Best shows from NYFW SS17 Day 8: Michael Kors Collection, Delpozo, Boss Women and Ralph Lauren
New York Fashion Week
MICHAEL KORS COLLECTION: FLOWER POWER
The collection: There are two reasons why Michael Kors is as beloved a designer as he is. Firstly, because he never fails to factor in practicality. And secondly, because the time-strapped woman on-the-go is constantly at the forefront of his mind. Let's face it — who even has 15 minutes for a sit down breakfast these days? Offering up a '70s tinged edit of floral and fauna in highlighter hues — to the sweet tunes of Rufus Wainwright, live — it was all about layering fast, and layering smart. Knit vests were jammed over paper-thin silk crêpe de chine shirts and dresses (look 4 & 11), airy trenches lopped over preppy argyle sweater vests and shorts (looks 3 & 21), and longline vest-dresses belted over trousers (looks 5). Just dial up the confidence, and you're set to take on the world.
Lesson learnt: Never underestimate the merits of a vest. As Kors has demonstrated, be it elongated, truncated, or in figure-hugging knit, layer a vest over any ensemble for a quick style power-up.
Ready to Go: Ever the conscientious man, a selection of ready-to-wear, bags and shoes are already shoppable online and in stores, because, "When you watch the Spring shows — it's still warm outside, you've still got your summer tan, lots of women haven't put away their sandals yet. My customers want something they can put on right away," the designer explained. Bravo, Michael Kors.
Shop the Ready to Go edit in stores in New York at the Madison Avenue Collection boutique and The Kors Edit store on Bleecker Street. It is also possible to request for the items at any Michael Kors Collection or Lifestyle boutiques in the US.
DELPOZO: LET THERE BE LIGHT
The collection: Where do we even begin describing the beauty that is Delpozo? Season after season, its creative director Josep Font sets out to marvel, succeeds tremendously, and leaves us wanting more. This season was no exception. For the trained architect, Font's natural inclination has always been shapes — and exaggerated ones at that. Sumptuous volume took its place in trousers that were nipped in at the waist and ballooned at the hip and thigh (looks 1, 4 & 13) — a similar effect seen in dresses and skirts (looks 3, 5 & 8). In fact, every piece in the collection resembled sculptures more than garments. The iridescent quality to the collection whether seen through the metallic jacquards or embellishments are all part of the Delpozo dream that you won't want to wake up from.
The inspiration: The collection's iridescence comes inspired by Korean-American contemporary artist Soo Sunny Park, who stages mirrored installations to take people on a shimmery journey within light.
Buro loves: The cascading floral earrings and ear cuffs that are major statement pieces on their own. And don't get us started on the embellished kitten heels that are dainty to a fault.
BOSS WOMEN: GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN
The collection: If there ever was a misconception that the German brand catered solely to the working girl, here's where you're mistaken. This season, artistic director Jason Wu whipped up a motley lineup of coquettish silhouttes — proof that the Boss woman is hardly all work and no play. Airy slip dresses (looks 1 & 3), resort-worthy pantsuits (looks 4, 7 & 29) and cheeky peek-a-boo floral frocks underlayed with lace (looks 38, 40 & 41) flowed onto the runway, infused with the soul of summer by way of punchy primary shades. And for those who still believe that black will always be the new black, here's how Wu has you covered: Sheer, breezy tops (looks 33, 37 & 39) and deconstructed coordinates (looks 8 & 21) made for taking five in the Hamptons.
Favourite look: The insouciance of that oversized chalk-white pantsuit (look 29), as if stitched with evening summer soirées on deck in mind. We're definitely toasting to that.
Try it now: Layering a contrasting tank top under skin-tight, ribbed dresses (look 20) — a quick way to take bodycons from bootylicious to fun, summer athleisure.
RALPH LAUREN: WILD WILD WEST
The collection: Western meets regal was the message of Ralph Lauren SS17. Opening on a muted note with monochrome tartan (looks 1 & 3) and tan suedes (looks 8, 9 & 11), the presentation got progressively vibrant as sunset hues of crimson and violet (looks 32 to 39) closed the show. A clear ode to the open West, there was concho hardware (looks 1, 2, 3, 9, 22, 24 & 30), bohemian chandelier neckpieces and bolo ties, and a generous use of fringe (looks 3, 8, 10, 11, 15 & 17). Whether Ralph intended for it, this is elevated festival wear right here — conveying all things American, but most notably, a free-spirit. With the likes of Kendall and Bella in his lineup, it's obvious the man behind the brand is keeping tabs on not just what's in, but what the people want.
The set: Shutting down two whole blocks on the Upper East Side of NYC, the show literally stopped traffic as models strutted in a glass-built tent, complete with four rows of seats. Ralph aptly decided to stage his debut see-now-buy-now presentation on familiar ground — right along the pavements of his Madison Avenue flagship store. Following Ralph's post-show lap, curtains of the store were drawn to unveil a real home-hitting display of instant gratification — all looks from the show are now available for purchase, online and in stores.
Something you might have missed: The crochet and leather detailing that punctuated the one-pieced numbers (looks 15, 16, 18 & 19). Delicately woven and nonchalantly studded, it was all about tactility in Ralph's SS17 vision.
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