It’s been an action-packed week, as New York Fashion Week unfolded all around our hometown. This year more than ever, we were feeling inspired and appreciative of our thriving local industry—so much so that we even launched #I❤NYFW, a social campaign that shares our support for our beloved city and the talent that thrives in it. Luckily, the past seven days exceeded even our own expectations. From Raf Simons’ striking, modern minimalism for Calvin Klein to Shayne Oliver’s provocative spin at Helmut Lang, the runways were alive with trend-setting style. The inspiration didn’t stop at the runway, either. From the street style to the parties and events, there was truly never a dull moment. Here, we share our highlights from a week that set the tone for the season to come.

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1. RAF SIMONS STEERS CALVIN KLEIN FORWARD
In Calvin Klein’s ‘90s heyday, Cindy Crawford was a CK regular, so this season it seemed fitting that her stunning daughter, Kaia Gerber, made her runway debut as the brand becomes iconic all over again for a new generation. “Calvin Klein was certainly the most-buzzed show of the week,” says Barneys fashion director Marina Larroudé. “Last season for his first show at the helm, Raf Simmons reinvented the brand. Now, he continues to surprise us by pushing the envelope, creating new desirable pieces—and, of course, the coolest jeans on the market.”

Calvin Klein SS18

 

2. PRABAL GURUNG‘S STATEMENT MAKING SOUNDTRACK
Over the past few seasons, Prabal Gurung has used the runway as a platform to promote change, and this season—Gloria Steinem sitting front row as special guest—was no different. The collection, shown on diverse models ranging from the Hadids to Andreja Pejic, was strong, as was the soundtrack to the show courtesy of fashion DJ Sebastien Perrin.

“Sebastien’s work is instantly recognizable because the energy in the room immediate changes at the first audible noise,” says Jackie Kim from the Barneys fashion office. “I loved how he set the tone at Prabal by starting with an activist’s prayer and then going into Maxence Cyrin and Beth Ditto—absolute chills!”

Prabal Gurung SS18

 

3. BROCK COLLECTION IN FULL BLOOM
Husband and wife duo Laura Vassar and Kristopher Brock have a knack for creating pieces that strike a balance between sexy, sweet, and sophisticated. For Fashion Director Marina Larroudé, the romantic dresses were a standout. “In a city that’s so well known for its sportswear and street wear, Brock’s sexy, feminine dresses really shine. This collection was one of the prettiest to go down the runway all week, and yet didn’t feel at all precious.”

Brock Collection SS18

 

4. TECHNICOLOR SIES MARJAN
Sander Lak honed in on his infatuation with color, delivering a collection that was a mix of saturated brights, bold stripes, and brushstroke prints. “Sies Marjan brightened up Sunday afternoon with yummy sorbet colors and sophisticated silhouettes. It made me want fast forward to spring,” gushed Larroudé.

Sies Marjan SS18

 

5. BIRKENSTOCK BOX
We curated a special pop-up in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, directly across from the Whitney Museum of American Art. Made from converted shipping containers, the space stocked an assortment of ready-to-wear, accessories, beauty, as well as limited edition, exclusive Birkenstock shoes. While the space has since disappeared, the styles are still available online at Barneys.

Our Birkenstock pop-up

 

6. HELMUT LANG BY SHAYNE OLIVER
Helmut Lang has been looking both backwards—the newly launched Re-Edition capsule brought back iconic ‘90s styles—and forward, with the ever-provocative Shayne Oliver acting as the brand’s “designer in residence” this season. The show, which featured Lang muses like Kristen Owen and Missy Rayder alongside newcomers like Slick Woods, played into the fetish-y details and minimalism Lang is known for, but made them feel even more exciting and relevant.

Helmut Lang SS18

 

7. FALL STREET STYLE
As much as we love looking to the season ahead and getting excited about Spring ’18, there’s also something thrilling about the September show season when the weather starts to dip and the new fall pieces hit the streets. Below, dancer and model Lydia Haug layers up in Barneys New York Fall ’17 collection.

Photographed by Liam Goslett

 

8. AREA‘S PREP SCHOOL RAVE
Set at the New Design High School, Area’s SS18 show was full of details we loved, from the hair and makeup—loopy braids, pink cheeks—to the sporty-sexy clothes in electric colors. Assistant Fashion Director Hannah Bibb thought the collection was “forward thinking and fun,” and went on to describe it as, “part prep-school, part party—sort of a recess rave with no shortage of fluro track suits and rhinestone tassels.” She also noted that the team has their eye on the brand’s debut shoes.

AREA SS18

 

9. Russell Westbrook: Style Drivers Launch Party
We celebrated the All-Star MVP, style aficionado, and newly minted author at Barneys Downtown. First, he sat down with Barneys CEO Daniella Vitale for a chat about the book and his personal style, and then he greeted a long line of enthusiastic fans and signed copies of Style Drivers.

Photographed by Joe Schildhorn / BFA.com

 

10. ZERO + MARIA CORNEJO CELEBRATES 20 YEARS
It’s been two decades since Maria Cornejo started her namesake line on Mott Street. To honor the milestone, she and her team examined the archives to reconnect with the joy of the brand’s early days. The SS18 collection represents the singular vision of the designer, with no shortage of sculptural volume, straight lines, circles, and fluid draping that have all become her signature.

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