New York Fashion Week Spring ’17: Narciso Rodriguez Thankfully Tunes Out The Trends

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We were on the verge of trend overload. The Narciso Rodriguez New York Fashion Week Spring 2017 collection was thankfully void of all the expected spring trends that have been ever-present on the runways this past week. Not to say those trends are not appreciated and coveted by the fashion masses, however there was an understated elegance and simplicity that graced Rodriguez’s stage that was truly timeless. If you were to look at his collection 20 years from now or 20 years ago, you wouldn’t be able to put a date stamp on these looks; just as impeccably designed clothes should be.

The simplicity of the collection was reflected in not just the styles and silhouettes, but the colors as well. The color story stuck strictly to black, white and gray with just a few pops of orange and blue to keep it interesting. Pieces included shift dresses that fell loosely from the body, skirts with sleek hemlines that fell just above the knee, necklines with deep v cuts and conversely with modest scoop necks, loose-fitting straight-fit trousers, and classic overcoats. Hints of sheer fabrics kept the collection in line with the spring trend but in an elegant way that didn’t scream “trendy”. One of his most interesting choices was to embellish what would normally be a simple shift dress, with your run-of-the-mill hardware store washers. Something that from a distance was completely undetectable and up close made for an unconventional surprise.

Fabric choices were kept simple and clean with silk, linen and cotton. Accessories and styling was kept to the bare minimum which complimented the minimalist collection and Rodriguez’s intentions perfectly. In pulling a quote from regarding his collection, Rodriguez stated, “It’s getting louder and more distracting and more confusing. For me, it’s a moment to bring it back to the clothes.” Looking at this collection, I think that’s exactly what he did and did it well. God bless him for ignoring the noise.

Some of the standout pieces for me were the sheer white silk asymmetrical drape top paired with matching pants, the orange loose-fitting boat neck top paired with the black tuxedo pants with contrasting gray silk stripe, and the black deep v-neck silk gown with washer embellishments.

–Carmen Turner


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