For fashionistas all over the globe, the fall is their favorite time of year. Not because the temperatures cool and leaves turn pretty colors, but because it’s fashion week! And New York Fashion Week (NYFW) is the ultimate sneak peek at the most incredible fashion concepts hitting stores next year.
Draped in Eloquii and driving in style with the Lincoln MKX, I got a chance to experience NYFW 2016 in all of its glory. This year’s shows had a lot of energy and playfulness and the theme of vibrancy was evident in almost every fashion line. Formalwear, activewear, even pet fashion worked the runway this year. For fashion’s SS17 season, not only can shoppers expect to integrate effortless chic and elegant silhouettes from designers like Christian Siriano, they can also expect to integrate technology into their wardrobes from companies like Samsung.
Yes, you read that correctly. Samsung was at NYFW 2016 and they were more than just a sponsor. Models strutted down the Macy’s Front Row catwalk with wearables such as the Samsung Gear S2 and the brand new Gear S3 devices. Their smartwatch displays and visual designs came to life on the stage and guests were invited to participate in the interactive demos to experience the wearables themselves.
To add even more splendor to NYFW, pet couture designer Anthony Rubio fused glam and playfulness with models who ripped the runway with puppies in coordinating outfits.
NYFW attendees savored the “sophisti-chic” styles of Vedeta Hanley, who has previously lent her eye for design to Ralph Lauren. She showcased her high-end luxury collection, which featured bold and futuristic designs.
Designers Mario De La Torre and David Tupaz premiered styles that ranged from refined and exquisite to luxurious and whimsical. Everything from eveningwear to resortwear, and child to teen fashion was featured, showing off the depth of talent of these designers to make the whole family look fabulous.
Streetwear met activewear from designer Control Sector, which debuted neutral tones and minimal designs with simplistic style and function.
Australian model Madeline Stuart graced the runway for designer Bound by the Crown. Stuart, the first model with Down Syndrome to hit the catwalk, added vibrancy to the show with her infectious energy and gymnastics talent.
After the dazzling fashion shows with their breathtaking designs, NYFW 2016 still had room to celebrate and honor some tremendous contributors to art and fashion. Harlem’s Front Row showcased its ninth annual celebration of leaders in beauty, art, and fashion. This year’s honorees included hip-hop artist and producer Swizz Beatz, celebrity stylist Eric Archibald, president of Next Model Management Kyle Hagler, and the editor of Teen Vogue, Elaine Welteroth.