September brings about nostalgia of back-to-school rituals as the scorching summer months transition into the crisp aroma of fall, yet one momentous occasion is tantamount: New York Fashion Week. As probably the most relatable of the fashion-capitals, New York brings a ready-to-wear edge that London, Milan, and Paris just cannot compete with (haute couture, you win this one). Not only is New York the homeland to many designers like Alexander Wang, DKNY, and mega-American fashion houses like Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, and Tommy Hilfiger, but it plays into strengths we have grown into connoisseurs of: color, print, and texture. While we are shifting gears by fantasizing about how we will layer this fall/winter, NYFW reminds us that we must explore what we will obsess over in spring/summer 2017.
Florals for spring? Cliche or not, they are here in abundance along with all things shimmering. Certain designers, like Rodarte and Marchesa, preserved a more ethereal, feminine aesthetic with delicate lace and tulle, while Alexander Wang honored a grungier, androgynous streetwear slant. Coach unexpectedly came from left-field and followed this girlie-grunge trend with oversized denim and hard-wear for days. Victoria Beckham stunned the crowd of editors with bright pastels in heavy velvet fabrics and opaque metallic proving that femininity is not limited to just hard or soft. The velvet trend ensued. Sies Marjan, who debuted their 2nd runway show, played with monochromatic hues with alternating materials like satin, patent leather, velvet, and various knits.
Proenza Schouler unfolded highly-saturated, pigmented hues that resemble that of a modernist art piece. Jeremy Scott and Thom Browne’s collections took us on a trip to a retro wonderland of fantasy and disco fun, proving that style can never be taken too seriously. Marc Jacobs followed suit with a vibrant homage to Rainbow Bright and the club-kid days of New York with sky high platforms and colorful thigh-high socks. Pastel dreadlocks gave the collection a counter-cultural harmony.
Known for his impeccable craftsmanship, Zac Posen delighted the crowd with structural, yet outwardly feminine design and construction. His attention to detail is reflected in the finishes, from glass beading, shoulder pads, to woven fabrics that look straight out of a fairytale. Fashion icon Iris Apfel sat front row at Monse’s show and perfectly complimented the classic tailoring of the collection. Stripes and separates reigned supreme with a nod to menswear structure, yet the show was anything but masculine with the participation of former designers from Oscar de la Renta.
While certain trends are somewhat expected, this year’s NYFW proved that fashion is always in flux much like the seasons of the year. This NYFW introduced multivariate model body-types, as well as color trends we might trust for fall proving that fashion changes just as quickly as the autumn leaves. A common thread weaved through each collection: the importance of an attitude that is unapologetically bold. This year’s NYFW for SS17 reminded us that there is a rich gamut of shade and sentiment within our colorful worlds blended with creativity, emotion and experience. Amber & Ash stays true to this mission, providing colors and styles that are congruent with the fashion season while also celebrating the exquisite uniqueness of how we each accent our styles.
We will be sharing our top colors soon and hope to get your input to narrow down to our own SS17 collection. Be sure to sign up for our list to get updates, or share your favorites with us on social.