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Top Collections at New York Fashion Week (February 2017)

I’ve dreamed about going to Fashion Week for years now, but I know the glitz and glamour isn’t quite the scene for an amateur college girl who still shops at Forever 21 sales racks and only fantasizes about couture and real diamonds. It’s an expensive, hectic week that I’m not sure I’ll ever get a chance to experience. I’ve read tons of great blog posts this week from some of my favorite fashion bloggers about the good and the bad of Fashion Week (check out Courtney‘s great post about the topic), so for now I’m content to live vicariously through my fellow fashionistas. For this month’s NYFW, I obsessively refreshed Vogue for live coverage of all the shows and swooned over every look from the comfort of my bed (in pajamas, since we’re being honest). Major trends I noticed were menswear-inspired cuts for fitted trousers and structured jackets, deep dark colors, intriguing necklines, colorful stripes, and high leg slits. Keep an eye out for these trends when you check out my top favorite Fall 2017 Ready-To-Wear collections, all photos courtesy of Vogue:

Badgley Mischka: Full of extravagant embellishments and nipped waistlines, this collection oozes feminine power. The gowns are gorgeous with different silhouettes and necklines while the pant sets are chic and impressive.

Bibhu Mohapatra: Focused on cool jewel tones of burgundy and emerald, Mohapatra played with luxurious textures of velvet and silk. The architecture of each design pulls the eye in and doesn’t let go.

Brandon Maxwell: The young designer kept it cocktail chic with black-and-white motifs, basic knit separates, irresistible cut-outs arranged on simple but sexy dresses, and luxe skirts.

Christian Siriano: Siriano’s 70s-inspired collection was a hit with palettes of burnt orange and light pink coming together to create business-casual pairings and posh gowns with extra oomph-factor.

Cushnie et Ochs: Coming up on a decade of designing, Cushnie et Ochs presented a refined collection of slip dresses and bodycon looks in cool pastel tones where they experimented with detail in various shapes and cut-outs at each neckline.

Delpozo: Color and architecture drive Delpozo’s collection, looking like modern art on the runway. Motifs of bright stripes and sprinklings of flowers decorate each outfit along with industrial elements of thin zippers and thick buckles.

Jenny Packham: A nod to British identity, Packham’s collection was full of classic femininity mixed with light punk edge, accomplished by dazzling pearls, structured jackets, subtle plaid, and shimmering crystals.

Jonathan Simkhai: Simkhai’s goal is to empower women through fashion and he does just that with elaborate lace dresses, tapered trousers with simple matching tops, and an overall feel of power and elegance colliding.

Marchesa: This collection was dominated by Red Carpet worthy designs, wispy tulle cascading around lovely detailed gowns. Color made an impact too with multi-colored tassels and other pops of rainbow.

Naeem Khan: This collection was a major experiment for Khan and it paid off. Each look was dripping with extravagant detail, from a regal embellished ball gown to a colorful printed jumpsuit and more.

Nicole Miller: Miller’s collection was a throwback to 90s grunge (flannels tied around the waist, heavy patterns, and dark boots) mixed in with modern feminine motifs of florals and fur.

Oscar de la Renta: Gorgeous evening dresses filled this collection, representing all kinds of elegance with classic ballgowns, patterned black-and-white minis, and sexy strapless dresses with drapery detail and rhinestones.

Pamella Roland: Roland is queen of eveningwear. Decadent colors of red wine and purple hit the runway in opulent flowing gowns, watercolor stripes, and rhinestones tucked at the waistlines.

Tadashi Shoji: Regal patterns of gold brocade mixes well with head-to-toe lace in Shoji’s dark color palette, summoning themes of medieval femininity with chic bow collars and pretty patterned separates.

Vivienne Tam: Tam’s collection is strong and confident with menswear-inspired separates like dark trousers and loose bombers, leaving hints of sparkle in a velvet drape dress or swishy skirt.

Let me know in the comments below which collections and designers you fell in love with this February New York Fashion Week!

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