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From Paris to New York City, Milan to London, these are the men's fashion trends that rocked the runway for Fall 2017.
THE HOBO BAG
The hobo bag became a staple in the fashion world after Jackie Kennedy was photographed with this Gucci style in New York in the 70's. Through the decades, the hobo style has persistently reappeared and continues to remain a part of pop culture. The style has proven to be timeless yet again as Laggo incorporates the slouchy elements into its new Havana bag.
Hollywood's leading ladies made the cat-eye sunglasses a fashionable accessory in the 60's. Audrey Hepburn wears a pair while filming for the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's. Channel your inner Audrey and pick up a pair of Dior's Sculpt Cat-eye Sunglasses this summer!
Recently, we’ve seen a rise in round sunglasses, a comeback of the famed 50’s cat-eye, and now the timeless Aviator. Elvis Presley rocked this trend in 1972 and you can too this summer with Tom Ford's Elliot Square Sunglasses.
A true classic, the smoking slipper. Today, Gucci embraces the iconic shoe in its new Princeton collection that Grace Kelly wore so well back in 1955.
THE NECK SCARF
Neck scarves have also seen a huge revival this summer. The iconic Mary Tyler Moore fueled this trend through her various patterned scarves she wore on her show in the 70's. Fendi illuminates this trend through their wide collection of colorful printed silk-twill scarves.
THE SKINNY TIE
We have also seen a resurgence of men's vintage fashion. John F. Kennedy Jr. rocks a grey striped skinny tie in a photo op during the 80's. Similar styles can be found from many designer tie collections such as Hugo Boss with its Dot Print Skinny Ties.
Nicole Kidman was stunning in Fred Leighton's Open Opal Choker at the Academy Awards in 1996. This summer, you can shine like a star in Daughter's Honeycomb Shirt Collar Necklace.
Golden girl Faye Dunaway looked glamorous in the 60's in a classic straw wide-brimmed hat. Sensi Studio offers a modern take on this fashionable trend from the golden era through its Lady Ibiza bow-embellished toquilla straw hat.
Long-time client Diana Taylor walked the creme and blue carpet Monday night with her partner and former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's annual fundraising event.
Inspired by the playfulness and personality of Kawakubo's own collections, I styled Diana in white gold and black De GRISOGONO jewels.
As Rei Kawakubo pushed fashion limits into the art industry, designer Fawaz Gruosi of De GRISOGONO says he crafted the Crazy Skull bracelet by "challenging the fundamentals of watchmaking and jewelry by pushing boundaries and freeing himself of any constraints". The dynamic white gold and black nano-ceramic coated Mistero earrings and the white gold and diamond-covered spiral Allegra ring completed Diana's look.
The 2017 MET Gala was one for the books raising a total of $12 million for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute.
Special Thanks To:
Giovanni Vaccaro: Creative Director at GLAMSQUAD
Kelli J. Bartlett: Director of Makeup Artistry at GLAMSQUAD
The final countdown for the Met Gala begins as designers and attendees are in preparation for the long awaited red carpet benefit. Japanese designer, Rei Kawakubo will be the first living designer since 1983 to be the sole subject of this year's annual Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute's fashion exhibit.
The Japanese label Comme des Garçons translates to the French line "like some boys". The theatrical designs present an avant-garde approach to fashion. Past Kawakubo runway highlights include the 2001 Spring collection's use of camouflage, bubble wrap and packing tape and the carnival-inspired 1994 Spring collection called “Kaleidoscope".
Challenging the conventional, the Spring 2017 ready-to-wear show resembled a sculpture exhibit rather than a runway. With the inspiration behind the collection left for interpretation, Kawakubo created wearable 3-dimensional structures with overwhelming capes, oversized collars and ornamental headdresses.
Designers brought something new and something old to the 2018 Bridal Fashion Week runway. The collections of Oscar de la Renta, Lela Rose, Marchesa and Sachin & Babi aired elegance and romance for both the traditional and modern bride.
Co-designers Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim paid tribute to the late Oscar de la Renta and his love for his gardens. The Spring 2018 collection featured floral-inspired prints created with lace, tulle, beading and embroidery. Among the timeless gowns was a feminine jumpsuit with a floral printed bustier.
The Lela Rose theme "Love is Love" brought a collection of strapless gowns, modern pantsuits, and conservative shawls. Designing beyond the traditional bride, designer Lela Rose said, "It's part of the changing rules of bridal".
The Marchesa collection brought something new adding hints of black detailing to the all-white collection: including a black velvet belt, hair bow, intricate chandelier earrings and a trailing ribbon choker that ran into the train of the gown.
The Sachin & Babi collection combined old elegance with modern sophistication. “It's a little Twiggy and a little mod, but there is a method to the madness", said designer Babi when discussing the duo's inspiration.
Cable-knit sweaters, laced frocks and trench coat dresses walked the Spring Burberry runway. The collection's color palette of sky blues and stone grays came from British sculptor, Henry Moore, known for his abstract monumental sculptures.
Inspired by the 80's silhouette, designer Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski expanded on the over-sized shoulders and high waisted pants and skirts. The Spring Hermès collection reflected pastel tones of pinks, greens and yellows.
Fascinated by the romance of medieval art, creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli of Valentino produced a fairy tail collection of delicately embroidered daywear. Piccioli's Spring 2017 palette featured blush pinks, canary yellows and the signature Valentino red.
The Spring 2017 Céline runway was filled with boxy tailored jackets, flared pants, and bold accessories. Designer Phoebe Philo produced monochromatic looks in white, black, brown, and red to create a vision of contemporary minimalism.
Designer, Karl Lagerfeld called the Spring Chanel show "a mad linguistic paradox". The collection featured 86 ensembles playing on pastels, neons and neutrals.
Chilly mornings and lingering winds seem to not have coordinated well with the calendar's seasonal changes. Thankfully the Spring 2017 collections of Burberry, Oscar de la Renta, Valentino, Céline and Stella McCartney have given us inspiration and hope for these cooler days.
Take Advantage of Sweater Weather: Designer Christopher Bailey of Burberry reimagined the traditional cable knit sweater by transforming it into a layered one-shoulder shawl. Bailey’s vision translated into a flattering silhouette despite the unconventional lines of this architectural look.
Love the Jumper: One of many essentials for early Spring weather, Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia of Oscar de la Renta share their love for cocktail tunics and day-to-night jumpers in their Spring 2017 collection.
Layer Up: There's no ignoring the low evening temperatures and blowing winds. The Valentino Spring 2017 collection featured a variety of floor-length trench coats to play on designer Pierpaolo Piccioli's romantic vision of complimenting lengthy gowns and flowing skirts.
Embrace a Lighter Color Palette: The Spring 2017 Céline runway was filled with earth-toned hues of white, blue, black, and brown. A soundtrack of city traffic and children’s voices played through the venue to emphasize the collection's transparency of a day in the wearer's life.
Relax in Looser Fits: Designer Stella McCartney took to light fabrics and relaxed fits with oversized jumpers, tops and trousers. A combination of full-coverage in light fabrics helps our Spring mentality embrace the last of this Winter weather.
Art was a driving influence behind many Fall 2017 collections. Saint Laurent, Stella McCartney, Cédric Charlier, Proenza Schouler and Rahul Misra are among many brands speaking on artistic inspirations originating back to the early 1990s.
Saint Laurent x Vincent van Gogh: Designer Anthony Vaccarello paid homage to art fanatic and founder Yves Saint Laurent through a Vincent van Gogh-inspired little black dress in his Fall 2017 collection. The singular blooming iris references van Gogh's 1889 painting Irises done in the last year before his death.
Stella McCartney x George Stubbs: Animal advocate and long-time equestrian rider, designer McCartney recreated George Stubbs’s 1770 painting, A Horse Frightened by a Lion, setting a spooked white horse and a lurking lion among a dark rocky landscape.
Cédric Charlier x Kazimir Malevich: Russian artist Kazimir Malevich was the inspiration behind designer Cédric Charlier's use of chromatic panels. His 1930's Les Sportifs painting depicts multiple abstract color-blocked figures standing side-by-side.
Proenza Schouler x Jackson Pollock: Designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez payed tribute to artist Paul Jackson Pollock's signature drip dry paintings through abstract splatter-painted tees.
Rahul Misra x Paul Signac: Rahul Misra's Infinity collection came through inspiration from other artists. On recreating artist Paul Signac’s 1909 painting, The Pine Tree at St. Tropez, Misra compared his role as a designer to that of a painter; “Instead of color and brush, it was thread and needle. The human hand, what it can achieve, stretches to infinity”.
Designer, Demna Gvasalia, brought bold patterns and fabrics to the Balenciaga runway. Models walked in oversized silhouette jackets and brightly colored spandex heels that transformed into full coverage pants.
Designer, Sarah Burton flew with her studio team to Shetland Isles, Scotland with the hope to gain inspiration for the Spring 2017 Alexander McQueen collection. Scotish scenery, wild flowers and deserted beaches carried through to floral embroidered jeans, flounce covered skirts and wool knitted dresses.
Inspired by the changing stages of the sky, the Marchesa 2017 Spring runway was a palette of lilac, light blue and blush hues. These evening gowns fell into a realm of feminine fantasy with the use of layered organza, intricate beading and floral-printed embroidery.
Utilitarian stripes, athletic sock-like boots and silk lingerie-inspired pieces filled the Fendi Spring 2017 runway. Designers Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi mixed elements of sporty and floral to produce a unique novelty collection.
Adam Selman's collection is a combination of looks inspired by the disco era and illustrations from American Denim: A New Folk Art by Peter S. Beagle. The overlaying 70's themes resonate through the collection's full denim jumpsuits, wide-leg trousers and use of funky floral prints and D-ring belts.
Last Wednesday night, I was invited to preview the brilliantly gifted Zac Posen's Fall/Winter 2017 collection. A combination of fantasy and sophistication, the collection featured A-line gowns, modernized pantsuits, floral prints, and leather-inspired fabrics.
Known to be inspired by the traditional woman , Posen shared, “This season I married my signature structures with the paradox of fluidity. Referencing the mid-1940’s, I wanted to give a message of elegance and hope".
Luxe fabrics flowed in deeply saturated tones including midnight blues, deep wines, and dark burgundies. Attention to detail is seen through Posen's use of velvet ribbons, flounce and beading to create structured, yet feminine, three dimensional silhouettes. Here are a few of my favorite pieces from the Fall/Winter 2017 collection.
Designers took earth-tones to the runway as Paris Fashion Week is showing a color palette of muddy browns, tans, greys and greens. Balmain, Vivienne Westwood, Céline and Stella McCartney are a noticeable few painting the runway with neutral hues.
Inspired by grunge band Nirvana, the Balmain collection varied in shades of brown, tan, gold and orange, featuring embellished alligator vests, zebra-printed dresses, and thigh-high snakeskin boots. Designer Oliver Rousteing explained, "They’ve embarked on the perfect road trip, picking up influence while traveling across the globe’s most awe-inspiring landscapes – the Serengeti, the Far West, Amazonia."
Husband and creative director of Vivienne Westwood, Andreas Kronthaler announced his 75-year-old wife would walk the Paris runway. The Fall 2017 collection, a mix of signature Vivienne Westwood and Viennese Modernism, featured bold paint-spattered prints, marionette inspired makeup and hair styled with plastic bags and colored extensions.
Céline guests watched the show from rotating bleachers as models walked laps on the runway. Embodying an "as-the-world-turns" message, models accessorized with suitcases, carried travel blankets and wore map-printed overcoats.
Animal-rights activist, Stella McCartney debuted her cruelty-free Fall collection featuring indistinguishable "skin-free skin" fabrics with equestrian-inspired suede mini dresses, leather trousers and quilted jackets. The show payed tribute to singer George Michael as models lip-synced "Faith" in the show finale.