New York Fashion Week is over, which means it’s time to bask in the glory of its most talked about moments. From Rihanna’s top secret Savage x Fenty show to Tess Holliday’s defiant stand against the fashion industry’s outdated ‘sample size’ convention, we round up the top 7 unmissable moments at NYFW.
NYFW SS20 saw Tom Ford, recently appointed Chairman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), reduce its sprawling official schedule to just five days. But, that was still more than enough time for the fashion, off-piste show locations and heightened diversity to leave a lasting impression. With that in mind, here are 7 moments we just can’t stop thinking about.
Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty Lingerie Show was an Inevitable Instant Icon
Before the models even hit the runway, Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty lingerie show was the talk of NYFW. Aside from the fact it’s Rihanna, when attendees arrived at the Barclays Arena in Brooklyn, there was a strict phone ban, meaning social media coverage of the show is practically non-existent. But do not fear, as Amazon Prime Video has bagged the rights to stream the show across 200 countries and territories on September 20th, so you don’t have to wait too much longer to see exactly what went down at the show.
The #SavageXFenty show was fucking WOW
— Alissa Ashley (@alissa_ashleyy) September 11, 2019
Phones were locked in Rihanna’s #SavageXFenty #NYFW show, so I can’t share photos/videos, but it was INSANE. The choreography. The art direction. The diversity. A reminder that what #Rihanna is doing for representation in fashion, beauty, entertainment is unparalleled.
— Elizabeth Wagmeister (@EWagmeister) September 11, 2019
Tess Holliday isn’t ‘Sample Size’ – and She Doesn’t Care
This season’s NYFW felt particularly bold, diverse and politically charged amongst a Trumpian backdrop. One perfectly executed performance of defiance to encapsulate the mood came at the hands of Tess Holliday during the Chromat show. The model and body positivity activist walked for the first time for a major designer wearing a white dress embellished with the phrase ‘sample size.’ Need we say more.
Tommy X Zendaya was 70’s-Boss-Babe Heaven
The latest – and sadly, the last – collection to come from the dreamy Tommy x Zendaya collaboration proved that no amount of polka dot is ever too much. Set outside of the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, models walked (and danced) down the street-turned-runway alongside classic vintage cars. A killer soundtrack – featuring Aretha Franklin’s ‘Respect’ and James Brown’s ‘Get Up Offa That Thing’ – was performed by artists from Harlem’s Mama Foundation for the Arts. Velvet suits, bell bottoms and flowing scarves also accompanied on stage.
Speaking of Zendaya, there was a Euphoria Reunion at the Tommy X Zendaya FROW
A woman of many talents, Zendaya currently stars in TV show of the moment, Euphoria. In a showcase of support and sisterhood, co-stars Nika King, Barbie Ferreira, Sydney Sweeney and Hunter Schafer (pictured below) sat front row looking picture perfect in pieces from the collection.
Gabriela Hearst makes Eco-Fashion History
Gabriela Hearst paved the way for eco-awareness in fashion this NYFW by staging the first ever carbon neutral show. While working to minimise transportation, energy usage and waste, Hearst also brought climate change advisory firm EcoAct on board to help determine the offset necessary to balance her carbon footprint. But that’s not all – Hearst took it one step further by gifting each attendee a scarf decorated with insects that urbanisation has recently rendered extinct and donated to Our Children’s Trust in each guest’s name.
Pyer Moss Stuns with a 90-Member Choir
Pyer Moss’s founder Kerby Jean-Raymond chose the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn to present the striking third instalment of his ‘American, Also’ collection. The designs were vibrant, fearless and awe-inspiring – as was the 90-member choir that beautifully belted out a medley of gospel songs and a smattering of contemporary tunes like Cardi B’s Money to soundtrack the unforgettable show.
And more means more at Marc Jacobs
Jacobs’ SS20 presentation immediately began with a bang. As the show uniquely opened with it’s finale, the diverse array of models paraded into the huge Park Avenue Armory sporting their own armour – a campy technicolour spectrum of feathers, frills and sequins. Jacobs commented that this show and collection “is a celebration of life, joy, equality, individuality, optimism, happiness, indulgence and dreams” – and he certainly delivered in every aspect.
Another incredible fashion week chapter draws to a close, but what was your favourite moment from NYFW? We’d love to hear in the comments below.
TEXT: Jo Bentham
IMAGES: Vanity Fair, Yahoo News, Elle, Vogue, Stylist