When Tom Ford opened New York Fashion Week with a parade of cheetah, leopard and tiger prints—minidresses and glitz galore!—who knew he was setting the stage for an overarching trend that was present in most collections?
As a bookend, Marc Jacobs closed fashion week with shoulder pads so extreme that doors across the U.S. may need to be widened. Plus, Jacobs’ homage to designers like Claude Montana and Thierry Mugler and the illustrations of Tony Viramontes made it clear: The ’80s are back! Other designers opted not to reach back in time and were focused on the future and space travel, as we saw at Raf Simons’ inventive show for Calvin Klein, and at Philipp Plein, where an actual robot took the runway. Luckily, our sleek ride for the week aligned perfectly with both trends: The Lexus LS 500H—which happens to be the car used in the new Marvel film Black Panther—felt as excessive as the 1980s and as futuristic in its high style and sleek design. Other standouts of NYFW were Michael Kors’ mixed-up glamour shown at Lincoln Center, Daphne Guinness serenading the crowd at a raucous The Blonds show and Bottega Veneta coming to New York to celebrate the opening of its brand-new massive Madison Avenue boutique with a show as elegant and luxurious as the brand itself. Anniversaries and goodbyes were also on display as Cushnie et Ochs and Christian Siriano both celebrated 10 years, and Carolina Herrera handed the design reins to Wes Gordon, exquisitely closing a 37-year chapter—with not a dry eye in the house.
TOM FORD PHOTO BY BFA/CARL TIMPONE; GUINNESS AND SIRIANO PHOTOS BY DAN LECCA; CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC PHOTO BY GIOVANNI GIANNONI; HERRERA PHOTO COURTESY
OF CAROLINA HERRERA; LEXUS PHOTO BY KENNY CHEN; MARC JACOBS PHOTO COURTESY OF MARC JACOBS; BOTTEGA VENETA BOUTIQUE PHOTO COURTESY OF BOTTEGA VENETA