Despite the blizzard-torn streets of New York, fashion week started off with a dynamite detonation that shook us all the way down here in Winston-Salem. The effect would ripple throughout the week, with designers showcasing their creativity and redefining the language of fashion. Below are twenty-six of our favorite February runway moments.
A is for saying au revoir to Proenza Schouler. The brand made an official announcement shortly before the start of NYFW that the House would be moving its presentations to Paris “in order to pursue a business model more aligned to the realities of commerce today.” And though we’re sad to have them move, we’re happy that their designers will adjust according to the ever-changing industry that is fashion.
B is for these boots were made for walking. And while we’d mentally love to run, not walk, to snatch them off the e-commerce shelves, we college students with our ramen-noodle diet budget will have to wait and stare in the meantime.
Shoes from Oscar de la Renta, Libertine, and Thom Browne FW17 shows // Photos courtesy of Vogue.com & Elle.com
C is for clay pottery that outlined the runway at Tanya Taylor. Both the vases and fabric prints were hand painted. Thank goodness for models having excellent coordination.
D is for the disco ball-esque Swarovski crystal pantsuit that made its way down the Brandon Maxwell runway. With the show taking place 71 floors up, model Riley Montana, who was also the star of his Spring/Summer 17′ video campaign, resembled the New Year’s Eve ball dropping over all of Manhattan.
E is for Elvis-reimagined at Jeremy Scott. And who better to embody the rock star than Gigi strutting down a fur catwalk? Scott is known for his fun and humorous designs, but this collection took on a more “serious” tone.
F is for the falling frozen flakes that may have ruined some show-goers day’s, but it sure made for some great street-style photos.
G is for grab a cheetahlicious seat at John Varvatos fall menswear show. The print made its way down the runway on the designer’s cheetah biker jackets and and longline coats.
H is for Somali-American model Halima Aden representing Muslim women by wearing her hijab down the Yeezy Season 5 presentation. It’s nice to see that someone other than Kim is making headlines, and for more meaningful reasons.
I is for the ice babes of the Moncler Grenoble winter wonderland show that made us want Winter to never end. The roses that speckled the cold-weather performance gear defines this year’s weather conundrum.
J is for Oscar de la Renta and Monse joined at the hip. Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia, serving as creative directors for both luxury brands, presented the two collections in the same venue with the help of glittered curtain dividers and different runway paths.
K is for the koi fish (yes, I said fish) dangling from models mouths’ for the anonymously-directed new brand, Section 8. Perhaps taking their perception of “fish out of water” a little too far, the designers, whoever they may be, are certainly making an interesting splash into the fashion world.
L is for lacey dreams at Zimmerman. I first came across the Australian brand when studying abroad in Sydney and have since been attracted to the feminine fabrics with masculine undertones. This season’s collection effused Victorian days where the ladies playfully sipped tea on the porch by day and smoked cigars in their pinstripe pleated skirt suits at night.
M is for Bella Hadid’s memorable NYFW. Catching up with older sister Gigi, Bella is certainly one of the biggest names in fashion right now. The sister-duo walked together for Anna Sui, and Bella walked a total of 10 shows in a matter of one week. The versatility of her look—ranging from classic to rebellious—gives her the ability to be cast anywhere from Carolina Herrera to Alexander Wang.
N is for your not-so-typical models walking this season’s runways. For hundreds of years, sample-size models have dominated the industry (sometimes to the point of health concerns, with France banning ‘excessively thin’ models in 2015). Designers have finally begun to make sizes other than a 0 or 2 so international models, like Ashley Graham can rock the runway. Candice Huffine and Marquita Pring are new runway faces to look out for in upcoming fashion weeks.
O is for the orchid wall-flowers that veiled the entirety of the Ralph Lauren show both inside and outside the brand’s flagship store. This was Ralph Lauren’s second time experimenting with the “see-now-buy-now” concept; the collection attracted both the brand’s everyday Americana wearer, as well as models on the go.
P is for pajamas reimagined by Cinq à sept. Last year it was the two piece set. Now it’s the full-on robe. You couldn’t find a comfier night out if you tried. These pieces definitely makes for a great reverse transition outfit from post-work drinks to winding down with Netflix in bed.
Q is for rapper queen UNIQU3 opening the Chromat show. See her whole performance and the show here.
R is for raining rainbows at PH5. Giant white balloons levitating behind models were made to imitate clouds. Check out how to wear this year’s upcoming rainbow trend here!
S is for statement tees. Nothing new but all the more relevant, designers are using their clothing to voice their opinions about the current political climate.
T is for going topless at Adam Selman. Model Mona Matsuokat put her bouquet on display …. literally.
U is for upset we didn’t get the invite to Vogue’s 150th anniversary party hosted by the magazine’s Creative Digital Director Sally Singer. A-listers like A$AP Ferg and Imaan Hammam chatted it up while indulging on Ladurée macaroons and a Dom Pérignon champagne tower. Cake fights ensued shortly afterwards.
V is for velvet cutout leggings at Katie Gallagher. Can you see me working these in the gym? Yeah, me neither. But I would definitely take them to change into for post-workout drinks.
W is for a plastic-wrapped fur raincoat at Raf Simon’s first show as creative director for Calvin Klein. These neo-futuristic vibes make us want to splash in rain puddles more often.
X is for eX-convict (sorry, I tried), Jeremy Meeks AKA hot mugshot guy walking in Philipp Plein’s debut show in the lobby of the New York Public Library. And while getting arrested and having your mugshot plastered all over the internet may not get you a modeling gig, it certainly worked out well for Meeks.
Y is for all the yummy snacks we can’t wait to put in the new Jeremy Scott metal lunch boxes. Scott saved the fast food adornments this season (see his first collection for Moschino in 2014 and you’ll see what I mean) and instead chose something that brings everyone back to their childhood.
Z is for zero-frills at the Marc Jacobs show which took place in the Park Avenue Armory and outside on Park Avenue itself. Though Jacobs had a “strict” no-social media rule, it didn’t take long for the backdrop of speakers (which served only as decoration) to become one of the most Instagrammable photos of NYFW. Perhaps a clap-back towards all the criticism he faced last year after his almost all-white model cast flaunted pastel dreadlocks, Jacobs definitely had everyone talking for different reasons with his distinct presentation featuring fold-out metal chairs.