New York Fashion Week wrapped up on Wednesday with an all-American finale from big brands including Ralph Lauren and Michael Kors.
Ralph Lauren, who hit the headlines earlier this week when it was revealed the house would join the growing coterie of brands adopting the ‘see-now-buy-now’ retail concept, took the Wild West as his main inspiration for Spring/Summer 2017.
“I have always been inspired by the rugged beauty and romance of the American West,” the designer explained. “My September collection is imbued with that spirit, but reinterpreted in a modern glamorous way for the woman whose style is both personal and luxurious.” The result was a triumph of fringed leather jackets, luxe ponchos and slouchy maxi dresses covered in bold, Aztec-style patterns.
Michael Kors is another brand transitioning to see-now-buy-now, but the designer doesn’t seem to be losing sleep over it, judging by the joyful aesthetic of his colorful collection.
A flirty series of ladylike patterned dresses, demure bikinis and flared midi skirts covered in summery florals was combined with a slouchier vibe, in the form of an oversized sweatshirt bearing the slogan ‘Love’, leaving us in no doubt that optimistic dressing is set to be a major trend for the next season.
And it wasn’t just the Americans feeling giddy — Canadian designer Jason Wu’s collection for Hugo Boss was equally as festive, focusing on the simple, classic lines the house is known for but adding more than a dash of merriment thanks to a vibrant color palette of royal blues, corals and sea greens.
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