New York Fashion Week Fall 2017 is less than a week away and it’s shaping up to be a season of change. Designer collections face a transition with anticipated debut collections headed by new creative directors, while a number of brands are noticeably absent from the official show calendar. Take note of the key highlights ahead of the shows.
MOVING TO PARIS
Vera Wang is set to be awarded with the Légion d’Honneur in Paris on the first day of Paris Fashion Week. In light of the honor, the designer will unveil her Fall 2017 ready-to-wear collection in the French capital. The show will abandon the traditional format of a runway show, and instead will take on the theme of a short film in tribute of the City of Lights. Like Wang, Rodarte will not be showcasing their Fall 2017 collection on the New York Fashion Week schedule, but will be moving to Paris. Designer sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy have opted out of staging a show and will present the label’s collection by private appointments. However, for Spring 2018 they plan to unveil the collection on the runway in July during Paris Fashion Week Couture. In a similar move, Proenza Schouler will decamp from their original schedule and shift to the couture calendar for Spring 2018.
Following the made-to-measure debut for Calvin Klein, Raf Simons will unveil his first ready-to-wear collection for the American brand since his appointment as chief creative officer. For the first time, the collection will merge menswear and womenswear designs. Also making their collection debut during New York Fashion Week as co-creative directors of Oscar de la Renta are Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia. The founders of up-and-coming label Monse will host a joint show under the same roof. The back-to-back showcase will start with Monse Fall 2017 before the reveal of Oscar de la Renta Fall 2017.
YEEZY TO TAKE IT EASY
Kanye West is returning to New York Fashion Week with his Yeezy Season 5 collection, set to take place on February 15. Unlike his previous spectacle showcases that saw him taking over Madison Square Garden and half of Roosevelt Island, this season, the rapper is set to unveil his collaborative offering with Adidas at Pier 59 Studios. The space, which can be transformed into a presentation or runway platform, is a departure from the designer’s former large-scale venue choices.
WEST COAST BOUND
Under the see-now-buy-now business platform, Tommy Hilfiger is heading to Los Angeles to stage his Spring 2017 collection. Set to take place at Venice Beach, the offering will also include Gigi Hadid’s sophomore capsule collaboration with the American brand, inspired by the SoCal lifestyle. Also switching coasts are Rachel Zoe and Rachel Comey, who will present their Fall 2017 collections ahead of New York Fashion Week on February 6 and 7, respectively.