Another NYFW has come and gone. Sorry for the delay in my little recap, but last week was busy to say the least. I finally caught up on all the shows over the weekend, though, and am thrilled to be sharing my “Best in Class” ranking here. The runways felt a bit more subdued this time around, but there was no shortage of creativity from our NYC-based designers. Check out my thoughts below!
Best in Class: NYFW, AW 2017
Best Casting: J.Crew
As a purveyor of Americana essentials, the team at J.Crew understands that when something works, stick to it. Case in point: The brand reprised last season’s decision to people their AW17 presentation with “friends of the brand. Cool people (hi, Christine Barbareich and Taylor Tomasi Hill!) plus cool clothes? Consider me sold.
Best Color: 3.1 Phillip Lim
There were plenty of great color moments on the NYFW runways, but f you ask me Phillip Lim’s ode to pink- in everything from sweaters to booties and jackets- takes the cake.
Best Pattern Play: Tory Burch
I’ve always admired Tory Burch’s ability to stick to her “East Coast prep” aesthetic while simultaneously offering something new every season. This season the TB runway was all about patterns, from mismatched plaids to bleu florals ripped straight off your grandmother’s vase.
Best Outerwear: Michael Kors Collection
Fur, leather, scarves, leopard…Michael Kors Collection served up outwear that’s sure to see your through next winter and beyond.
Best Detail: Thom Browne
If there’s one thing Thom Browne does well, it’s conjuring a theme while avoiding camp and still highlighting his limitless imagination. This season, the designer complemented the glacial set with ice skate shoes and icicle-like embroideries.
Best Non-Runway Show: Rag & Bone
Following the path of several brands eschewing the runway format, Rag & Bone presented its AW17 collection via a photo exhibition, with its latest offerings captured on the likes of Joan Smalls, Leandra Medine, and Mikhail Berishnikov.
Best One-Eighty: Self-Portrait
Known for his ladylike separates and lace dresses, Han Chuo mixed things up with his growing brand this season, offering an array of killer tailored pieces funky rompers.
Best Textiles: Ulla Johnson
Ulla Johnson is always one of my personal highlights, and this season was no exception with her deft use of velvet, chubby knits, and crinkly metallic cocktail dress.
Best Pop Culture Reference: Rachel Antonoff
Confession: I spent one too many summer mornings watching re-runs of The Nanny as a kid. In other words, I’m seriously down with Rachel Antonoff’s Fran Fine-emblazoned t-shirt.
Best Headgear: Altuzarra
Joseph Altuzarra carried the luxe feel of his AW17 collection from head-to-toe, starting with the fur/pearl headbands.
Best Red Carpet Potential: Carolina Herrera
The Oscar red carpet is right around the corner, and I’d be surprised if we don’t see an actress or two rocking the latest from Carolina Herrera’s diaphanous evening lineup for AW17.
Best Overall: Marc Jacobs
From the hip-hop references to the impeccable styling and must-have items, Marc Jacobs’s AW17 proved left no doubts: In the city of New York, Marc Jacobs is king.
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And that’s a wrap! What were your favorite moments from NYFW? Next stop, London…