New York Fashion Week Day 4: Self-Portrait & the New American Woman

Self-Portrait Creative Director Han Chong chose to give his audience a more intimate display of his SS17 collection, presenting it in three separate shows. The result: a front row view of familiar silhouettes that incorporated design-forward details in a playful feminine color palette. Chong’s winning moments were also his most effortless, from off-the-shoulder ruffles, chic striped shirting and trousers as sharp as the collection’s pointed-toe ankle strap heels.

A collective draw of the iPhone proved that a mustard yellow short-sleeve shirt never looked better than now, paired with a tobacco tan high-waisted trouser. If it wasn’t for the black patent-leather shoes and the model’s Joan Jett hair, the look could’ve belonged to a mid-century Palm Springs pool party. But that was the point.

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This fashion week is bigger than New York. It’s about re-writing the codes of American style, because it’s much needed, inevitable, and so relevant, as we eagerly await Raf Simons’ Calvin Klein debut and, more importantly, Hillary Clinton’s ticket to The White House.

Self-Portrait sought to do just that, and in doing so created a dynamic woman confident in her own sensibilities, at ease in her own skin. And if the collection didn’t make it clear, the show’s closing to the Muddy Magnolias’ “American Woman” sure did.

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