The early listings are some of the usual suspects: IMG’s NYFW: The Shows, Style Fashion Week, Art Hearts Fashion, MADE, and FTL Moda. As the weeks progress, we expect to see more detailed breakdowns as individual dates are set.
We expect the usual spate of designers, from “big names” like Tom Ford and Calvin Klein to student designers from the Art Institutes, emerging talent brought to you by independent producers, not to mention shows in conjunction with labels like Macy’s or even JCPenney.
One of the most notable shows “missing” from last season’s schedule was BCBGMAXAZRIA and sister brand Hervé Léger. The move wasn’t particularly surprising in light of recent downsizing and layoffs. The fact is, the label has been struggling for some time, with a reported $685 million in debt. (Now that’s a whole lotta’ dresses and “body-con” gowns!)
Looking forward, we forecast several trends on the Spring / Summer 2018 runways.
We can break down the trends into “micro” and “macro.” “Micro” are the trends of each season, and “macro” are some of the larger patterns we see stretching across seasons. The “macro” trends often seem tied to larger cultural shifts.
WE CAN BREAK DOWN THE TRENDS INTO “MICRO” AND “MACRO.”
Some of these “macro” trends seem almost purely style-focused: such as the ’70s resurgence of wider lapels and natural textures, blended with bling.
But other trends seem to have a particular resonance beyond the aesthetic: for example, the move to gender fluidity or a broadened “beauty ideal.”
So for February 2017, expect to see more plus-size shows, and more runways incorporating both men and women (also further blurring the line between “women’s” and “men’s” fashion weeks.)
The one thing we can expect for sure is (wait for it) the unexpected.
And if you’ve been following fashion week as long as we have, you know that’s not just a buzz phrase, but reality.
So strap yourself in. The fun begins February 9.
More calendar updates to come.