8 September 2016
As much as fashion week this season hasn’t been as exciting for me as I thought it would, New York fashion week for the Spring/Summer 2017 season kicked off yesterday, and already, there is a lot to talk about.
Were there any pleasant surprises? Yes. Any Drama? Yes to that too, and it was provided by Kanye West’s Yeezy Show, which came as no surprise, seeing as he’s an artist that is always surrounded by so much controversy. The season 4 of his Yeezy collection started about 2hrs late, making some of the models pass out in the process due to the sweltering heat and also because his wife and sisters-in-law arrived very fashionably late. The clothes? The boring sameness associated with previous West shows: Vanessa Beecroft-inspired models dressed in dystopian-althleisure outfits. Why fashion editors even bother showing interest beats me.
Calvin Klein alumni Nellie Partow had a very calming and soothing show. Her collection was filled with echoes of her mentor’s work, with a dash of the unexpected in the form of knitwear, layering and relaxed silhouettes.
The Julien Anne Quay-founded Vfiles collection was like watching a mash up of Comme Des Garçons, Hood by Air and Vetements. Deconstruction was aplenty, as well as a healthy dose of play with gender less clothing. Young Thug, whose now infamous album cover dress was on display, fixed a model’s collar as the show went on. He was in full support mode.
Trina Turks clothes were holiday ready. There wasn’t anything new or innovative but the spirit of her clothes were joyous. Her lookbook featured Nigerian model, Ninioma Anosike.
Adeam designer Hanako Maeda has been buzzed about for the past few seasons. Her Japanese roots are always an inspiration, and this season it was Shodo – the Japanese art of calligraphy. That translated into clothes as loosely tailored garments with intricate pleating, twists and body lengthening silhouettes, such as pairing a dress with lose pants combo.
Finally, Tom Ford debuted his first see-now-buy-now show for fall 2016. With his celebrity friends in attendance, it was Ford at his best, delivering a show full of seventies glamour just like his Gucci days, but with less sex.
So far, the shows seem like a promising start to fashion month. There are high expectations for New York fashion week, particularly with the arrival of Raf Simons at Calvin Klein. New York would once again be watched as closely as the rest of the other fashion capitals. Other upcoming see-now-buy-now designers such as Thakoon and Proenza Schouler will also showcase collections in the same vein as Tom Ford. Here’s to hoping for the best in the coming weeks.