New York Fashion Week SS17: Highlights of Day 1
Riding on the see-now, buy-now wave, some of the designers have opted to present their Fall 2016 shows in September, instead of the Spring/Summer collections that was the tradition. Amongst the names embracing this consumer-facing model are Tom Ford and Thakoon. Although NYFW officially started on Thursday (8 September), here we'll be bringing you the highlights of Wednesday as well because it showcased a couple of big names and some other fresher labels with plenty to covet.
Fresh off his movie's (Nocturnal Animal) debut at Venice, Tom Ford treated his guests to an intimate dinner and fashion show at the Four Seasons in the Seagram Building. The list of celebs in attendance includes Julianne Moore, Tom Hanks, Iman, Alicia Keys, Uma Thurman and Naomi Campbell—talk about star power. Not one to disappoint, the designer dazzled the evening before fashion week officially started with season-appropriate silhouettes in deep, lush hues that spoke of sophistication and a hint of drama; a peplum blouse with a matching cashmere-tweed pencil skirt over high leather boots and a sparkling rust-coloured wrap coat dress were among some of the looks that strutted down the runway.
Earlier in the day, Sachin Ahluwalia brought the grace and strength of dance movements to life in Sachin & Babi's romantic collection for spring. There were plenty of Ahluwalia's signature ruffles, but this season they came in more fluid shapes and little bit of bohemian spirit. The series of maxi dresses sported dreamy, feminine prints and a lovely tier design, some with an asymmetrical hem à la flamenco skirts.
Parsons graduate and CFDA Fashion Incubator alum Kaelen Haeworth's love for textile played out very nicely in her namesake label's SS17 presentation. Held at her airy studio in Chinatown, silhouettes were kept relaxed and simple, but the looks were elevated by the use of gorgeous fabric and surprise elements, such as lace-up detailing. Our favourites were a sleeveless, V-neck jumpsuit cinched at the waist with a self-tie bow crafted in a beautiful cherry-patterned jacquard, and a white top laced through the middle with flared, pleated sleeves.
On day 1, we got a dose of bold, vivid hues courtesy of Creatures of Comfort. Creative director Jade Lai was inspired by Mexico City—its colourful architecture, culture, festive folk art and Frida Kahlo. The fun and vibrant spirit of the Mexican city was translated into a few gingham numbers with ruffled details, as well as fluid, silk creations in lively green and yellow shades. These were juxtaposed by other toned down, monochrome looks in the collection.