Questions of New York Fashion Week: The Finale

by Kelly Laffey Photographed by Don Ashby
Friday, February 24, 2017
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We round out our fashion week coverage with the Marchesa show, which debuted its fall/winter 2017 couture collection on February 15.

The looks draw inspiration from Imperial China, with colorful metallic embroideries, fine silk tulles, chantilly laces, marabou feathers and fringe-detailing.

In attendance were Marchesa co-founders Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, as well as Fern Mallis, Mandy Moore, Petra Nemcova, Olivia Palermo, Coco Rocha and Olivia Culpo, while notable models Sara Sampaio and Georgia Fowler walked the show.

We chatted with Mallis, fashion guru and the former executive director of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Here, she reflects on the state of fashion today:


 What is the purpose of runway shows today?

There still is a business purpose at hand for a designer to present their vision in its entirety to their specific business audience of press, editors and retailers to decide what they’re buying. That’s what it’s always been about.


A women’s outfit isn’t complete without:

A last look in a full length mirror.


What do you think Fashion says about America these days?

I think fashion says a lot about everything. Fashion expresses what’s happening in the universe and the world. I think this week, we’re seeing a lot of people express frustration and anger. There’s been a fair amount of political fashion messages and that’s great, because this industry has a voice and they speak to a lot of people and it’s terrific when they use it.


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