Politics, Social Justice And The 80s Rule The Runway At NYFW

Everything you need to know: NYFW weekend round up.

NYFW’s weekend shows had one overarching message: that in 2017, the role of the runway is political. This season, designers are all about being socially conscious, and plugged-in. Now, skeptics may cry paradox and wonder how sincerely an industry of expensive frivolity can send out such message – but, personally, we think that the creativity of fashion has always made it an enticing, far-reaching platform, and we’re stoked when designers decide to engage on such a level. Consider Chromat: the brand was, as ever, a champion for inclusivity thanks to model casting that included plus size and transgender talents, and also made a bold call-to-action regarding the refugee crisis through their flotation-device dresses. It was a figurative, but tangible life-line. 

On a separate note, we were also reminded of the fact that fashion in 2017 remains inextricably bound to of-the-moment social media darlings and reality TV stars (even if today’s Edie Sedgwick has been replaced by the likes of Kylie Jenner and Sofia Richie in the front row at Jeremy Scott). We're here to kick off your day with a round-up of everything that went down on the runways this weekend: from the biggest shows, to the star-studded front rows and everything in-between, we've got you covered. 

A breath of fresh air. This was the Calvin Klein we never realized we always wanted; one that only Raf Simmons could give us. Fresh-faced models went down the runway in ‘70s-esque, saturated reds and blues while the clear, plastic shoes and coats looked good enough to lick. Also, Millie Bobbie Brown (one of the latest recruits for the Calvin Klein By Appointment campaign) looked like a BAMF chilling next to A$AP Rocky in the crowd. 
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Chromat truly came forth as the King of Inclusivity. Neoprene suits and rain boots were in abundance in this collection, which somehow managed to feel both fashionable and utilitarian (a wristband floatation device? Yes please). Creative director Becca McCharen left no room for guessing whether or not her looks were politically charged: "we started designing this collection right before the election, so the anxiety had already started to build," she told iD magazine, "but after the election and during everything that's come since, everyone is kind of reeling and figuring out how to survive." 
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We've loved seeing Wu evolve over the years.This collection took the designer's talent for sophisticated tailoring (which, we imagine, is one of the reasons Michelle Obama has been such a fan) to another level. Asymmetrical floral dresses and plum colored sweaters were all the rage, while crisp trousers and glove shoes (yes, they're here to stay) also made a statement. 
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As usual, we were given a high-energy collection that was also very self-conscious of idol worship. Jesus's face could be seen sprawled across the trousers of Gigi Hadid, while Anna Cleveland and others became jumpsuit-era Elvis reincarnates. The stand-out accessory was undoubtedly the ethnic headdresses, which felt like a magical hybrid of byzantine goodness and something Aaliyah would've worn in Queen of the Damned. 
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Slinky '80s dresses with asymmetrical accents were all the rage. There was also the dreamiest coupling of color and material, from shimmering greens with velvet fuchsia, to canary yellow paired with Starburst-orange strappy-sandals. 
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At this point, we know we can depend on Wang for cool girl clothes that live in the after-hours color spectrum of dark blue and black – with a touch of bling in the form of a chain or a sprinkle of rhinestones. We were happy to see more '80s silhouettes going strong through a bevy of black shoulder pads and a handful of oversized blazers. 
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