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Runway Rundown: OAK Delivers Dive Bar Disco Vibes en Masse [NYFW]

OAK’s Fall RTW 2017 presentation took a delightfully grunge turn this season, filled with biker-esque clothing, dive-bar-disco vibes, and blue collar babes galore, for a retro show to remember. Models donned biker gloves, large 70s-style glasses, and slicked back hair which gave the presentation a youthful, albeit dark vibe, for an event reminiscent of San Junipero by way of Black Mirror. On the surface, this collection screams hard-edged but, aiming for a motive, one must ask: is she here to find love and be a heartbreaker, or is she here to get the job done? Such is the narrative of this season’s OAK woman.

The collection feels connected to a modern conversation through the image of a familiar, somewhat simpler time. None of the clothes are too fitted and it all reads appropriately neutral (think camel-wool coats and corduroy cropped trousers and shorts, as well as some black denim). A couple of the garments are emblazoned with the “WONTSTOP” mantra, which reads as a testament to the working woman and the evolving role this current wave of feminism plays in society (and fashion) today. Simply put: power doesn’t exist in these garments themselves but in the individual who chooses to wear them. Now that’s one mission statement we can certainly get behind in 2017.  

Stay tuned to Milk for more from the front lines of NYFW.

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