New York Fashion Week breaks out designs for all seasons

Thu Sep 15, 2016 4:50pm EDT
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By Patricia Reaney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - More designers at New York Fashion Week broke out of the industry's long-established mode of showing clothes meant to be worn in six months' time by sprinkling wear-now fall looks among catwalk presentations largely focused on next spring.

"Instant gratification, that is the mantra of a whole generation of people, and when they see it they want it, and we are going into the fall season so it makes a lot of sense," said Roseanne Morrison, fashion director at trends forecaster The Doneger Group.

Deconstructed shirts with ruffles, off-the-shoulder or asymmetrical, were a favorite on the runway, along with layering, bold stripes, checkerboard patterns and floral prints.

Bright yellow, Kelly green, cobalt and hot pink were in vogue, along with exaggerated pant legs, bell sleeves, jumpsuits and slouchy silhouettes.

Marc Jacobs' spring-focused show at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Thursday was all glitter and glam as dreadlocked models strutted in mini dresses, embellished satin shorts and platform shoes.

In an enclosed area outside his Madison Avenue store, Ralph Lauren showcased a buy-now fall collection that included embroidered Native American-inspired motif jackets, cowboy hats and sparkling gowns.

Shows at the semiannual event have steadily become more elaborate as designers seek unusual settings to get the most attention for their collections.

"It gives designers an opportunity to break through the noise and to showcase their products in unique ways," said April Uchitel, chief brand officer at online marketplace Spring.   Continued...

A worker prepares the runway before the Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2017 collection presentation at New York Fashion Week in Manhattan, New York, U.S., September 15, 2016.  REUTERS/Andrew Kelly