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Miley Cyrus walked Marc Jacobs, Debbie Harry performed at Coach, and more NYFW highlights

Contrary to popular belief, New York Fashion Week isn’t dead.

Sure, Jeremy Scott and Ralph Lauren were missing, and even Tom Ford chose not to show in the Big Apple. Yet, for Fall/Winter 2020, the city was still very much alive, buzzing with exciting moments both on and off the runways. From rockstars to rappers, celebrities of all kinds made special appearances this season.

Still, no celebrity cameo can top the energy that was present at Marc Jacobs’ closing show. The New York designer’s dance-choreographed presentation celebrated joy, movement and emotion, and was undoubtedly one of the top shows of the season. It was also a symbol for the heart of NYFW, still beating strong.

Below, see what other moments stole the show at NYFW.

Drake, Travis Scott and Rosalia sat front row at Nike’s 2020 Future Forum

Nike unofficially kicked off NYFW with its massive 2020 Future Forum runway show. Think of it as a sporty version of the Savage x Fenty show last year: there was a dance performance staged by a diverse cast, who were clad in the brand’s athlete uniforms (made from 100% recycled materials!) for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. The sportswear giant also previewed new sneakers, and big name collaborations with the likes of Sacai, Ambush, 1017 ALYX 9SM, Undercover and Off-White.

Even bigger were the celebrities who attended the show: Drake, Rosalía, Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott and G-Dragon rubbed shoulders with streetwear icons Virgil Abloh, Hiroshi Fujiwara, Yoon Ahn and Matthew Williams. Even Jacquemus was there, for some reason. All of them were nice enough to take the group shot above, which just might be the biggest flex of NYFW.

Tom Ford’s LA show was filled with Hollywood stars

No more parties in LA? Not for Tom Ford. As chairman of the CFDA, Ford’s new job is to make NYFW great again —not that it stopped him from showing his new collection in Los Angeles, where the Oscars were taking place. Naturally, his show drew in quite a crowd of A-listers: Academy Award winner Renée Zellweger, Jennifer Lopez, Miley Cyrus, Lil Nas X, Demi Moore, Lisa Bonet and Jason Momoa, Kate Hudson, Kris and Kylie Jenner were all in attendance. So, too, were some questionable guests, like Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos (who, with his girlfriend, cosied up to Anna Wintour on the frow) and comedian James Corden.

All of them got the first look at Ford’s latest collection, which featured his take on luxe athleisure. There were sweatshirts and track pants, but because this is Ford, the former’s sleeves were cropped off revealingly or blown up into billowing, tie-dye kaftans, while the latter were made with satin and leather.

Rihanna had a low-key presentation at Bergdorf’s

Rihanna didn’t have to rely on star power (besides her own, of course) or a major runway show for her NYFW presentation. Instead, the singer slash businesswoman slash designer held a pop-up at Fifth Avenue Bergdorf Goodman for her new Fenty collection, which consisted of utilitarian jackets, knit sweaters and dresses in earthy tones like army green, khaki, and orange. The pieces, like the minidress sported by Riri, are now available on fenty.com. And, if you’re wondering, she also revealed her Valentine’s Day plans: she’ll be recording her new album in the studio alongside Pharrell.

Area caused a buzz on Instagram with its chair bags

Past seasons gave rise to gigantic straw hats and micro-bags; for F/W 2020, the accessory Instagram lost its mind over was the crystal-embellished chair bag, slung across the models at Area’s show. “Bag” is a loose term, given that you can’t actually put anything in the tiny, glitzy models of foldable chairs. It’s “go girl, give us nothing” energy distilled in an accessory, and it is brilliant. So, too, are the matching earrings (this time resembling Bentwood chairs) and heart-shaped box bags. Don’t let those distract you from the collection, though, which featured crystal-trimmed mini dresses and glamorous pantsuits with unexpected cut-outs.

Gigi Hadid walked for The Row

There are two reasons why the Olsen twins’ label, The Row, remains as low-key as its founders: firstly, its prices are exorbitant, as the brand mostly caters to wealthy elites, and secondly, its immaculate designs are never flashy or trendy, so they generally end up shying away from the spotlight on social media. That makes Instagram It-girl Gigi Hadid opening the The Row’s latest show all the more significant — and exciting for Gigi, who has long been a fan of the label. To get the approval of Mary-Kate and Ashley is the closest thing to a blessing in fashion, and Gigi’s star is definitely on the rise. The Olsens also clearly favour Margiela, whose Hermès F/W 1998 collection was a major influence on The Row’s new offerings.

Punk icon Debbie Harry gave a surprise performance at Coach

Stuart Vevers had his sights on New York in the 1980s for his latest Coach collection. Specifically East Village, home of art icon Jean-Michel Basquiat, whose eclectic prints were featured heavily across trench coats, scarves and bags. His niece, Jessica Kelly, even walked the show. East Village was also the birthplace of the American punk scene, so it was fitting that towards the end of the show, the Debbie Harry of Blondie strolled up the runway and gave a stirring performance of one of her songs. Long live rock and roll.

Miley Cyrus shut down NYFW with her Marc Jacobs catwalk

Marc Jacobs closed NYFW with a show that celebrated pure, unfiltered emotional expression. Models danced, posed and ran across the massive runway space, clad in Jacobs’ 1960s-inspired sweaters, skirts and coats. Out of the chaos emerged Miley Cyrus, making her Marc Jacobs runway debut with a fixed stare while trailing a zebra print jacket behind her. Marc Jacobs didn’t need a celebrity appearance to hype up his show, which featured close to a hundred stellar looks, but it was certainly one way to end NYFW with a bang.

Pameyla Cambe
Senior Writer
Pameyla Cambe is a fashion and jewellery writer who believes that style and substance shouldn't be mutually exclusive. She makes sense of the world through Gothic novels, horror films and music. Lots of music.