September is a sad reminder that summer is over and the days where it’s acceptable to be drinking at ten am on a weekday are slowly fading. However, the one solace that us New Yorkers find is that the beginning of September marks the start of New York Fashion Week. While the weather is still warm, New York’s streets are transformed from pavements to runways. Every “it girl”, fashion blogger, designer, and art contributor is seen strutting down the streets of New York in the world’s latest fashion trends. Vibrant patches of embroidery, fur lining, and silk are seen everywhere—from the quaint neighborhoods of the upper west side to the bustling fashion-packed streets of Williamsburg.
Finding a n authentic setting for your brand’s fashion show is almost as important as the actual pieces of the collection. Marc Jacobs’s latest collection was a futuristic shownin the heart of Hamerstein Ballroom, Kanye West’s Yeezus season 4 show was held on the outskirts of New York, on Randall’s Island; while Tommy Hilfiger completely reinvented our notion of a fashion show by creating a carnival along the South Street Seaport and having the fashion show be part of the amusement. All in all, big name designers went all out to showcase their collection and have the setting enhance the essence of the design.
However, some of New York Fashion Week’s greatest shows are simply done, and tucked away in quaint townhouses on the Upper East Side or classic white runway shows with few, if any decorations. This year I was lucky enough to participate in Sonia Rykiel’s Autumn/Winter 2017 collection runway show. It was a bittersweet event, celebrating the life of one of the world’s most talented and timeless designers. Sonia Rykiel has been a style inspiration of mine ever since I was a little girl. She embodied the fearlessness that fashion captured, and it was a true honor to be able to wear the very clothes that will be hanging in department stores this season.
I’d have to say that the one collection that truly stood out this season in the midst of all the creative genius that was captured this fall was, Delpozo. Josep Font, the brand’s creative director had a beautiful, minimalist, collection that was filled with full skirts, and high-top collared shirts. The designer’s Spanish roots were clearly on display—large sleeves that looked like they were inspired from the garb of flamenco dancers were on many of the sweaters. The models wore sleek, slicked-back hair with very minimal makeup. Large flower-like earrings lightly enhanced the bold yet delicate designs of the spring 2017 ready-to- wear collection. In my opinion, this was the perfect detail to bring the entire collection together.
This year’s fashion week captured an original, yet very feminine version of spring fashion that I can’t wait to explore. The number one thing on my list as of now is the beautifully crafted bright blue frock with an overlay of white flowers by Delpozo. It reminds me of my adventures in the South of France, and the shape is lady-like while at the same time being modern: the two most important qualities of a women in our century.
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