The 14 talking points of NY Fashion Week


The 14 talking points of NY Fashion Week

Slogans, VB's make-up and leather trousers – Frankie Graddon has your New York Fashion Week cheat sheet

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Slogans, VB's make-up and leather trousers – Frankie Graddon has your New York Fashion Week cheat sheet

By Frankie Graddon on
  • Marc Jacobs had a "genuine fashion moment"

    Streetwear has been a recurring trend for a few seasons, but Marc Jacobs went one step further by showing his street-inspired collection on the, er, street. Models broke free of the Park Avenue Armoury catwalk, congregating in front of a giant ghetto blaster on the Upper East Side streets of New York – much to the delight of passing strangers. Chunky gold jewellery, sheepskin car coats and beanie hats gave the collection – titled Respect – an 80s hip-hop vibe. It has been hailed a "genuine fashion moment".

  • The fashion world supported planned parenthood…

    It's hardly surprising that NYFW has had a political overtone this season. After threats to cut funding to reproductive health organisation Planned Parenthood, badges and banners were displayed in protest. 

  • ...And made a statement about inclusivity 

    While the fashion industry has often been criticised for its lack of inclusivity, The Business of Fashion sought to remedy this with the launch of #TIEDTOGETHER, an initiative that supports unity, acceptance and inclusion. Designers, fashion press, models and PRs have been wearing white bandanas and posting images on social media to raise money for American Civil Liberties Union and The UN Refugee Agency

    Photo: @bof

  • Leather trousers are big news

    Remember that scene from Friends when Ross gets stuck in his leather trousers? Well, brace yourself – that could be you in six months. High-shine, metallic, cropped and baggy – trousers of the leather variety are hot stuff, as seen at Monse, Altuzarra, Zadig & Voltaire, brand-of-the-moment Sies Marjan and Proenza Schouler – who went leather-heavy for their final show before moving to Paris Fashion Week . 

  • Victoria Beckham's show was inspired by make-up

    Well, the bags were anyway. Sleek, square handbags in black and navy were inspired by classic vanity cases and worn with slouchy roll-neck jumpers and long leather gloves. The show also saw the second launch of VB's own make-up collection with Estée Lauder. The smoky-toned collection was used to create a "smart, chic, sophisticated, confident, fresh and strong but cool" look, which roughly translates into nude skin, nude eyes and, er, nude lips. The collection is available to buy here.

  • Everyone wore a slogan T-shirt

    Whether you were on or off the catwalk, if you weren't wearing a slogan top then you might as well have gone home. Designers and fashion editors alike wore politically motivated T-shirts in their droves. Genuine or publicity stunt? I'll let you decide. 

  • Is fashion finally waking up to plus-size? 

    That was the question being asked after Candice Huffine modelled two looks in the Prabal Gurung show and Ashley Graham walked for Michael Kors. Cause for celebration? Yes. Token effort? Slightly. More still needs to be done. 

  • Natural hair is back

    What to do with your hair next season? Nothing. That's according to hairdresser extraordinaire Guido who did undone, slept-in hair for Calvin Klein. He used Redken Wax Blast 10 and Wind Blown 05 finishing spray on non-blow-dried hair to emphasise the natural texture. This look was also seen at Coach, Alexander Wang and Victoria Beckham.  

  • Shiny coats are a thing...

    High-shine patent macs proved a hit on the street and on the catwalk. Jonathan Saunders paired a navy trench with long boots (another big trend) at DVF, while fashion editors wore theirs in red, black and tan. I'm eyeing up this one from Topshop.

  • is leopard print

    Coats, bags, shoes, jumpers – next season, it's leopard print as far as the eye can see. Kate Spade and Michael Kors went big on the catwalk, while several show-goers wore printed jackets. Forever a firm favourite, H&M has a great one at a great price

  • A show was dedicated to breast-cancer survivors

    In one of the most moving moments of the week, women who have survived breast cancer modelled underwear at the AnaOno show. The loungewear brand designs specifically for women who have had surgery after a cancer diagnosis.

  • IMG signed their first hijab-wearing model and she walked in Kanye's show

    Nineteen-year old Halima Aden is the face poised to be the next big thing in the modelling industry. After competing in Miss Minnesota (where she was the first contestant to wear a hijab and burkini), she has been signed to the world-famous IMG model agency. Wednesday saw her walk in Kanye West's Yeezy season 5 presentation, which, in a sea change for the singer-cum-designer, contained actual clothes. 

    Photo: @kinglimaa

  • Buy an Army shirt now

    As expected, military is back for autumn, with plenty of camouflage and khaki set to hit the shops. My tip? Get yourself an army shirt now (this one from Hush is great) and wear it belted over jeans like my current style crush, Tamu McPherson

  • Pantsuit Nation lives on

    She might have lost the election, but Hillary Clinton's trousersuit legacy continues, thanks to several designers who championed her tailored blazer and trouser look. Slouchy at Victoria Beckham, neat at Calvin Klein, velvet and cropped at Altuzarra – my pick is the pink paper-bag-waist number from 3.1 Phillip Lim. The search for a high-street lookalike starts now. 

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