NYFW Runway Roundup 3

by Kristopher Fraser Photographed by Owen Hoffmann/PMC
Thursday, September 15, 2016

The second half of New York Fashion Week brought more chic and stylish offerings for spring/summer 2017. There was of course the guard of traditional designers who are New York Fashion Week staples like Jeremy Scott and Dennis Basso, and of course, the more up and coming designers like Marcel Ostertag and Raquel Allegra. AVENUE continues its round up of top designers of the week, as we celebrate the glory of New York Fashion Week.

Jeremy Scott

Jeremy Scott has always been known for doing things over the top. This collection was definitely uniquely him and over-the-top (he sent a jumpsuit in the shape of a record down the runway), he also decided to use a lot more black than he has in past seasons. In spite of his addition of the most staple neutral, there was still a lot of color and pop culture influences. Of course, there is nothing about a Jeremy Scott show that can ever be boring. Dresses had statements like “Rated X” on them, and there were plenty of unusual geometric shapes.

Dennis Basso

Who doesn’t love a little summer fur? Dennis Basso is one of the few designers who can work fur into a spring/summer collection so effortlessly, and not create anything that looks out of place. While dresses were wispy and suited for a summer evening night (his signature aside from fur is evening wear), they were adorned with just the right amount of fur for that vintage glamour appeal Basso is so well known fur. The inspiration for the designer’s collection was the World Voyager, and there was certainly something in this collection for everybody. The designer was also on trend with embellishments in his clothes like crystals and embroidery, which made his already luxurious designs look even more rich.

Marcel Ostertag

Thanks to being one of the four winners of the DHL exported program, German designer Marcel Ostertag was able to bring his collection to the United States to show at New York Fashion Week. His collection, which was a total of 45 pieces, was heavy on the blues, greens and whites with silhouettes and lines kept very clean. While the horse prints on the trench coats could stand to be edited out, the designer knows how to do a cohesive collection. Tiered dresses and blouses along with ruffles made for fine feminine touches that gave us some insight to his ability to really construct a garment.

Raquel Allegra and Assembly

If you thought you can’t be both chic and sporty, Raquel Allegra and Assembly New York were here to prove you wrong. Allegra, who is usually known for her laid-back, California style offerings, decided to get a bit more sporty this season. Allegra came together with designer Greg Armas of Assembly New York to put on a basketball for them to debut their collections.

Allegra’s works included moveable, wearable pieces like shift dresses, a kimono sleeve dress , and sport shorts. “One of my challenges was that I totally felt it wasn’t sporty,” Allegra said. “Somehow, my clothes were able to transform into a sporty look, and I’m glad I was able to dress these real women who are playing a basketball game.”

Armas, who’s always athletic wear friendly, decided to bring some color to the sportswear this season. Looks included checked flag cotton denim twills, nautical striped silks and army camouflage cotton. “I was looking at symbology in sports for this collection,” Armas said. “I wasn’t thinking about basketball from the get. That was a result of Raquel and I wanting to do something together. The collection was meant to honor sportswear and do something fun and interesting.”

For additional Fashion Week coverage, view our roundups from the beginning of the week here.


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