers. Those glamour girls that call the world’s most well known hotel rooms home. Coco Chanel’s suite at The Ritz, Oscar Wilde’s chambers at Hotel d’Alsace, Howard Hughes bungalow at The Beverly Hills Hotel, and Edie Sedgwick’s room at The Chelsea Hotel. Chic short dresses, fur coats, and metallic accents were all on display in a rich and luxurious colour palette. This is what I want to wear on permanent vacation.BEAUFILLE
Designed by Canadian sisters, Chloé and Parris Gordon, Beaufille (pronounced bo-fee) translates as ‘Handsome Girl.’ The Fall 2017 collection marked Beaufille’s first showcase at New York Fashion Week. This season, Chloé and Parris took inspiration from unusual colour combinations found in nature, specifically ombré seaweed transitioning from green to yellow on the seashore. The silhouettes were bold, but focused on feminine shapes through the use of underwire, corsets, box pleating and gather techniques. This was a very strong showcase for Beaufille. I can’t wait to see what this sister duo does next.
I’ve been a fan of Prabal Gurung for many years and always look forward to seeing his collections. Not only does he design beautiful clothing, but Prabal puts so much thought and care into his inspiration. This season, Prabal was inspired by the powerful women in his life. He called the collection a love letter to his women. Those made of strength, inner beauty, grace, and vigilance. The exquisite collection featured utilitarian overcoats, hand embroidered gowns and hand knitted cable cashmere pieces.
For the finale, models walked the runway in T-shirts with political slogans: ‘Revolution has no borders.’ ‘I am an immigrant.’ ‘Nevertheless, she persisted.’ Prabal took his bow his tshirt reading, ‘This is what a feminist looks like.’ This collection was all about celebrating the women. Women who inspire Prabal to present an unabashed and unapologetic definition of femininity, with bite.
Photo credit: Courtesy of the brands
Prabal Gurung – Dan Lecca