Naeem Khan’s spring–summer 2017 collection is reminiscent of Halston’s years in the late 1970s. Roy Halston Frowick was an American designer who acquired considerable international fame throughout the disco era. The period was all about bold and creative floral elements, and Khan channelled that for spring ’17. An off-the-shoulder gown, a strapless dress, elegant Juliet-sleeved pieces, cape-like dresses and a sophisticated cossack collar were spotted for spring. Floral designs, sunny yellows and bright reds took over the runway, with a slightly European outlook.
Staying on the theme of journeys, Desigual’s Global Traveler collection took centre-stage on the catwalk at at Moynihan Station with a theme spanning the upbeat pace of the city to the dangers of the jungle. The wearer is dominant, confident and powerful no matter where she is, flaunting beauty, artistic sense and defiance. Colourful creations, hypnotic patterns and elaborate headpieces defined the collection, aimed at a wearer who defies norms and embraces the ‘free-spirited’ woman who lies within.
Designer Custo Dalmau focused on the idea of more: more fabrics, more hues and more creations on the runway. But instead of dazzling colours, Dalmau featured delicate and sheer fabrics and intricate sequins for spring 2017, stressing elegance and style. Sunglasses accessorized the ensembles.
Chicago-based ethical swimwear brand Rosina-Mae’s Sunbeams collection, shown at Oxford Fashion Studio, was inspired by ‘architectural shapes associated with the Painted Ladies or American Victorian houses painted with three or more colours,’ leading to a 1970s vibe. Her creations can be worn on the beach, at a party or at a mid-day gathering. Creative fabrics with colourful hues—colour blocking remains a signature for the brand—project vivaciousness. Her capsule collection brought the sun out with feminine, beach-ready pieces.
Erin Fetherston celebrated a decade of showing at New York Fashion Week at the Gallery at Skylight Clarkson Square. Throughout the years, the designer has always been about feminine style, flowing dresses, chic blazers and hip-hugging trousers. Her new collection continues the chic with floral prints, sequins on chiffon, or soft silk.
For spring–summer, Fetherston collaborated with denim brand Parker Smith to reveal a 10-piece capsule collection comprising tops, coveralls and jeans, with prices ranging from US$185 to US$375. Parker Smith has been favoured by celebrities, and is made by artisans in Los Angeles—Fetherston says that she and designer Mary Ellen Moschetti shared the same values.
The talented designer is recognized as a pioneer of family-based clothing in China International Fashion Week. Vicky Zhang’s spring–summer 2017 Twinning collection includes fashionably stylish ensembles for women, boys and girls. Many looks accentuated Asian influences: sumptuous, regal shades (royal blue on silk, for instance), asymmetrical necklines, one-sleeved pieces, transparent features, draped or wrapped dresses, and banded skirts defined the looks. With adults and children modelling, Zhang took the opportunity to build a finalé around just the kids: all the children emerged, transforming the show into a radiant celebration. •
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