NYFW Highlights

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NYFW was a whirlwind week-long affair that VALLEY is still not done obsessing over. We’ve gathered up all the best highlights from this year’s display of exquisite, chic and stunning fashion to relive the fabulous event all over again.

Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty

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RiRi’s launch of her Fenty all-inclusive lingerie line was a show-stopper and hands down one of the best moments of New York Fashion Week. Rihanna did not disappoint with this line and lived up to her reputation of being a total boss who pretty much does it all. The singer turned beauty mogul turned fashion designer wowed the fashion industry with her bold show which closed NYFW and featured models of all sizes and races and even included a few pregnant models which was extremely powerful. Rihanna has always valued inclusivity which is evident with her 40-shade foundation line and now her lingerie line is continuing to push the boundaries.

Rodarte in the Rain

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After a two-year hiatus in Paris, Rodarte made its highly anticipated return to NYFW with the comeback of a century. The show took place in the Marble Cemetery while it was pouring rain, with the models strutting their stuff under massive umbrellas. Rodarte is known for its ethereal, dreamy aesthetics so this eerily romantic show in a rainy graveyard was perfect for the ultra-feminine, tulle looks that the two sister designers, Kate and Laura Mulleavy, served up.

Pyer Moss

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Perhaps one of the most important runway shows was the Pyer Moss show which exhibited designer and founder Kerby Jean-Raymond’s signature — a mix of activism and fashion. The show was a celebration of black culture and took place in historic Weeksville, Brooklyn, which was one of the first free black communities established in 1838. This venue was the perfect backdrop for the collection which featured powerful messages in the form of t-shirts that read, “See us Now?” and, “Stop calling 911 on the culture.”

There were hand-painted tunics by New York painter Derrick Adams that displayed black families partaking in normal, everyday activities along with FUBU partnership pieces. Raymond’s collection was inspired by “Negro Motorist Green Book,” a Jim Crowe-era publication, and gave African-American leisurewear a whole new meaning. The show featured a 40-member gospel choir and an all-black cast of models as well, making it a truly remarkable ode to black culture.


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This year, DapperQ presented its fifth annual NYFW queer style show, “Dress Code,” which defied gender stereotypes and showcased some of the hottest gender nonconformity looks. The show, which was held at the Brooklyn Museum, continued to be one of the most-widely-attended LGBTQ NYFW events and had over 2000 designers, models and guests in attendance. It had one of their most inclusive lineups of models to date.

Their theme this year, according to their website, “examined clothing as a coded language and one of the first visible markers of our identities, inviting guests to consider the way garments uphold or challenge rigid stereotypes.”

The event was open to the public but still had amazing couture looks from LGBTQ designers who are not typically celebrated by big house brands during NYFW. 

Whether you attended NYFW or kept up with the shows via social media right here in State College, VALLEY hopes these highlights help to keep the fabulousness of Fashion Week fresh in your mind for a little while longer or alleviate some of the FOMO if you could not attend.


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