by Catherine Q. O'Neill
The Subway fashion show; Getty Images Lock a bunch of celebrities, quirky fashionistas, and sleep-deprived editors in a series of dark, cramped spaces and strange things start to happen. Case in point: the five most outrageous things we saw at New York Fashion Week this season.
The Subway fashion show. Yes, Subway hosted a fashion show. And yes, the collection was comprised solely of Subway sandwich wrappers (above is a dress worthy of the Project Runway unconventional challenge). Hey, it could have been worse. (Cold-cut minis, anyone?)
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Alexander Wang's mall party. Not since 1997 has anyone invited us to a mall party--but that's exactly what happened at Alexander Wang's annual (and always epic) post-show celebration. Held in the food court at the South Street Seaport, fashion types mingled in stores that would never actually carry Alexander Wang clothes. The designer generously handed out Hello Kitty backpacks to his guests.
The Tommy Hilfiger show; Giovanni Giannoni/WWD Runaway runways. As if walking down a runway in heels isn't hard enough, Tommy Hilfiger and Marc Jacobs both had sand on theirs (Tommy's looked like a boardwalk; MJ's was more of a raised black-sand trap) and 3.1 Phillip Lim's was sprinkled with especially tricky rock salt. Luckily, we didn't see any tumbles.
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Feathers at Marchesa; George Chinsee/WWDFine feathers. Hairstylist Odile Gilbert is known for her wild accessories (one season she attached pieces of Murano glass to the hair). This time, she brought a trunkload of feathers and animal prints with her, gluing black ostrich feathers on the models' heads at Marchesa and zebra-printed extensions at Rodarte.
Body art at Tracy Reese; George Chinsee/WWDBody art. When we talk about body makeup, we usually mean a little foundation and shimmer. But at Tracy Reese, makeup artists covered bare shoulders with hand-drawn black tattoos. The results were gorgeous, though we don't know if we recommend trying that the next time you're looking for a way to dress up an off-the-shoulder top.
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by Catherine Q. O'Neill