FGI-Arizona Fall/Winter 2017 Trend Report Recap
Written by Dapzury Valenzuela, M.S.D. Associate Professor, Fashion Marketing & Management and Fashion Design, The Art Institute of Phoenix and Executive Member of FGI-AZ.
The Arizona Chapter of Fashion Group International presented the women’s ready-to-wear collection highlights for Fall/Winter 2017 straight from the catwalks of New York, London, Milan and Paris. The beautiful Arizona Opera hosted FGI members, guests, students and the local community to network and mingle with wine and light bites to talk all things fashion! Viewers were also treated with a tour of the Arizona Opera Atrium in downtown Phoenix (@azopera) after the DVD presentation by Helen Nosova, an in-house costume staff member and fashion instructor at The Art Institute of Phoenix.
Arizona Regional Director, Joanna De Shay of @blkrussianlabel, who also teaches in the fashion program at Ai Phoenix, began the presentation in her gregarious nature with excitement on the trends we were about to witness, and she was right! Fashion trends for Fall/Winter ’17 included layers of tulle and hints of lace by Elie Saab, Valentino’s big rib sweaters under sparkling dresses inspired by expressive modern dance, and Zuhair Murad’s models heavy with eye-liner and baby doll dresses enthused by Sixties femininity. My favorite was Lanvin’s Bouchra Jarra, who described the collection as the “tenderness and force” of women with longtime model Helena Christensen, who I remember admiring in the pages of Vogue as a young fashion student in LA. A few classics included Celine, who hasn’t changed its sleek and minimal signature style but did announce they finally joined Instagram! However, the future of fashion belonged to Karl Lagerfeld and his mission to remain at the top…literally!
The take-a-ways from the catwalk—Red is the color (besides chocolate brown, yes please!), fur, boots, cowboy inspired pieces, plaids, retro hats, collars, leisure suits, deconstructed classics, coats, and fishnets with florals, wide belts and mid-length skirts! These trends are a zeitgeist to reflect our political climate, experiences, the economy and more consumers (particularly, Millennials) demanding to purchase from social, ethical and environmentally responsible brands. Seeing so many of our own fashion students from The Art Institute of Phoenix at this event proves their desire to learn and one day contribute to this ever-changing industry! Thanks @fgi.arizona for hosting yet another great trend report!