The third day of NYFW SS17 showed us the best of both worlds; menswear-inspired looks with a dash of feminine flair.
It seemed as though all the pieces of the Jill Stuart SS17 collection were floating as models strutted down the runway, possibly due to the ballet theme and the whimsical touch that came with it. Working with soft chiffons, Stuart featured plenty of floral slip dresses, maxi dresses with floating hems and ballet wrap sweaters. The array of blues, greens, lilacs dominate the colour palette but with a bold appearance of black as well, all beautifully offsetting each other. Layers were also seen throughout the collection such as leggings and perfectly coordinated elbow-length gloves in smooth and light textures, truly ready-to-wear for the upcoming spring and summer seasons.
Floaty materials did not stop at the Jill Stuart show. Earlier that day, at Self-Portrait, Han Chong kept things moving by unveiling a lineup of ruffles and his signature guipure lace. The Malaysia-born, London-based designer worked a tailoring angle for the SS17 collection; pinstripe men's shirts, utility jackets and button-finished trousers. The masculine touches fit right in with the feminine flow, including a black crepe midi-dress with frilled cutouts at the waist and a full-skirted white lattice guipure lace dress is pulled off the shoulder. Girlie with an edge, Self-Portrait SS17 is definitely on our list of party must-haves for the next season.
Menswear-inspired looks seemed to be on heavy rotation on the SS17 runways. Seen at Tibi, the combination of pinstripes and tailored oversized pieces is beautifully cohesive. Inspired by Edwardian proportions, Amy Smilovic found a way to incorporate Edwardian blouses, corsets and strong colours in a modern way, and not costume-y. Surprise details abound in this collection as well, including a jacket with a zipper on the inside of the sleeves, details in the crook of the elbows, corsets worn over T-shirts and otherwise plain blouses with controlled volumes on the sleeves.
When it comes to introducing cool girl models, you can always count on Alexander Wang - remember how he teased us with Polaroid shots of famous faces on the @wangsquad Instagram account for his Fall16 campaign? To top it all off, while presenting his Spring 2017 collection, he also revealed an Adidas collaboration in the process. With ubiquitous names like Binx Walton and Kendall Jenner stomping down the catwalk alongside regulars like Issa Lish and Julia Nobis, they emerged in cropped button-downs and boxer shorts. Then, shirting-inspired looks made their appearances, including a triangle bra made from button-down fabric. It wouldn't be a Wang show without streetwise pieces such as neon caps, bike shorts and oversized hoodies and, of course, the big reveal of the designers upcoming collaboration as models took their finale walks in pieces that featured upside-down Adidas logo.