new york & los angeles fashion week recap

In recent years, fashion week has shifted it’s structure to befit the modern consumer – with things like the additions of pre-fall & resort collections, and see-now-buy-now collections on runways. These changes have reflected the instantaneous gratification of the Internet and social media era.

Further changing the landscape of fashion was a shift away from New York entirely this year (and only just a few years after the shift away from Lincoln Center, too). Rodarte has famously moved it’s show to Paris, and other labels, like Rebecca Minkoff and Tommy Hilfiger, showed their collections in Los Angeles. No one highlighted this move more than Hilfiger, who’s perfectly primary show was Los Angeles personified in it’s entirety. The show was held on the Venice Beach Boardwalk, attended by plenty of LA fashion girls (Shea Marie and the entire Show Me Your Mumu squad, to name a few), and led by arguably the most California Girl of them all – miss Gigi Hadid.

Perhaps this shift can be explained by a need for less structure and more individualism, like how runways have become more abstract in design and location (like the aforementioned Venice Beach Boardwalk, or The Grove). Or perhaps these designers simply accurately predicted the polar vortex in New York this week. Whatever the case, New York fashion week was still as exciting and strong to me as ever.

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Below are the top trends I noticed these past weeks for Fall/Winter 2017.

Gothic Lolita

A kind of Morticia Addams costume comes to mind, but the runways showcased a far more elegant look than the name suggests. I adored the layers upon layers of dark, intricate lace and fabric that undulated as the models walked.

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From left: Carolina Herrera, Alena Akhmadullina, Jonathan Simkhai.

Cold-Weather OTS

It looks like this subtle yet effective skin-bearing off the shoulder look is here to stay. Designers made the skimpy look work for colder weather by constructing tops out of heavier materials – like leather or velvet – or keeping them dark in color.

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From left: Jonathan Simkhai, Cushine et Ochs, Self Portrait.

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Mad for Plaid

While this grey tartan is not one of my favorite looks, it’s presence was undeniable across runways and must be noted. In the same vein of style, menswear, as usual for F/W, was also prevalent.

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From left: Self Portrait, Alexander Wang, Michael Kors.

New American

At the Spring/Summer 2017 shows in New York and Los Angeles, a lot of seventies-inspired looks for the modern era were shown in shades of red, white, and blue.

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From left: Tommy Hilfiger; Rag & Bone; Rebecca Minkoff for SS17.

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