In a week full of daring designs and much-welcome surprises, chic florals, eye-popping shades of green and cutting-edge glamour ruled the runways.
The shows (almost) overshadowed the clothes
Never have the venues been so creative and grand! Ralph Lauren threw a Gatsby-esque black-and-white ball on Wall Street, where the martinis flowed while Janelle Monáe took her performance to the tabletops. Repping the Blonds, Billy Porter dominated the stage at “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” wearing a glitter bodysuit and belting out “Lady Marmalade.” But it was Kerby Jean-Raymond’s band, Pyer Moss Tabernacle Drip Choir Drenched in the Blood, that raised the bar higher than ever with a Sunday-night performance at Kings Theatre.
Twins were trending
Sets of identical siblings made surprise appearances on the runways at Kith, Kate Spade, Sandy Liang and Collina Strada. Double the fashion, double the fun.
The style set had an unlikely breakout star
Kermit the Frog! Everyone’s favorite Muppet took a turn in the limelight as the face of @fashionweekfrog, a brand-new Instagram account devoted to memes that perfectly captured the daily drama at NYFW. Witty, on-point and run by an industry insider, every post is truly a #mood.
Designers were green with envy (and environmentalism)
While many shows acknowledged the importance of being earth-friendly, shades of green sprouted up on countless runways. The most eye-catching example was offered by Christopher John Rogers, whose first seven looks were all done in various verdant hues, proving that being green is easy — and chic.
The florals were groundbreaking
No, really! From Kate Spade, where the models carried cascading potted plants as they wove through Elizabeth Street Garden, to Prabal Gurung, where catwalk queens walked the runway in bountiful pastel flower crowns, spring 2020 was one big superluxe garden party.
Showstopping beauty was back
The past few seasons have been all about athleisure, so it was especially exciting to see so many designers trotting out their fresh takes on pretty. Cue Pyer Moss‘ rose-pink pleated gown — an effortless riff on modern glamour.
The slogans were strong
And they pretty much speak for themselves.
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