This year at New York Fashion Week designer’s focused on the world’s shifting idea of beauty. Each designer captivating new and fresh ideas into his or her designs. With all that’s been going on in American media, it’s not a surprise America’s top designers have started to incorporate it into their sets. Some of the boldest moves came from top designers including Calvin Klein, Gabriela Hearst, and Michael Kors.
Calvin Klein again took a dark approach to presenting his 2017 fall line. His set was meant to look like a post-apocalyptic prairie. He covered the floor of what was the American Stock Exchange Building with 50,000lbs of popcorn. According to Michael Bloch, owner of the Rochester-based Popcorn Charlie’s, it took about three weeks to pop. He states it was the biggest order the company has ever seen; it took three trucks to transport the popcorn. Some guests enjoyed the interesting decoy, but others had their own opinion about it. Fashion critic tweeted a photo of her suede heels covered in popcorn but went on to call the show “extraordinary.” So, what were the models wearing the apocalypse? Bright orange hazmat suits and fireman’s jackets, the typical clothing seen during fashion week. The New York Times statement regarding the show is “It was both a reductionist view of the country’s most accessible myths and also stomach-churningly right. That’s where we are now: drowning in a sea of puffed corn kernel and empty calories.”
Michael Kors also took a different approach to the typical fashion week scene. Kors dedicated his show to individualism and a mix-matched aesthetic. He played songs like “Raindrops on Roses”, “Respect”, along with tracks from Beyoncé, Madonna, and “West Side Story”. Not only did the music make the audience feel warm and fuzzy but also the models of all different ages, sizes, shapes, and backgrounds. He also emphasized the “anything goes” style showing a collection of clashing, animal prints, florals, etc.
Another designer who focused on women’s freedom of style was Gabrielle Hearst. Gabrielle applied the trending #MeToo phenomenon into her show. Her fall collection was focused on “boss-women” apparel. Her inspiration for the clothing come from 19th-century female coal miners and factory workers. What sets her apart from other designers is her ability to add utilitarian touches to her luxury sportswear. Her ability to connect with women can be attributed to the fact that she is also a woman.
Unlike other years not only the clothes and styles were being presented on stage but individual beauty. The fashion industry emphasized current “come as you are” revolution that has captivated the media. For example, Ericka Hart a breast cancer survivor walked the runway at Chromat. She wore a mesh neon slip that revealed her double –mastectomy scars. Another unconventional celebrity that stole the spotlight was Desmond Napoles, a 10-yeard old drag kid, at Gypsy Sport. Even the hairstyles and makeup of models expressed the rebellion. From red lips and big hair accessories to less than average eyeshadow palettes the industry is encouraging the woman to make a statement about how they express themselves. Overall there seemed to be a psychedelic trend throughout the week.