All the viral fashion moments from NYFW

From LaQuan Smith's meme-able maxi totes to Miley’s surprise appearance at Marc Jacobs, the New York catwalk set the TL aflame this season.

After the celeb-studded affair that was Paris Men’s Fashion Week –- we’re not going to forget that Kate Moss doppelgänger anytime soon – anticipation for New York Fashion Week was high. Thankfully for all us fashion fans, it delivered…though sadly not all of us scored an invite. In the interests of fashion for all, we dive into the runway moments that, as well as stunning IRL attendees, have been blowing up on our social media feeds. 

1. Miley Cyrus’s Marc Jacobs cameo 

Teaming up with choreographer Karole Armitage, Marc Jacobs AW20 show upended many of the conventions we associate with the catwalk…an approach which has, in its own right, become a catwalk convention of sorts. With seating at restaurant tables and chairs, attendees were treated to a dinner show from 53 dancers alongside a collection blending retro aesthetics and minimalism, by way of Dior’s New Look. Exercising his industry clout, Jacobs recruited the likes of Gigi and Bella Hadid, Kaia Gerber and Karli Kloss to showcase his looks in this all-out extravaganza. What really got tongues wagging though was the surprise appearance from none other than Miley Cyrus, bedecked in a black bralette and elbow-length leather gloves. 

2. LaQuan Smith’s brutally honest baggage 

By this point, we’ve all seen the images from LaQuan Smith’s AW20 show. Think you haven’t? Cast your mind back to the massive fur bags emblazoned with tongue-in-cheek slogans “I’m moving out” and “hoe bag” that you’ve definitely seen pop up on your IG feed over the past few days. With a cult following – certain looks even eliciting hoots from invitees – and a signature hard femme aesthetic, Smith’s work is already supremely Instagrammable. But these bags have a certain mass appeal, with the possibility of bringing his brand to a wider audience but only if he brings out a faux-fur alternative further down the line. 

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3. Chromat’s all-inclusive gym session

With a brand DNA rooted in inclusivity and the notion that every body is beach body, Chromat has built up a solid social media buzz over the years with its roster of Chromat babes including Ericka Hart, Alok V Menon and Kimberly Drew. This year, the brand staged a presentation in protest of the mistreatment of athletes Caster Semenya and Dutee Chand on the basis of their hyperandrogenism condition, as well as the the “stringent and exclusionary gender binary” that defines athletic categories. The result: a fitness class led by model Carmen Carrera celebrating the bodies of trans, non-binary and intersex people. Siri, play “Fitness” by Lizzo.

4. Christopher John Rogers’ Renaissance extravagance

A recipient of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award and with fans in the likes of Lil Nas X, Christopher John Rogers is one of the brightest young fashion stars on the New York scene. This season he consolidated his reputation with a phantasmagoria of ruffles, jewel tones and power shoulders. Inspired by everything from commedia dell’arte clowns to trash bags, the eclectic collection culminated with a vibrant green ball gown with an exaggerated pannier, bringing some 17th Century chic to the day’s proceedings. 

13 February 2020