ensemble from J.Crew's spring 2017 collection,
which was previewed at New York Fashion Week on
Sept. 11, 2016. The presentation took place at
Spring Studios on Varick Street.
YORK — You name it, we saw it.
latest New York Fashion Week, which wrapped earlier this
month, was everything and the kitchen sink, as a growing
number of designers navigate the still-murky waters of
see now/buy now collections. The rest stuck to tradition
and sent styles for next spring and summer down the
runway. The result: Designers dazzled us with a
sometimes confusing yet fun mix of everything from
chunky sweaters to sexy swimwear.
too soon to tell if showing in-season collections paid
off for designers who made the switch. But early signs
point to "yes." Rebecca Minkoff, one of the
pioneers of runway-to-retail, reported a 200 percent
boost in sales for the month when she unveiled a see
now/buy now collection at fashion week in February. Tom
Ford, Tommy Hilfiger, Club Monaco, Ralph Lauren and
Banana Republic joined her this time.
a recap of some of the top see now/buy now trends, plus
a preview of spring styles to look forward to in early
jacket mania: Designers cranked up the cool girl factor
with lots of leather jackets in camel, navy, burgundy
and jet black. Alice + Olivia had ones with "Always
Right" scribbled across the back ($995 at www.aliceandolivia.com).
Minkoff teamed with New York City activist/street artist
Ann Lewis (known as "gilf") for a
limited-edition charity collection of motivational motos
with sayings such as "Love is Love" and
"We Are One" painted on them. (Shop the fall
line at www.rebeccaminkoff.com/fall-2016
Lauren even layered leather over an evening gown.
(Collection available at RalphLauren.com, flagship
stores and fine department stores.) Other outerwear
having a moment: bombers, furs and capes with military
to basics: While muted prints (gingham, dark florals,
paisley and stripes) were plentiful, several designers
went for the impact of a clean, monochromatic look. In
particular, pure white and solid black dresses, suiting
and separates were timeless and flattering.
with proportions: Voluminous silhouettes were done in
playful, fresh ways. Sweaters with slouchy sleeves and
full pleated skirts were staples of Club Monaco’s
in-season offerings (www.clubmonaco.com
chic: Thanks to athleisure wear, there’s no need to
sacrifice style for comfort. Relaxed joggers, hooded
sweatshirts, jersey dresses and graphic tees were some
of the latest takes on the trend.
beauty: While some designers have a soft spot for
fantastical updos and makeup, most sent models down the
runway with a fresh face and un-fussy hair. Eye shadow,
liners and bold lipstick were kept to a minimum in favor
of a dewy, neutral look. Some stylists let models’
hair air-dry or combed it with just their fingers.
preview: The theme of Michael Kors’ runway show summed
up the vibe of most spring/summer collections:
"Come on, get happy!" With vibrant colors
(grassy greens, powder blues, rosy pinks), whimsical
prints and statement sunglasses galore, that will be
easy. Expect classic black-and-white pieces to be
prominent, too. On the beauty front, nail art
(particularly free-hand designs on a nude nail) will be
back, so brush up on your DIY skills!