Just a day longer than The Beatles’ 1965 Number One song, “Eight Days a Week,” this fall’s New York Fashion Week was full of many hits (and misses) of its own, with Kanye West grabbing most of the attention for the debut of Yeezy Season 4.
What should have earned West praise for a show largely consisting of black models led by Chanel Iman and “Fade” video star Teyana Taylor was quickly panned as most of the women on his runway were forced to stand for hours in record heat at Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island. Some eventually collapsed, while others crouched or sat on the grass where they were standing in a grid formation. Meanwhile, others simply struggled to walk along the runway with model Amina Blue kicking off her heels and an audience member coming to the assistance of another.
It was not a good start, at least for West, who was quickly overshadowed by Tom Ford’s return to the to New York runway scene for the first time in six years. The designer treated fans to a live-stream of the celebrity-filled event as Julianne Moore, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and many more A-listers gathered around dining tables for food and fashion. One of the highlights was Iman making her first public appearance since her husband David Bowie‘s sudden death from cancer in January. The supermodel, who also lost her mother shortly after Bowie passed away, wore a gold necklace with his name on it to the event. To top off the star-studded affair, Ford made his entire fall 2016 men’s and women’s collection available for purchase online during the show. If you liked it, you could buy it – right then and there.
Ford wasn’t the only designer to give consumers immediate access to collections. Despite losing the U.S. Open, Serena Williams came to play with the Serena Williams Signature Statement fall collection presented by HSN, making all 42 original pieces available on HSN.com. Christian Siriano also did the same thing with his ready-to-wear spring 2017 collection.
The Project Runway alum made even bigger headlines when he cast five plus-size models in his show, a first for the designer at New York Fashion week following a headline-making summer with his limited-edition Lane Bryant collection and dressing the likes of first lady Michelle Obama and Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones. Models Georgia Pratt and Precious Lee were among the “curvy women,” as Siriano puts it, wearing his Capri-inspired designs.
Closing out the week in typical headliner fashion were Ralph Lauren and Marc Jacobs. Ralph Lauren literally stopped traffic on New York Fashion Week’s penultimate day, shutting down a block of Madison Avenue so models could turn the sidewalk into a runway. Immediately after, customers could buy anything from the see-now/buy-now collection in the brand’s flagship store in an Upper East Side mansion.
Not to be outdone, Jacobs had a parade of up-and-coming supermodels, Kendall Jenner, Bella and Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss, as well as Adriana Lima, Irina Shayk and Jourdan Dunn all wear multi-colored dreadlock wigs from Etsy. The look – inspired by director Lana Wachowski, who appeared in Jacobs’ 2016 Spring/Summer campaign – required over 12,500 yards of hand-dyed yarned. Whether offensive or high art, it’s still up for debate as the threads settle at New York Fashion Week. But one thing for sure, it was better than Miley Cyrus‘ interpretation in 2015 or what transpired at the beginning of the week.