Best Moments of #NYFW 2017

New York Fashion Week may have wrapped, but the editors and fashion teams have packed their glam bags and are off to cover London Fashion Week. Here in the Big Apple the week of shows came with some interesting shows, crazed schedules, political messages and some noticeable changes in some of the shows. Today we are counting down some of our favorite moments from NYFW Fall 2017. So sit back as we bring you the highlights without the fuss.

1. PLUS SIZE MODELS: Marquita Pring, Ashley Graham, Candice Huffine

  1. Coming in at numero UNO: The highest amount of plus sized models walked the runway shows at NYFW Fall 2017. All thanks to designers like Prabal Gurung, Michael Kors and Christian Siriano who gave these ladies this grand opportunity. How exciting to see some inclusion of more curvier figures on the runway that is more realistic and representative of what many women look like. It has been long overdue and we hope more brands continue to embrace all sizes. According to Glamour Magazine, there was a total of 27 plus-size models that walked the shows. This is a good step in a good direction for sure!

2. Marc Jacobs Fall 2017 Collection

2. “As a born and bred New Yorker, it was during my time at the High School of Art and Design when I began to see and feel the influence of hip-hop on other music as well as art and style. This collection is my representation of the well-studied dressing up of casual sportswear. It is an acknowledgment and gesture of my respect for the polish and consideration applied to fashion from a generation that will forever be the foundation of youth culture street style.” Enough said and bravo Marc Jacobs!

3. Ralph Lauren Spring 2017 Collection

3. Coming in at number 3, Ralph Lauren’s buy now, wear now Spring 2017 collection was a crowd favorite. Between the neutral earthy tones, exotic structured handbags, chunky knit sweaters, metallics and sandy tones we couldn’t get enough. Great inspiration for some easy going spring/summer days ahead.

4. FALL 2017 TRENDS TO LOOK OUT FOR (Oscar de la Renta, Altuzarra, Michael Kors, Torry Burch, Anna Sui (left to right)

4. TRENDS, TRENDS, TRENDS! For those wondering about the most popular trends seen on the runways this time around, well there were some good familiar ones. Now, some may say trends are not relevant anymore and that they are repetitive season after season. There is some truth behind that but nevertheless, it’s how these looks are reinterpreted by designers. There were some looks and styles that we definitely like to check out for spring and fall, yes even if they are familiar ones. Some of our favorite repeats on the runway? Mix of feminine and masculine women’s suits with a pop of color, burgundy, gold plenty of gold, plaids galore and velvet.

Photo: Vogue, Glamour, NY Magazine

Forever Oscar de la Renta: Hillary Honors Oscar at USPS Ceremony

On Thursday, legendary Oscar de la Renta was honored by the U.S. Postal Service with eleven commemorative Forever stamp designs. At the ceremony were CNN anchor and journalist, Anderson Cooper, Vogue’s editor in chief, Anna Wintour, former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton and former Mayor Michael Bloomberg among many other friends of Oscar. It was a special tribute to such a talented man that the fashion industry respected and was loved by the world. He was a proud Dominican and Latino and wherever he went he talked about his people, culture and country with honor and humility.

“I know Oscar would have loved these stamps. He delighted in color and pattern, in refinement and in fit, and his designs reflected his personality, optimistic and fun and sunny and romantic,” said Anna Wintour. Then Clinton who took to the podium to close the ceremony said, “The Postal Service’s choice of this immigrant who did so much for our country, his country, truly is what it means when we say, “USA Forever.” Who we are, what we stand for. And let there be many, many more immigrants with the love of America that Oscar de la Renta exemplified every single day”.

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NYFW Gets Political On The Runway

Fashion is making their political voice heard this week and quite loudly. NYFW designers and models on and off the runway are utilizing their talent and art to speak up about the current issues we are facing. It was to be expected with women’s rights being challenged, immigration injustices and the talk of walls and bans in the White House. We were wondering just a few weeks ago why there was so much silence from the fashion industry. Well, it looks as though they decided to let the clothes do the talking. Shows like Prabal Gurung, Public School, Christian Siriano just to name a few, made their beliefs quite clear on the runway. We are all living in a world that is completely different than it was ten years ago, five years ago or even five months ago when we last had fashion month. With so much divisiveness and uncertainty, the one thing that we can do is spread kindness, solidarity and strength. The fashion industry has a list of designers from countries from around the world and has always had a strong female presence. The statement of inclusiveness is so important right now as is staying united as a collective.  With three more days left of NYFW and many eyes on the headlines, it will be interesting to see who else on the fashion roster will rise to the occasion. What do you think fashionistas? How do you feel about the fashion industry taking a political stand during fashion week?

Creatures of Comfort

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Top 5 Best Dressed at the 2017 Grammys

Awards season is in full swing and last night the music industry celebrated some of music’s top talent. Adele was the big winner of the night as she swept the Grammys with five wins for her five nominations. Beyonce was nominated for nine awards and took home only two. It seems the Grammys continue to receive backlash and can’t shake the controversy of not awarding Beyonce for best album again and again. Her fans were less than pleased. One of her biggest fans last night spoke up and that was the very winner of the award for best album, Adele. She was gracious and really gushed about how incredible Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ album was. It seems award shows are never going to live up to everyone’s expectations because someone in the end, is always going to lose. I think the biggest award for any artist is one, the gift that they have to share with the world and two, the love of their fans. As long as the fans continue to show up to their concerts and love their music, that in itself makes you a winner. Now, with that said.. on to the fashion of the night!

Let me preface by saying that it’s time stylists remember the type of award shows their clients are attending. Why are celebrities showing up in evening gowns and dresses that are fit for more elegant occasions. The Grammys is the time to bring edgy rock and roll and creative expression. With that said there were a few looks that were deserving of the best-dressed award.

Kat Graham in Jean Paul Gaultier

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Modern Day Amelia Earhart – Rihanna

“There’s something so special about a woman who dominates in a man’s world. It takes a certain grace, strength, intelligence, fearlessness, and the nerve to never take no for an answer. Amelia Earhart was such a dynamic force in her industry, setting multiple aviation records in her time.” Rihanna

For the March cover of Harper’s Bazaar Rihanna channels Amelia Earhart, first American female aviation pioneer and author. To say Rihanna has broken down barriers in music and fashion pretty much goes without saying. Beautiful and talented she makes quite a statement in this photo editorial, especially during a time when women are fighting harder than ever for their rights. We live in a time when women are stronger, smarter, capable and more successful than ever, but still battling to be seen as an equal in a man’s world. The photos capture the theme of Earhart’s fashion at the time but all the while distinguishing Riri’s edgy allure and oh tons of high fashion glam! This has to be one of our favorite magazine spreads that Rihanna has done (and she’s got many noteworthy ones to date).

Photography by Mariano Vivanco for Harper’s Bazaar

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