New York Fashion Week show reviews for fall/winter 2017 collections

It’s that time again: New York Fashion Week has returned to the city for more than a week of runway shows, presentations and beyond.

The twice-annual fashion event runs through Feb. 16.

We review the fall/winter collections, from your favorite iconic designers to those making their NYFW debuts.

Keep checking back for real-time updates from New York Fashion Week.

Ralph Lauren 

Mother Nature has been particularly hard on New York Fashion Week this season, pummeling it with a blizzard, rain and freezing temps. So, the experience of walking into Ralph Lauren’s show at his women’s flagship on Madison Avenue Wednesday night, was more than a salve . . . it was virtually transformative.

Fresh white orchids and vines slathered every wall (estimates were that there were about 100,000 of them), butterflies with flapping wings (not real), and a bird-chirping soundtrack along with the glow of crystal chandeliers whisked guests away to an exotic location, which is exactly what Lauren wanted. Thick sisal rugs and cushy white banquettes took the place of store merchandise — the store actually closed for three days before to set this scene — which was so stunning that it prompted Ken Downing, Neiman Marcus honcho, to exclaim, “This is so gorgeous, you could have a wedding here after the show.”

Lauren has adapted the “see now, buy now” mantra full throttle. His first round with it was last season, and while the show was lovely, it was a tad sterile, lacking the lush Ralph touch. Not so this night when he presented his drop-dead, romantic, yet pared down spring lineup designed with a nomadic feel that was neither cliché or tricked out.

Colors were mostly desert bleached — off-whites, sand, beige and strong hits of burnished metallic gold. The show opened with some prerequisite suiting — slim silos mostly in lineny fabrics. Model Bella Hadid wore fluid clay-colored silken anorak dress (there were many of these, with front pockets and hoods). Several looks featured distressed leather jackets balancing more luxurious evening pieces including gold netted tops. A few shimmery, liquid silken gowns — one in deep lavender — drew gasps from the crowd. There were a couple of sexy black gowns — body-con with cutouts at the rib. But it was the show’s final look that captured the essence of the brand’s DNA — a flowing, soft floral gown worn over a pair of worn jeans . . . knockout.

Read about the rest of the fashion week highlights by following this link.


The Finest Art Collectors In Miami

The city of Miami is a hub for art that will be used time and again to help bring new art to life. It is a place where the finest artists of the age are living, and they are selling to people who are most-interested in the ways they may invest in art with their net worth. There are many celebrities who are coming to the city to ensure they are seeing the finest art, and this article explains how the city is helping artists grow every day.

#1: How Is The Art Collected?

Actors such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Orlando Bloom come to the city often to collect art, and there are natives such as Bella Thorne who are in the city all the time. She is collecting because she believes in investing her money in something beautiful. These are just a few of the people who are collecting, and they are leading many more celebrities who are coming to the city to collect.

#2: Artist’s Homes

There are many artist living in the city who are making their homes in their studios. They takes guests often, and they will create work that helps their clients find something perfect for their style. The artists are selling at shows, and they are selling in places that are most-convenient for the client.

#3: Selling At Basel Art Festival

The Basel art festival is quite popular, and it brings out the biggest stars of the day to the area every year. It is quite important that the artists in the area feel as though they are given every opportunity to sell to people who love their art, and they must see many people coming by to look at their art. The celebrities who come to the city once a year will find it quite interesting because they will order art on the spot they may take home with them. Investing in art is a stable way to save money, and it is a way the actor may sell the art for cash at any time.

Those who are coming to the city for the sunshine must ensure they are searching for art while they are in the city. They will see many options for buying art, and they will save money in the process of buying. There are many different people who are searching for ways to invest their money that is not so unstable, and art from Miami is a fine choice.

BMW’s 1939 Mille Miglia Touring Coupé Reminding us how Cars Should be Designed

When McLaren inaugurated its present range of roadgoing supercars with the MP4-12C in 2010, it presented that car as the ultimate expression of form following function. Designed entirely for performance, the 12C was shaped by the wind tunnel and McLaren was proud of that fact. I’m here to state the obvious by denouncing that extremist approach to design as wrongheaded, and the car reminding me of that fact is the 1939 BMW 328 Mille Miglia Touring Coupé that I saw at Goodwood last week.

Make no mistake about it, the 328 was a performance beast in its time — this car’s name comes from it having won the Mille Miglia endurance race in Italy in 1940 — but it also had some stylistic flair. If you removed the BMW badge, you’d think it was designed by one of the famed Italian marques — what with its uninterrupted full-body curves and leather-strapped hood — and that’s no accident, given the involvement of Milan’s Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera. But more significant to us today is what the BMW 328 represents as design heritage. What was once a body optimized for speed is today deficient in that category — narrow wheels, big lumpy headlights that disrupt aerodynamics — but has grown into a gorgeous exhibit of a more humane time in car design. The 328 hadpersonality. I couldn’t find anyone casting eyes upon this classic car that wasn’t charmed by its organic, naturally flowing shape.

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