Fashion and politics have always had a rather tumultuous relationship. Think back to a few years ago when Karl Lagerfeld co-opted feminism, creating a women-only protest on Chanel’s SS15 runway that was slammed for its superficiality. Since Donald Trump’s election, designers in all four fashion capitals have jumped on the political bandwagon.
With only Paris left to go, the AW17 Fashion Weeks are almost over. And though clear-cut trends are still yet to be seen, one colour has been appearing again and again on the runways. Burgundy first popped up in New York at Kanye West’s Yeezy show and has since dominated the collections of Versus, Marc Jacobs and Roksanda. The shade, which references military garb, has been used on a multitude of utility wear as well as more elegant dresses and vinyl pieces.
Plenty of brands have adopted the see now, buy now model first started by industry giant Burberry. In layman’s terms, that means you can buy any look as soon as it’s stepped off the runway. No more waiting for six months until it hits stores. This season, the likes of Topshop Unique, Christopher Kane and Tommy Hilfiger (in collaboration with Gigi Hadid natch) have made their designs available to buy straight away.
Marc Jacobs’ AW17 show was one of the most diverse in New York. The Fashion Spot‘s biannual diversity report has just been released, revealing what really happened on the AW17 New York runways. Overall, 31.5% of model castings featured non-white models which is an increase (albeit a small one) compared to last season.
Shorts and sandals may still feel like a distant dream, but, on planet fashion, we’re already talking about next autumn/winter. So why not get not one, but two steps ahead of the game? We’ve swiped these nifty styling hacks straight from the Fashion Week catwalks. And the best bit? Most of them won’t cost you a penny. Wear Two Coats Feeling the chill? Rejoice, because the likes of Tome and Thakoon have officially made the double coat a thing. ...
Even if you don’t recognize the name Yandy, you probably know some of the company’s hot items, such as “Native American Seductress” and “Sexy Undecided Voter.”
In contrast to his usual #NYFW spectacles, Marc Jacobs’s show at NYC's Park Avenue Armory was so minimalist many attendees didn't even realize when it started. Guests included Frances Bean Cobain (the face of Marc Jacobs's Spring 2017 campaign), Katy Perry, Zosia Mamet, Lil Kim, Mandy Moore, Lottie Moss, and Amanda Peet.
Kaia Gerber, the genetically blessed daughter of supermodel Cindy Crawford and former model turned restaurateur Rande Gerber, celebrated being the face of Marc Jacobs Beauty with a party in her honor during New York Fashion Week. The teenager stunned at the event, but she wasn’t the only celebrity offspring heating up Fashion Week.
At the Phillip Plein show on Monday, Tiffany Trump was left sitting alone after several magazine editors moved so they wouldn’t have to be near President Donald Trump‘s daughter. Some even tweeted that they had changed seats, with former Wall Street Journal columnist Christina Binkley posting photos of the 23-year-old with empty seats beside her. “You know what, Tiffany, I’m supposed to go to a couple more shows.
If you’re not yet aware of the name Halima Aden, you might want to start paying attention. Last night, she made headlines by making her catwalk debut in Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 5 fashion show. Clad in a floor length fur coat (fake we hope, but with Kanye who knows?), black pointed boots and her hijab, which shouldn’t be a big deal but is thanks to the fact that it’s still pretty rare to see a model sporting one at NYFW.
Should fur be banned from LFW? Twenty years ago if a model had marched down the catwalk clad head to toe in real animal fur there would have been uproar in the F-row, particularly in the UK. Back then, choosing to wear fur, on the catwalk, or anywhere else for that matter, would have meant risking a public tongue lashing and likely having a tin of paint thrown over you in protest.
Kanye West debuted Adidas Yeezy Season 5 on Wednesday, and while the sneaker-clothing collaboration was declared low-key and understated, Kim Kardashian’s head-to-toe purple outfit stood out.
Michael Kors is one of the big shows of NYFW, so you expect a big crowd — and he did not disappoint this time. Emily Ratajkowski, Amanda Peet, Blake Lively … A gaggle of fashion fashion gals showed, including Margaret Zhang, Aimee Song, and Gala Gonzalez. Kendall Jenner closed the show in a strapless fringed gown with sequin embroidery.
Diverse casting, in both race and body type, seems to have hit an all-time high at New York Fashion Week.
Since Stuart Vevers took the helm as creative director of Coach in 2013, he’s been able to imbue new life and vitality into the 75-year-old American heritage brand. This season’s fall/winter 2017 collection continues to play off of the British designer’s approach to injecting a cool and edgy sensibility into the household label. Coach’s signature shearling jackets, leather moto jackets, bohemian-style dresses, and of course highly coveted leather bags were all firmly present in this collection inspired by New York City meets the prairie.
While retailers continue to drop Trump-branded goods, New York Fashion Week is taking things one step further, and allegedly boycotting Trump-affiliated models.
Unsurprisingly, this year's New York Fashion Week has been the most politically charged fashion week in recent history. Everyone from emerging designers to industry stalwarts have participated in their own versions of political activism, featuring slogan T-shirts on runways and providing Planned Parenthood support pins to showgoers.
You know you’ve made it in the fashion industry when you’ve scored a private meeting with French editor and style superpower Carine Roitfeld. Jeremy Meeks attends the Philipp Plein show as part of NYFW Fall/Winter 2017 on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 in New York. On Monday, he made his debut at New York Fashion Week — walking in Philipp Plein’s show — he also met with Roitfeld, who didn’t mind being embraced by the shirtless hunk.
Suits were kept loose – comfort is key after all – to match the long chiffon skirts printed with graphic shapes. Victoria is following in many designer’s footsteps this season. As always, David Beckham and the couple’s four children were sat front row and centre.
The AW17 season has kicked off. The A-listers were out in full force for New York and London Fashion Week and now it’s Paris’ turn.