New York Fashion Week has officially come to a close and this season’s American shows have certainly been memorable. From Gigi Hadid and Tommy Hilfiger’s Pier 16 takeover in Lower Manhattan, where they staged a full carnival that included a 40 foot ferris wheel and carnival snacks, the backlash experienced by Kanye West for his multicultural models only casting for YEEZY Season 4, and Ready-to-Wear receiving a new meaning with the new “see now, buy now” initiative, embraced by designers like Tom Ford, Christian Siriano, and even a Serena Williams fall collection available on HSN.com, the 2017 spring/summer season certainly kicked off with a bang.
Outside of the regular most sought out after parties, like Alexander Wang’s, one of the biggest parties to attend, this season, was Refinery29’s interactive exhibition. The exhibit, which consisted of a conceptualized “funhouse” with 29 rooms of majorly insta-worthy immersive installations, was open to the public and included a few for cause rooms, from Adrian Grenier’s Lonely Whale Foundation and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation. Referred to as a “Whimsical Wonderland,” the exhibitions also included a room where you could jump into a ball pit of pandas — we literally can’t even, experience virtual realities viva Google’s Tilt Brush, and even dance on an LED reactive dance floor brought to you by a Tinashe and Phhhoto collaboration.
Fashion shows proved to be more diverse than ever this year with designers like Christian Siriano, Eckhaus Latta, Tracey Reese, Chromat, Sophie Theallet and Zac Posen hiring a number of models of color, as well as non-conventional models to walk in their shows. NYFW also experienced a few major firsts, like Anniesa Hasibuan being the first designer to feature Hijabs and high fashion traditional muslim wear. Photographers also payed tribute to the legendary Bill Cunningham by wearing blue suits.
And in true Fashion Week fashion, Marc Jacobs had to have the last word, which caused a major controversy that sparked necessary conversation about his decision to feature models in neon dipped dreadlocks, from etsy. Many deemed this “cultural appropriation”, which happens when members of a dominant group “borrow” (or steal) things from members of an oppressed group without permission or ode to where it was received. Typically, the things that are taken are deemed as negative, initially but cool, trendy, or edgy when the dominant group catches hold and brings them to life. While we, personally, loved the pieces from the show and understood that it was meant to be more reminiscent of 80s and 90s rave culture, we completely understand why others are outraged over Marc’s decision. His response to the matter also wasn’t helpful, effective or sensitive.
Overall, the spring season of NYFW was a wild ride. However, what inspired us more than anything was the street style that took place outside of the runways. We rounded up a few of our favorite street style photographers and their muses to showcase the looks that we were majorly digging. Monochrome outfits, asymmetrical shirts, popped collars, layering with lace, metallic skirts, mirrored sunglasses, blue hair, and most importantly having your squad with you are trends we’ve noticed and will be easy to emulate this fall. And stay tuned! WhatRUWearing will soon be taking to the city streets to snap up street-style looks that we’re not only obsessed with but can’t help but share.