LANYU, you will always be my first! This was my first time attending NYFW and it was the first show I attended. Internationally recognized Chinese-born designer Lan Yu’s namesake brand LANYU made a fabulous return to New York Fashion Week, with the runway debut of her Fall/Winter 2017 collection. Inspired by her mother’s hometown of Suzhou, the designer showcased 40 looks inspired by the city’s architecture and natural beauty. Drawing inspiration from these and her childhood memories, her collection incorporated soft mint and jade hues, as well as power pink and sky tones. The collection featured oversized coats and statement trousers offset by feminine dresses in LANYU’s trademark fitted silhouettes in luxurious fabrics such as jeweled tweed, marled wool, cashmere and silk on velvet with touches of leather and metal. Traditional Chinese Su embroidery and romantic details such as multicolored woven lace, butterfly patterns, dyed camel hair and gold embellishments on tulle appear on pieces representative of the dreamlike nostalgia the designer feels for Suzhou.