NYFW FW 2017 Day One – Rebecca Minkoff, Jeanette Limas, Style Fashion Week, Nicole Valentin

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The first day of NYFW FW2017 dropped quite a load on us. The snow (what did you think it was?) didn’t stop until roughly 3:20 making any shows during the day a mute point. Honestly, the commute didn’t really improve in the evening and walking in four inch platforms was a non-starter. As a result, quite a few of the chic crowd probably stayed put or covered shows from across the nation. We will hopefully see things improve some by Saturday, but here’s the lowdown on the emerging designers we were fortunate to see on the first day of fashion week.

Rebecca Minkoff

I’m really starting to love Minkoff. Between the somewhat affordable clothing, the support of technology and emerging designers and the welcome embrace of its customers as a fashion community, the brand is hitting all the right notes to be a hot label and year round media mentions prove that point. This is the second time in the past six months I’ve been at the Soho store and each time it feels a tad more welcoming.

In continuing with the trend they began last year, looks from their show just a few minutes earlier available to shop. As always, the energy in the room was great and love how Rebecca Minkoff continues to present their show in the most approachable format possible. The continued used of top fashion bloggers and influencers like Aimee Song (or like Chriselle Lim last year) still feels fresh in the face of staid faced models found all over NYC at this time. Maybe it’s the weather. Either way their Spring 2017 presentation is available for viewing right now on the website. Here are a few looks that we loved:

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Rebecca Minkoff’s first look of the show featured a bouncy floral dress perfect the the West Coast girly spring vibe.

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The New Yorker in me couldn’t help but love this black halter dress, which could be paired with a blazer or sweater for a casual chic office or lunch look.

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The 11th look of the show featured a white dress that would feel so at home for a casual brunch with the girls.

Jeanette Limas

Jeanette chose a very cool location to present her AW 2017 collection at El Barrio’s Artspace in East Harlem. Unfortunately due to the weather and it’s location (East 99th Street) getting there was easier said than done, especially as many designers would present near Midtown or downtown in the SOHO area. Thus we weren’t able to make it up there, but I can say with certainty that Jeanette is a designer we will be watching (and hopefully profile one day soon).

A simplistic explanation of Jeanette Limas is luxury elegance which honestly does the brand a slight disservice. At a glance, one would believe Jeanette was educated by ateliers at Central Saint Martin’s or Parsons (where she eventually finished her education), but the Dominican designer started her education at The Mercy Jacquez Institute in the Dominican Republic. Jeanette was a classic example of falling in love with fashion at an early age, creating her first dresses from curtains in her mother’s home.

Chestnut Brown, Medium Gray, Black, Maroon. One-shoulder, off-shoulder, cutout. Luxury, Feminine, Elegant, Modern. Regardless of the adjectives used to describe Jeanette’s collection, one is probably right and the stunning silhouettes created by the beautiful garments only served to draw more attention to the detailing of the garments, from the french collars on the crisp buttoned shirts to the symmetrical triangles the cutouts created. Suffice to say, Jeanette isn’t afraid to embrace the female body. In fact, she seems emboldened by it.

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This maroon halter dress was definitely one of my favorite pieces of the collection, equally at home in the House of Versace or Oscar de la Renta.

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Jeanette’s incredible awareness of the female figure was in full effect with this beautiful one-should LBD.

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An olive-chocolate halter dress? Who knew such a combo could be so sexy.

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Model Fior Mendez seen in this lovely chocolate off-shoulder dress.

Image credits for the above photography belong to Sheldon Walter. Pretty good work.

We’re looking forward to the opportunity to see and hear a little more from the label in the near future and definitely appreciate the invitation. Her AW 2017 represented only her third showing at NYFW, however it’s clear Jeanette brings the poise and commercial creativity of far more established labels.

Style Fashion Week

Lets start by saying Style Fashion Week continues to improve year after year while becoming more and more of a storytelling platform for designers and a gigantic media draw for those involved. Anchored by recognizable stalwarts like Malan Breton and continuing to build a media circuit that spans the globe, there is literally no production like it. For two reasons.

Firstly, Style Fashion Week this year was held in Madison Square Garden. That in and of itself may not sound like much, but the first day of show is completely free to the public. Although dominated by industry and more affluent fashion enthusiasts, the production is open for anyone from a junior high school student to a great grandma to see. The real value here lies in the marketability for the designers as they are able to be exposed to a wide audience.

Secondly, the production is generally very supportive of media types, allowing anyone from budding photophiles to seasoned editors to attend and capture the experience.

We arrived in time for M the Movement, a fresh mix of grungy and minimalist streetwear. While the distance of the runway from the press pit (definitely one of the odd parts) and the number of photographers made this difficult overall, here are a few looks from his previous presentation we liked:

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Oversized turquoise green shirt by M the Movement. Photo credit: Jeff Linett Photography.

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Oversized scarf with green pinstriped blazer by M the Movement. Photo credit: Nguyen Tran Photography.

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Lovely gray body fitting dress with cape from M the Movement. Photo credit: Nguyen Tran Photography.

Valentin Nicole

Valentin Nicole’s presentation was held on the ground floor of the Double Tree Hotel near Times Square. Not knowing of the label previously made it difficult to know exactly what to expect as well as this being our first interaction with that PR team.

One interesting component was the distance separating the media riser from the stage. There was maybe four feet and the distance from the front rows even less. I wasn’t sure if this was done purposely or just due to spacial limitations, but it definitely ensured photographers captured all the detail, an interesting layout for runway. Yes this was the very definition of an intimate show and the designer we were most proud to cover today.

Valentin’s collection provided the first glimpse of what we are now seeing as a trend from the runways of Desigual and Nicholas K with mesh and sheer tops juxtaposed against solid leather / leatherette bottoms, sometimes paired with a leatherette top.

The collection seemed to be following a story moving from the sheer / mesh tops to loose checkered patterned (think lumberjack) garments to tiny black and white checker patterns back to solid orange red. Its unfortunate that Nicole’s program didn’t say much more about the collection or it’s inspiration, but overall very impressed with the entire production.

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The opening look featured a satin track jacket with mesh sleeves, perfect for a fall jog.

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Tossing in a bit of Americana with the checkered shirt-dress and just a touch of sexy from the braless model.

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Valentin Nicole’s presentation screamed feminine confidence and the mesh pairings were very on trend.

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A beige blazer with blue lapes over a mesh top. Definitely for the fashion forward.

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This beautiful backless red gown closed the show for Valentin Nicole.

Excited for what Day Two will bring, but this definitely will be a long weekend.