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 are transforming the traditional overcoat into the accessory of the season. Alexander Wang, Son Jung Wan, Taoray Wang and Georgine are bringing fur, leather, suede and knit jackets to the New York Fashion Week runway.
Alexander Wang, known for staging his shows in unconventional venues, showed his collection at the historic 1900’s graffiti-filled RKO Hamilton Theater in Harlem. The almost all-black collection featured street-style inspired suits transitioning into stretch denim pants, high-waisted shorts and embellished leather jackets. Many of Wang’s looks played on the oversized printed blazer to be featured as a trench coat.
Son Jung Wan’s Fall/Winter collection featured exaggerated silhouettes in bold combinations of printed and textured fabrics. Inspired by music and style icons of the 80’s, Wan embraced layers of heavy furs and velvets to add a sense of dramatics to the runway.
Inspired by a modern twist of the last imperial Chinese dynasty, the Fall/Winter Taoray Wang collection aired elements of both sensuality and sophistication. A unique twist of delicate lace under military-style jackets, Wang’s collection met the expectations of her worldly female clients.
With a color palette of dark violet, military green and black, Georgine’s Fall/Winter collection featured metallic fabrics, leopard print, fur and a taste for rock-n-roll. Designer, Georgine Ratelband's inspiration reigned from the idea of “permanent hotel dwellers, those glamorous creatures who have called the world’s most interesting properties home”.