At New York Fashion Week, it's all about breaking the rules

Thu Feb 16, 2017 8:12pm EST
Email This Article |
Share This Article
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
| Print This Article | Single Page
[-] Text [+]

By Patricia Reaney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Fashion Week ended with a flourish on Thursday after a parade of innovative shows that gave an affectionate nod to the 1980's, with designers mixing power suits, chunky furs and metallic fabrics into lavish new looks for both day and night.

During the February rendition of the twice-annual fashion week, embellished fabrics, deconstructed shirts and sparkly tops were prominent on the runway, with a palette that ranged from muted tones to bold colors, including fuchsia and cobalt blue.

"It can never be too shinny or too glittery," said Avril Graham, executive fashion and beauty editor for Harper's Bazaar. "It is the major story of this season in New York."

Designer Marc Jacobs closed the week with his fall 2017 collection of fur-trimmed tweed jackets, mini skirts, shimmery tops and oversized hats at the Park Avenue Armory, where the runway show extended from inside to outside the building.

After the show as the audience left, the models, still standing or seated on the closed-off sidewalk, pulled out their cellphones and took photos.

"People are rule-breakers right now," said Kyle Anderson, market and accessories director at Marie Claire magazine, "whether it is designers or stylists, everybody is trying new things."

The night before Ralph Lauren presented his second in-season show, keeping the glamour theme for his spring-focus collection of tailored jackets, slim pants, jumpsuits and caftan-like dresses in beige, taupe, ivory and black.

Lauren, who designed Melania Trump's sky blue jacket and dress for Inauguration Day, ramped up the look for the evening with plunging necklines and slinky gowns in emerald green, purple and gold.   Continued...

Models present creations from the Marc Jacobs Fall/Winter 2017 collection during New York Fashion Week in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., February 16, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton