NYFW Runway Roundup 4

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Today may be the last official day of Fashion Week—in New York, that is—but we’re already reminiscing over the major looks seen down the runways and in presentations. Read on for some of our faves.

Vivienne Tam

“I dreamed about Houston every night after visiting there,” Vivienne Tam said backstage before the start of her spring/summer 2017 show. “It’s the most special city in America for all of its music, museums, science, technology and space. Together, it has such an amazing vibrancy.” Tam’s collection is inspired by her trip in June to the Texas city, where she was charmed by its rodeo influence and involvement with NASA. As a result, a collection of 43 looks were shown, relating to a “Western Cowboy” meets “Eastern Cowboy” theme. Plenty of space references are seen throughout, with denim and canvas jackets, off-shoulder tops, wide-legged pants and flared skirts—many with patches of the renowned space agency’s logo. Electrifying colors of orange, green, coral, red and blue complemented the cool tones of white, silver and black. “What I love is that Vivienne has integrated fabrics with prints and ornate details. We think she has captured the diversity of Houston,” said Mike Waterman, president of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau. To top it off, NASA astronaut Tracy Dyson kicked off the impressive show with a prerecorded broadcast from the International Space Station’s Mission Control in Houston.

Reem Acra

Fantasy became reality, if only for a moment, at Reem Acra’s spring 2017 show on Tuesday evening. Imagine flirty dresses with delicate 3-dimensional blossom accents and elegant gowns with wildflower embellishments coming down the runway, one after another. The looks were nonetheless unforgettable and look as if they belong in a secret garden or a beautiful dream. All in all, one thing’s for sure—the next red carpet season has Reem Acra written all over it.


Walking into the SUNO showroom on Tuesday exuded an unusual sense of zen in the midst of fashion week. Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty’s spring 2017 collection stayed true to the brand’s natural roots with pieces made from ethically sourced materials. Inspiration stemmed from 10 Mary Cassatt Japanese woodblock prints depicting feminine scenes such as a woman and a child and a woman composing a letter. From floral dresses to intricately embroidered tops and striped separates, the collection can be summed up in one word: ethereal. The soft color palette of inky blue, gold, coral and cream translate throughout the collection, including the slide-on flats and baby heels. The best part? Everything is so wearable, making us wish for spring to come sooner.

Lee Savage

Lee Savage brought a piece of Hawaii to Caelum Gallery, where she showed her spring/summer 2017 collection of handbags. “The inspiration is Polynesian Paradise,” said the New York City-based designer who honeymooned in Hawaii this year. Known for her minimalistic metal clutches with touches of architectural influence (thanks to years of studying interior design), Savage’s new collection takes note from the landscape of the tropical location and includes purple and coral pieces, as well as printed designs and of course, gold and silver styles.

Francesca Liberatore

Models walked down the runway to the catchy beats of “Sprawl II” by Arcade Fire during Francesca Liberatore’s show at Moynihan Station. Looks such as dresses in balloon shapes were shown, representing the messenger of the sky as well as a nod to the iconic 1950’s silhouette. The vivid color palette included fuschia, mandarin, turquoise and violet. The range of pieces indeed showed variety, yet was cohesive in the fact that they all represented Liberatore’s theme of freedom, elevation and celebration of women.

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


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by Debbie BancroftPhotographed by Griffin Lipson and Hunter Abrams/