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Best shows from NYFW FW17 Day 4: Victoria Beckham, Public School, Prabal Gurung and Altuzarra

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Best shows from NYFW FW17 Day 4: Victoria Beckham, Public School, Prabal Gurung and Altuzarra
Victoria Beckham channels feminine practicality, Public School inflates and deconstructs, Prabal Gurung empowers with glamour and Altuzarra romances in red

VICTORIA BECKHAM: FEMININE YET PRACTICAL
The collection: Victoria Beckham's fall/winter 2017 show was held in the original ticketing hall of the opulent Cunard Building — filled with classical music jazzed up with The Chromatics' Tick of the Clock from the movie Drive. The juxtaposition continued down the runway, as Beckham presented a flawless balance of menswear tailoring alongside feminine delicacy with softness. Oversized coats and blazers were showcased against the fluid movement of chiffon dresses (looks 1, 6, 27, 31 & 32) and wide leg trousers (looks 2, 5, 8, 15, 22 & 24). While there wasn't a surprise element to the show, her collection reaffirmed a signature style that she has been building on. Her standouts? Sexy, sophisticated dresses that flaunted exposed backs (looks 4 & 13) and mod-influenced patterns in flattering silhouettes (looks 9, 13,17, 23 & 26).

Buro loves: Beckham's avant garde separates. Structured tops and wide leg pants knotted at the waist is certain to be our next wardrobe investment (looks 14 & 33).

Worth the investment: A vanity case-inspired handbag — eye-catching yet pragmatic (looks 27 & 28).

PUBLIC SCHOOL: COLOUR FRENZY
The collection: Public School has always been known for unconventional streetwear, and this season, they reinforced their expertise in that area with unconventional deconstructed sleeves (looks 1, 3, 19, 23, 27 & 29) and oversized coats (looks 7 & 12). But, that's not all. Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne played with a wide variety of colour, which was a far cry from their muted spring/summer collection. There were vibrant pops of yellow tartan (looks 17 & 19), red stripes (looks 31 & 32) and an outstanding indigo jumpsuit (look 18).

Something you might have missed: In light of current political events, Public School displayed a dash of optimism with red hats that read, "Make America New York" (looks 1, 5, 10, 15 & 17).

PRABAL GURUNG: EMPOWERMENT, FREEDOM AND RESPECT
The collection: Prabal Gurung has reinvented the 1920s for the modern-day woman. Imagine large fur coats in swaths of bright hues and patterns (looks 13, 15 & 21), flapper dresses adorned with layers of fringe in black, scarlet, and maroon (looks 31, 32, 33 & 34) and bold shimmering dresses (looks 35, 36 & 37). But more than stunning clothes was an underlying message of empowerment, freedom and respect. The message was strongly reinforced at the end when the lights went dim to reveal a bevy of models wearing T-shirts with the following slogans: 'Love is Love', 'The Future is Female', 'Revolution has No Borders', 'Femininity with a Bite' and 'I am an Immigrant'.

Buro loves: Gurung's unbuttoned detailing (looks 8, 11, 16, 20, 29, 31 & 32) and its intentional undone-ness had a certain je ne sais quoi about it.

Favourite look: That brilliant emerald fur coat styled over a tri-colour pattern dress that makes for an impeccable ensemble (look 15). 

ALTUZARRA: LADIES IN RED
The collection: Inspired by Northern European Renaissance portraiture, Joseph Altuzarra transports the audience from the hustle and bustle of New York to a time that is nostalgic, romantic and sophisticated. In contrast to last season's flirtatious and playful outing, this season's design accents featured bold metal trims (looks 8, 9, 24, 26 & 30) and black goth-inspired clasps (looks 1, 5, 9 & 12). We also adore Altuzarra's figure-hugging corsets (looks 4, 10, 17 & 18) and rich hues of reds in varying textures and patterns (looks 3, 13, 14, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 29 & 51).

Try this now: Style and beauty junkies, take note. Altuzarra's mix of jangly earrings, headbands and bare-faced makeup are so fresh right now.

Elizabeth Osborn

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