From staged stumbles to transatlantic shifts: This was NYC Fashion Week – CNN International
New York (CNN)More than 70 shows later, New York Fashion Week is over for another season. The week-long event has an economic impact currently estimated to be $900 million, nearly $15 million more than last year’s figure, according to Fashion Week Online and the turnout is reported to have been approximately 125,000 people.
It was also the first year NYFW didn’t take place at the historic Lincoln Center. Instead, shows were dispersed throughout midtown to downtown New York, with most runways taking place at Skylight at Moynihan Station and Skylight Clarkson Square.
Fashion editors and celebrities from around the world swarmed the city to attend shows, events and after parties. Now, as they make their way back home or onto London Fashion Week, CNN takes a look back at some of the highlights.
Opening Ceremony: The show everyone fell for
Pun intended. Opening Ceremony collaborated with New York City Ballet to put on a lively, choreographed show. This may have been ambiguous to most guests when a dancer fell while walking down the concrete runway. As the audience gasped, the performer quickly got back up and kept strutting. It wasn’t until the second time models began tripping across the curved runway path that the audience began questioning the performance. During the final walk, dancers simultaneously broke out into a dance set and confirmed that the falls were, indeed, staged.
Opening Ceremony founders Carol Lim and Humberto Leon were inspired by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright who was known for designing structures in sync with nature or their respective environments. The runway was transformed into a lush garden with vibrant geometric stained-glass light installations and wall frames. Models interspersed with New York City Ballet dancers wore innovative designs that too were architecturally-inspired.
Public School: Athletic minimalism at its finest
Yet again, Designers David-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne managed to leave their audience wanting more. The New York natives were winners of the 2013 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, and since then they’ve triumphed with every collection they’ve created. The brand is known for minimalist and refined clothing and they stayed true to their vision. Women strutted the runway in carefree draped pants and dresses, while male models were presented in pajama-inspired street chic attire.
The runway wasn’t the only thing being photographed either. The star-studded audience included celebrities such as Common, Ciara, NBA star Blake Griffin, Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington, Andre Leon Talley and Formula One racing champion Lewis Hamiltom.
Chow and Osborne debuted their first collection for DKNY as the brand’s new creative directors just a few days later.
A photo posted by PUBLIC SCHOOL (@publicschoolnyc) on Sep 13, 2015 at 12:33pm PDT
Jeremy Scott: A time warp to the 60s
Jeremy Scott had a lot on his plate as he presented New York with his work. Not only was he busy with fittings and pulling off a memorable event, he premiered his documentary just two days after his show on Monday.
His presentation stood out among the rest at Fashion Week, incorporating bold colors, prints and even bold material such as plastic. Some of the pieces even appeared to be inspired by 60s home goods such as tile print and disc curtains. Fun prints included big, bold polka dots, cartoon caricatures, zap guns — yes, zap guns — as well as black and white high school yearbook pages. Guest attire also stood out. Front row seats were filled with colorful Moschino clothing, the Italian luxury brand for which Scott is also the creative director.
Diane von Furstenberg: A celebration of women
DVF’s show was themed around female empowerment and female empowerment is what you got. The collection was inspired by “Fortuna,” the Roman Goddess of luck and freedom, explains Diane von Furstenberg. The designer snagged the industry’s top models including Kendall Jenner, Karlie Kloss, sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid, and Victoria’s Secret veteran Jourdan Dunn. The women sashayed down the runway to songs including this summer’s popular tune, “Can’t Feel My Face,” by the Weeknd — who was also sitting front row — and 2014’s “Dem Trini Girls” by Nicki Minaj. Model Karlie Kloss opened the show in a striking pink silk and chiffon wrap dress.
It wasn’t just the models that turned heads however. The finale included Diane Von Furstenberg coming out for her bow—except–there was no bow. She quickly made her way around her own runway, shaking hands with her guests and joyously throwing her hands in the air in celebration of a successful show. And, although she didn’t look the least bit nervous, she told CNN that she gets “very nervous a week before” her shows.
Prabal Gurung: A moving tribute to remember
Prabal Gurung’s show went above and beyond. The designer used his show not only to display his collection, but also to pay homage to his home country of Nepal. His show presented Buddhist monks who chanted a prayer to honor the victims of the devastating earthquake in Nepal in April 2015. The catastrophic quake killed more than 8,000 people. The fashion designer raised funds shortly after the devastation on his crowdrise.com page.
Along with the moving presentation, his garments also paid tribute to Nepal. Models graced the runway in hues of saffron, mustard yellow and deep red.
Givenchy: From Paris to New York
Taking place on Pier 26, this was one of the most talked-about shows of the season. Givenchy moved their Paris show to New York for the first time and gave away hundreds of tickets to the public a couple days before the occasion. The backdrop of the venue overlooked twin light beams in the distance, a tribute to September 11, 2001.
The set was designed by the French designer’s close friend Marina Abramovic, who envisioned the “spirit of a Brazilian favela” using recycled materials, according to Vogue.com. The show exhibited everything including women’s and men’s ready-to-wear, new denim and even couture pieces. Attendees included Julia Roberts, Nicki Minaj, Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West.
Kanye West: Fashionably late
It shouldn’t be a surprise that Kanye West presented his Yeezy Season 2 collection only days before notifying the public and media. He took over Skylight Modern on Wednesday to showcase his presentation with Italian artist Vanessa Beercroft performing as she also did during West’s show last year. Invitations were printed out on army print tees that some attendees such as Jaden Smith and Courtney Love decided to wear to the show.
A photo posted by Jaden Smith (@christiaingrey) on Sep 16, 2015 at 5:10pm PDT
Although some people were not too happy with Kanye’s last minute scheduling, many can’t deny he put on a striking presentation. Models included Gigi Hadid and Kanye’s sister-in-law Kylie Jenner, while guests such as Anna Wintour, Vic Mensa, Kendall Jenner and Drake looked on. He live streamed his presentation across the U.S. in movie theaters, showing his fans his new military-inspired collection. During the presentation, models marched in sets, dressed in bodysuits and oversized coats and hoodies.