Best shows from NYFW SS17 Day 3: Jason Wu and Tommy Hilfiger
New York Fashion Week
Jason Wu takes a cue from the magic mountains of Las Vegas and Gigi Hadid debuts her first clothing collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger
JASON WU: COLOUR ME PRETTY The collection: Two things you know to always expect from Jason Wu: Florals, and pretty frocks. Ones that've been sketched and sewn with the fresh-faced girls of society's inner circle in mind. Fast forward to 2017, and the designer's plissé metallics (look 5), piped off-shoulder dresses (looks 2 & 4) and florals sheer on the skin (looks 18 & 30) will be making their rounds with well-heeled coteries the world over. Turning to Swiss-born, New York-based artist Ugo Rondinone's highlighter-hued installations — such as Seven Magic Mountains that recalls the Stonehenge on acid — to give his colour palette a much-needed strobing, Wu's spring is definitely rosy and most importantly, pretty. I spy: The designer's attempt at elevating florals on cascading hems. Appliquéd instead of printed for all looks save for one (looks 6, 8, 11, 12, 14, 18 & 30), we can't help but wonder if fellow designer Christopher Kane's fluorescent florals (SS12) left a deep impression on Wu. Favourite look: The muted organza blazer dress layered over a slip (look 29), amped up by neon piping and a band of faint metallic paint — doubling up as an airy cover-up in the light of spring.
TOMMY HILFIGER: PIER PRESSURE #TommyNow: It's never just about the clothes with the American behemoth. Commandeering Pier 16 at the South Street Seaport, a ferris wheel, donut booth, record shop, and temporary tattoo station backdropped the offering, a bonafide carnival befitting of Tommy Hilfiger's headlining house code: Fun. The collection: Starring in the brand's first straight to retail outing was Gigi Hadid, granted both the show's opening and closing walks. A no-brainer, given that her name's actually attached to some of these garments. And in some instances, emblazoned across the back (look 17). Unlike other collaborations, Hilfiger chose his seasonal runway as a launchpad for the #TommyXGigi capsule, one inspired by the high seas, the Navy, and Hadid — marking the model's first attempt at designing. Regimental detailings were abound, ranking the outerwear (looks 1, 18, 29 & 32) high on our lust list and giving Gigi's LA trademarks — hoodies (look 19), tracksuits (look 24) and dungarees (look 30) — an arresting spin. All debuted before the model's crowd with Hailey Baldwin a part of the lineup (look 23), while Taylor Swift and Kris Jenner frowed without a doubt. Shop now: From the carnival to the stores, both the #TommyXGigi collab and Tommy Hilfiger runway pieces (like Tom Ford and Thakoon, these are fall 2016) hit the shelves on 10 September.