Get ready for Fashion Week’s Spring/Summer 2017 collection review! We bringyou the latest trends on the runway of New York Fashion Week, London Fashion Week, Milan Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week. The Fashion
London Fashion Week
For a start, many of the shows felt like costume plays — exercises in fantasy-making with little relation with the real world.
Christopher Kane’s RTW 2017 collection was a mash-up of “see now, buy now” and what we will have to wait for until next spring. The show opened with an intarsia fur coat with a vintage appeal, a theme that carried over into a fur skirt in a later look. He moved to overpowering prints that looked like emoticons, over-exaggerated, child-like flowers and fireball sketch squiggles. Metal rings were a common theme, piercing jackets and dresses, and he even showed an entire dress made of metal rings. He later softened the approach adding metallic flecked knits and plisse pleating with tiered lace overlays for a ladylike twist.
The trench coat was absolutely where it’s at in Sharon Wauchob’s spring 2017 RTW collection. Gorgeous, tailored and architecturally significant, these made for statement outerwear pieces for spring. She did a brilliant job pitting fluid, billowy fabrics up against rigid, crisp enhancements in shirt collars and lapels throughout the collection. Really rich, heavy satins looked great but might not be so welcome on a warm spring day. Her easy, flowing styles were airy, which made them appropriate for the warmer temps of summer, but the shapes were less than flattering. She included some delicate lace spaghetti-strap dresses which helped further her presence in the day-to-evening arena.
Well, if you like your fashion to look and feel like your most trusted, comfortable best friend, then Pringle of Scotland’s spring RTW 2017 will hit your sweet spot. The design team at Pringle did what the house has done best for years, creating interesting fashion that meets form and function. Oatmeal colored, fine gauge sweaters draped and shaped without effort. The knits were different from the cottons and laces and diaphanous fabrics we’ve been seeing. You can also always count on the line to honor the Scottish heritage in the tartan plaids and knits. A strong collection of easy, wearable pieces perfect for mixing, matching and layering.
Blame it on an inability to understand what’s was going on in the Joseph spring RTW 2017 collection, but amidst a flood of voluminous shapes and lots of layering it was difficult to tell where one piece ended and the other one started. There was just a lot of fabric going on here and virtually everything was oversized. With a gender neutral feeling, thoughts lingered on wondering whether this was comfortable dressing, or complicated dressing? Will any of these pieces stand on their own?
Amanda Wakely’s spring 2017 RTW collection was so visually satisfying, it deserved a second look. While her style is notably safe and conservative, she added the prettiest, feminine details that served up elegance in movement and style. With soft, supple fabrics, muted artistic patterns and cuts that favored a women’s body, Wakely gave her clients plenty to keep them looking sophisticated and polished, yet with ease. The line had several separates that could be dressed up or down maximizing its wearability.
Christopher Bailey of Burberry Prorsum is not messing around with getting on the “see now, buy now trend” that is sweeping designer houses around the globe. A huge collection of 83 looks for him and her gave plenty of reason to pull out the charge cards. The craftsmanship and detail of this collection was luxury times 1000. Bows and ruffles at the collar, rich patterns, velvets and elegant lace gave an Elizabethan flair. The expected and welcome military looks were crafted in olive with bold rope regalia patterns on jackets. Season after season Burberry delivers some of the most extraordinary shearlings for men and women and they didn’t disappoint this season. The highlight was a navy shearling jacket with bell sleeves.