NYFW Spring 2017: A Brief Recap

Whenever I sit down to write a fashion recap of any sorts, I feel like an impostor. This is because I do it with all the authority that a male politician has on deciding women’s healthcare; that is to say, none at all.

I am a self-proclaimed fashion blogger with a background in various forms of journalism, none of which include actual fashion. I don’t ever want to meet Anna Wintour because I think I would promptly faint. For dinner tonight, I had the heel piece of bread with jam spread on it. And not even the good kind. It was Smuckers.

I’m telling you all this as a kind of disclaimer: I have zero connections to the fashion world (yet), and on most days even have questionable qualifications as an adult. So talking about fashion week is always weird for me because I feel like I’m not eligible to give my opinion on it, despite the fact that I used up all the data on my phone watching Snapstories and live streams of the shows.

But then I remember that this is my blog, I love fashion, and (because I’m a millennial!) am entitled to my opinion. So here we go: this is my recap of New York Fashion Week 2016.


The Modern Trench

NYFW ss 2017 trend: trench coat |www.whatkumquat.com
as seen at: Dion Lee, Creatures of the Wind, Cinq a Sept, Tibi

Sleeve Slits

NYFW ss 2017 trend: split sleeves |www.whatkumquat.com
as seen at: Prabal Gurung, Sies Marjan, Lacoste, 3.1 Phillip Lim


NYFW ss 2017 trend: yellow |www.whatkumquat.com
as seen at: Tibi, Lela Rose, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Sies Marjan


NYFW ss 2017 trend: pinstripes |www.whatkumquat.com
as seen at: Brock, Monse, Carolina Herrera, Rag & Bone


NYFW ss 2017 trend: ruffles |www.whatkumquat.com
as seen at: Rosie Assoulin, Zimmermann, Tome, Ryan Roche



NYFW ss 2017: Tibi |www.whatkumquat.comTibi makes it clear that it’s all about dat waist, bout dat waist (sorry I had to). Clean, modern cuts dominated this collection and I want everything. The pouffy sleeves and high waists are all I ask for in my sartorial selections. Unfortunately this is a pipe dream as I’d have to sell all my shoes to be able to afford one singular shirt, but as Cinderella once said: one day my paycheck will come, and when it does I know what I’m using it on.

NYFW ss 2017: Lela Rose |www.whatkumquat.comLela Rose presented a groundbreaking concept in the world of fashion week shows: actual wearable fashion! In an industry seemingly dedicated to outdoing the competition’s asymmetrical paillette trousers via asymmetrical paillette bodysuits worn backwards, it’s refreshing to see simple clothes that are just so good. Seriously digging these retro Riviera vibes too.

NYFW ss 2017: Zimmerman |www.whatkumquat.comZimmermann described the aesthetic of the show as “sexy pirate” which is really all you could ever want from a collection. Romantic, ruffled, and with an almost aspirational attention to detail, these are the clothes to wear if you ever want to feel like you should be running in the rain to meet your lover (probably named Jean Claude) on top of the Eiffel Tower before he leaves forever to marry another woman, the bastard.


Tommy x Gigi

Because, Gigi. I think this may be the most effort anyone has ever gone into for a runway show; they built a full-on carnival on the pier, for God’s sake. Besides the usual classic-bordering-on-nautical styles, you could definitely see Gigi’s influence in some of the younger and athleisure pieces.

Rebecca Minkoff

Because she used real people! Not just models! She incorporated some of the industry’s top influencers and commanded the streets of NYC as her literal runway, because she’s freaking Rebecca Minkoff and can do as she very well pleases. The effect was a show that emulated her usual cool-streetstyle-vibe to a T.


  1. I love Zimmermann! That collection is so gorgeous!

  2. I’ve been so out of the loop this NYFW; I feel like every year it’s less about fashion and more about celebrities. But oh, the Zimmerman collection is definitely right up my alley – so dreamy and feminine!

  3. Trench coats are so classy and I love pinstripes and ruffles, so cute!


  4. Slit sleeves are SO gorgeous! I’m so happy they’re trending. I loved the Rebecca Minkoff show too – it was so casual yet classy!

  5. Haha I absolutely loved your opening to this post. I think you nailed it 🙂

  6. Love these chic look, especially all of the yellow. And I love that about Rebecca Minkoff! That makes me think a lot more of her and her brand.

  7. Ah, pinstripes and trench coats! I love it.


  8. Yellow is my favorite color, so I’m pretty thrilled that it’s “in” now. I’ve always loved the look of trench coats. I have an ivory-colored one that I’ve had for years, so now I guess I’ll finally look like I’m hip with the trends haha.


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