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Everything our editors saw on NYFW

Every September marks a season of new beginnings. Summer is finally over, the kids are back to school and New York Fashion Week is officially upon us. This year will be the biggest in recent memory, with just over 100 designers showing up IRL and online, including a few Europeans. We take to the streets to capture all events in real time, and our editors capture content faster than you can say “runway.” Keep scrolling for our roundup of everyday highlights, from runway looks to A-list sightings and everything and everything in between. Make sure to come back here as we continue to dish up the best things we’ve seen, gossiped about, ate, etc.

Day 1: Thursday September 8


My caffeine intake usually doubles to get through fashion week. The first stop of the morning – a party to celebrate the launch of Dior’s new J’adore fragrance – had nothing to do with the day’s shows, but nevertheless gave me a boost to run around town wearing a very chic golden latte. – Margaux Anbouba, Beauty Editor

Saxon caviar


Saks dished out bumps at his annual NYFW party co-hosted by Chloë Bailey — from caviar, that is. (You have to keep it classy.) Combine that creative app with its signature drink, the L’Avenue Cosmopolitan, and sightings of James Charles and James Harden, and you’ve got a perfect start to the chaos that is fashion week. Madison Rexroat, assistant fashion and accessories

lu chen luchen new york fashion week


My first show of the season was up-and-coming designer Lu Chen, whose collection of surreal dresses and damn-perfect utilitarian skirts juxtaposed beautifully with the setting, in the heart of Flatiron. Bringing fashion to the streets has a whole new meaning! – Kevin LeBlanc, Fashion Associate

lion proposal


I’m not going to lie, I was blown away at the Lionne show last night, when designer Latoia Fitzgerald’s boyfriend, professional basketball player Rajon Rondo, offered her RIGHT in front of me at the end of the show. A truly unforgettable moment.—Jade Vallario, Market Editor

opening ceremony 20th anniversary design of two decades

Santiago Felipe//Getty Images

My main thought when I arrived at the opening ceremony’s 20th anniversary celebration: What year is it? Held at Schimanski, an industrial warehouse-and-slash nightclub in Brooklyn, OC20’s celebration felt like a time warp to the early 2000s, when indie sleaze was at its peak. Fittingly, Cobrasnake, the unofficial documenter of Y2K nightlife, was on hand to snap photos. Bowen Yang and Ilana Glazer also got in on the action.—Claire Stern, Digital Deputy Editor

attico acme dinner

Sarah Zendejas

Dancing at Acme with The Attico was definitely the best way to end the evening (and take those steps into it). – Sarah Zendejas, Senior Fashion Market Editor

Day 2: Friday 9 September

Kim Kardashian Fendic

Jade Vallario

I was storming through a crowd of tourists on 34th Street last night, trying to get to the Fendi show in time, when suddenly everyone on the sidewalk stopped moving forward and started stepping back. Men in black suits screamed as a black SUV with tinted windows pulled up, featuring none other than Kim Kardashian (in Fendi couture, of course). I almost broke my ankle for the shot, but it was worth it. – Jade Vallario, Market Editor

collina strada hair

Margaux Anbouba

I love going backstage at Collina Strada because designer Hillary Taymour knows the power of beauty. Case in point: She tapped Bella Hadid’s hairstylist, Evanie Frausto, to create 10-foot braids for many models. Each was hand-painted with an Aztec clay face mask (yes, the Amazon best-seller). The result was a horse girl and something you would see on Goop. – Margaux Anbouba, Beauty Editor

hello baddie kate spade

Hal Baddie

Quick pop check in! Here we practice our best NYFW behavior with Devin Halbal, aka HalBaddie, at Kate Spade’s Spring/Summer 2023 presentation. Classic selfie? A bad guy but a goodie.-Madison Rexroat, Fashion and Accessories Assistant

badbinchtong tongue

Kevin LeBlanc

Terrence Zhou of Bad Binch TongTong gave us a performance instead of a runway. Dancers fluttered and floated in his sculptural, body-defying pieces that are (literally) made to move. These two dancing rays of sunshine, made from what looks like pool floats, encapsulate his silly but sensual ethos. – Kevin LeBlanc, Fashion Associate

simon miller

Rosie Jarman

Friday was impossibly fresh, from real grass at Kate Spade to food sculptures at Simon Miller (pictured above) and an intoxicating broccoli bag at Collina Strada. Apparently it’s all about getting your veggies this season. – Rosie Jarman, Assistant Fashion Editor

harwell godfrey necklace


Harwell Godfrey and De Beers Group’s cocktail party at Temple Bar was so chic and intimate I forgot I was going to the Fendi show. I mean, just look at this Charity Heart pendant featuring an ethically sourced natural diamond from De Beers. One hundred percent of proceeds support Everytown for Gun Safety; designer Lauren Harwell Godfrey told me she’s already raised $250,000 and hopes to get to a million. Try that. – Claire Stern, deputy editor-in-chief digital

Day 3: Saturday September 10

doja cat heaven marc jacobs


Last night in Brooklyn, Heaven by Marc Jacobs took fashion week by storm with a party that was both star-studded and utterly chaotic. Charli XCX, PinkPantheress and of course campaigner Doja Cat took to the stage to perform in front of a crowd of enthusiastic ravers and industry people. Jared Leto even joined in on the fun. – Kevin LeBlanc, Fashion Associate

club vintage shop


After stopping at Jason Wu on Pier 17, I popped into one of my favorite stores, Club Vintage, nearby. Do I need to buy anything for fashion week? Not really. But I was very much seduced by the 2000s Dior, Vada colors and tons of autumnal easy dresses… so much so that I might have come to Eckhaus Latta’s East Village show with a shopping bag in tow. Anbouba, beauty editor

throw axe


You never know where you’ll find yourself between shows during NYFW. If you need a snack, a phone charger, or just a break, you can usually pop into a coffee shop. Other times, you’ll find yourself at Live Axe, the ax throwing bar across the street from the Private Policy show, for the Heaven by Marc Jacobs party. Not even “axe” to be added to the list. (Sorry, had to.) – Madison Rexroat, Fashion and Accessories Assistant

Givenchy nyfw party

Claire Stern

Full disclosure: One of the main reasons I wanted to go to the Givenchy party was the location in Nine Orchard, a swanky new hotel in Dimes Square. The rooftop views delivered, as did the LCD Soundsystem and New Order soundtrack and the (not pictured) ice-cube cocktails emblazoned with the Givenchy logo. — Claire Stern, Digital Deputy Editor

Day 4: Sunday 11 September

symon luar show

Thanks to Kevin LeBlanc

On Sunday night, everyone’s favorite drag queen Symone ran the Luar show (which, ICYMI, was a family reunion of epic proportions). She can check walking NYFW off her bucket list and I can check to see her in person from mine. – Kevin LeBlanc, Fashion Associate

Day 5: Monday September 12

jared leto


The Intermix dinner at Casa Cipriani, co-hosted by Ronny Kobo and Faith Connexion, attracted a host of power women from the fashion industry, including Ellen von Unwerth, Nicky Hilton and ELLE’s very own Nina Garcia. There were also some men; especially the always impeccably dressed Jordan Catalano Jared Leto. His floral robe-and-bum bag combination was on point, as usual. – Claire Stern, Digital Deputy Editor

Emma Watson

Joe Schildhorn/

No one shouted, “Hermione, I love you,” at the Prada dinner at The Nines in Emma Watson’s honor, but she felt the adoration anyway. Watson is the face of the brand’s newest fragrance, Paradoxe (she also made her directorial debut with the movie ad). Not only did she have a cute shag haircut, she gave a touching speech about how she shot the film in three days, with a mostly female crew. Rich and ambery, the scent smells sweet and strong (imagine an old-fashioned one) – and a bit like Emma herself. – Kathleen Hou, Beauty Director

Day 6: Tuesday September 13

Kourtney Kardashian Travis Barker Boohoo runway show

Thanks to Claire Stern

I knew Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker were in love, but seeing her love in the form of her new collection for Boohoo was enough to win over even the most cynical of onlookers. Models wore Blink-182 band T-shirts as they walked the runway to “What’s My Age Again?” After the finale, America’s favorite emo couple walked hand-in-hand to thunderous applause from the influencer crowd, with Kourtney holding a bouquet of red roses just as Barker proposed. Be still in my teenage heart. — Claire Stern, deputy digital editor

Day 7: Wednesday 14 September

Latin American fashion summit Amazon luxury stores lunch

Thanks to Claire Stern

A nice meal at fashion week is always appreciated. Today I can thank Amazon Luxury Stores and the Latin American Fashion Summit (aka LAFS) for co-hosting a delicious lunch at the Times Square Edition hotel to celebrate Latin American design during Hispanic Heritage Month, and for conveying of a sobering message. Carlos Paez Rodríguez, a Uruguayan survivor of the famous plane crash in the Andes Mountains (which formed the basis for the book and film Alive), shared his tragic story in detail. It really put things in perspective and of course made us appreciate the food even more. – Claire Stern, Digital Deputy Editor

wiederhoeft ss23

Thanks to Lauren Puckett-Pope

My very first front row experience was better than I could have dreamed – and Wiederhoeft’s show played something like a fever dream. Ballet dancers twirled around a makeshift playground as a parade of models in flashes of fantasy-inspired looks (think neon makeup, chainmail, tulle capes, and metallic ruffles) glittered around them. An absolute feast for the senses. – Lauren Puckett-Pope, Associate Editor

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