If you were binging Stranger Things or getting a few more beach days in before the warm weather leaves, well, we totally don’t blame you. But a lot has happened at New York Fashion Week over the weekend. Designers featured a broader range of models on the runways, Hood by Air teamed up with an unlikely partner and Whoopi Goldberg had a major modeling moment. So if you’ve been avoiding social media all weekend, here’s everything you missed from NYFW.
The biggest trend? Brands embracing a wide range of body types. Christian Siriano featured five plus-size models on the runway including Sabina Karlsson, Alessandra Garcia-Lorido, Marquita Pring, Georgia Pratt and Precious Lee.
Chromat also featured plus-size models down the runway, including Iskra Lawrence, who wrote in an Instagram post that after 13 years of modeling, it marked her very first runway appearance at NYFW. “A few years ago I was doing shows in local malls and shopping centres being told I’d never get signed in NY. So I did my damn thing yesterday for everyone who called me fat, all the no’s and rejections bc beauty is so much more than a size or shape or colour it’s who you are and the light you shine,” she wrote.
😳 yooooo I walked my first ever NYFW today and it was for @chromat 🙏who are so dope for pushing diversity and making fashion a Democracy. Seeing all the girls backstage I felt over joyed that I could appreciate everyone else's unique Beauty and still be confident in myself. A few years ago I would have wanted her thigh gap or that girls smooth skin and long legs. Battling myself mentally perpetuating my insecurities but instead I was so grateful to see how our differences are what make us all special. I wouldn't want to change for any beauty ideal and I'm so glad to see the fashion industry representing a wider range of women, we still have a long way to go but thanks to everyone who's making a difference🙌✨🦄 #iskralawrence #everyBODYisbeautiful big s/o to my agency @jagmodels loved sharing this with you 😘
Over at Opening Ceremony, the brand merged comedy with the theme of the presidential election in a political pageant hosted by Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen. Notable women including Rashida Jones, Aidy Bryant and Whoopi Goldberg among many others were on hand to talk about political issues with the hosts.
And after her genius moment on stage with the co-hosts, she took a spin down the catwalk too.
J.Crew didn’t feature one professional model during their presentation, rather, they gathered friends and present and past employees of the brand to model the spring collection.
Usually designers are inspired by muses, locations, movies or art … but Hood by Air drew inspiration from none of those places. The brand collaborated instead with PornHub for their latest collection and sent clothes down the runway featuring the PornHub logo and other shirts labeled “Wench,” “Never Trust a Church Girl,” “Do You Know Where Your Children Are” and “Hustler.”
One model even had a cell phone out on the runway, which was fully intentional; as the brand explained on Instagram, “We ask that models not text at work, however this one was multi-tasking — filming for @pornhub.”
Oftentimes the location of the show can rival even the breathtaking clothes, as evidenced by Tracy Reese, Sies Marjan and Rebecca Minkoff.
Tracy Reese had a garden party presentation (in a cemetery!) with models showing off the delicate floral-print collection in a pretty park setting.
Sies Marjan held its show at the New York City Bar Association where models walked among the books in the gigantic library. And to fit the show’s theme, the brand even sent out invitations in the form of old school library cards.
And Rebecca Minkoff took street fashion quite literally, presenting her spring collection outside her New York flagship store on 96 Greene Street.