In the midst of New York Fashion Week Fall 2017, designers continue to voice their social views. Prabal Gurung closed his show with a procession of models wearing feminist statement t-shirts, while Victoria Beckham unveiled a collection aimed at empowering women. Vogue Arabia takes note of key highlights that unfolded during NYFW.
Altuzarra Fall 2017
Loaded with regal nods, Joseph Altuzarra drew inspiration from Northern Renaissance portraiture that he came across at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. For his Fall 2017 collection, rich textiles of brocade, velvet, and fur in sumptuous jewel tones took center stage. Details such as teardrop pearls, bow closures, and gold embroidery lifted the imperial narrative across contemporary cuts such as slit pencil skirts, cinched-waist blazers, and flowing tea-length dresses. To ground the clothes, Altuzarra laced up models in tough military-inspired boots.
Prabal Gurung Fall 2017
Applauded by a front row that included Sarah Jessica Parker, Priyanka Chopra, and Diane Kruger, Prabal Gurung revealed his eponymous label’s Fall 2017 collection that touched on a political narrative. Before ending the show with a parade of feminist t-shirts that read “The Future is Female” and “You Can’t Stop Me” the Nepalese designer revealed tailored cuts, sheer silhouettes, and chunky knits. Bella Hadid opened the show wearing an oversized sweater dress, which was followed by a sampling of midi shift dresses, ruffled suits, colorful fur coats, and transparent, crystal-dusted gowns. In a move similar to Christian Siriano, Gurung also celebrated body diversity on the catwalk.
Victoria Beckham Fall 2017
In search of empowering clothes? Turn to Victoria Beckham’s Fall 2017 collection. While there were no slogans at in British designer’s show, nonetheless, she unveiled a clean-cut line-up that conveyed strength. On the catwalk, out came a bevy of boxy blazers that were paired with chiffon skirts and relaxed tailored slacks. There was a modest air about the collection that took form through graphic long-sleeved jersey dresses and fluid chiffon midi frocks and roomy color-block knits. Beckham also debuted her first full line of shoe designs. Two styles were shown on the runway: a slouchy, leather knee-high boot and a buckled, pointed-toe brogue that riffed with the collection’s menswear influences