The Top Trends From New York Fashion Week Autumn 2017

I loved that many designers were paying serious attention to the career woman this season because, let’s face it, we are all career women! Finally we were treated to designs that any woman would feel comfortable in walking down the street, and which were versatile enough to take her from the office to dinner and even worn on the weekend. Ready To Wear, in the true sense of the term, does mean a style that can go straight from the runways to the street but unfortunately many designers seem to have forgotten this. However, Victoria Beckham deserves a big hand for her efforts in creating a collection that I would categorise as real RTW, and credit must also go to Calvin Klein, Michael Kors and Ryan Roche. 

As you would expect there were a number of designers whose clear intention was to make a statement, for example Thom Browne’s eccentric shapes paraded amongst a fabric covered monochromatic forest set. On the whole, however, I felt the majority of designers pared back their collections, perhaps in reaction to the uncertainty that the state of American politics has inflicted on the world. Many presented thoughtfully restrained collections showcasing minimalism at its finest with layering, strong lines, structured coats and jackets in minimal, friendly colours palettes of charcoal, black and white, or tone-on-tone neutrals. 

Speaking of neutrals, let’s talk about caramel, biscuit and nougat! This palette of colours is fit for a desert buffet and it seemed that everyone wanted to join the feast! Local label Zimmerman’s signature printed georgettes shone in a "softly does it" neutral palette, while The Row's latest collection also sung to the tune of neutrals with camel, bitter chocolate and crisp white featuring in a range of versatile shapes such as that hero belted trench. And with the neutrals ruling the runways, if there’s one message that was abundantly clear it’s that you definitely need a camel jacket in your life!