Fashion Week Diaries: New York

by Christie Nowels

New York Fashion Week has always been a favourite of mine. From Tory Burch and J Crew to Oscar de la Renta and Calvin Klein, American designers continuously shape the next season in global fashion and have influenced my style for years. This season offered some new standouts as well as redeveloping America's iconic brands. Here are some of my favourite shows from the NYFW Autumn Winter 2017.  

Between the poetry left on the chairs to slipping into a memory of Tory's family vacations, the brand continues to evolve as the ultimate luxurious destination for the working woman. Standout pieces for me included this ivory set and matching long coat engrossed with a vintage inspired TB logo. (Hello Margot Tenenbaum?) Tory always looks to the past for the future and her cult-like following shows that her way of thinking is definitely working. 

If there's one person who knows how to dress a fashionista, it's Stacey Bendet. Alice + Olivia continues to be in a league of their own with their latest Autumn Winter 2017 collection. From Dior-esque inspired fabrics to the Oscar of sequin pant suits, this collection pulled out the wow factor in every way. Never doubt Stacey in making a woman feel sexy, beautiful and powerful all in one standout outfit.

Out with the old, in with the new. Kate Spade's Autumn Winter collection saw a revival to the always conservative brand showing a huge ode to the modern, digitally inspired woman. The setting, the clothing, the bloggers invited - Instagram blew up over this show and we all can understand why. Trendy, fun and daring - this collection showed a whole new Kate and we can't wait to see more. 

The Aussie golden label always brings the "IT" factor and this show definitely did not disappoint. Soft pastels and delicate laces were on the calling card again, utterly mesmerizing the audience into Sydney circa post-war 1920s. This collection idolized a sense of freedom with classic resortwear. 

Jonathan Simkhai wants to make a real name for himself and this collection proved again that he is a powerful force in the fashion world. Old world Spain was the inspiration for his collection enchanting us back to the glamorous days of kings and queens. A mix of Gaudi and regal details, Victoria Secret Angels stunned the catwalk in his designs. 

Han Chong turned the luxury fashion world upside down when he debuted Self-Portrait three years ago. However, we've all been wondering if Self-Portrait would be a one hit wonder with only lace up his sleeves. Versatility and longevity always came to my mind in how Self-Portrait could evolve as a brand. And this collection just proved why Self Portrait is here to stay. From velvet floor length coats to high waisted leather trousers, lace was the last thing on everyone's minds with this stand out collection. Every piece was wearable and lets not kid ourselves, instagram-worthy.

They always say "good girls go to heaven, bad girls go backstage" - but in this case, the bad girl stole the stage. Parisian based brand Zadig & Voltaire is making its mark on the big apple in a large way. (and we're not just talking about over sized knits) 

When Jonathan Saunders debuted his first collection for DVF, I felt as though the fun loving DVF girl lost a bit of her sparkle. Fast forward six months, our favourite DVF girl is back and her revamped style is better than ever. From electric prints to statement furs, this presentation totally stood out as the new DVF. With a logo relaunch and the commercial side from his first collection coming to stores now, we're waiting anxiously to see how the collection is perceived. 


When it takes three days to arrange an elaborate orchid display in his grand Madison Avenue store, you have a feeling dreams have literally been made. (Especially for Instagram and Snapchat stores) Ralph described this collection as "nomadic spirit" with "exotic sophistication" which can be seen through its free-flowing gowns and intricate patterns. From the stage to the rich camel colours and leather details, this collection certainly proved that Ralph knows best when it comes to fashion week. 

And the grand finale goes to Marchesa. Feathers, embroidery, fringe, lace, beading and layers upon layers of luxurious tulle, there really isn't another brand quite like Marchesa. This season, Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig wanted to capture the glamour of Shanghai. The collection was as dreamy as ever, mesmerizing the audience into imperial China. 

Thanks for stopping by! Stay tuned for LFW highlights next. 

xx Christie