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Highlights From New York Fashion Week

Marc Jacobs Spring 2020 Runway Show at Park Avenue Armory (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Marc Jacobs)

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New York Fashion Week came and went in a profusion of colors, prints, and statements — sartorially, politically and otherwise. It had an abbreviated schedule, which was a welcome relief as previous fashion weeks in New York had tendencies to drag, leaving show goers jaded and bored stiff towards then end of the collections.

What happened at the fashion shows in New York? It was a confluence of big time glamor and social activism. Traditional runway shows just won’t do in an age when “a picture speaks a thousands words” no longer holds as much weight as it once did.

This is perhaps why Marc Jacobs (above) chose to open his runway show with a collective march of his models dressed in a rainbow array of colors and various ornamentations. A grand (if slightly in-your-face) fashion statement that conveyed joyful celebration.

The party atmosphere was also the mood at Ralph Lauren. Those who came to watch were asked to wear black tie. The designer who has succeeded in selling dreams and enviable lifestyles went for unabashed glitz and one percenter style for his fall 2019 collection. (He is one of very few designers showing in-season clothes). The singer Janelle Monae performed a medley of songs after the runway show.

Ralph Lauren Fall 2019 Collection at William and Wall on September 07, 2019 (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images)

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Celebration of African American culture was the theme at relative newcomer Pyer Moss and household name Tommy Hilfiger. At Pyer Moss, the show started with a sermon by Casey Gerald that touched on the black experience in America. This was followed by a choir who performed gospel and soul music. It was moving and powerful, and so too were some of the clothes.

In Harlem outside the Apollo Theater, Tommy Hilfiger and design collaborator Zendaya bathe the audience in black artistry with a show that was as much about music as it was about fashion. Models in tailored pieces grooved to live music.

Michael Kors, the designer for the uptown set, was also feeling a bit political inserting a crossed out “hate” into one of his preppy looks.

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Pyer Moss at New York Fashion Week in Brooklyn. (Photo by KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)

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Tommy Hilfiger Fall 2019 fashion show at The Apollo Theater. (Photo by Thomas Concordia/Getty Images for Tommy Hilfiger)

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Michael Kors Collection Spring 2020 Runway Show. (Photo by Peter White/FilmMagic)

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Of course there were also those shows that allowed us to dream, shows that indulged our fantasies. Tomo Koizumi in his sophomore show in New York wowed again with his voluminous tulle confections. And at Oscar de la Renta, the designers Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia delivered clothes that manage to finely tread the codes of the Oscar de la Renta house and their own contemporary style.

That’s it for New York. On to London!

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A model performs during Tomo Koizumi Spring 2020 show. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Tomo Koizumi)

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A model walks the runway for Oscar de la Renta during New York Fashion Week. (Photo by Peter White/WireImage)

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