The curtains have been drawn for New York Fashion Week, and let’s hear all the applause. What a show!
We had our wild anticipations but ended up having our expectations met. The week was packed with punch after punch of standout presentations and surprise shenanigans. It’s as if all designers agreed on one thing: to outdo one another.
Buzz, headlines, and social media tags, like dust, may be starting to settle, but it’s still about high time for the only updates you have to know now.
Givenchy Just Owned New York
It took an Italian designer for a renowned French fashion house to school New Yorkers about New York City. The date: Sept. 11. The setting: overlooking the Freedom Tower. Performance artist Maria Abramović dramatically welcomed guests to the pre-show (which Kimye missed ‘cause they were an hour late). Real drama then came when models came donning Givenchy’s greatest hits under the creative helmsman Riccardo Tisci. And the show, not being a stranger to mishaps, had two models stumbling—one of which is Victoria’s Secret angel Candice Swanepoel. The city has just started giving Givenchy its much-deserved New York City welcome.
Alexander Wang’s a Party
The Alexander Wang spring/summer show was actually a ticket to the biggest birthday bash in town. Yes, the brand just turned 10 and the afterparty happened immediately right after the show in the same venue—there was a Hooters-inspired club there, guys! But looks like someone went all-out on the guest list but not the actual show. Though the show sent down both men and women models for the first time, the Lower East Side cool collection wasn’t his personal best.
DKNY x Public School
As Public School became a more approachable brand, so did DKNY. Is it because the same creative directors now handle both brands? Vera Wang did tweet that “[it’s] not the same without [Donna Karan],” But this passing of the baton is the mark of a new era for DKNY in which Public School’s stamp is all over. Like peas in a pod, can we different these two brands from one another from now on?
Models stumbled and danced at Opening Ceremony
There’s no surprise when models trip as they walk down the runway. But at Opening Ceremony, they did so on purpose. Designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim worked with choreographer Justin Peck and seven dancers (who pretended to be models on the runway dressed in Opening Ceremony clothes) to stumble and suddenly break into dance. When asked, Humberto said, “I always felt like the runway march, there’s a specific way to do it—and I wanted to break it.”