In a very fun way, fashion week is like that purse you have which feels very reasonable at first until you stick your arm in and lose your own hand along with your keys, wallet, lip balm, marbles etc. Allow us to turn Mary Poppins’ bag into a clutch, then, with a single post.
Below, you can find all of Man Repeller’s NYFW one-sentence reviews in a single scroll. Maybe, when fashion week is over, we’ll even insert a GIF of balloons. Because don’t you have those in your purse, too?
The best part of Ralph Lauren’s collections always seems to be the very end when the man, the myth, the legend himself comes running out in his latest Americana-Western wares (this time was no different), but Fall 2017 also held a purple stunner of a red-carpet gown, kaftans for beachgoers who never dress down, ivory-colored jodhpurs and a silky, cinch-waist layering jacket — classic RL, yes (I’m always into that), but remember the classics can be styled to suit you. —Amelia Diamond
If nothing else (besides architectural and sometimes alien alternatives to the red-carpet-level ball gown), this season’s Delpozo collection is a good reminder that 1960s ski snoods should never have left, but they are always welcome back. — Amelia Diamond
For a heritage brand so known for its leather bags, outerwear is where Coach really excels; thick, rust-colored shearlings; cropped, furry-armed moto jackets; and a few floral-print puffers in brown make next winter feel doable and like, maybe this time I’ll finally pull off the rare art of February cool. –– Amelia Diamond
At Sally LaPointe, rather than live models, larger-than-life fashion GIFS on huge screens looped models in hand-stitched sequined skirts, a paper-light foil trench and black-tie pantsuits — sexy, feather-plumed, embroidered tuxedo alternatives (according to Sally, her customer tends to choose pants over dresses) — offering a unique solution to this whole Do We Even Need Fashion Shows vs. I Like to See The Clothes Move in Person conundrum. — Amelia Diamond
Zadig & Voltaire
At its first-ever fashion show in New York, Paris-based brand Zadig & Voltaire sent a stampede of bare legs and pants under dresses down the runway with Bella Hadid at the helm, cementing its status as your unofficial #TeamNoTights champion for fall 2017 and oh! also simultaneously alerting trend forecasters that hot pink is very much here to stay for the foreseeable future. — Harling Ross
3.1 Phillip Lim
If you’re looking for an excuse to wear fishnets on the top half of your body, to reconsider neoprene as a viable winter footwear fabric, to belt your coats and draw stripes across your socks and tights, look no further than Phillip Lim’s bomb-ass fall 2017 collection. I think white tights might be coming back. — Leandra Medine
Maryam Nassir Zadeh
Understated and cool as always, Maryam Nassir Zadeh showed spring clothes for fall — light, colorful fabrics in skin-baring shapes — all layered enough to feel apropos, a mix of tried-and-true (midi-length A-line skirts paired with smart coats and ankle boots, v Ivy League on her lunch break) and new (skirts over wide-leg pants and tall, studded boots with Bermuda shorts, v Leandra on her snack break). — Haley Nahman
Zimmermann offered its signature stamps of eyelet, floral-silk chiffon and tailored suiting — a combination perfect for fairies who mix business with pleasure — but the outerwear is where things got really special: shearling-trimmed coats, a custard-colored duster and embroidered trenches, all destined to be hot-ticket insulation come fall. — Harling Ross
Unpack Dion Lee’s FW17 suitcase and you’ll find outfit trappings for a full day of being alive: smart blazers for your 9-5, slinky mid-length slip dresses for dinner-hour shenanigans, velvet track pants and hoodies for so-good-to-be-home couch sitting and a bright orange shag coat for when you need to go to CVS to buy toothpaste. — Harling Ross
Among a host of retro references, Jonathan Simkhai had one timeless thing to say: women are powerful. The collars were high and aristocratic, like feminine armor but not stuffy, and the romantic silhouettes (corseted waists! strong shoulders! ruffly blouses!) harked back centuries, while studded leather, sharp tailoring and oversized denim brought it back to present day. — Haley Nahman
Attn! Attn! If your understanding of a woman who wears Jason Wu is one that is tough and thus gives zero fucks because she is so strong, guess what? She’s still bench pressing like 200 (in emotional weight, you know), but the exterior looks much softer; there are winter floral prints on mid-length asymmetrical silk skirts and matching cut-out tops, draped velvet dresses and pant sets, flimsy suiting and sheer black-tie dresses freckled in rhinestones as if to say, I’m finally ready to own this party. — Leandra Medine
Cushnie et Ochs
To the rhythmic pulsing of a woman repeating “the future is female,” Cushnie et Ochs did what it does best: celebrate the female form by wrapping it in something slinky and flattering that packs a commanding punch with just a single zip up the back; symmetry (or lack of it) was a distinct and signature focus (as were the geometric peeks of shoulder, rib and chest) and everything hung delicately against the body (V feminine) in the kinds of colors that have cute, springy names a la robin’s-egg blue, sunny yellow and peachy pink — good enough to eat, but maybe I’m just hungry. — Haley Nahman
Club Monaco showed its SS17 collection at the brand’s Fifth Avenue flagship (some of it available for purchase now, the rest of it with an accessible waitlist) before a mass of customers and editors. On walking display were the kinds of spring-ready pieces one could work into their wardrobe without any over-thinking, the best being a white jumpsuit with a scoop neck and wide legs; if you’re getting married in warm weather, there’s your rehearsal outfit. — Amelia Diamond
Brock kicked off the NYFW Fall 2017 show season with the wardrobe you’d wear if you were an extravagant, elegant woman sprawled out at her home in the countryside who listened to live classical music — and there was live “classical” music, but it wasn’t classic; string instruments played wordless versions of popular songs by The Pixies, Rihanna and Drake, a little reminder that the Brock woman may be fancy, but she’s also at the bar next to you drinking a beer. — Amelia Diamond
Creatures of Comfort
There’s a really specific millennial “cool girl” aesthetic that was partially started and is now being commanded by Jade Lai of Creatures of Comfort; this season, that means sparkle tube socks with sandal slides that look like emojis and otherwise quiet shoes rendered in shades of yellow, green, navy and burgundy, not to mention the silk and velvet pajama sets, sweaters worn as scarves and waist belts and really dramatic pockets that will hold your water bottles if a handbag just won’t cut it. I know this is sentence number two, but there were also T-shirts that read, “We are all human beings” — if you wondered whether politics would pour into fashion week, there it is: light pink, sky blue and everything. — Leandra Medine
Velvet, cashmere, silk, cable knit and suede are the ingredients that make Ulla Johnson’s FW17 collection go ‘round, resulting in a cozy autumnal soup of outfits I would recommend to anyone who loves taking fancy naps — and making me seriously rethink my aversion to the word “sumptuous” (a close cousin to moist, but acceptable when placed squarely in the context of deliciously livable clothing). — Harling Ross
Adam Selman did what he does best and paired pretty concepts (rose embroidery, glittering fabrics, evening dress silhouettes) with the sewn-in attitude of a girl who doesn’t wash her hair for weeks on end and 100% doesn’t care what you think about that. — Amelia Diamond
Runway photos via Vogue Runway and Getty Images. Feature photo via Getty Images.
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