New York Fashion Week has returned to the city for more than a week of runway shows, presentations and beyond. The twice-annual fashion event runs through Sept. 14. It is one of four major fashion weeks in the world, collectively known as the “Big 4,” along with those in Paris, London, and Milan. The Council of Fashion Designers of America(CFDA) created the modern notion of a centralized “New York Fashion Week” in 1993, although cities like London were already using their city’s name in conjunction with the words “fashion week” in the 1980s. Here are the 10 Top designers in New York Fashion Week Show 2017-18 for Fall/Winter collection.
10 Top Designers in New York Fashion Week Show 2017-18 for Fall/ Winter Collection
Raf Simons made his long-awaited Calvin Klein debut, and, as expected, it was the week’s major moment. The designers built on diner uniforms and traditional suiting while injecting new elements like opera coats and full skirts. Like last season, Calvin Klein gathered a major celebrity crowd for its front row. There was Lupita Nyong’o beside Mahershala Ali, Millie Bobby Brown laughing with Brooke Shields, and Russell Westbrook and Jake Gyllenhaal both rocking Shields-embossed pieces. A host of models, from Carolyn Murphy to Abbey Lee to Karlie Kloss, was in attendance too, as well as CK’s new spokeswoman Paris Jackson.
The collection was inspired by Aimee Crocker (1864-1941), an explorer known for her somewhat eccentric passions that included pearls, snakes, lovers, tattoos, and Buddhism. To that end, the duo delivered some of the dreamiest party dresses and gowns around. Ethereal confections ran from enormous floor sweeping showstoppers with kimono sleeves to slimmer looks adorned with massive ropes of pearls, 3-D flower embroidery, and bugle beading. Amid the froth, a single lace tuxedo that was positively timeless.
Michael Kors took us to the beach with his Spring 2018 collection at New York Fashion Week. A sun-kissed Carolyn Murphy opened the show — pantless — in one of Kors’ tie-dye creations. The show transitioned with palm tree-patterned pieces in hues of breezy pastels. No doubt that the print will have you dreaming of the sandy beaches of Malibu. Stars like Naomi Watts Nicole Kidman sat front row and look visibly astonished as models clad in Kors’ ensembles walked by. The show moved onto night time looks, with models like Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid hitting the runway in sexy, yet sophisticated looks that no doubt an A-list actress will be wearing during award show season.
Torrid, the fashion brand for women who wear sizes 10-30, rocked its runway with 45 looks, many bordering on edgy. The models looked beautiful in a series of leather jackets, some with back cross-stitching and one with a graffiti print that read, “Dangerous Curves.” There were jeans galore, some paired with military jackets (one in velvet), and airy kimonos with floral embroidery fluttered gracefully over pants and dresses. Styles ran the gamut – a little something for everybody, from a black sequin mini to a strappy maroon maxi.
Herrera lifted spirits on this solemn day, with her optimistic, upbeat show that she dubbed “a celebration of color.” And there were mega-blasts of it: red, iris and electric yellow turned out in silhouettes that featured dramatic shoulders and sleeves, nipped waists cinched with wide belts and sashes; archival prints and swishing skirts. It was such a color riot that the one black pantsuit in the lineup looked out of place, though, beautifully tailored, it could be a wardrobe go-to. Cocktails and ball gowns for drama queens abounded. Swoon-worthy ombre dresses featured form-fitting strapless tops that seemed to melt into sparkling skirts.
Nobody does it like Anna Sui. She laser-cuts through the past, pulling references together for a beautiful collage that is at once nostalgic, modern, and a bit kooky. The designer is in love with joyful colors and romantic pieces that are always in style. The first thing that influenced her creative process was a documentary about the Bronte sisters. The second was a visit to the Counter-Couture exhibit at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. There, she found several letters with fun prints that belonged to the Summer of Love. That is how Sui involved fun and vibrant prints in her latest collection.
Oscar de la Renta’s Spring 2018 collection has Nick Minaj’s seal of approval. Oscar’s distinctive signature is seen imprinted on several ensembles — tulle cocktail dresses, T-shirts, and even a lace-up swimsuit. The breathtaking show was held at art auction house Southeby’s and started off with models walking down the runway clad in paint-splattered ensembles. And in a surprise twist, even denim was present on the catwalk. On the personal elements, Oscar’s fine-line signature was drawn in black across a white shirt, sweater, dress, even a mink coat tossed on over a tummy-baring denim jacket and jeans.
Simply put, Victoria Beckham has hit a good stride with her collection at New York Fashion Week. Her spring collection was flush with great color — soft, mineral blue, pink and lavender as well as vivid red — worked on silhouettes that exuded gentle power. Fluid oversized shirts were layered over easy, wide-legged pants, and new suits came with boxy blazers and slim pants. Candy-colored glitter pumps and the occasional jeweled anklet offset the collection’s womanly sophistication with the perfect boost of girlish whimsy.
The designer unveiled his latest collection during New York Fashion Week with hues that totally scream spring — shades of lime, magenta, and cobalt blue. If you’re familiar with Siriano’s work, you know that voluminous pieces — think billowy sleeves and immaculate ball gowns — are his true love. For Siriano, it’s going big or go home. And he definitely went big. Coca Rocha, a Siriano muse, opened the show in a show in a floral brocade cut-out top and matching cropped trousers. The industry’s top curvy models also strutted down the runway, looking flawless.
The Japanese designer opted to leave his runway clean and set the mood through a vacation-inspired playlist — the Beach Boys blasted the room — and a jet-set ready lineup. For next season’s ready-to-wear collection in New York Fashion Week, Shoji focused on tassels and pompoms, lightly ruffled gowns and bright colors. In an essence, Shoji brought glamour to the beach. Models embraced Shoji’s tone with textured, ruffled waves, backless sandals, and dancing earrings. The floor-length section of Shoji’s procession featured whimsical prints, which flowed past the models as they made their way down through the audience.