Yet another New York Fashion Week has come and gone. Here, we are reliving the insane surprises, spectacular shows, and all the fabulousness in between.
1. Kaia Gerber’s Runway Debut
In the Jenner/Hadid generation, there are two necessary ingredients to supermodel stardom: a remarkable social media following and at least one famous parent. Kaia Gerber, the only daughter of supermodel Cindy Crawford, was practically destined from birth to grace fashion’s most distinguished runways. Although the beauty has appeared in ads in the past, SS18 was her very first runway season; she walked for American greats like Calvin Klein and Coach as well as for newer brands like Fenty Puma and Alexander Wang. What really caused a stir was her swagger- confident and striking with lots of hip. Kaia no doubt lived up to the family legacy.
2. Denim at Brandon Maxwell
In just five short seasons, Brandon Maxwell has become the go-to for sophisticated and impeccably tailored pieces that never lack in sex appeal. A Maxwell collection typically consists of sculpted suits, party frocks with voluminous sleeves, and curve hugging gowns with thigh-high slits- a bit formulaic…until now. For SS18, Lady Gaga’s former stylist chose to show some of his luxurious jackets and tops with equally luxurious jeans. There was a desirable pair in every silhouette: high-waisted flair with silken cuffs, cropped super skinny, extra wide-leg, and even a pair in dyed alligator.
3. Gigi Hadid’s Runway Slip-Up
It goes without saying that Gigi Hadid is a runway pro. At the Anna Sui show, the strap on one of the supermodel’s shoes came loose until the shoe came off entirely. Instead of hobbling on two uneven feet, Hadid walked on her tiptoe to ensure that her height continued to match up with the photographers’ cameras. She was so effortless about it that show-goers sitting behind the front row would never know until sister Bella Hadid helped Gigi down the runway during the final walk. These two proved they are seasoned professionals who are able to poke fun at themselves amid unfortunate circumstances.
4. #WANGFEST Guerilla Fashion Show
Alexander Wang fashion shows are the stuff of NYFW legend. In fact, they are more like epic parties filled with McDonalds burgers and supermodel attendees. Somehow he managed to top all of the other seasons with his SS18 guerrilla fashion show and after party. The it-designer brought a whole lot of glamour to the streets of New York by hauling his entire collection to three different locations around the city via tour bus. The first two stops, Lafayette and the Center Streets in Manhattan and Astor Place, were open to the public, while the third, a dead end in Bushwick, Brooklyn, was reserved for the fashion a-list. As for the after-party? There was a huge bouncy castle, elaborate ice luges, a performance by rapper Ja Rule, and a shrine to Dunkin Donuts.
5. Rihanna Gets Mottocrossed
Rihanna sourced inspiration in the thrilling world of motorbiking for her Fenty x Puma SS18 presentation. As the pop star demonstrates with her personal style: she goes big, she doesn’t go home. Rihanna brought in mountains of pink sand for a trio of bikers to wow the crowd with electrifying stunts. After the parade of haute windbreakers, louche track pants, and neon bodysuits made its way down the runway, the queen herself came out on the back of a bike looking every bit the chic bad-ass we love. Leave it to Rihanna to bring creative verve and a necessary adrenaline rush to fashion junkies everywhere.
6. Leslie Jones Sitting Front Row at Christian Siriano
Running from show to show in the September heat can often leave even those who love fashion most feeling jaded. SNL comedian Leslie Jones, however, managed to refresh all of us. As a fan and costumer of Christian Siriano, she naturally sat front row at his SS18 show. While everyone else assumed their stoic positions and gazed on blankly, she sat in amazement, yelling out words of praise and encouragement to the models. Jones’ glorious reactions are a reminder that fashion is worth fan-girling over. Thank you Leslie for being the fashion week cheerleader we all needed.