The Best Of New York Fashion Week.

DKNY

DKNY

I got back into New York in the middle of Fashion Week. I find the constant blogging/instagramming/peacocking tiring under normal circumstances, but after transitioning from a whole three months in New Jersey, I couldn’t even deal with it. Part of what I loved about my summer in Jersey is that Jersey is completely devoid of pretension. You cant even be pretentious if you wanted to because its like the anti-value there and it’s just so lame and suck-ass, that even snobs pretend to be cool and laid back. A value reversal occurs and try hards and kiss ups are just lame. I felt released. Released from pretension and materialism.

Life just felt very simple and fine and wholesome and I loved it.

Then I arrived back in New York during Fashion Week and wanted to cry. I know I’m “supposed” to care about fashion week, and I think if I were more removed from it (like before it was on instagram) I might enjoy it. But now its just a reminder of the parties and places I am not invited to, or EVEN the ones I was invited to and didn’t/couldn’t go. There is the feeling that I should be trying harder to cover it/care about it/hang around Lincoln Center for my blog and maybe even my image. (The most gag inducing of all phrases.) But I just don’t or can’t or won’t. Because if I did, I would be one of those hanger on people. And also, because UGH, scenesters posing and dressing up for each other.

In some ways, when you are in Manhattan you MUST feed the beast that is pretension and self-importance. You cant NOT think you are important because you will get stomped on. In some small way, everyone has to carry themselves in the “Do you know who I am?” mode because otherwise, you just wont make it. You also need and want to look good because otherwise you wont feel good. But the materialism is soul sucking. I imagine this is why dieting is so hard. Because you cant JUST STOP. You do NEED to cover your body with some types of things.

Of course, fashion is not just about posturing. At its best its wearable art that makes you feel, think and look different. When I see it, without all the noise around it, I love it.

Since I was completely incapable, but also because I love seeing a different perspective, especially one thats so different from my usual aesthetic, I asked Alyse of @goodstyle fame to pull together her favorite pieces from the entire NYFW. The best of all of the New York shows. I know the world is already in Italy… Slowly but surely.  It’s a billion photos long. I was going to narrow it down, but the photos make me excited! The shapes! The forms! The textures! The mood! So so good.

So here you go, about 80 photos of Fashion Week glory:

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

Delpozo (4)

Delpozo

Delpozo (1)

Delpozo

DionLee

DionLee

Edun

Edun

HelmutLang

HelmutLang

HelmutLang (1)

HelmutLang

JenKao

JenKao

Thakoon

Thakoon

Thakoon (2)

Thakoon

Thakoon (3)

Thakoon

Thakoon (4)

Thakoon

Philosophy

Philosophy

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osklen15

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opening ceremony

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Marchesa

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Louise Goldin

Lisa Perry

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Lisa Perry

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Calvin Klein

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Calvin Klein

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Calvin Klein

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Calvin Klein

BCBG

BCBG

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Band of Outsiders

3.1 Phillip Lim

3.1 Phillip Lim

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3.1 Phillip Lim

Verawang

Vera Wang

Rag&Bone

Rag&Bone

Notsureyet

CALLA

CALLA

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Calvin Klein Collection

MarcbyMarcJacobs

Marc by Marc Jacobs

Wes Gordon

Wes Gordon

TOME

TOME

 

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The Row

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Thakoon Addition

Rosie Assoulin

Rosie Assoulin

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Rosie Assoulin

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Robert Rodriguez

ReemAcra

Reem Acra

RebeccaTaylor

Rebecca Taylor

RalphLauren (1)

Ralph Lauren

ProenzaSchouler (1)

Proenza Schouler

ProenzaSchouler

Proenza Schouler

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PARSONS

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PARSONS

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PARSONS

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PARSONS

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PARSONS

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PARSONS

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PARSONS

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PARSONS

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PARSONS

OstwaldHelgason

Ostwald Helgason

Olsken

Olsken

BadgleyMishca

Badgley Mishca

NaeemKhan

Naeem Khan

NaeemKhan (1)

Naeem Khan

MishaNonoo

Misha Nonoo

MichaelKors

Michael Kors

Co (1)

Co

JosieNatori

Josie Natori

Co

Co

ChadwickBell

Chadwick Bell

Brandon Sun

Brandon Sun

BandofOutsiders

Band of Outsiders

Delpozo

Delpozo

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

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Comments

  1. susan says:

    awwww. really Nicole? with all the free stuff you get, and exposure you get….should you really be complaining about the art and design environment you are part of?

    • Nicole Cohen says:

      I don’t know if I should be. I don’t get free stuff though. But I think I just meant it was hard to transition from a place where no one cares about what label you’re wearing to one of the most hyped up events of the year.(That I’m not really even a part of. I’m just on the outskirts.) But yea, I also complained about Art Basel this year too. When the hype around the event becomes more important than the actual event it’s disheartening.(Also there were like 10 articles in the NYTimes about this.) I don’t mean to come off as ungrateful, I was being sincere.

  2. Lauren says:

    Sorry but I have to say it.. I know models are supposed to be tall and thin but can we at least see some tits on the runway?! Lumps, bumps, anything?! It’s just nipples!

    • Nicole Cohen says:

      I wouldn’t mind seeing all different types! That’s why I loved the Karen Walker campaign so much.

  3. Tricia says:

    I’m sure fashion week has always been ridiculous and it is probably me changing more than anything, but I don’t even find most of these clothes interesting in the least bit. Combine that with the same exact shapeless model body type that they encourage and it is just a snooze fest to me.

  4. barbara says:

    I love your honesty in this article. I can completely see it. As I get older I do think the scene and be seen of it all can just be too much but I suppose that is the beast. Some of the clothes are amazing and some of the designers are selling us a bill of goods. Call me conventional (sometimes I am sometimes not) but I would like to see the models smile and not look like they have been mistreated. Just a little dream of mine.

  5. I agree with everything you said…..Fashion week has become something completely different…. and I don’t know that I like it. I can just imagine the contrast from your purer days in NJ. It would be kind of traumatic for the soul. Some of these images are amazing…So many good designs this year.

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