What’s happening at New York Fashion Week so far

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  • Friday, 16 Sep 2016

A model presents a creation from the Jeremy Scott Spring/Summer 2017 collection during New York Fashion Week. Photo: Reuters

Fashion designer Carolina Herrera celebrated 35 years in the business by taking over The Frick Collection museum in Manhattan, to debut her collection at New York Fashion week.

The first look on the runway combined elegance and comfort with a ball gown made from denim. "This show is very special to me," Herrera said, noting she'd like to take some of the looks of her first collection and design "for the woman of today". The 39 looks were tailored but combined with soft edges to maintain the feminine attitude of the brand. Tulle skirts were paired with knit tops, tweed was used to create a sexy suit and chiffon added movement to the looks.

The mainly black and white color palette was broken up with metallics, and a feminine floral print.

The 77-year-old Venezuela native started designing in 1980 in New York and counted her first show among her proudest career moments. Herrera said her best memory was the finale of her first show.

"It was so glamorous and so fashionable and so wonderful that I always remember it with great pride," said the designer.

American fashion designer Jeremy Scott also presented a whimsical Spring 2017 collection. Taking his inspiration from the city's 1980s party scene, he showed a colourful collection with influences from disco, punk and sci-fi.

"I have been thinking about the days of New York's party scenes in the early 1980s, when it was a little bit more wild, seedy and rough and dirty and more experimental," the designer explained to Reuters.

Jeremy Scott Spring/Summer 2017 collection. Photos: Reuters

"I really want to capture that spirit, something very fun, but aggressive and kind of punky," he added. A sweater reading "Slime City" summarised the theme of the collection, hinting to the 1980's comedy-horror film.

Models wearing colourful dresses embellished with safety pins and zippers, captured the "punk" spirit, while the grunginess of the city was represented in looks with black leather, latex, metal rings and dog collars. The disco spirit was present in the form of sparkly sequins that were paired with large geometrical shapes.

Scott, who is also the creative director of Italy's Moschino, has dressed many celebrities such as Katy Perry, Gwen Stefani and Rihanna. His latest muse, the Los Angeles-based designer said, is K-Pop star CL, who is a member of the girl band 2NE1.

"I love her, I love what she does, I love her music. I love her personally, I love creating looks for her," said Scott. CL was in the front row of his show in New York together with singer Tinashe, NBA player Russell Westbrook and actor Jussie Smollett.

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A model walks the runway at the Carolina Herrera fashion show. Photo: AFP

Meanwhile, American fashion designer Vera Wang’s muse is a sexy, powerful woman who is not afraid to show her feminine side.

During her show at the New York Fashion Week, Wang’s models strutted down a solemn black runway, each wearing sky-high platform heels.

The collection had two main colours: Black and white. Garments were made in solid, sheer and shimmery fabrics, sometimes embellished with pearls in either colour.

“It’s about a very powerful woman. Power was one of the most important things, about craft, and the construction of the clothing, both the tailored and the flow, the soft,” Wang said in an interview after the show.

A structured, oversized jacket paired with a mini skirt with a sheer long train and a black slouchy top was juxtaposed against a tight-fitting long skirt with large black pearls.

Wang said her use of black and white and pearls was reminiscent of another famous designer – Coco Chanel. “I was just looking at the clothes today, now, and I said ‘Oh my God, I think there is something of a Chanel thing going on in my psyche’.” The New York-based designer, famed for her exquisite bridal gowns, closed the show with sheer black chiffon gowns that glided down the runway.

Models walk the runway during the Victoria Beckham Spring/Summer 2017 show at New York Fashion Week. Photo: AFP
Models walk the runway during the Victoria Beckham Spring/Summer 2017 show at New York Fashion Week. Photo: AFP

Celebrities on hand included tennis star Maria Sharapova, actress Chloe Sevigny, Tony-winner Cynthia Erivo, and K-pop star and former Girls’ Generation member Jessica Jung, who launched her own fashion line, Blanc & Eclare, in 2014.

“I am always watching the shows ready to learn,” Jung said of her experience at New York Fashion Week. “She (Wang) is somebody that I look up to and I am very humbled to have been invited to her show and watch it,” she added.

Victoria Beckham loosened up her look for the debut of her ready-to-wear Spring/Summer 2017 line at New York Fashion Week. The first look was constructed out of washed silk, a fabric used throughout the collection to create pleated skirts, bralettes and jackets.

Bright orange and green velvet pieces imparted energy to the laid-back garments. Floral and stripes were the only prints used in the line. Drop-waist lines gave clothes a slouchy yet sexy feel.

Models, almost all dressed in knee-high boots, wore their hair long, pin-straight, parted in the middle and brushed behind their shoulders. – Reuters

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