As New York Fashion Week kicks off, the biannual affair is showing signs of a split personality. Some designers are sticking to the plan of looking a season ahead (in this case showing next fall's clothes this week), while others have shifted to the "see now, buy now" phenomenon of selling designs directly from the runway.
Much of the action has moved to trendy SoHo, where the main fashion runway venue is located, although some designers are going uptown to show their collections. Christian Siriano will debut his collection at the Plaza Hotel, while Jason Wu has chosen the St. Regis to showcase his designs.
While many top designers continue to show in New York, Tommy Hilfiger, Tom Ford and Rebecca Minkoff have fled to Los Angeles this season, and some are wondering, will they return?
Amid all the chaos, a lot of interesting — and hopefully wearable — designs will grace the runways from established designers as well as up-and-comers. Here's a sampling of what's in store:
Designer: Tadashi Shoji
Inspiration: Revolution of Love
Designer: Christian Siriano
Inspiration: "For my fall 2017 collection, I was inspired by the beehive sand formations in the Valley of Fire State Park. The grooved lines and unique design created by wind caused a beautiful layered effect that inspired a collection full of powerful silhouettes and strong expressive shapes.
"The deep clay-colored valley inspired a rich and golden color palette full of open-weave textiles and luxe copper velvets. The collection is elegant and bold but modern for our customer."
Designer: Oday Shakar
Inspiration: “Out of darkness, the beauty of light transcends.”
Designer: Pamella Roland
Inspiration: “I was inspired by a recent trip to see Rothko’s latest exhibition at the Pace Gallery. Rothko’s use of color in his entire body of work is the core of my fall/winter 2017 collection.”
Designer: Nicholas Kunz of Nicholas K
Inspiration: "90's Hip Hop"
Designer: Monique Lhuillier
Inspiration: “Celebration of American couture”
Designer: Bibhu Mohapatra
Inspiration: The blurred line between play and reality.
Designer: J.Crew head of women's design Somsack Sikhounmuong
Inspiration: "Old School"
Inspiration: “This season we were inspired by Martin Creed’s work on the simple curve, the rhythm, and the lightness of a balloon.”
Designer: Raquel Allegra
Inspiration: “The glowing of crimson lava flow”
Designer: NewbarK's Maryam and Marjan Malakpour
Inspiration: "The fall/winter '17 collection is inspired by the exoticism and glamour of the '60s Factory Girl, socialites and heroines with modern elegance and poise. It is about optimism, ability, beauty, quality . The world is a crazy, beautiful, ugly, and complicated place, and it keeps moving on from crisis to strangeness to beauty to weirdness."
Designer: Noon by Noor
Designer: Rebecca Taylor
Inspiration: Fall 2017 explores the duality of modern femininity grounded in utilitarian detail. Strong lines are softened by 3-d charismatic ruffles and a luxurious collage of textures. The collection conveys a feminine spirt that merges romanticism withpracticality, and embodies a maximalist approach to self-expression.
Designer: Trink Turk
Inspiration: LA Confidential
Designer: Nicole Miller
Inspiration: "My fall 2017 collection is an exploration of New York’s darker street edge. I wanted to move from St. Mark’s Place presented in pre-fall to dig deeper into the underground scene of the city. The collection looks to the future, mixing influences of mysticism and symbols with a modern take on grunge."
Designer: Elie Tahari
Inspiration: The Garden of Eden.
Designer: Dan Liu
Inspiration: Another world of whimsy and delight.
Designer: Dennis Basso
Inspiration: “Romantic Bohemia”
Designer: Claudia Li
Inspiration:“Take me away to a different place and time."
Designer: Novis founder and creative director Jordana Warmflash
Inspiration: “I used Danish and Swedish modern design as the inspiration and starting off point for the for the Novis autumn/winter 2017 collection. I was particularly drawn to the contrast between linear shapes and more fluid and round design sensibility, which I have explored through use of florals, plaids and textures and seaming details.”
Designer: Leanne Marshall
Inspiration: Leanne Marshall’s fall/winter collection is centered on finding new life and new beginnings from the old. The earthy colors of the collection symbolize the cycle of life and pops of red in the collection portray a source of power and strength. The designer is weaving an eco-centric theme into this collection revitalizing remnant and excess fabrics into a new fashion story.
Designer: Ji Oh
Inspiration: "Girls gone wild."
Designer: J.Crew head of men's design Frank Muytjens
Inspiration: "Finding the balance between Nonconformity and classic men’s codes.”
Designer: Anniesa Hasibuan
Inspiration: All about drama.
Designer: Chi Zhang
Inspiration: “The instinctive imagination of human beings combined with science and technology is the inspiration for the fall/winter 2017 collection.”
Designer: Taoray Wang's Wang Tao
Inspiration: "This season I was inspired by a modern Chinese drama depicting the Qing Dynast crossing over from ancient times to our modern world.”