Yet another New York Fashion Week has already come and gone. Blink, and you probably missed it. I know I sure did: Between sports practices and surprisingly mountainous piles of homework through this first week of school, I barely had time to think straight, let alone scour runway reviews. Seriously, shout-out to Instagram (direct and “traditional”, if you can call it that) and Snapchat for satiating my fashion-hungry self with dozens of real-time images and video clips. I don’t even think I spoke to my friends at lunch this week…there were shows to watch. 😉
As for my thoughts? Let me just preface this by saying I’ve been mildly disappointed by NYFW over the past couple seasons. Perhaps its a reflection of the increasingly exasperated mood in our country right now, but the city and designers that are normally so full of energy have been…lackluster. The Spring/Summer 2017 shows were a promising uptick, with designers old and new regaining some of their “oomph.” What I loved most, though, wasn’t the clothes themselves- although they were fantastic. The highlight of the week, I think, was the sartorial diversity. Gone are the days where fashion week enables us to pick up on a handful of key trends. Instead, runways are a melange of different narratives, so much so that literally anyone could find a collection they jibed with. Still craving athleisure for next spring? Go for BOSS or The Elder Statesman. Musing about something flamboyant and travel-inspired? Tory Burch and the new DVF have your back. If you’re like me, and have a nondiscriminatory longing for beauty of any kind, NYFW was your playground. I’m all over the place this season, having been wooed as much by the simple, pared-down vibes of Jenni Kayne and Ryan Roche as I was by the sparkle and whimsy at J. Crew, Delpozo, and Rachel Comey, among others.
Heading into London Fashion Week, my only hope is that the Brits keep calm and carry on this trend-less trend. Boho-mod? A Renaissance fair? More nineties slip dresses? Bring it on, designers, ’cause this crowd wants to see it all.
images thanks to Vogue Runway