New York Fashion Week SS17: Highlights of Day 8
Till next time, New York
The schedule for the final day of New York Fashion Week was rather light. We missed Calvin Klein Collection, who usually shows on the last day at New York, as Raf Simons will only be presenting his first collection for the label next season—but Gilles Mendel highlighted his technical sensibilities in the J. Mendel SS17 collection, while Marc Jacobs brought forth a futuristic rager.
The J. Mendel presentation was held at The Standard, East Village Penthouse, where the collection was displayed on dress forms for attendees to admire up-close. There were a number of maxis with an ethereal lightness to them, as well as fur for warmer weather in cut-out designs or bonded with tulle. But having seen throngs of flowing silhouettes so far this season, what appealed to me most was a short bordeaux leather paneled shift dress—minimal yet impactful enough to stand on its own.
Marc Jacobs held his show at the Hammerstein Ballroom, where set designer Stefan Beckman worked his magic to build an elevated stage with thousands of tiny light bulbs hanging from above like fairy lights. It was a star-studded affair, both on and off the runway, as Sofia Coppola, Demi Lovato, Courtney Love and Whoopi Goldberg were amongst the audience, while Kendall Jenner, the Hadid sisters, Taylor Hill, Adriana Lima, Jourdan Dunn and more graced the catwalk.
Kiki Willems opened the show in an extravagantly embellished and embroidered metallic jacket, paired with an equally eye-catching pair of light lilac hot shorts. The pastel colour scheme adhered in the following few looks, with the occasional Victorian details, but things soon took a turn for more punk-ish elements and bold prints. Looks may have been varied, but the models that came down the runway had at least two things in common: they all sported colourful dreadlocks and sky-high platforms. And with that, we bid the New York leg of fashion week farewell on a high.