Recognitions: The Hanger System

We like to think of our hangers as the “Michelin stars” of the fashion industry … only not quite as glamorous.

But first, a mild disclaimer. These are our opinions, and they are subjective. There are approximately 400 shows during fashion month, and we try to watch most of them. Of these 400 shows, about 80% are excellent. And there is at least one look in EVERY show that gets us excited (in fact, there are usually several).

But which shows command our attention the most, each season?

There are approximately 400 shows during fashion month, and we try to watch most of them.

Feel free to agree, disagree, and discuss with others. After all, the more we talk about fashion, the better it is for fashion.

FWO Recognitions Spring ’17

Superlative Collections

A collection worth watching and rewatching, indicating often superb designs. Distinctive looks are precisely executed, using superlative techniques. At the furthest end of the spectrum, a collection showcasing a groundbreaking vision; possibly a collection and / or a show even of historical note.

Comme des Garçons (Paris)
Chanel (Paris)
Christian Dior (Paris)

Exceptional Collections

A collection worth special attention, indicating excellent craftsmanship and / or a particular and unique vision, remarkably styled. Or, a truly exceptional collection of any kind.


Tom Ford (New York)
Elisabetta Franchi (Milan)
Anya Hindmarch‎ (London)
Thom Browne (New York)
Gucci (Milan)
Jacquemus (Paris)
Jourden (Paris)
Balenciaga (Paris)
Roberto Cavalli (Milan)
Dsquared² (Milan)

Outstanding Collections

A collection that stands out for the season, among many collections from many talented designers, showcasing looks presented to a very high standard.

Miu Miu (Paris)
Emilio Pucci (Milan)
Hermès (Paris)
Cristiano Burani (Milan)
Etro (Milan)
Mary Katrantzou (London)
Undercover (Paris)
John Galliano (Paris)
Mila Schon (Paris)
Fendi (Milan)
Prada (Milan)
Valentino (Paris)
Courrèges (Paris)
Paskal (Paris)
Maison Margiela (Paris)
Burberry (London)
Temperley London (London)
Issey Miyake (Paris)
Desigual (New York)
Uma Wang (Milan)
Jeremy Scott (New York)
Byblos (Milan)