Where have all the seasons gone?
Fashion pundits are pondering the question as New York Fashion Week comes to a close. They’ve seen a number of collections that could work for at least three seasons, some even year-round. Sure, there were wintry coats, furs and sweaters, but definitely not as many as in the past. Ken Downing, Neiman Marcus’ fashion director, explains. “Seasonless dressing is on many designers’ minds. Newness does not know what season it is. Newness is what pleases the eye.”
This is the very sentiment that has brought fashion week to a troubling fork in the road. Traditionally, the runway shows preview the clothes for the next season — so what’s on Ralph Lauren’s runway in February shows up in stores for the fall-winter season. But the consensus is that by the time the stuff hits stores, consumers are tired of the already-much-hyped imagery and ready for something new.
In response, this season, designers including Tommy Hilfiger, Rebecca Minkoff and Michael Kors delivered instant gratification to their customers through see now/buy now initiatives that offer the very clothes shown on their runways immediately after they present them.
In Minkoff’s case it’s her entire collection, while Hilfiger and Kors offered limited capsule collections. As Kors told Women’s Wear Daily, “My attitude is, she [the customer] doesn’t pay attention to seasons anyway, so why not grab and go?”
Of course, not everybody wants to travel that route, so instead they’re offering versatile garb that can be worn for many months of the year. Here’s a look at some of our favorite seasonless pieces.
A model walks the runway wearing Altuzarra Fall 2016 during New York Fashion Week at Spring Studios on Feb. 13, 2016 in New York City.
A model walks the runway wearing Rebecca Minkoff spring 2016 during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at The Gallery, Skylight at Clarkson Sq on Feb. 13, 2016 in New York City.
A model walks the runway during the Tory Burch collection at the Fall 2016 New York Fashion Week at David Geffen Hall on Feb. 13, 2016 in New York City.
A model walks the runway wearing Anna Sui Fall 2016 during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at The Arc, Skylight at Moynihan Station Feb. 13, 2016 in New York City.
Model Gigi Hadid poses wearing Diane Von Furstenberg Fall 2016 during New York Fashion Week on Feb. 13, 2016 in New York City.
A model walks the runway at Milly fashion show during Fall 2016 New York Fashion Week at Pier 59 Studios on Feb. 13, 2016 in New York City.
A model walks the runway during the Tommy Hilfiger Women's runway show during Fall 2016 New York Fashion Week at Park Avenue Armory on Feb. 13, 2016 in New York City.
A model walks the runway wearing DKNY Women's Fall 2016 during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Skylight Modern on Feb. 13, 2016 in New York City.
We couldn't take our eyes off models' legs. Decked out in slashed stockings, patterned hose or novelty boots, gams were an unexpected focal point.
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The beauty of the exposed shoulder has not been lost on designers, who focused big time on that zone. The best thing about it? Women of all ages can rock the look, and hardly anyone needs to lose weight in their shoulders.
Downing says corsets and bustiers for daytime are the next big thing. "Worn over shirtings, they look new."
Bling, bling. Metallics, chunky embellishment such as rhinestones, sequins, beads and pearls along with shimmer were everywhere for fall. "Keep your eye on lamé for day," Downing says. "There are over-the-top jewels and gold, gold and more gold. It's a Ziggy Stardust moment."