Fall Fashion 2017
Left to right; Fall 2017 looks from the design houses of Alexander McQueen, Akris, Derek Lam and Co.
The final installment of our three-part series on the Fall 2017 runway collections, here are the last four design houses for your consideration: Alexander McQueen, Akris, Derek Lam and Co. Each label has created fresh, innovative pieces that may be an excellent addition to update your existing wardrobe.
Top left; Designer Sarah Burton after her Fall Collection 2017 runway show for Alexander McQueen. The remaining photos are Burton’s looks from her Fall Collection 2017 for Alexander McQueen.
Sarah Burton has an affinity for nature and an allegiance to her British heritage, which leads her to explore English landscapes.This season she went to Cornwall, which has ancient stone circles and medieval churches. Discovering a Cloutie tree, on which people tie rags and ribbons as wishes and mementoes, triggered the beginning of the collection. Evolving ideas with her hand-embroidery and textiles teams, they wove ideas from the memento ribbons into tweeds and tapestries, adding beading and lace. Still honoring her mentor, Burton also designed impeccably tailored gray and black pantsuits, with belted jackets and coats.
Now in his 37th year with Akris, Designer and Creative Director Albert Kriemler presented a wide variety of smart, new looks for his Fall 2017 Collection. The outerwear included sleek, reversible black leather coats, denim-blue mink, a swing coat in checkered wool and a shearling duster. For his elegant photo prints, Kriemler worked with the Canadian artist Rodney Graham. A six-photo self-portrait series, in which Graham shrugs on a coat, were printed on the backs of Kriemler’s closing pieces. Rounding out the collection were looks that have made Akris the go-to brand for the polished female corporate executive.
The Fall 2017 Collection by designer Derek Lam has you stylishly covered 24/7 with office wear, athletic wear and evening wear. Known for deluxe sportswear, he delivered uncomplicated clothes made special with unique touches. What stood out was Lam’s rich choice of colors and fabrics. The trench, one of his staples, was reinvented in tapestry jacquard and topped with a marmot fur collar. The pantsuit also was given a new look using a bold red floral-patterned velvet. One standout was a red ribbed-knit turtleneck paired with a lavender leather skirt, an unlikely but fabulous combination. Even the basic sweaters and jeans had a modern twist.
Husband-and-wife duo Stephanie Danan and Justin Kern have gained a loyal following with their Los Angeles-based womenswear brand Co. The couple define their design philosophy as “creating a line of luxury essentials that together form a considered, cohesive wardrobe.” Their 2017 Fall Collection blends elements of ease with polish and femininity with practicality. Danan and Kern have a talent for creating figure-flattering silhouettes as shown on cable-knit cashmere sweaters with gently padded shoulders and dresses with defined waistlines. One crowd-pleaser is a pants suit in a luscious brown velvet fabric, belted at the waist and covered in sparkling gold flowers.