They say N.Y.C. is the city that never sleeps, and it’s a statement that rings especially true during New York Fashion Week when designers stretch it into an eight (and sometimes nine)-day sprint with scheduled presentations first thing in the morning and after-parties that last all night long. But now that we’ve somewhat recovered from the emotionally and physically draining blur that is NYFW, we can see that it was all a blessing in disguise. Everything—from the packed schedule to mad-dashes between shows—allowed for excellent firsthand exposure to cool moments on the runway, next season’s trends, and new styling tricks that we can’t wait to apply IRL right now.
Surprisingly, the one article of clothing that won the week wasn’t actually clothing: a bra, worn both out in the open with nothing but a pair of high-waist bottoms and layered under suit separates. As for accessories, incredible waterfall earrings that brushed the shoulders of each model earned the most Insta snaps from showgoers. Equally Insta-worthy—the stampede of uniformed models during the final lap, each clad in matching tracksuits (Alexander Wang for Adidas) or hooded jumpsuits (DKNY).
From the colors that are already trending for spring 2017 to nods to Stranger Things to emoji dresses come to life, see our favorite 22 fashion moments from the NYFW runways, keep watching…
1. “REAL PEOPLE” AS MODELS
Rachel Comey (left), J.Crew (right), Rebecca Minkoff, and Eckhaus Latta got real this season when they opted out of traditional casting and recruited non-models, instead, to present their spring 2017 (and one fall 2016) collections. The result? A refreshingly diverse, super relatable lineup that included photographers, bloggers, and event planners.
2. A SALUTE TO STRANGER THINGS
Stranger Things was released on Netflix only a couple of months ago, and already it’s made a major impact in fashion. Co-stars Winona Ryder and Millie Bobby Brown had a mini reunion in the front row at Coach, while Sies Marjan included the Stranger Thing’s theme song on its playlist (pops of ‘80s neon in the collection might also be a salute to the show, as well). And finally, some have interpreted the lightbulbs hanging from the ceiling on the Marc Jacobs set as an homage to how Joyce Byers communicated to her son, who was trapped in The Upside Down.
3. ONE SWEATER, INFINITE WAYS
Treat your knit as an accessory—knot it close to your neck (like a scarf), drape it over your shoulders (like a cape), and tie it around your waist (like a belt). Thanks, Thakoon.
4. RUNWAY IN THE REAL WORLD
Applying a runway look IRL sometimes requires a bit of sartorial know-how, but a handful of designers, including Rebecca Minkoff, Ralph Lauren, Rachel Comey, and Eckhaus Latta (pictured), illustrated just how seamless that can be when they turned the N.Y.C. streets into a runway. Good thing the forecast read sunny skies.
5. DUOS VERSUS SQUADS
Tommy Hilfiger and Monse were just a couple who had us seeing double with twinning looks (shoulder-exposing looks for Monse, matching stripes for Tommy). But winning snaps came from Alexander Wang and DKNY when models stormed out in uniformed outfits for the finale.