Runway show venues, after party hotspots and a bevy of standout décor moments at this week's New York shows had us swooning over way more than just the clothes. From standout locations and historic unveilings to a plate-breaking dinner party, here were the design moments that stood out at NYFW SS17.
Tom Ford Re-Opened the Four Seasons Restaurant
Only a designer as legendary as Tom Ford could re-open a Manhattan landmark as epic as the recently retired Four Seasons Restaurant. The owners of the restaurant in New York's Seagram Building lost their lease after hosting celebrities, power brokers and the NYC elite for over half a century, and plan to move the historic eatery (and introduce a new design to those who loved its dramatic pool room) down the block in over a years time. The current restaurant location, now owned by Major Food Group (of Carbone, Santina and Sadelle's fame), closed its doors on July 16 to much upset, but Major Food Group and Tom Ford resurrected its glory for one night only, to launch another thing you can order à la carte – Ford's A/W16 2016 see-now, buy-now offering. Notables (from Naomi Campbell to Julianne Moore) flocked to view his latest collection over dinner at the Four Seasons, and can now shop the pieces at Net-a-Porter and Level Shoes.
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Bergdorf Goodman's New Main Floor
This NYFW, the iconic department store unveiled its new main floor – aka an accessories and jewellery haven. The streamlined, elegant and classic design complete with dozens of jaw-dropping chandeliers is clad in the most calming shade of greige, a muted homage to the shop's signature patinaed lavender hue. From innovative new windows featuring Rihanna's collection, Fenty Puma, and celebratory grand opening flower installations by Putnam & Putnam, NYFW marked the official opening of the perfectly designed and curated space to the public.
Saipua's Floral Installations
Floral mavens Saipua took to Ulla Johnson and Adam Selman's NYFW presentations to make them that much more romantic and dreamy. From one single central arrangement at Adam Selman to a floral maze crafted at Ulla Johnson to house the designer's latest neo-bohemian offerings, Saipua's florists were kept as busy during fashion week as they are during wedding season. The result? Stunning.
Bazaar's annual celebration of ICONS by Carine Roitfeld took place at the historic Plaza Hotel during NYFW. Designer David Stark transformed the palatial property into an intimate party – complete with multiple themed bars, rich red blooms, an Instagram-worthy flower wall and an ideal ambiance for a killer performance by September cover star Kanye West.
Brandon Maxwell's Russian Tea Room Runway
Brandon Maxwell chose one of New York's most iconic and opulent venues to reveal his string of strong eveningwear looks for Spring 2017. The front row at what is typically reserved for midtown Manhattan's most over-the-top events included Lady Gaga, Inez and Vinoodh, Naomi Campbell, Terry Richardson, Steven Klein and more.
Mansur Gavriel's Presentation
Minimalist accessories go-to Mansur Gavriel created a gallery in Manhattan's Chelsea neighbourhood for its Spring 2017 collection. Three rooms of accessories that introduced the brand's nine new bag styles and eight new shoe models were styled in vignettes ripe for the 'gram. Models clad in voluminous collared red dresses (which are not being produced) and red sandals lined the rooms to create a story of their own. This was one show where the design elements of the presentation were as strong as the design of the items themselves. Ever go to a museum and wish you could take home everything on display? This time, you can.
Sies Marjan @ The New York Bar Association
Considering the Dutch influence on the design world on the whole, it came as no surprise when designer Sander Lak introduced his brand, Sies Marjan, and its laid-back silhouettes and bold punches of colour for A/W16. The sharp focus on his aesthetic evolved and continued into his presentation for Spring 2017, which the designer showed at the New York Bar Association library. The clothes seemed to mimic the colours of the books on the shelves and the architecture itself, combining caramels and rusts with bold shots of salmon-y pink. Sies Marjan is new to the scene; if you aren't familiar with the brand, his show venue suggested that it might be smart to do your research.
Maryam Nassir Zadeh's 'Dinner Party'
Maryam Nassir Zadeh held her first runway show at NYFW in the form of a dinner party gone horribly wrong – and yet, so right. Gorgeous floral arrangements, a cornucopia of fresh fruit and stunning ceramic dishware were slowly trashed, broken and thrown across her mock dining room by models and friends of the brand clad in her Spring 2017 collection. The idea of striving for perfection was completely debunked by the clatter of broken dishes and grapes flying across the room, but completely epitomised the undone polish Nassir Zadeh has always been best known for.
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Yeezy Season 4
We've come a long way since Kanye West kicked off NYFW with Yeezy Season 4, complete with controversy, an editor-packed shuttle bus to the abandoned ruins of Roosevelt Island's Smallpox Hospital and a human installation by artist Vanessa Beecroft. Early call times, fatigued shapewear-clad models and long wait times aside, a visit to one of New York's historic sites and the views of the skyline certainly put Yeezy's show in NYFW's design and architecture highlight reel.
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