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New York Fashion Week is over and needless to say that the sartorial spectacle known to commence the fashion season was more about grand performances and political statements this year. Prabal Gurung showed us models sporting insignia of protest against Trump’s immigration policies and Kerby Jean-Raymond paid homage to the leading black music icons. Actress Zendaya Coleman collaborated with Tommy Hilfiger for the second time, and the result was a musical show on the streets of Harlem. But what stood out for us was Billy Porter showing up, out and loud in his element at The Blonds show. 

Here are a few highlights of the New York Fashion Week SS’20 that you might have missed.

Rihanna’s NYFW Savage x Fenty extravaganza 
Savage x Fenty SS'20. Image: Courtesy Getty
Savage x Fenty SS’20. Image: Courtesy Getty

Bona fide entertainer, badgal Riri in velvet and black sarong slayed the event with her latest Savage x Fenty collaboration. The event metamorphosed into a a technicolour Broadway production featuring an army of supermodels like Gigi, Bella, Joan,and Cara who sashayed to the tunes of DJ Khaled, Big SEAN and Fat Joe. Clad in flapper dresses, lace pieces accessorised with sunglasses, chokers, and suspenders – models slipped into a high-octane performance mode.

Prabal Gurung asks “Who gets to be an American?”
Prabal Gurung SS'20. Image: Courtesy Getty
Prabal Gurung SS’20. Image: Courtesy Getty

Trump’s arbitrary immigration policies were a focal point for the Nepalese-American designer Prabal Gurung at his 10th-anniversary show. Among his cocktail dresses and evening wear featuring floral prints, pastel hues and swirls of plumage rolled out models wearing silk sashes printed with —Who gets to be American? Gurung, an immigrant himself, has never shied away from embracing politics as part of his narrative. Last season, his models walked hand-in-hand holding white flowers, gesturing a unified front against the #MeToo movement.

Ralph Lauren’s one-night-only jazz club
Ralph Lauren SS'20. Image: Courtesy Getty
Ralph Lauren SS’20. Image: Courtesy Getty

Ralph Lauren’s latest show was no less than a cinematic fashion experience. Besides the exquisitely tailored Le Smoking jackets, trousers, and sequinned gowns, it was Janelle Monáe’s medley of Jazz Age anthems that stole the show. Arrayed in a tuxedo dress and a plaid skirt, the Grammy nominated singer & actress ensured her magnetic star power. 

Kerby Jean-Raymond celebrated stalwarts of black music
Payer Moss. Image: Courtesy Getty
Payer Moss. Image: Courtesy Getty

Haitian-American designer Kerby Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss rose to global consciousness after his politically charged Spring 2016 Menswear Collection during New York Fashion Week. Imbued with strong references of ‘Black Lives Matter’, his first show was in collaboration with activist and songwriter Erykah Badu. 

 

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This season Jean-Raymond returned to the NYFW SS’20 runway after a year-long hiatus; only to celebrate the lost names from the world of black music. ‘Sister’ his third show and the final chapter of his ‘American Also’ trilogy were a tribute to Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the godmother of rock-and-roll. The show saw a 90 member choir singing anthems by the likes of Anita Baker and Missy Elliot. The clothing line featured piano key detailing, guitar bags, trousers, leggings, and jackets featuring abstract prints inspired by black music icons. 

Tommy Hilfiger x Zendaya 2.0 
Tommy Hilfiger. Image: Courtesy Getty
Tommy Hilfiger/ Image: Courtesy Getty

Party was lit at this collaboration for its second edition. Both Hilfiger and Zendaya experimented with the 70s classic staples – fitted blazers, leather and velvet trousers, cowl neck dresses with flared skirts and a confetti of checks, polka dots, and houndstooth.

Billy Porter shuts it down at The Blonds SS’20
Billy Porter for The Blonds SS'20 . Image: Courtesy Getty
Billy Porter for The Blonds SS’20 . Image: Courtesy Getty

Pose star Billy Porter knows how to shut the red carpet down. Whether it’s the Oscars, Tony’s or the Met, Porter is more than just an entertainer. He is a game-changer. At the New York Fashion Week, we saw him replete with corsets, bustiers, tonnes of lace, and feathers similar to a Baz Luhrmann magnum opus. The highlight was his fiery performance on Moulin Rouge’s iconic track “Lady Marmalade”, which originally featured Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mýa, and Pink.

Anupam Dabral
Sr. Associate Editor
It was while studying fashion journalism at London College of Fashion that Anupam developed a keen interest in the anthropological aspect of the discipline; for him, fashion only makes sense when seen in the context of its environment. He is always on the hunt for great stories, and in his spare time binge-watches films/shows starring Whoopi Goldberg, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.