While we’ve only just begun to plan and shop for our Fall/Winter 2017 wardrobes, fashion is looking ahead to the next season, with the Spring/Summer 2018 shows kicking things off at New York Fashion Week tomorrow. What follows is one seriously exhausting month of back-to-back shows, re-sees, parties, and more that stretch from the Big Apple all the way to the City of Lights – for most editors, models, buyers, and other industry VIPs at least.
Since fashion is perpetually suspended in a state of flux, fashion month is always an exciting time because it proffers everything from designer debuts and anniversaries to innovative presentations and (most importantly) remarkable clothes that shape the way we’ll be dressing and styling ourselves in the future. See all of the events that we’re looking forward to most from Spring/Summer 2018 and watch Savoir Flair throughout the ensuing month for in-depth runway reviews, trend reports, celebrity sightings, beauty inspiration, front-row gossip, and more.
The Debut of Mansur Gavriel RTW at NYFW
The clean simple lines of Mansur Gavriel’s signature handbag line sparked a frenzy that resulted in sold-out collections worldwide. Now, the famous minimalist brand is putting its ready-to-wear skills to the test, debuting a womenswear collection for the first time ever at New York Fashion Week. We anticipate dreamy pops of pastel, rich materials, and more antiseptic exteriors from Mansur Gavriel, and we have a feeling the brand will not disappoint.
Kaia Gerber's Runway Debut at NYFW
Like mother, like daughter. Kaia Gerber – the genetically blessed offspring of one of the world’s biggest former supermodels, Cindy Crawford – follows in her mother’s footsteps by walking the catwalk for the first time at New York Fashion Week. We’ve considered Gerber a model to watch for the past year, and expect that she will seize her runway moment like she was born to do.
Monse and Oscar de la Renta – Individually
Last season, Monse and Oscar de la Renta tangled up the New York Fashion Week schedule by showing together, contiguously. Although the brands now share the same leadership, they hit many embarassing production snafus during the combined show and, as a result, critics and attendees were underwhelmed by the debut of Oscar de la Renta’s new Creative Director duo. Now that they have neatly parsed their work into separate lanes, Monse and Oscar de la Renta will show separately at their own venues. We look forward to seeing both, untainted by crossover connections.
Shayne Oliver's Helmut Lang Debut
Helmut Lang is a storied New York label with a reputation for desirable minimalism and brilliant denim offers, but when the brand’s namesake designer left fashion more than a decade ago, the company he left behind struggled to find its new identity. A multitude of designers paraded through Helmut Lang headquarters over the years, trying to re-establish the success of the original line.
However, last year, they decided to pivot away from a traditional Creative Director position by hiring Dazed & Confused Editor-in-Chief Isabella Burley to helm the ship. Since then, she has been innovating new ways to revive the brand and seems to be steering things in the right direction. By recruiting designer Shayne Oliver of Hood by Air to create a special collection for Spring/Summer 2018, Burley is effectively restoring Helmut Lang’s cool factor. We can’t wait to see what this partnership looks like on – and off – the runway.
The Inaugural 'Open to the Public' London Fashion Week Festival
While fashion week has been an industry-facing event since its inception, there have been many more options for consumers to attend and enjoy glamorous runway events as of late. From Givenchy’s open-to-the-public show in New York City in 2015 to the new London Fashion Week Festival, fashion lovers are finally allowed into the inner circle.
The London Fashion Week Festival will feature major designers like Burberry, Mary Katrantzou, and Christopher Kane. It will also give attendees a chance to chat with industry experts at curated panels. Tickets can be purchased here, and range from AED 100 to 1000.
Burberry's Landmark New Venue
For several days during London Fashion Week, the Old Sessions House in Clerkenwell will play host to a series of Burberry events. First, the storied British brand will display a showcase of photographs from the 20th century’s most lauded photographers, like Ken Russell and Shirley Baker.
Curated by Burberry’s President and Chief Creative Officer Christopher Bailey, alongside Lucy Moore and co-curator Alasdair McLellan (who is also featured in the show), “Here We Are” will be open to the public from September 18th to October 1st. Likewise, Old Sessions House will host Burberry’s Spring/Summer 2018 show on September 16th.
‘Here We Are’ . Our new exhibition of British photography to celebrate the Burberry September 2017 collection, 18 September – 1 October #HereWeAre . Introduced by Christopher Bailey. Tap to listen . Dafydd Jones, Magdalen Commemoration Ball, Oxford, 1988 © Dafydd Jones . Ken Russell, In Your Dreams, January 1955 © TopFoto / Ken Russell . Martin Parr, O’Connell Bridge, Dublin, Ireland, October 1981 © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos / Rocket Gallery . Alasdair McLellan, Belfast, 2005 © Alasdair McLellan
Co-Ed Shows at Milan Fashion Week
For Fall/Winter 2017, several major Italian brands like Gucci and Bottega Veneta decided to change things up by showing equal amounts of menswear and womenswear on their respective runways. Now, several other Italian labels are following suit, which means co-ed shows will extend to the catwalks of Jil Sander, Missoni, and Etro as well. Furthermore, we’re excited to see what comes from Jil Sander’s new co-creative directors, Lucie and Luke Meier (you might recognize Lucie’s name from her stint as interim designer at Dior before Maria Grazia Chirui took over).
Roberto Cavalli's First Collection Under New Creative Director Paul Surridge
Roberto Cavalli has undergone a rough patch in recent years after the eponymous designer stepped down from his namesake brand only to fire replacement Creative Director Peter Dundas after less than two years. After circling the ground for many months, Roberto Cavalli finally named Paul Surridge to the position of Creative Director.
Although Surridge is relatively unknown throughout the larger fashion industry, he has previous experience at Calvin Klein, Burberry, Jil Sander, and other established high-fashion brands. We’re eager to see how he creates the Cavalli vision and what changes might come as the result of hiring a relatively obscure designer. After all, that move worked out super well for Gucci.
Princess Diana Fever at Paris Fashion Week
Virgil Abloh of the cult fashion label Off-White is clearly attuned to the Princess Diana fever that has seized popular imagination on the 20th anniversary of her untimely and tragic death. Inspired by her sartorial know-how, Abloh showed off a preview of the Off-White runway show invites via Instagram, hinting that his looks were inspired by Princess Diana’s perpetual chicness.