Moore From L.A.: At NYFW, Designers Aimed to Entertain


We’ve come a long way from designers showing in third-floor walk-ups and models wearing their own shoes!
Designers can’t just make clothes anymore, they have to be entertainers or risk being pushed aside by the entertainers who are becoming designers themselves. So this season at New York Fashion Week, they upped the experience and performance level, which makes a lot of sense: because if there is one thing America knows how to do (besides sportswear, another buzzword this week), it’s entertain, from the Golden Age of Hollywood to the iPhone in your hand.
Ralph Lauren built the Art Deco Ralph’s Club from scratch, and booked Janelle Monae to shake the chandeliers. Tom Ford re-created Luc Besson’s moody 1985 film “Subway” in the actual subway (it may not have smelled F—ing Fabulous, but it looked it). And Rihanna and friends lifted spirits at the Barclays Center, with all sizes shaking and singing in their underwear in a celebration of self-acceptance.
Indeed, many of the week’s shows and performances highlighted what may be America’s other most valuable contribution to fashion: promoting diversity.
Two shows celebrated the black experience back-to-back on the same night at historic concert venues: the Tommy x Zendaya block party at the Apollo

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