The Millennial and Generation Z influence on this year’s New York Fashion Week was clear. Designers served us a mixture of traditional and new-wave style this past week in the Big Apple. From the return of ’90s and 2000s models in the FROW and on the catwalk, to model and designer debuts, and runway models that reflected real women, NYFW reflected the cultural climate of 2018 to a tee (literally). It was all about new, without saying a total goodbye to the old – a stylish compromise. Here are the seven most relevant moments and trends from the week gone by.

1. #Throwback

’90s and early noughties celebs like Jeff Goldblum, rockstar Anthony Keidis and supermodels like Sasha Pivovarova, Karolina Kurkova, Caroline Murphy, Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell made guest FROW and catwalk appearances.

Spotted, Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Libertine show:

 

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Anthony Kiedis at the Libertine Fashion Show at Spring Studios, NYC September 10, 2018 #anthonykiedis #anthonykiedisfans #redhotchilipeppers

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Naomi Campbell sitting front row at Anna Sui:

 

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Front row at #AnnaSuiSpring19. 💜 📸 @sonnyphotos & @dia.getty

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Amber Valetta, Amanda Murphy, Karen Elson, Tasha Tilberg and Gemma Ward returned to the catwalk for Proenza Schouler:

2. OTT with a side of extra

The nod to every decade since the ’50s, with a special focus on the last two, was a common thread. Jeremy Scott, Libertine, Rodarte and Opening Ceremony’s shows were big, bold, bedazzled and bright affairs. Street style aesthetic received a high-fashion take in the forms of…

Acid-wash, bleached and ruffled denim at Proenza Schouler:

 

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GEMMA SS19 New York, New York. #proenzaschouler #ss19 #nyfw

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… bucket hats and bomber jackets at Anna Sui …

 

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Wanderlust mood. 💟 #AnnaSuiSpring19 📸: @sonnyphotos

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… and next-gen colour palette favourites. Yellow, orange and hot-pink popped up in the form of high-end athleisure for Prabal Gurung:

We’re particularly fans of the bedazzled tracksuits at Libertine:

Opening Ceremony’s ‘The Gift of Showz’ was a 45-minute LGBT-centric extravaganza put together in collaboration with Rupaul’s Drag Race season 9 winner Sasha Velour. The show featured 40 queer models and drag queens of the likes of Miss Fame and Jiggly Caliente.

 

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Selected performers from @openingceremony‘s “The Gift of Showz” (directed by me), as they appeared on @voguemagazine (with a little velourian re-touch of the background😝). Performers designed their own interpretations of the SS19 collection, and @mal.co.lm styled all other drag models to perfection. Check the tags to see the designers that worked on the performance looks! My undying thanks to these superstars of drag (especially the legendary Lypsinka, who will be pictured in the next photoset) for joining this fashion-week takeover, and showing just how amazing and unique drag performances can be! Check out Vogue.com to see the full collection (accessories @wingweftgloves @islynyc @fluevog)

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3. Conscious fashion continued

‘Gender free’ fashion brand Gypsy Sport’s show was a tribute to Mother Earth, as designer Rio Uribe continued his signature use of salvaged and recycled materials.

Pyer Moss (the favourite designer of Jaden Smith, Danai Gurira and Dua Lipa) made waves with his collection, which Vogue described as representing ‘a radical counterpoint to a narrative of sensationalism and tragedy porn, speaking volumes more than a political slogan tee.’

 

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4. Next-level catwalks

But it wasn’t just the fashion that went the extra mile, with sequins, statements and bright colours. The next-gen tendency to do it all or not at all showed in the OTT catwalk set-ups.

One standout show was Rodarte’s rain-sprinkled runway, which was staged at the New York Cemetery and had the air of a gothic fairy tale:

 

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Does it rain in pink? The SS19 Finale (ph: @vnina for @tmagazine). #rodarte

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5. Who to know in the FROW

Voices of the next gen like Millie Bobby Brown, Cardi B, German pop star and LGBT activist Kim Petras, and Hailee Steinfeld appeared on and in front of catwalks.

The new fashion guard made runway debuts and continued their catwalk domination respectively; think Kaia Gerber, Anwar Hadid and Lourdes Leon (who debuted at Gypsy Sport). And, of course, social media’s favourite supermodel sisters, Bella and Gigi Hadid, walked with brother Anwar at the Prabal Gurung show and topped it off for Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty debut.

 

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6. Say it loud

Statement and print tees demanded to be heard! Jeremy Scott’s collection had themes of rebelling and revolting, with words like ‘power’, ‘resist’ and ‘revolt’ a clear reflection of the next-gen, activist-orientated frame of mind.

Chromat boasted an extremely diverse runway this year, both ably, racially and physically. The brand’s ‘sample size’ T-shirt is a definite highlight:

Honourable mentions include Calvin Klein’s Jaws tees, Coach’s Disney prints and Libertine’s sticker aesthetic.

7. NYFW: Out with a bang!

The week ended on a high, with self-love and inclusivity being the closing sentiments at the Savage x Fenty show. Rihanna’s lingerie line debut featured heavily pregnant model Slick Woods, alongside the Hadid sisters and Fenty favourite Duckie Thot. Set in an Eden-like garden, the models moved gracefully and with purpose, performing contemporary dance while making their way through the scene in nude lace, faux-fur shawls, pastel and undeniably sexy sets.

 

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Still SHOOK! 🙌 | What was your fave look ?? #SavageXFW18 ✨cc: @gettyimages

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See more on the show and watch it here.

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