Jenny Packham Fall 2017 RTW

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Erin Featherston Fall 2017 RTW

Erin Fetherston took a trip around the world for fall, a trek through different cultures and inspirations that were then mixed and matched in a chic, feminine collection. Moroccan references echoed in the color palette with warm spice tones, such as saffron, paprika and turmeric, as well in rich prints that were reminiscent of opulent Indian fabric and shoes inspired by North African pointed slippers. These ingredients helped Fetherston create a charming wardrobe, filled with breezy maxidresses and tunics embellished with tassels that were paired with wide-leg pants for an international globetrotter. The abundance of charming ethnic details were balanced by more urban pieces, such as a relaxed velvet suit and a ribbed turtleneck sweater worn with knitted pants. Despite the lineup’s Seventies’ Bohemian attitude, Fetherston avoided any nostalgic feeling and managed to translate her inspirations into an elegant collection for modern women.

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Marchesa Spring 2017 RTW

Marchesa designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig like to filter their vision of femininity through a rose-tinted lens, and today they opened their show on a classically pretty pink note. The overarching inspiration for the collection started with sunrise, and the colors that appear in the sky from dusk to dawn; a paint box of lilac, light blue, and blush pink that was touched at times with an iridescent finish. Aside from the glamorous one-shouldered Grecian dress in shiny gold lamé, the mood was more golden-hour than mid-day sun, a much quieter palette than the neon streaks we’ve seen coursing through the New York collections thus far.

Then again, Chapman and Craig aren’t the kind of designers to follow trends. Their brand of unapologetically frothy, more-is-more eveningwear is planted in the realm of Disney princess fantasy, a world inhabited by their Hollywood fans and friends. With the Emmy Awards tomorrow in Los Angeles, their designs are likely to take the spotlight again. Fashioned with layers of tulle, fringing, and dripping embellishments, the dresses on the runway were laden with attention-grabbing details. If those looks might appear OTT in real life, the 3-D floral finishings and mille-feuille confectionary would likely work well framed by the 360 camera technology being used on the red carpet these days. Whether the most dramatic full-skirted looks and trains would fit into anything other than a stretch limo, though, is another story entirely.

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Naeem Khan Spring 2017 RTW

Given his propensity for embellished ball gowns and his mastery of embroidery, it’s easy to forget that Naeem Khan actually cut his teeth as a designer at Halston in the ’70s. Spring 2017 was a reminder of that fact. Drawing upon his experience under the master of American sportswear in the days of disco, Khan opened his show with a series of slinky gowns cut on the bias. It was a departure from his usual outings, but mostly a welcome one, and Khan is one of the few designers who can lay claim to a piece of the Halston heritage. The one-shouldered gown with billowing cape was particularly successful; others, like the monochromatic parachute dress felt like a slight reach for the brand. Many of these looks came in a refreshing palette of red, blue, black, and white—a color combination that appeared intermittently throughout the collection, including on a handful of crochet gowns and a joyful, voluminous ball gown.

But this is a Naeem Khan show, after all, and the early, streamlined looks gave way to embellishment and embroidery, sometimes ingeniously combined, as on a hand-embroidered floral gown that had a layer of tulle hand-beaded with sequins. These, and the romantic bohemian embroidered gowns at the end, were some of the highlights. No doubt we’ll be seeing these on the backs of A-listers soon—perhaps even at the Emmys this weekend. But Khan, who has already pretty much conquered the red carpet scene, also included a few separates that might suit (well-funded) commoners, such as an embroidered blouse with poet sleeves that, the designer pointed out, would look beautiful with jeans.

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