For Fall/Winter 2017, Raf Simons tackled issues of inclusivity for his debut runway show at Calvin Klein, and Jason Wu celebrated his 10-year anniversary.
Although fashion month is only just now underway, day two of New York Fashion Week started with one of the schedule’s most-anticipated shows. Inside an industrial space that was softened by knitted drapings designed by artist Sterling Ruby, a diverse crowd – from the usual crew of fashion editors to hip-hop star A$AP Rocky and Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown – gathered to watch Raf Simons make his debut at Calvin Klein. Clearly reflecting the political climate with skirts made from American flag prints and a soundtrack bookended by David Bowie’s “This is not America”, the Calvin Klein Fall/Winter 2017 collection spoke to inclusivity, diversity, and was a subversive spin on American sportswear.
Read Grace Gordon’s full Calvin Klein review here.
Down the stretch, Jason Wu held court at St. Regis Hotel, where he celebrated a decade of design excellence with a gorgeous, feminine collection that was tinged with nostalgia. The location signaled his sentimental mood – after all, St. Regis is where he held one of his first big shows in 2010. Fluid floral prints wrapped sensually around a cadre of top-notch models, finished with asymmetrical necklines and off-shoulder details. While half of the collection was devoted to these sublime frocks, Wu’s other portion was more masculine and boxy, supported by jacquard suits and other styles borrowed from the menswear department. In honor of the brand’s 10-year anniversary, a crowd of supermodel patrons showed up to lend their support. The front row was packed with everyone from veteran models like Amber Valletta and Adriana Lima to young “It” girls like Emily Ratajkowski and Liu Wen. The support went both ways, as Wu’s feminine, beautifully tailored designs are destined to make the well-heeled look their best for the Fall/Winter 2017 season.