Although some of the New York Fashion Week heavyweights—namely Tom Ford, Tommy Hilfiger, and Ralph Luaren—have opted out of the schedule this season, there were no short of talk-worthy moments that made the event that bit more exciting and special. Below are some of the highlights of the week:
1. The surprise performances
While most brands usually rely on banging soundtracks to set the mood of the show, (surprise) live performances were a common theme on the runways this round. There were Hayley Williams at Carolina Strada; masked country singer Orville Peck at Michael Kors; and Debbie Harry of Blondie who closed the Coach show with punk-rock band The Coathangers.
2. Leslie Jones’ cheer at Christian Siriano
It’s official: Leslie Jones is the hype-woman we all need in our lives. At Christian Siriano’s Autumn/Winter 2020 show, the Saturday Night Live comedian gave some of the best reactions from the front row as models walked down the runway in the designer’s Dadaism art movement-inspired designs. The star gave an extra shout-out to supermodel Coco Rocha as she closed the show, screaming “Yas Coco! Yas baby!” from her seat—we don’t know about you, but she might just be the best guest this fashion month.
3. Navarro cheerleaders made their fashion week rounds
While there’s Leslie Jones at Christian Siriano, there are the Navarro cheerleaders—Gabi Butler and Lexi Brumback of hit Netflix series Cheer—at Tory Burch and Brandon Maxwell. At the latter’s show, the duo “mat talked” the models during the entire show, cheering them on and complimenting them as they walked past.
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4. Rodarte’s gothic glamour
After a 18-month hiatus, Rodarte is back on the NYFW schedule this season, and creative directors (and sisters) Laura and Kate Mulleavy’s comeback is well worth the wait. The St. Bartholomew’s church was the perfect venue for their Dracula-inspired collection (Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 adaptation of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel, to be specific), and the gowns—that strike the right balance between dreamy and gothic—were so beautifully and intricately designed, it’s a (vampire) princess dream come true.
5. Miley Cyrus at Marc Jacobs
Marc Jacobs closed out New York Fashion Week with a collection that celebrated chaos and form, and amongst the 90 dancers and 50 models line-up, celebrity and longtime friend of the brand, Miley Cyrus strutted down the show-set in a monochrome bra-and-trousers ensemble. Will there be more star appearances taking over the catwalk this season? We’ll find out as London Fashion Week is now underway.
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