DCW50 FASHION WHISPERER: Fashion Week Recap – Dress Like The Strong Woman (You Are)!


Out of the few years I’ve lived in DC, the Women’s March this past February was probably one of the most attended and most united public events. The FW17 New York Fashion Week was a big nod to the Women’s March, its message was powerful, loud and clear: celebrating women and letting the world know that together we are strong! Strong shoulders and power woman strides were a hit on the runway.

How does that translate to fashion and trends? Some designers took it quite literarily, like TOME, outline the female body with white boning on a structured black blazer suit. Some borrowed from the boys (Tibi, Michael Kors), using men’s suiting silhouette but more exaggerated portion, to free the body as seen in the Nicholas K collection. The entire NK collection was politically correct and the use of silk parachute fabric and leather fanny packs was genius. The message was more subtle with designers like Alutzarra, the clothes might be ornate and body-conscious, the women wore them with strength and pride.

The shape of the season is tulip, rounded, voluminous and smooth. Be it shoulders or hip line, the tulip’s shape is flattering but also accommodating. Delpozo’s space-age collection gives this shape the best realization, it is also obvious on the runways of Michael Kors, Rachel Comey, Tibi and Zimmermann. Menswear suit with big shoulders and wide-leg pants is the clear winner of the whole season.

Must have plaid should be on everyone’s radar this season. If ultra-feminine, ultra-popular brands like Self Portrait and Zimmermann all have not one, but several looks in plaid, you know it is going to be major. Not matter if you are the uptown girl (Brock Collection), or the downtown chick (Self Portrait), even the funky one (Rosie Assoulin), make sure you cover yourself in plaid next fall.

What speaks more equality than gender-neutral designs? Raf’s front row was a on FIRE with A-list guests from Brooke Shields to ASAP Rocky. Raf Simons’ first collection for Calvin Klein has plenty of them. Band uniform, sheriff jacket, Wall Street power suit and the classic coats and parka, all could be and was worn by male and female models in the same show. Lacoste also had larger than life pieces like the mixed-media jumpsuit, oversized trench and super slouchy pants with giant cargo pockets, presented by a parade of male and female models. Vivienne Hu had some knockouts including a cool puffer coat with fox trim, wool toppers with so much dramatics, oversized fox pockets, sleeves and collars.

Now that fashion month has come and gone, the message from NYFW is even bolder, clearer and global. Check out images from some of brands names we’ve come to love and creative emerging designers.

Style Reporter: Maggy François
Contributing Editor: Holly Pan

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