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The Best of New York Fashion Week 2015

by Photo of Valentina Casamento

New York City’s Fashion week is known for putting industry professionals on the map and keeping longtime designers relevant.

The Best of New York Fashion Week 2015

Taking place twice a year, once in February and once in September, New York Fashion Week is easily one of the most important times for this industry. The designers each take to locations like Lincoln Center, Milk Studios, or even their own unique locations like the Park Avenue Armory, or the Grand Central Terminal to present their collections for the first time. It is a week full of over the top shows, intimate showcases, and interesting concepts where anything can happen. We have put together a selection of shows, moments, and events that proves that New York Fashion Week is the holy grail of fashion.

Yeezy X Adidas Originals

The Yeezy X Adidas Originals fashion show was a representation of how athleticism, fashion, and music are combined can create a unique fashion experience. With these three elements, it only made sense to add this show to the top of our list. His selection of models that were wearing full body stockings in order to really show off the main garments, models of course iincluded his sister in laws Kendall and Kylie Jenner. Seated in the front row to watch his collection of bomber jackets, unconventional vests, ripped up sweatshirts, and more were the likes of Jay Z and wife Beyonce, Big Sean, Diddy, Russell Simmons, Cassie, Rihanna, Kim Kardashian-West, and the influential Anna Wintour. The ultimate star of the show was his daughter North West of course, who was dressed just as a stylish toddler should be.

Rebecca Minkoff 

Inspired by Patti Smith’s memoir, Just Kids, Rebecca Minkoff created a collection to pay homage to the punk rock siren. With a 1970’s feel, Minkoff proved that she can take a heavy influence from the past and still make it look different from anything else on the runways. The collection featured a cohesive color scheme of blacks, browns, burgundy’s, blues, and off-whites which made up the lace, suede, and feathered garments. To make things even more creative, models were seen strutting down the runway with bags that had guitar straps rather than a traditional strap. The correlation between music and fashion is easily represented through her fall 2015 collection. 

Public School NYC

Shown at Milk Studios in the Meatpacking District, the Public School NYC collection was a mix of utility, sport, and sophistication. With movable garments paired with each other in a chic way, it is no surprise that this is one of the most anticipated collections for fall 2015. This show is one of the most important shows this seasons in several aspects, and one of them being it’s audience. The front row was not only full of singers, actors and actresses, but also with the “it” athletes on the scene. Anna Wintour who was sat nowhere but the front row, invited Odell Beckham Jr. to what was reportedly his first ever runway show. The New York Giants wide receiver found himself sitting next to one of the most influential women in fashion, while he looked effortless in a green jacket by the label, paired with simple jeans and white sneakers. Also present at the show? Fellow Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, accompanied by former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland. NBA stars J.R. Smith of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder were hung out in the front row as well to show their support. 

Zac Posen 

If there is anybody who understands the true meaning of unique, it is former Project Runway judge, celebrity favorite and legendary designer, Zac Posen. Always designing with the female body in mind, Posen shows through his collections that he understands body movement and accentuating every part of a woman. The designer took to Grand Central Terminal to show off his utterly beautiful collection. Seated front row to catch a full frontal view of the sexy frocks he sent down the runway were some of his biggest fans, including Rihanna, Mary J. Blige, and Katie Holmes. The final look, as with just about any designer, is always important. When supermodel and long-time friend of Posen, Naomi Campbell came down the runway in a shimmery, crackly, taffeta ball gown, cheers erupted from the crowd. Inspired by a Jeff Koons sculpture, the ballgown stole the show. 

Tommy Hilfiger 

If there is one thing Tommy Hilfiger has shown us he knows how to do, it is to put on one hell of a runway show and continues to keep all of his fans wanting more. Hilfiger has always been one to embody the real-deal "American-girl-next-door" spirit and he did exactly that with his latest womens' wear collection for fall 2015. In celebration of his 30th anniversary of the brand, he turned the Park Avenue Armory into one of the most amazing runway shows I have seen to date. Rather than a traditional runway show with a lot of drab elements, the venue was shades of bright green, blues, reds, and whites, with lights as bright as they are on a football field. By turning the Armory into a real life fashion football stadium, Hilfiger had one of the most creative shows of the season. Models like Gigi Hadid, Liu Wen, and Jordan Dunn not only had collectible sports trading card inspired call cards, but they were also decked out in full football inspired gear like leather jersey dresses and team jackets paired with football inspired wedges, and leather clutches that showed off their team spirit. Present at the show were some of Hilfigers' celebrity fans like Rita Ora, Olivia Palermo and husband Johannes Huebl, as well as Victor Cruz and the owner of the New England Patriots, Robert Kraft. Hilfiger's runway show allows us to keep an open mind when it comes to sports and fashion, and makes us aware that it is perfectly okay to bridge the two industries together. 

The Heart Truth: Go Red for Women - Red Dress Show 

Just like how fashion can go hand in hand with music and sports, it can of course go hand in hand with raising awareness. On the first day of New York Fashion Week, Macy's presented the Go Red for Women Red Dress Show, a show based on raising awareness for heart disease, the number one killer of women. Influential celebrities, all women of course, dominated the runway in custom crimson dresses made just for them by various designers. The beauty about this wasn't all about the dresses, but that women of all age ranges, sizes, and colors, came together in unison to show their support. Powerful women like Hoda Kotbe dressed in Ramona Keveza, Laverne Cox in Donna Karan, and Barbara Eden in Carmen Marc Valvo, just to name a few, confidently strutted down the runway to raise awareness at this beautiful and touching event.

Cristina Ruales

Though many collections shown during this week featured pieces in them that were a bit "harder" or unconventional, I felt that designer Cristina Ruales really made a statement with her collection of softer and more flowy pieces. Her collection and how it was presented down the runway had a very "girly" appeal to it and appeared to be very relaxed and perfect for a person who is always on the move or partaking in different activities. The color scheme was very warm, giving off a cozy feel that could be perfect for a professional dancer, especially ballerinas. Her pieces felt very ballet-esque and they were completed with models using a different technique to make their way down the runway. In classic ballerina fashion, the models looks were definitely on point, literally. With beautifully laced, simple ballerina pointed slippers, the models drifted down the runway elegantly and smoothly, making it almost feel like it was a ballet, rather than a fashion show.

GQ Magazine All-Star Style Party

During the fashionable week, the NBA All-Star Weekend event took place for the first time in New York City since 1998 and it couldn't have taken place at a better time. Though the weekend was specifically based around basketball and the NBA's all-star players, it was still full of fashion and music provided by GQ. Of course, New York Fashion Week is a heavily star studded event, but the GQ Magazine All-Star Party was definitely a celebrity-intense event in itself. The event that celebrated fashion, personal style, basketball, and music was hosted by Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant and featured performances from Raekwon, Nas, The Roots, and The Lox.  In attendance to show support to their fellow NBA colleague were J.R. Smith, Chris Bosh, Lebron James, LaMarcus Aldridge, Klay Thompson, Russell Westbrook, and Sprite Slam Dunk champion Zach LeVine. It is never a bad thing to have a combination of different athletes in one place, and particular NFL stars found themselves alongside NBA players that night. Colin Kaepernick and Rob Gronkowski as well as Victor Cruz and Odell Beckham Jr., went out to the party to show their support as well. It is no surprise that Beckham Jr. is all over the fashion scene lately, especially with the incredible year he had with the New York Giants last season. Fashion maven, or fashion "killa" if you will, A.$.A.P. Rocky was also present at the athletically stylish event. 

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