New York Rainbow: Spring 2017

A look from every colour of the rainbow–all from the Spring 2017 collections from New York–based female designers!

RED

Above: Rosie Assoulin Spring 2017

ORANGE

Above: Tory Burch Spring 2017

YELLOW

Above: Reem Acra Spring 2017

GREEN

Above: Norma Kamali Spring 2017

BLUE

Above: Protagonist Spring 2017

INDIGO

Above: Victoria Beckham Spring 2017

VIOLET

Above: Warm Spring 2017

 

All images from Vogue Runway.

Straight-Off-the-Catwalk Halloween Costumes

Check out these straight-off-the-catwalk looks that are as Halloween costume-y as they are haute couture. Bonus–all of these looks are by women!

CHEERLEADER

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Above: colourful, collegiate fun much? Straight from Anna Sui’s Spring 2017 collection.

1920S SOCIALITE

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Above: Good for Myrtle Wilson or Jordan Baker perhaps. Alberta Ferretti Limited Edition Spring 2016 Couture.

CLUSTER OF RED BLOOD CELLS

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Above: For those of you who favour something more conceptual, why not this Fall 2016 Comme des Garçons look?

AMBASSADOR FROM THE FUTURE

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Above: for you spacey, forward-thinking types there is this beautiful look from the Zimmermann Fall 2016 show

BEETLEJUICE

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Above: All you need is this Alice + Olivia Spring 2016 suit–let your hair and makeup do the rest

FOLKTALE HEROINE

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Above: Not sure which heroine exactly, but its a vague-enough costume name to wear this beautiful Reem Acra Spring 2016 dress.

THOROUGHLY MODERN WITCH

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Above: Nobody does witchy like Wendy Nichol. This dress is from her Spring 2016 collection, but pretty much anything from any collection will do.

BOTH GARDEN & GARDENER

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Above: Another more conceptional costume. You’ll definitely turn heads in this wild Vivenne Westwood Spring 2016 ensemble–just look at the beekeeper hat!

RAVER PROM QUEEN

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Above:…or whatever name you can think of that will suit this wild, fun ensemble from Betsey Johnson Spring 2016 that is too fun to pass up.

ICE QUEEN

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Above: You’re cool, you’re regal, you’re wearing Alberta Ferretti Limited Edition Fall 2015 Couture for Halloween.

Bibliostyle: Helen Oyeyemi’s “Boy, Snow, Bird”

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Above: Betsey Johnson, Spring 2016.

A company that specialized in cocktail mixers had put a call out for blondes (lots of blondes, most shapes, shades, and sizes! Tell your friends!) to act as hostesses for their Valentine’s Day soiree. It was a one-off, an evening cruise on Lake Quinsigamond in a party boat, but the money was good, so I picked up the telephone around the corner from the soda fountain and gave my dress measurements to a decidedly unfriendly receptionist who instructed me to be at the club at four p.m. the following Friday.”You’d better not eb lying about those measurements, by the way. This party is for the big-shot investors, and the bosses want to make sure that these investors like what they see. So if you don’t fit into the dress, we’ll have ready for you, you’ll have to go home.” […]

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Above: Rodarte Spring 2016.ReemAcra_Fall2015

Above: Reem Acra Fall 2015

I was one of about a hundred blondes who showed up at the dock that afternoon, and none of us got sent home–in fact, quite a few of us found that our violet chiffon dresses were too loose, evidence of the prune juice diets we’d been on ever since we’d heard the secretary’s malignant warning.

– from Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

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Above: Rebecca Taylor Fall 2015

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Above: Lela Rose Fall 2015

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Above: Cushnie et Ochs Spring 2016

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Above: Alberta Ferretti Spring 2016

Inspired by Art Herstory: Kukula’s “Haute Debutantes”

 

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Above: Riri’s Chamber by Kukula. Image found here.

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Above: Ulyana Sergeenko Spring 2014 Couture

This is like the ultimate Art Herstory mashup–Nataly Abramovitch, aka Kukula, paints debutantes in haute couture. Not just of her imagination–as you can see, some outfits are directly inspired by the couture designs (Ulyana Sergeenko is clearly a favourite for Kukula).

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Above: The Three Graces by Kukula, image found here.

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Above: Alberta Ferretti Spring 2015

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Above: Marchesa Spring 2015

Kukula was born in Tel Aviv, and is currently based in the U.S. With regards to her dream-prom aesthetic, Kukula’s website notes:

Kukula’s paintings center on feminine, doll-like figures, often surrounded by objects with sometimes clear, sometimes obscure symbolic meaning. The work registers the influences of both classical European art forms and contemporary pop culture. In her figures’ poses Kukula recalls traditional portraiture, yet the style is manifestly modern and pop-influenced. Kukula’s compositions thereby disclose her personal struggles as mediated by a rich multi-cultural heritage.

-statement found here

 

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Above: The Guardian by Kukula. Image found here.

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Above: Ulyana Sergeenko Spring 2013 Couture

With regards to this series of Haute Debutante paintings, High-Fructose quotes Kukula commenting on her subjects:

“A haute debutante is not an especially rich brat. She may or may not wear haute couture at all. She does take upon herself the task of appearing in the world in a certain way, a way that takes the art of dress seriously. But neither is she bound by the claustrophobic mannerisms of the traditional debutante cotillion. She is haute – above all that. Her knowledge and skill provide her a basis for creativity, allow her to transcend the accepted conventions. The haute debutante aspires to create a world of her own.”

– from High-Fructose here

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Above: Reem Acra Pre-Fall 2015

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Above: Marchesa Spring 2016

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New York Rainbow: Fall 2015

Just like we did for the Spring 2015 shows, here is the best looks per colour of the rainbow for a little ROY G. BIV inspiration. The best part? All of these outfits are from design houses headed by women!

RED

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Above: Reem Acra Fall 2015 

ORANGE

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Above: Victoria Beckham Fall 2015

YELLOW

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Above: Josie Natori Fall 2015

GREEN

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Above: Nicole Miller Fall 2015

BLUE

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Above: Diane von Furstenberg Fall 2015

INDIGO

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Above: Lela Rose Fall 2015

VIOLET

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Above: Zimmermann Fall 2015

Want more Fall 2015 runway inspiraiton? See all of our favourite looks from New York York Fashion Week for the Fall 2015 shows here.

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