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NYFW: In Retrospect

NYFW: In Retrospect


Armadillo shoes, Calvin Klein's iconic undies and the reigning era of the Supers - we revisit our favourite moments from fashion weeks past. Despite 'officially' beginning in 1993, New York Fashion Week had it's beginnings in 1943, when Eleanor Lambert organised the event originally named 'Press . Since then, NYFW has been host to huge names, spectacles of shows and become one of the world's most flocked to events - we run you through the most memorable shows + snaps.

A N N A   W I N T O U R ' S   D E B U T

What better to begin with than the pre-eminent figure herself? Anna Wintour (and her signature bob) first appeared at NYFW in 1998 after being named Vogue's editor-in-chief - and she's been in the frow ever since.

P O L O   R A L P H   L A U R E N   G O E S   4 - D

The classic American label got tech-y at their 2014 show in Central Park, wowwing with a water screen projection that blurred the lines between fashion and art. Larger than life.

A   N E W   S U P E R

While many of us might have missed the classic supermodels of the '80s and '90s, a new era is upon us. A fresh faced Karlie Kloss - now a household name (and member of T. Swift's girl squad) - made her debut in 2007 at the age of 15, working all white everything for Calvin Klein Spring '08.

And for good measure, here's It girl Gigi Hadid's first ever NYFW appearance, walking for Desigual.

C L A S S I C   C K

In 1972, Calvin Klein premiered his first underwear range featuring the CK name on the band. With successful '90s campaigns featuring the likes of Kate Moss and Mark Wahlberg, in the past years, the underwear have seen a resurgence in popularity, with hundreds of thousands (including a hoard of celebs including Justin Bieber and Chiara Ferragni) getting on board by tagging their snaps with #mycalvins.

H A R I   N E F   M A K E S   H E A D L I N E S

Trans model Hari Nef made history when she walked earlier this year for designers including Adam Selman and Vejas. Plus, she's the first trans model to ever be signed to IMG Models.

K A N Y E   X   A D I D A S

Featuring mesh body suits, utilitarian vibes + sister-in-law Kylie Jenner, whatever your view on the artist himself, the Kanye West x Adidas Originals show was the most buzzed about show of the season.

V I K T O R   &   R O L F   L I G H T   I T   U P

Viktor & Rolf's Fall 2007 RTW collection really took theatrics to the next level, incorporating individual lighting for each model into their designs. Talk about a spotlight.

D O N N A   K A R E N ' S   S E V E N

Arguably the inventor of the capsule collection, Donna Karen introduced her 'Seven Easy Pieces' in 1985 - and we've been living by these rules ever since.


F U L L   C I R C L E

Flattering, feminine and sophisticated to a tee, Oscar de la Renta's designs have always an impact. Presenting his first NYFW range in 1969 in his own showroom, the designer's final collection hit the runway in 2014, although unfortunately de la Renta passed away before he was able to view it.



A N N A   S U I   P O W E R   T R I O

1993. Christy, Naomi and Linda take the runway in glorious matching designs. Enough said.



In his S/S 10 collection, Alexander McQueen introduced us to the legendary Armadillo shoe, with an out of this world holographic incarnation. With fans including Lady Gaga, versions of these sky-high heels have sold for up to $300k.

B A C K S T A G E   P A S S

Forget the runway - sometimes what you really want to see is behind the scenes. Here's a quick throwback to some of our favourite snaps over the years.




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Words: Lucy Ahern





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