Hi friends, we’re (Kaitlin and Sarah) back with another fashion week recap. The next few weeks are the Autumn/Winter Ready to Wear 2017 collections and we will once again be bringing you our favorite collections and looks. We start again in New York and are breaking up the New York shows into two parts, 2/6 – 2/12 and 2/13 – 2/17. SO MANY JEWEL TONES, here we go.
SAS: What better way to start out our Part II recap than with Carolina Herrera. I usually always gravitate toward Herrera’s florals but this collection really came through with the blush tones. I especially LOVE the pairing of the sparkly tops with the billowy skirts.
KJS: Oh my gosh, it’s all amazing. It’s beautiful. It’s dark nylons, it’s flowing skirts, it’s chiffon everywhere. It’s uncomplicated and somehow still so distinctly Herrera. Look 30 is probably my favorite. I’m a sucker for high necklines.
SAS: EMERALD GREEN. I was expecting a lot more green through these collections (s/o Pantone color of the year) but Look 17 was the first piece where I literally dropped my jaw. Those sleeves!!! PS Look 31 shows that brocade/jacquard is here to stay and I SHIP IT.
KJS: The embroidery and and textures of this collection are what drew me to it initially. They deep colors matched with the lightness of the floral embellishments and Peter Pan colors is a great way to lighten up any Fall wardrobe. Also, headbands are back and somewhere in the fictional universe, Blair Waldorf is smug about her trend returning.
SAS: First of all I have to say I am low key very obsessed with this runway, the pink and red color blocking is one of my favorites from this season. That pink pantsuit is the stuff of chic modern Elle Woods’ dreams.
KJS: Same, Sarah, SAME. The runway is so fun and peppy. The pink pantsuit is great, but this blue one with the lacy top is by far my favorite part of the collection.
SAS: Zimmermann is always one of my favorite shows and this season was full of moody and broody fabrics. I know I know, Looks 30 and 31 are the same dress in different colors BUT I would wear 30 to my wedding reception and 31 to the funeral of my greatest enemy. Win win.
KJS: I loved how Zimmermann bulked up her usual looks with some more practical ways to be warm in the Fall/Winter. Also, a lot of the looks were sort of femme fatal for me with those thigh high boots and sexy, lacy, drop-waist black dresses. GET IT.
SAS: THE. PRINT. ON. THESE. TIGHTS. ALSO. THE. BEADING. GIVE. TO. ME.
SAS: I am so down for neutral browns in fall collections. I’m also really into the ankle length pants to show off those amazing boots. Plus more jacquard and Shania vibes.
KJS: Okay, the sleeves in look 10 are killing me. I love me some bell sleeves, but this is that classic with a twist. This look is the most realistic thing for me to wear in fall. I mean, I don’t really wear jeans. But if I did, this is how I would wear them.
SAS: The structure of these pieces is STUNNING. The depth of the layers in Look 40 are so so beautiful.
KJS: Structure and patterns are what this collection is about, and I feel it. Also, anyone know what lip color this is in look 21? BECAUSE I NEED IT.
SAS: I loved the clean lines of this entire collection. Simple structured pieces with small tweaks that make them unique. The gloves and side sleeves in 8 and the side feathers in 26 make both looks classic but different.
KJS: Everything in this collection seems so simple at a first glance, but once looking closer, it’s really a very detailed collection. The romance in every piece is brought out in different ways and I’m a fan. Socks with strappy heels, vibrant dresses, and freaking GLOVES y’all. Gloves. Oh man, I love them.
SAS: OKAY YES I KNOW I picked literally SEVEN favorites from Oscar de la Renta but I am going to go on record and say this was in my top three collections out of all of NYFW (right up there with Monique Lhuillier and Jenny Packham). ODLA can make a gorgeous gown and this collection showcases that front and center. DO YOU SEE ALL OF THE GORGEOUS STRUCTURE IN THESE GOWNS??? DO YOU??? Also I will continue to say it, mustard yellow and blush pink are all over fashion week and here to stay another season.
KJS: OKAY I KNOW IT’S FINE. WE BASICALLY PUT UP THE WHOLE COLLECTION. I’m not even sorry. There’s basically nothing I don’t like about the line. Looks 37 and 39 are my favorites. The soft patterned fur of the skirt in 37 is so vintage. And the damn structure of the gown in 39? Just looking at it makes me want to cry. I wish I was exaggerating.
SAS: I had to put these in here because of the shoot location. It is literally just women in an apartment doing normal things but with amazing clothes and I can’t get enough of it.
SAS: Do you see mustard yellow and jacquard? Because I see mustard yellow and jacquard.
KJS: I know the pattern in Look 11 looks like it might be from a tea or china set, but I am so down with that. The mix of the patterns and the softness of the blouse are so fresh and anti-winter.
SAS: Gorgeous collection, gorgeous gowns, gorgeous beading, I need another word for gorgeous because I sound like a broken record.
KJS: Honestly, I saw the top on Look 1 and I gasped. Is this what love at first sight feels like?
SAS: This collection screamed REGAL to me. The strong accessories perfectly accentuated the vibe of each piece and that finale look I mean COME ON.
KJS: So damn regal. The layers and structure in Look 35 are what dreams are made of. Also, notice the patterned tights? Such a perfect detail to tie the whole elegant look together.
SAS: I am such a sucker for ombre so Look 28 was a shoo in for one of my favorites. But let us not overlook 37 because THAT MOVEMENT, THAT CAPE.
KJS: I don’t think I need to say anything else other than Look 67 is fucking magic.
SAS: Sally Lapointe’s offering was a little different from what I usually go for but the second I saw that metallic trench in 9 my brain screamed ZENON and I was all in. Then came the feather top and thigh high slit in 16 and the bad bitch suit in 23 and I fell head over heels.
SAS: The draping was what did it for me in both of these looks. Plus how can you not love a show that Queen Jourdan Dunn closes out with a full skirt.
SAS: MORE THIGH HIGH SLITS PLEASE MORE MORE MORE.
SAS: Like Oscar de la Renta, Zac Posen knows how to make a gown. Though he opted out of a runway show this year, these shoot photos still bring so much life into the collection. More moody broody colors, full bodied skirts and romantic necklines, please and thank you.
KJS: I just want to be friends with Zac Posen. If you follow him on Instagram, you’ll see why. He’s amazing at pretty much everything. His gown-making is no different. This collection the most beautiful and classic of them all. Every single dress is something a princess would wear. I’m also sort of glad he didn’t do a runway show this year, because I actually really love how the collection was styled and photographed.
SAS: I’m usually pretty meh about Alice + Olivia but hot damn this collection caught me off guard. It’s like millennial blush pink cool girl meets a tiny bit of grunge. Do you SEE the gorgeous painting on the skirts in the opening look? Go ahead and click on the photo, I’ll wait. Then let’s talk about the coats in 2 and 9 because I would like both of them shipped to me ASAP thx. (PS can I live in this shoot location?)
KJS: OH OKAY YES. Every single one of these images were absolutely amazing. They’re fierce. The theme here is strong independent women, and I dig it. Pink fur, pink mini-skirts, thigh high boots, and layering patterns? UGH. Someone come dress me like this.
SAS: The snake embroidery in 10 made my eyes bug out of my head (in a good way) when I first saw it. Add in the raised shoulders and I am ready to go to battle and WIN.
SAS: ASHLEY. FUCKING. GRAHAM. HELL. YES.
SAS: Add J. Mendel to the list of runway show opt outs but these photos are STUNNING so I’m okay with it. If I was putting together a story I would say Looks 3 and 7 were my warrior dresses I would wear as I went into battle to save my dystopian YA kingdom. Look 10 with the beautiful contrasting colors would be my negotiation dress. Look 17 is my “I’M THE DAMN QUEEN OF THIS COUNTRY we won the war” dress and Look 30 is my World Peace finale gown.
KJS: Hold for my comments, because I am rolling at Sarah’s still… Okay, I’m back. THE FREAKING COATS YOU GUYS. Holy shit. I just… I need them all. They’re so rich and warm. I hate to say this, but I’m a huge fan of fur. I don’t know if this is real or faux fur, but I don’t really want to know because I love them and I don’t want them to be ruined for me. I imagine I would wear Looks 1, 4, 26, and 31 if I were a wealthy socialite living in Manhattan going to fancy events every night. Anyone wanna make this dream a reality for me?
SAS: First of all we gotta talk about the makeup look for this show because it is FLAMES. Makeup goddess Pat McGrath had something to do with the eyeshadows I’m guessing by her Instagram tease, check it out here. As far as the clothes, I am completely floored by the precision and intricacies of each piece. Not only was the color selection beautiful and well rounded, but each piece felt like it flowed effortlessly into the next.
SAS: My tried and true, my one and only, my love, my Marchesa. While this collection was not my favorite compared to those of seasons past, it was still beautiful. My favorite gown was Look 12 because duh ombre and duh beading.
KJS: The red fringe in Look 22 is beautiful when it moves. I loved all of the gowns, but Look 35 is probably my favorite. The Grecian straps, the deep-V, the LAYERS of the skirt… Oh god, it’s dreamy.
SAS: You go Wendy Nichols for using this platform for the greater good. Plus these outfits are badass.
KJS: Where can I buy the dress in Look 8? Also, where can I buy that sign? Because I need it as a reminder in my life.
SAS: I love Chloe and this seasons offering was lovely. More brown neutrals with a few accent colors (YES to the baby blue pant suit) and lots and lots of boots.
SAS: Marc Jacobs is always the last big show of NYFW but this season I wasn’t the biggest fan. While I LOVE this gold romper/dress, most of the looks had these Pharrell type hats on that I was not feeling (click through the link to see the whole thing). BUT this gold dress and black boots redeems it for me.
KJS: Okay, so where can I purchase these coats? Hot pink is back, you guys, and it’s here to brighten up the dreary winters. Like SAS said, Elle Woods would be so proud.
KJS: This white dress is a perfect example of simplicity and class. I love the length of it paired with these black soft boots. I’m obsessed.
KJS: These SLEEVES oh dear Lord, I need them in my life. Ruffles and embroidered flowers are what I need more of in my life.
KJS: I love this pleated navy skirt paired with the transparent blouse and bralette. I’m not a huge fan of the olive boots, but I appreciate the touch of edge it adds.
That wraps up our AW17 New York Fashion Week! See you back here next week for LONDON.