What Were the 21 Biggest Moments of Fashion Month?

by Sydney Sadick

That’s a wrap…Fashion Month is officially over! Below, in no particular order, we rounded up 21 of the biggest moments from the whirlwind that is New York, London, Milan, and Paris Fashion Weeks. Let’s get started! 

Stella McCartney’s Dance Party: A finale done right! At Stella McCartney, models had a dance-off and then transitioned into a totally choreographed performance. Salma Hayek and Eva Chen were in attendance and documented the action on Instagram. Thanks, loves!

Tommy Hilfiger’s Carnival-Themed Show: Olivia PalermoYolanda Foster (Gigi’s mom), Kris Jenner, Victoria’s Secret models Rachel HilbertMartha Hunt, and Doutzen Kroes, and Taylor Swift came out to support Gigi Hadid, who debuted her first ready-to-wear collection for Tommy Hilfiger at his carnival-themed #TommyNow Fall 2016 see-now, buy-now show at NYC’s South Street Seaport. From fairground rides and carnival food (sliders and donuts galore) to manicure and temporary tattoo stations, the show goes down as Tommy’s most epic act yet.

Chanel Robots: #DataCenterChanel was a show made for the digital age, indeed. Models—including big names like Arizona Muse and Taylor Hill—were accessorized in hi-tech fashion, with robot-like helmets and gloves paired with the fashion house’s signature tweed skirt suits. UsherLily-Rose DeppCourtney Love, and Frances Bean Cobain witnessed all of Karl Lagerfeld’s innovative goodness at the Grand Palais in Paris.

Chanel Paris RTW Spring Summer 2017 October 2016

Chanel Paris RTW Spring Summer 2017 October 2016

Alexander Wang’s After-Party: A junk food-fueled #WangFest—what’s not to love? The designer transformed Pier 94 into a food truck heaven, with McDonald’s serving Big Macs and 7-Eleven offering Slurpees and a candy store’s worth of treats to a star-studded group including MadonnaKylie Jenner and boyfriend Tyga, and Travis Scott. Another highlight of the night? The announcement of Wang’s Adidas collaboration.


Maria Grazia Chiuri’s Dior Debut: It was major—enough said.

Cartier’s Flagship Reopens: The French luxury goods company hosted a haute reopening party of its historic Fifth Avenue Mansion (seriously—the fire department showed up) with mods, actors, bloggers, and influencers like Hailey Clauson, Aimee Song, Mia MorettiTK QuannCipriana QuannToni Garrn, and Uma Thurman. #TBT to the knockout after-party where Beyonce’s duo Chloe x Hall and Ellie Goulding performed.

Gigi Hadid’s Milan Incident: One of the lows of fashion month was when the 21-year-old supermodel was grabbed by a notorious prankster outside Max Mara’s Milan show, and how many media outlets reacted to how she handled it. “It sounds cliché to say it, but in the moment, it wasn’t heroic to me,” Hadid told Lena Dunham a few days later. “It was just what I had to do. It’s very touching to me that people see it that way. I know people are put in much worse situations every day and don’t have the cameras around that provoke social-media support. I just want to use what happened to me to show that it’s everyone’s right, and it can be empowering, to be able to defend yourself.”

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Model Gigi Hadid arrives to New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Skylight at Moynihan Station on September 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)

Gigi Hadid, Getty Images

Anthony Vaccarello’s Saint Laurent Debut: The designer injected his personal aesthetic into the famed French maison with his debut collection for the label, which was previously helmed by Hedi Slimane. Simply put, he was looking to bring sexy back (cue the silver pastie/leather mini dress number that popped up all over social media). The reviews were a bit ho-hum after the show, but critics remain optimistic.

Kaia Gerber Steals the Show!: The 15-year-old supermodel in the making, Kaia Gerber, was awarded the Breakthrough Female Model of the Year at The Daily Front Row’s Fourth Annual Fashion Media Awards by none other than Marc Jacobs. He told the crowd that, “her beauty, her charm, her incredible personality, and her professional work ethic prove that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” the tree being her supermodel mom Cindy Crawford, who was in attendance. Other honorees and attendees that evening included host Alan CummingGigi HadidTom Ford, Natasha Poly, Carine Roitfeld, Derek BlasbergTommy Hilfiger, Jourdan Dunn, Adriana Lima, Jim Nelson…and the VIP list goes on and on.

Kim Kardashian Is Robbed: Definitely the low of the low during Fashion Month was Kim being robbed at gunpoint at her Paris apartment.

Julie de Libran’s Homage to Sonia Rykiel: Models were given soft, brushed-out curls and makeup (think smudged shimmering navy eyeshadow), a reference to the late Sonia Rykiel. They also posed in unison wearing black bodysuits that spelled out “Rykiel Forever.”

Nudists at Kenzo: Glam party girls decked out in Carol Lim and Humberto Leon’s designs, accompanied by nude models posing as statues? That’s a moment.

Pierpaolo Piccioli’s Solo Debut at Valentino: Romantic vibes were in full swing at Piccioli’s first solo ready-to-wear show at Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild. A noteworthy heart-daggered print was featured throughout, perhaps symbolizing the breakup between Piccioli and former design partner Maria Grazia Chiuri. But the designers supported each other by attending the other’s first solo effort, proving that breakups don’t always end badly, after all.

Louis Vuitton’s iPhone CasesNicolas Ghesquière turned Louis Vuitton’s Petit Malle trunk bag into an iPhone case, and it’s already becoming an instant favorite amongst the fashion crowd. J’adore!


Dries Van Noten’s Floral Display: The designer partnered with Japanese flower artist Azuma Makoto, to compliment the series of floral-print garments down the runway, making for a set that’s truly unforgettable.

Jimmy Choo’s 20th Anniversary: The shoe brand rang in 20 years during NYFW with a killer performance by Mary J. Blige, who brought the house down in front of a gorgeous girl squad including supermods Amber VallettaSasha PivovarovaTaylor HillLexi BolingJasmine TookesXiao Wen Ju, and actress Diane Kruger.

Bouchra Jarrar’s Lanvin Debut: A total of 49 standout looks filled the room at the ornate Salon de l’Hotel de Ville for Lanvin’s show, where top mods like Karlie KlossTaylor HillImaan HammamSasha Pivovarova, and Guinevere van Seenus commanded the catwalk.

The Marc Jacobs Controversy: Models, like Kendall Jenner, sported colorful dreadlocks at the designer’s show, which caused controversy and backlash on social media. Jacobs responded to critics via Instagram, writing: “I don’t see color or race-I see people. I’m sorry to read that so many people are narrow minded…Love is the answer.” [Edited response]

Jonathan Saunders’ DVF Debut: According to Diane Von FurstenbergJonathan Saunders nailed his first presentation as creative director for the brand.


Models Fainting at YeezyKanye West’s show was so unbelievably unforgettable—models fainting, hours-long delay—that he reportedly fired his entire team that worked on the Roosevelt Island production. Yikes!

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains partial nudity.) Models pose on the runway at the Kanye West Yeezy Season 4 fashion show on September 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Yeezy Season 4)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 07: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains partial nudity.) Models pose on the runway at the Kanye West Yeezy Season 4 fashion show on September 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Yeezy Season 4)

Michael Carl makes Daisy Shaw-Ellis a Star!: The Vanity Fair editors killed time in Europe this season making—what else?—Instagram stories. Carl entertained his followers with footage of VF‘s accessories director Shaw-Ellis, the star of Daisy Cam. Fashion’s very own Jimmy Fallon relentlessly filmed his colleague all day and we couldn’t get enough. Keep it coming!


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