Kate Spade New York SS2017 Collection

 Kate Spade New York SS2017 Collection heads to morocco, drawing inspiration from dusky desert landscapes, the pattern play of candle lit lanterns, rose petals, the sensory overload of the souks and the oasis of calm in the majorelle gardens. Throughout the collection, textured fabrics and detailing; eyelets, pom poms, applique roses and ruffles sit against softly flowing and feminine silhouettes. more is more.

Rose prints and embroidery accent structured denim and silk; tassels trim the edges of midi length dresses, coats and soft denim pants. Florals are given a new treatment, growing larger and more impactful. Tiered dresses and skirting evoke an elegant expression against casual cotton and linen styles while the classic fit & flare silhouette receives a bohemian reinvention in the form of loose pleats and free-flowing fabric.

Fresh white and true black provide a clean canvas for the season’s stand out colors and patterns, while berber stripes provide a playful and bold refresh to seasonal staples. billowing sleeves lend Moroccan flair to shift dresses and structured blouses.

Peacock plume covered silk dresses in bold blues and striking reds compliment richly embroidered styles that are unique and sophisticated. delicate lace complements airy cotton blouses, as structured eyelet styles ground the season’s rich hues and a stunning embroidered sequin tassel dress and skirt round out the seasonal offering with a shock of glamour. Decadent lace-embellished cocktail dresses and tile-printed separates sit elegantly alongside mid-length leather coats. Romantic rose prints flow through midi length dresses and structured blouses, grounded in perfectly tailored skirting.

The Broome street collection continues to provide a more casual offering that seamlessly integrates into everyday looks. classic tees, tomboy trousers, flounce skirts, and modern dungarees lend themselves to extending the life of a luxe Madison separate or mainline coat. The structured and chic hayes street small isobel debuts at the forefront as the new go-to bag of the season, while wicker monkeys and camels come to life, accented with tassels, fringe, and beading. Fresh new shapes and classic favorites in striking seasonal colors round out the collection with a surprise appearance by elegant embellished straw totes.

Striking colors, tassels and stitching accents are shown across a variety of silhouettes. Woven slides and flats are relaxed and effortless, while elegant lace up heels are given an unexpected flare with the addition of color coordinated tassels. A flash of gold can be spotted from a metallic block heel sandal, completed by rich suede in the season’s signature colors.Tiered tassel earrings make an effortless statement in a range of bold colors. from classic stud earrings to a glittering tassel pendant stunner, spring’s assortment runs the gamut from understated to overtly dazzling.

Thom Browne SS2017 Women Collection

Thom Browne Women’s SS2017 show began in a tile mosaic set inspired by a Slim Aarons poolside photograph. A procession of 30 models dressed in overdyed silk gazar, floral caftans and bathing bonnets sauntered around the glistening tiled pool in groups, while playfully chattering and gesturing, as an upbeat 50s tune from Nelson Riddle filled the room. 4 male “cats” in seersucker shorts suits ambled around the women.

With a shift into a melodic hymn, the party came to a halt and the goddess entered. Cats quickly came to stand by her side and models lined both sides of the pool. The goddess was head to toe in silver sequin and bugle bead hand embroidery with a mirror embroidered headpiece modeled after Thom Browne’s wirehair dachshund, Hector.

As she slowly walked around the pool; mesmerized models removed their caftans and bonnets. Pool boy “birds” in feathered suits anxiously cleared the discarded garments and the models lining the pool revealed their looks of colorful tailoring worn underneath the caftans. One by one the models began to take their walk around the pool to music from the Valley of the Dolls soundtrack.

Once all the models were back in place along the sides of the pool, a music shift back to the melodic hymn brought the goddess to the center of the pool. The lights dimmed and with Space Talk by Asha Pulthi, the goddess transformed into a disco ball, rotating slowly as her mirrored headpiece reflected light throughout the room.

The 30 models unzipped trompe l’oeil intarsia shift dresses that fell to the ground leaving the models in one and two-piece halter swimsuits of red, white and blue striped cashmere. Finally, as the cats and birds removed the final garments from the scene, the models slinked into seated poses around the mosaic pool and the disco goddess continued her revolving stance.

Taking cues from the structure of wetsuits, this season’s silhouettes took the form of trompe l’oeil shift dresses with the appearance of classic single and double breasted suiting with shirts and ties, sweater sets, sack jackets and overcoats, all with various lengths of pleated, A-line and straight cut skirts, along with dresses paired with cropped jackets or even a cardigan tied at the waist, and 3 piece tuxedos with bowties.

The dress worn by the goddess was a trompe l’oeil dress made to look like a grey, sleeveless, seersucker “suit and tie” under a one shoulder, long-sleeve gown. Each look had a zipper that ran the entire length of the back to tie in the wetsuit inspiration that was seen throughout the Thom Browne Men’s SS2017 collection.

The fabrications included summer weight suiting of cotton oxford, coated oxford, linen, bonded wool cotton, cotton tweed, seersucker tweed, and selvedge wool 100s. Other fabrics used were duchesse silk, seamed grosgrain ribbon, scuba knit, cotton bonded flyweight deerskin, double gazar, silk chiffon, double organza, silk crepe, sheer tweed, silk hand loom tweed, washed silk satin, Swakara corduroy mink, sheared mink and cashmere knit.

Some of the fabrics were embellished with hand and machine embroidery of satin stitch and velvet tufted florals, silk tufted pearl, coverstitch, as well as 3D palm frond machine embroidery, white bullion hand embroidery and sequin and bugle bead hand embroidery. Intricate appliqué of radial ribbon, grosgrain ribbon, silk crepe and cotton tulle were applied throughout the collection.

The headpieces were created through a collaboration with Stephen Jones and included bathing bonnets, mink cat masks, feathered bird masks and the mirror embroidery Hector headpiece worn by the goddess. The accessories featured nautical cutout wedge heels and nautical sunglasses featuring shapes such as sailboats, anchors, fish, whales, and life preservers. The bags included pastel floral and checkered print Hector bags and pastel checkered briefcases as well as floral print leather beach bag totes. The jewelry created by Sarah Jane Wilde included various oversized, vintage inspired rings.


FENDI SS2017 Women Collection

In a flourish of decorative opulence twisted with an athletic élan, Karl Lagerfeld reflects on a modern rococò muse for the FENDI SS2017 Women Collection.

The cascading silhouette falls in light volumes from a cinched waist, accented by lingerie worn beneath floating aprons and ribbon-tied gowns. Playful proportions infuse workwear shapes with imperial grandeur; rosette and bow appliqués blossom down a cotton twill sleeve, and cargo pockets shape blazers with a peplum flair.

A sorbet palette of apricot, blush pink and pale mint is warmed by the sportif touch of scarlet, burgundy and marigold stripes. Embossed satin and patent leather take a liquid sheen, whilst French garden florals glisten across metallic fil coupé, cloque jacquards and sheer organdy prints.

From filigree embossing to encrusted tulle and fantasy intarsia, exquisite fabrics are nuanced with both rich and diaphanous textures, balanced by the return of the iconic FENDI Pequin and Regimental stripes for a sense of uniform rigor.

Complementing pointelle knit sweaters, the season’s stretch calf-length boots and trainers are striped with bands of colour and laced with grosgrain ribbon.

The SS2017 fashion show debuts the new Kan I stud lock bag dotted with candy-coloured studs, rosette embroidery and floral ribbons. They match the signature Peekaboo and DotCom bags.