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11 Magnificent (and Messy) Moments from New York Fashion Week

As NYFW comes to a close, MERRY JANE recounts the wins and epic fails.

by Makeda Saggau-Sackey

by Makeda Saggau-Sackey

New York Fashion Week kicked off with an unoffical battle of the old guard vs the new. 

On one side is legendary designer Tom Ford, who debuted his second film, Nocturnal Animals at the Venice Film Festival receiving a five-star review from The Guardian and emerging as an Oscar contender. 

Then, we have Kanye West. Fresh off of his Saint Pablo tour, Yeezy made history at Madison Square Garden moving $740,000 worth of merchandise in a single night.

At NYFW, West and Ford boasted equally ambitious and iconic offerings in their own right, fighting for a piece of the fashion pie.

A Jay-Z favorite and red carpet staple, Ford re-opened the now closed and iconic Four Seasons Restaurant for a dinner theater fashion show with a star studded guest list.  In attendace was songstress Alicia Keys, supermodels Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford and Iman, actors Tom Hanks, Uma Thurman, Jon Hamm, Neil Patrick Harris, Julianne Moore, Rita Ora and Joel Edgerton and Vogue editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour. 

Earlier in the day on a scorching afternoon, Kanye West shuttled bloggers and editors from Manhattan to Roosevelt Island to showcase his much anticipated (and dare we say poorly received) Yeezy Season 4 collection.  Sitting front row were the Kardashian/Jenner clan, rappers Tyga, Fabolous, 2 Chainz and Pusha T as well as actor Terrence Jenkins and film director Spike Jonez.

Both designers knew how to garner attention by pulling out all of the stops to get people talking, whether good or bad.  Kanye kicked off his media train by casting only "multiracial" women in his show.  Tom Ford on the other hand announced that his collection would be available for purchase the very next day. 

MERRY JANE  highlights the moments that made this NYFW one for the books.

I Don't Pop Molly, I Rock Tom Ford


@iamnaomicampbell and Lauren Hutton captured at the TOM FORD AW16 Show. #TOMFORD #TFAW16

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Tom Ford joined the "See it Now, Buy It Now" movement by showing his Fall/Winter 16 collection instead of Spring/Summer 2017 and made it available for purchase the very next day.  

Sexy Halloween on the Runway

For the first time, Yandy brought its affordable and sexy lingerie to NYFW with a Halloween themed fashion show that featured some of the trendy costumes American's will be rocking come October. 

Employees Only @ J.Crew

While most brands spent big bucks casting professional models for their presentations during NYFW, J.Crew decided to recruit its own employees to showcase its spring/summer 2017 collection. 

Can I Have Some Fries with my Wang?


@mcdonalds Fries and #alldaybreakfast at #WANGFEST #💰ponsored

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Alexander Wang's parties are a must attend each season and this year he didn't disappoint.  There was a 7-11 truck where models and guests ransacked shelves of free M&Ms and Sour Patch Kids by the handful; an adjacent truck served up Slurpees, accessorized with glow stick straws. #Wangfest also served up McDonald’s hamburgers and fries.  Even Madonna got in on the action.


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Rihanna Twerks at Bergdorfs


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Rihanna shut down the iconic Bergdorf Goodman department store for the launch of her FENTY® PUMA® by Rihanna.  Leave it to Bad Girl RiRi to twerk while showcasing her collection, which is now sold out.

Messy Boots!

Models couldn't walk in some of the Yeezy Season 4 collection. One even broke her heel, took her shoes off and made her way barefoot down the runway.

Mixed Chick Please!


Kanye West got folks hot and bothered when he posted his model casting calling for only Multiracial models to apply.  

Taylor Swift Resurfaces after her Takedown

Kim Kardashian orchestrated the ultimate Taylor Swift takedown this summer after she revealed on Snapchat that Taylor lied about giving approval to Kanye for his infamous "Famous" lyrics.  Following her breakup from her three-month beau Tom Hiddleston, she gathered her "Squad" to cheer on bestie Gigi Hadid at the Tommy Hilfiger show. What makes this moment even more cringeworthy is the fact that she's bobbing her head to the song that cost her the year-long relationship with Calvin Harris. 

So Wet Right Now...

Photo Credit: The runway look at Hood by Air spring 2017. Photo: Angela Weiss/Getty Images

Hood by Air pushed the envelope with a porn inspired collection.  Models walked down the runway with slick and texturized hair that looked like it was covered in cum goo. 

Size Matters at Christian Siriano

Photo via Imaxtree

Christian Siriano has been a major advocate of making clothes to fit all shapes.  He even created a dress for comedienne Leslie Jones when no one would loan her a dress for the Ghost Busters premiere.  Siriano sent models of all shapes and sizes down his SS17 runway. 

Serena Williams Adds Fashion to Her Resume

Serena Williams showcased her Serena's Signature Statement collection for HSN at NYFW to a packed house of celebrities and bloggers, including Ciara, Lala Anthony and more.


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Makeda Saggau-Sackey

Makeda Saggau-Sackey is a NYC-based fashion and beauty expert who runs the popular lifestyle blog, Mak is a big foodie and cites Naomi Campbell and Anna Wintour as her career muses. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter: @GlamazonDiaries.



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