Best shows from NYFW FW17 Day 5: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Proenza Schouler and Oscar de la Renta
New York Fashion Week
PROENZA SCHOULER: BITTERSWEET FINISH
The collection: This was Proenza Schouler's last ready-to-wear show in New York City, after Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez's decision to show pre-season and runway collections together in Paris during Couture Week. To wrap up their New York story, the dynamic duo put on a bittersweet show that paid homage to the wonderfully energetic city. Cue futuristic shapes, bold waist cut-outs in vibrant hues (looks 13, 15, 16, 32, 34 & 35) and asymmetrical shoulders (looks 2, 4, 5, 7, 22 & 23). If modern art is your thing, take heart. There were graphic squiggly prints (looks 30, 31 & 33) and mesmerizing high-neck dresses with fluid lines and shapes racing down the front (looks 26 & 28).
I spy: Wraparound bangles around the upper forearm — who said wrists should get all the action? (looks 2, 5, 9, 11, 13, 15, 20, 28 & 31)
Favourite look: Break through the monotony of all-black outfits with colour blocks, asymmetry and textures (look 16).
3.1 PHILLIP LIM: FLUIDITY IN VARIATION
Set design: The space was bathed in a cool neon pink, complete with orange plexi-glass dividers held by floor-to-ceiling black straps.
In the front row: Zosia Mamet from Girls, a familiar face in the front row, clad in knee-high camel boots, studded leather shorts and a chunky cropped knit — take note: style inspiration for cooler days.
The collection: 3.1 Phillip Lim presented a vast variety of design elements to captivate the audience, whilst tying it all together in a show that could not be more cohesive. The collection ran the gamut of colour with pink sorbets (looks 1, 2, 4 & 6) and salmon (looks 25, 28 & 29) to vivid blocks of royal blues (looks 33, 34, 35, 37, 38 & 39). Fishnet-like pieces and leather bodices (looks 20 & 29) add a fresh, ingenious twist to layering, while long dresses which gracefully flare at the hem (looks 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 12, 18 & 21) showcase that eveningwear doesn't just have to be one dimensional. Finally, Lim does a casual take on leather — we're all for his wide cut pants with tailored cuffs (looks 22 & 24) and chic cropped jackets (looks 15 & 23). Time to stock up for our next winter holiday.
OSCAR DE LA RENTA: ROCKIN' EVENINGWEAR
Overheard from the front row: Lottie Moss, the new face of Chanel's eyewear campaign, graced the show in a beautiful black fur dress. We hear that she loved the entire collection — perhaps she'll be sporting it soon enough?
The collection: Monse designers Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia carry on the brand's legacy with voluminous gowns (looks 6, 12, 28, 33, 34 & 39) and tasteful eveningwear that took on a definitive edge (looks 2, 13 & 39). The show starts with Julia Nobis striding out in a classy structured top and tailored pants, which sent out a firm message that elegance doesn't always have to be in the form of a dress. Looking for more inspiration? Check out their separates in lively shades and shiny metallic, lashings of fur (looks 37 & 47), stark necklines (looks 29, 30 & 36) and black and white florals (looks 32, 33 & 34).
I spy: Chandelier earrings (looks 36, 45 & 49), an unexpected touch for any occasion.