By Erinna Ma
New York was abuzz with activity this season – but not for reasons you might typically think. With multiple design houses adopting the See-Now-Buy-Now model, a direct-to-consumer format that releases collections for purchase immediately after the show, fashion show attendees were treated to a variety of fall/winter collections on top of their traditional spring/summer pickings.
This shifting retail trend was paired with another theme: grand venues and even grander spectacles. From the carnival delights at Tommy Hilfiger to Alexander Wang’s legendary junk food-fueled after-party (McDonald’s, anyone?), fashion shows were promoting more than just clothes – they were promoting a lifestyle.
So amid all the excitement surrounding these events, what can be said about the clothing? New York presented a dichotomous display between minimalistic designs and maxed-out prints, but here are five standout trends from SS17.
The off-shoulder trend continues with a nostalgic nod to old 80’s dance flicks.
Left to Right: Rodarte, Monse, Hellessy, Yeezy
From lemon to amber, there’s a shade of yellow for every skintone.
Left to Right: Lacoste, Tibi, Erin Fetherston, Delpozo
Clean slits modernized the sleeve to make it relaxed yet regal.
Left to Right: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Hellessy, Tibi, Michael Kors Collection
These stripes made a bold impact on the runway, both thick and thin alike.
Left to Right: Alexander Wang, Acne Studios, Altuzarra, Alice + Olivia
Shades of White
The minimalistic shade was adopted everywhere, from structured textiles to flowy silhouettes.
Left to Right: Zero + Maria Cornejo, Creatures of Comfort, Derek Lam, Brock Collection