New York Fashion Week is running in full force. After the men’s leg ended on a literal high with Raf Simons’ drug-induced show earlier last week, it left us optimistic for an exciting follow-up for the women’s season. Sure enough, NYFW has yet to disappoint. Now midway through the schedule, we’ve seen The Matrix effect take centre stage as office power-dressing at Alexander Wang’s show; Vogue’s Anna Wintour and rapper Cardi B become seat pals as well as fashion meme fodder at said show; Japanese model Kiko Mizuhara flaunting Adam Selman’s next It-eyewear; and Juicy Couture making its inaugural fashion week debut.

Scroll down and catch up on the best highlights from NYFW’s Fall 2018 runways to date.

(Main image: Corey Tenold; featured image: Alexander Wang)

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Seated next to each other at Alexander Wang’s front row, Vogue icon Anna Wintour and skyrocketing rapper Cardi B are fast becoming fashion’s favourite meme.

“The view from the front row. #WANGINC

 

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Phillipp Plein took showmanship lightyears ahead with a Frank Sinatra-loving robot opening the extravaganza. It gurgled Fly Me to the Moon before marching hand-in-hand with Irina Shayk who emerged from a UFO. 

#PhilippPlein takes over last night ???? #PleinSpaceInvasion UFO landed in Brooklyn with @irinashayk in #NYC presenting the #FW1819

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Meanwhile, Jeremy Scott went on a different kind of spaceship — The Fifth Element’s, to be exact. He had the likes of Gigi Hadid and Jourdan Dunn channel the 1997 flick’s manic pixie dream girl Leeloo.

“Thank you, my dear friend, @itsjeremyscott for having me open and close your otherworldly show last night ! Best way to kick off Fashion Month, a trip to space ! ☺️???????? so fun x”

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Celebrating Victoria’s 10-year milestone of running her clothing empire, the Beckham clan was in almost-full attendance (sans Brooklyn) at the Fall 2018 show.

“Kisses x #VBAW18 love u @davidbeckham @romeobeckham @cruzbeckham #harper x miss u @brooklynbeckham #NYFW

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Over at Adam Selman was the ultimate Asian squad cast: Models Kiko Mizuhara, Hyun Ji Shin, and Heejung Park.

“????????Asian Charlie’s Angels ????????
❤️ @adamselman ❤️”

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Raf Simons’s Fall 2018 show in New York had narcotics as its running theme. ‘LSD’, ‘XTC’, ‘GHB’ and ‘2C-B’ were typed onto decorated patches. There was also a tee printed with a portrait of Christiane F, the 14-year-old character who becomes a sex worker to pay off her drug addiction in an eponymously titled German book…

“Major laser show @rafsimons evoking chemically altered states #drugs

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…of which the designer sported himself post-show, as captured by fashion critic Tim Blanks.

“Raf❤️Christiane.”

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Kendall Jenner didn’t walk the runway for young designer Daniëlle Cathari’s NYFW debut show. Instead, the model went behind the lens to take backstage shots of Cathari’s deconstructed Adidas tracksuit lineup.

@adidasoriginals @daniellecathari #adidas_ambassador

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It was take-daughter-to-work day for Instagram fashion director Eva Chen, who brought along her Insta-famous five-year-old, Ren Bannister, to watch Mansur Gavriel’s presentation.

“Ren made her #NYFW debut today in a chicken hat and mixed prints (she chose her own outfit today). ???? by @gastrochic for @nytimesfashion

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With Vetements’ SS17 velour tracksuit seal of approval under its belt, Juicy Couture made a confident NYFW debut, splashed in sequins and pinks.

“Fall 2018 #NYFW