New York Fashion Week ended with a bang on Wednesday as Marc Jacobs showcased a dazzling 80s-inspired collection featuring vibrant hues, bulky adorned shoulders and jumpsuits.
But a small group of animal rights activists loudly protested outside the event, criticising Jacobs’ use of fur.
Chants included: “Animals are not ours to wear,” while placards read: “Marc Jacobs kills because you buy.”
Back inside, the bare stage set was lit up with flamboyant shoes, bright taffeta ruffles and boxy suits – Grace Jones, eat your heart out.
Michael Kors also showed on the final day, closing with My Favourite Things from The Sound of Music.
He described his latest collection as “a Valentine to personal style”, as the likes of Blake Lively, Maya Hawke, Jourdan Dunn and Emily Blunt lined the front row.
Floral prints, chunky knits, oversized scarves, tartan and leopard print were among the looks on display.
And after Gigi Hadid hit back at body shaming earlier in the week, Kors once again used plus-size models including Ashley Graham and Sabina Karlsson.
Meanwhile, over at Calvin Klein, Raf Simons brought a surreal twist to proceedings, covering the floor of the American Stock Exchange with 50,000 gallons of popcorn.
Balaclavas featured heavily, while some models strutted down the catwalk wearing elbow-length silver foil gloves with matching dresses and ghostly tartan floor-length frocks.
It was definitely a move away from the more wearable collections from Jacobs and Kors.
So as we wave goodbye to the after-show parties and couture cocktails, let’s look back at all the big moments both on and off the catwalk.
Gigi body shaming row
Superstar model Gigi Hadid has faced criticism over her weight recently on social media, with comments such as “too skinny” and “u are just bones” posted on her Instagram feed.
Having taken the catwalk by storm in New York over the weekend in shows for Prabal Gurung, Brandon Maxwell and Jeremy Scott, the star posted a series of tweets defending her size and explained that her fluctuating weight was due to her management of Hashimoto’s disease, an auto-immune condition.
Will it stop the haters? Who knows, but Gigi says she won’t be explaining the way her body looks again.
Victoria Beckham bids farewell
It’s been 10 years – 10 years! – since she made her debut at New York Fashion Week, which went down a storm with the critics after many sceptics had scoffed ahead of her first collection being unveiled.
But Victoria Beckham’s latest New York outing – featuring leopard print for the first time – was her last as she prepares to join London Fashion Week in September, and it’s being seen as a big blow for the Stateside event.
And while sales of Victoria’s clothing range have been strong, her company is yet to turn a profit – which could be one reason why the Spice Girls reunion is on the cards.
Sadly, the former singer has dispelled rumours she might be designing Meghan Markle’s wedding dress, after Prince Harry’s fiancee wore a Victoria Beckham jumper in the couple’s official engagement photos.
“She looked absolutely beautiful in my jumper. I’m sure it will be a really fun wedding,” Beckham told The Guardian. “But no, she hasn’t asked me to do the dress.”
Breast cancer patients own the catwalk
Dozens of breast cancer patients of all ages, shapes and sizes took New York by storm on Sunday as they showcased lingerie designs for women who’ve had a mastectomy, breast reconstruction or breast surgery from Ana Ono.
The Cancerland show was emceed by Oscar-winning actress Mira Sorvino, who recently accused Harvey Weinstein of sexually harassing her and ‘derailing’ her career. (Weinstein has denied any allegations of misconduct and of blacklisting Sorvino).
Some of the models hit the runway with writing on their bodies featuring slogans such as “I Am Whole” and baring their surgery scars.
The models received constant cheers and whoops as they strutted their stuff.
Desmond is Amazing
As is often the case, it was a kid who stole the show, winning New York Fashion Week hands-down.
Desmond Napoles, also known as Desmond Is Amazing, made his catwalk debut at the tender age of 10 for the Gypsy Sport show on Sunday.
The award-winning LGBT advocate and self-proclaimed “drag kid” is the founder of the first drag house for children, called the Haus of Amazing.
Desmond rocked it in an androgynous outfit featuring patent boots, a ruffled jacket, long polka dot nails and grey-streaked hair.
His inspirations? RuPaul, Andy Warhol, John Galliano, Alexander McQueen and Commes Des Garcons.
Can he be our personal stylist please?
Fashion is the future
Philipp Plein did it again with a spectacular show which wowed from the minute that model Irina Shayk was beamed out of a spaceship on to a landscape of fake snow.
Brooklyn Navy Yard never looked so good.
Shayk then took to the catwalk beside a huge, Transformer-esque robot twice her size.
- Philipp Plein: Meet fashion’s bad boy
Black Panther takeover
Anticipation is mounting ahead of the release of Marvel’s Black Panther later this week, and New York Fashion Week wasn’t going to miss out.
Designer LaQuan Smith, who has dressed the likes of Kim Kardashian West, Rihanna and Cardi B, said: “I wanted to create something that really just connected to the characters and the film… embodying power and femininity, and strength and sensuality.”
- Black Panther: No ordinary Marvel movie
Ralph Lauren offered a laidback vibe with his collection which was inspired by his home in Montego Bay, Jamaica, and saw his models walk the runway barefoot.
The catwalk itself was a replica of Lauren’s island retreat, while the collection featured floaty florals and nautical stripes. And Bella Hadid in a denim cocktail dress.
Just what we needed to see during a cold, wet February.
Now Ralph, if you could just put those flights on your expense account?
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