Curvaceous evening elegance for spring/summer ’18
RENEE MINUS WHITE | 10/5/2017, 2:21 p.m.
“African American,” the spring/summer ’18 fashion collection designed by Frederick Anderson, brought out the best in 1970s styles with a 2017 finesse. The line is a continuation of the designer’s first collection, “Black Like Me.” In this show, held at The Townhouse, Anderson explores outdated labels in society and in the fashion industry. In hair styles, the big Afro is back!
When you look in the mirror over the years, you’ll notice changes in your shape and attitude toward clothing. Fashions have changed, too. For instance, in today’s wardrobe, you can blend sportswear, daywear and athletic pieces together. Of course, you must have an idea of the look you want for yourself, and know what looks good on you. All fashion rules are out the window. When it comes to mixing colors, styles and fabrics, just about everything goes. For the modern woman, balance is key. Blending looks together is important.
Anderson’s spring/summer ’18 collection has a touch of the earthy sexiness of the 70s juxtaposed with African travel influences. Think Pam Grier and the movie “Shaft,” the former with regard to the way the models were styled.
The color red seems to be a mainstay for spring/summer ’18. It embraces the vitality, wealth and aggression of the continent. There are activewear-inspired tops and shirts that are elegantly elevated in lace. These top pieces are also casually paired with crepe joggers. An elongated sleeveless red shirtdress becomes right for night. A bomber jacket tops the new suit look when he teams it with a lace top and box pleated skirt. Tweed and feather fringe add pizazz and a layer of playfulness to his slinky tailored sheaths and skirts.
For evening, sheer lace is treated for knit separates with a lace hoodie over a tank top. Together, they are a functional, yet fashionable, twin set. Anderson’s pleated gold lame halter top and matching palazzo pants ensemble was the show-stopper. You’ll love this look for a black tie event or entertaining at home. Good show!
In the news: On the FOX TV smash hit “Empire,” actress Phylicia Rashad wears b Michael’s American Couture. Harlem Haberdashery will host a celebration for the 25th anniversary of 5001 Flavors, starting Monday, Oct. 2, for one week at their retail expression boutique, located at 245 Lenox Ave. (at West 122nd Street), New York, N.Y. The installation will culminate with a cocktail reception that’s sponsored by Crown Royal Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The retrospective will feature numerous iconic fashion ensembles worn by some of their fashion-forward A-list clients. The installation originally made its debut at the Museum of the City of New York’s “Uptown Bounce.”