From Tom Ford's return, to a Tommy Hilfiger tattoo parlour, here's everything you need to know...
New York Fashion Week is traditionally viewed as the cooler, more aloof cousin of London, Milan and Paris. But this season New York has a schedule packed full of fun, as well as incredible collections. From Tom Ford’s return to the catwalk, to a Tommy Hilfiger tattoo parlour, we’re getting seriously excited for New York Fashion Week SS17. Running until the 15th September, things will get started in style tonight as Tom Ford and Kanye West will live stream their shows.
Keep scrolling for the all the details on how to tune in, and everything else you need to know about NYFW spring/summer 2017…
Tom Ford and Kanye go live
Tom Ford’s slick AF show is about as Tom Ford as things can get: 180 guests will convene in the famous (and recently shuttered) Four Seasons restaurant where they’ll be treated to cocktails, a seated dinner, a performance by Leon Bridges, and a runway show. Fresh from Venice Film Festival where he debuted his second film, Nocturnal Animals, Ford is putting this epic display on the silver screen – so to speak – via tomford.com; mega-fans can sit up to watch it at 2:15am GMT. Set your alarms people…
Treading his own path, naturally, Ford will show his autumn/winter 2016 collection, as opposed to the spring 2017 collections most designers are showing this week – which won’t land in stores for another 5 months – and it will all be instantly shoppable: ‘The moment the runway show goes off, [on the computer] you can go back to any outfit, twirl it around, pull out the piece, buy the piece, and 24 hours later it’s at your house,’ Ford explained to the Hollywood Reporter.
As for Kanye West, according to a press release, Ye will show Yeezy Season 4 on Tidal – a high definition platform for music videos. Members will be able to watch the show live at 8pm GMT, while non-members will be granted a one-minute preview. This news comes four days after the singer controversially tweeted a casting-call for ‘multiracial women only’ wearing ‘no makeup’ for the show.
Everyone will be wearing…
Very little if the heatwave expected to hit New York tomorrow has anything to say about it. Highs will reportedly reach near the 32 degrees Celsius mark with Thursday shaping up to be the warmest day of the week. New-season fuzzy coats and fur-lined Gucci loafers are out then.
All eyes on…
Oscar de la Renta
Oscar de la Renta – whose creative director Peter Copping stepped down suddenly in July citing personal circumstances – last week announced that Monse designers Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia will head up the label as its new co-creative directors. Having both previously worked under the late, great de la Renta, they’ve been heralded as the perfect fit, but we’ll have to wait until next season to see their debut collection at the autumn/winter 2017 shows, meaning that the Spring/Summer 2017 collection was finished off by the in-house design team that worked under Copping.
Calvin Klein has dominated the fashion headlines over the past few months following the departure of Francisco Costa and Italo Zucchelli, who were the respective heads of the house’s womenswear and menswear clothing lines, and the recruitment of ex-Dior designer Raf Simons. Simons has been drafted in to unify menswear and womenswear at the all-American label, but again, like Oscar de le Renta, Simons’ debut is set for the February shows, meaning that the in-house team at Calvin Klein are also behind the upcoming collection. Instead of a grand catwalk show, this collection will be presented by appointment only.
Last year, Donna Karan announced that she would be stepping down from her eponymous label after 30 years. NY brand Public School’s Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow have since taken over. Their debut was met with unenthusiastic reviews and the label was sold by its parent company LVMH in July. The new owners G-III are reportedly eager to take things in a more commercial direction. Watch this space.
British designer Jonathan Saunders, renowned for his vibrant prints and bold colour mixes, is now heading up Diane von Furstenberg, having closed his eponymous label last December. Instead of a catwalk show, Saunders will be holding intimate private viewings for key press and buyers.
Kenzo, the French ready-to-wear label helmed by Opening Ceremony’s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, will show its new fashion film, The Realest Real, for the first time. Directed by Carrie Brownstein and starring Kim Gordon, not many details are known regarding the plot, but if it’s half as entertaining as their recent perfume ad which was directed by Spike Jonze, we’re all over it!
Shop straight from the runways of…
Tom Ford, Michael Kors and Tommy Hilfiger are all making a strong case for instantly available fashion. Hilfiger is planning a big carnival at the South Street Seaport’s Pier 16 for his hotly-anticipated Tommy x Gigi collection (a collaboration with model Gigi Hadid), complete with food, games, a temporary tattoo salon, a record store, and rides including a 40-foot Ferris Wheel. A pop-up shop will also be on-site selling plenty of the current season collection, as well as the new Tommy x Gigi line. The festivities will culminate in a catwalk show for 2,000 invited guests, on September 9th.
As well as DVF, Kate Spade and Derek Lam are sitting it out this season, and instead of a catwalk show will hold private appointments with small groups of editors and buyers. Meanwhile, Misha Nonoo is opting for a Snapchat-only presentation.
Who to follow
Gigi Hadid (Instagram: @gigihadid) and Kendall Jenner (Instagram: @kendalljenner) are the obvious choices, but there’s also an official Instagram for New York Fashion Week (@nyfw) and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (@cfda). For the best behind-the-scenes fashion and beauty sneak peaks, follow world-renowned make-up artist Pat McGrath (@patmcgrathreal) and stylist Vanessa Traina (@vtraina) who works with everyone from Alexander Wang to Altuzarra. And for all the front row action, start flowing Eva Chen (@evachen212), the ex-fashion editor who now heads up Instagram’s fashion partnerships.
Our first stop for ‘grown-up clothes’, Club Monaco, is showing it’s first-ever presentation, under creative director Caroline Belhumeur. Embracing see-now buy-now, all 25 pieces from the collection will go on sale right after the September 9 debut.
In May, Bella Hadid famously opened and closed Misha Collection’s runway show at Sydney Fashion Week. Now, designer Michelle Aznavorian is coming to New York. Will Bella walk this time too?
The one to watch: PH5
Ridiculously cool brand PH5 is the name on every fashion editor’s hit-list. Co-founders Wei Lin (who comes from a family of textile manufacturers) and Mijia Zhang (who’s CV includes Nike and Christopher Kane) are definitely the under-the-radar hot ticket this season.