2016 was the year the fashion industry was rife with changes, schedule restructures, and big moves. The see-now-buy-now business model picked up traction and co-ed shows became more popular. From highly anticipated debut collections to designer collaborations, 2017 looks set to be just as eventful. Vogue Arabia rounds up the moments everyone is already talking about.
RAF SIMONS AT CALVIN KLEIN
Scheduled to take place on February 10 during New York Fashion Week, Raf Simons (2) will debut his first collection for Calvin Klein since his appointment as chief creative officer. The Fall 2017 collection show will combine menswear and womenswear on the runway, marking the first co-ed showcase for the American brand. In addition to Simons’ anticipated Calvin Klein reveal, the Belgian designer will show his namesake menswear label for the first time during New York Fashion Week: Men’s on February 1.
VERSUS VERSACE GETS THE ROCK-STAR TREATMENT
Tapped by Donatella Versace in October, Zayn Malik’s capsule collection for Versus Versace is inching closer, with the lineup planned to land in stores this May. The former One Direction singer teamed up with the Italian brand’s diffusion label to create a collection of menswear and womenswear designs. This is not the first time the 23-year-old singer has tried his hand at designing; Malik launched a merch line with the release of his debut album Mind of Mine, featuring hoodies, sweatshirts, and T-shirts inscribed with Arabic script. 2017 is set to be a busy year for the singer––his roster of fashion projects also includes the launch of his shoe collaboration with Giuseppe Zanotti this month.
DRESS LIKE ALEXA CHUNG
Following a series of collaborations that includes AG Jeans and Marks & Spencer, British model and television personality Alexa Chung is launching her solo line, aptly named Alexachung. Her debut collection, which has been picked up by Matchesfashion.com, Mytheresa.com, and Ssense.com, is set to launch in May, and consists of contemporary designs including daywear, denim, eveningwear and accessories.
OSCAR DE LA RENTA DEBUT FOR LAURA KIM AND FERNANDO GARCIA
Following Peter Copping’s departure from Oscar de la Renta, designers Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia were appointed co-creative directors, taking over the reins of the American heritage brand. Kim and Garcia, who were former employees at Oscar de la Renta before establishing cult label Monse, are slated to debut their first Oscar de la Renta Fall 2017 collection during New York Fashion Week in February.