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NYFW Fall/Winter 2017 Day 5

As always, I’m in love with all the creations parading down a Zimmermann runway. For FW17, the brand presented us with well-balanced, sophisticated looks inspired by post-WWI college years in Sydney exuding optimism and youthfulness. Oriental motifs vs mannish checks, polka dots, tennis pleats to add depth, sheer vs woven, and the drop waist silhouette were notable elements in the collection. Bias cut was everything in these looks. Ethereal creations came in soft pink, yellow, and white accented with navy, burgundy, black. Features that I loved included the layered prints, metallic jacquard polka dots, lingerie influences, and striped suiting presented in an ultra-feminine way. Looking forward to be wearing their sporty Blazers, cricket vests that were reimagined as cocoon knit dresses, and Chinoiserie laser-cut gowns. The looks were complemented with school briefcases, nappa boots, hoop earrings, and palm cuffs. They are already coveted by a crowed of it girls who attended the shows and later gave us some cool Insta streetstyle snaps!

At Pier59 Studios, Katty Xiomara, a Portuguese designer born in Venezuela sent down the runway a very interesting and cohesive look including cat and owl motifs, sophisticated layering, and fluid, figure-elongating silhouettes. Hair was sleek and straight at the back with feathery and curly front crown. Graphic cat-eye and thick brow makeup added a modern touch to romanticism.

In the same venue, Mémère served as a collection that sounded perfect for any occasion and date on Valentine’s. Lace, scalloped hems, sheerness, frills, spaghetti straps and other lingerie-inspired details were served on a set strewn with fresh roses. Everything was ethereal and fairytale looking. The designer herself Sarah Julia LeBlanc was in the perfect romantic mood holding flowers and dance-posing to the photographers.

At Skylight Studios right after, Libertine was playful, sparkly and theatrical. A dazzling and colorful crowd clad in some of the brand’s most coveted embellished coats, jackets, and separates attended a show filled with optimism and a rebellious spirit. The dresses were referencing the 70s and music was a mix of rock and classical. Boys and girls on the catwalk were wearing leopard suits, sequined jackets, embellished and embroidered coats, graffiti-inspired pieces, and metallics, celebrating motif clash and layering; the freedom to express yourself through color! At the after party at Hotel Americano the designer himself set the tone dancing from the dexx. The view to the Empire building make for an imposing set!

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