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New York Fashion Week Was One Big “After” Party


It is a game of stamina, endurance, and fierceness. Intel is needed to survive, and your uniform determines your valor. The opposition is often found at the intersection of brand awareness and traditional business. Welcome – back – to New York City Fashion Week , where the world has converged on the most iconic city – one that never sleeps – and it refused to close its eyes for an entire week.

New York Fashion Week was full of life this season. Looks from Spring/Summer 2023 collections hit venues all over the city, and events happened round the clock. The town was engulfed in fashion and celebrities, and with the most gravitas came the nightlife. Many brands doubled down on their runway experiences for the world to see, but New Yorkers were also privy to an array of after-parties hosted by their favorite designers.

If you know – then you knew – what shows to attend and what after-parties would complement the runways. Besides the models, who are ubiquitous to fashion, New York Fashion Week hosted plenty of talented musicians like Doja Cat, Fivio Foreign, Latto, Skepta, Lil Nas X, and Remy Ma, who walked in the Sprayground show. Music artists Diplo, and G-Eazy would merrily spin tunes at some of the after-parties.

Also on the runways were athletes like Kyle Kuzma and olympian Usain Bolt, who both walked in the Puma show at the famous Cipriani restaurant on Wall Street. Also seen at shows and events were NBA All-Stars Jordan Clarkson, Serge Ibaka, Ben Simmons, PJ Tucker, and Russell Westbrook, who has his own fashion line titled Honor The Gift.

New York City streets conducted energy that was once fading from this fashion week. VFILES collaborated with Jaded London on a 3-day pop-up at 12 Mercer Street, and to commemorate the shop, they held a party at the PUBLIC hotel, with music played by notable and fashionable DJs Siobhan Bell, Angel and Dren, and Zack Bia, to name a few. The fashion world dandies were also present, including Matthew Williams of Givenchy and Asap Nast, recently featured in Lacoste campaigns.

A collaboration between streetwear brand Guizio and denim brand Levi’s hosted a party at Capitale, located on Bowery street, bringing out a city full of enthused fashion lovers. The Guizio x Levi’s fashion collaboration was a culmination of streetwear and a refreshed connection to fashion and the cultures it breeds. Though it rained on that Sunday night, September 11 – a midway point through the fashion week – many would bounce around from one after-party to the next.

Who Decides War, one of the prominent streetwear brands out of New York City, would hold its runway show earlier that day and host its after-party the same night as Guizio x Levis at The Standard Hotel, East Village. Attendees were moving in and out of the skyscraping Lower Manhattan hotel as guests like actor Kendrick Sampson and grammy award-winning artist Burna Boy made their way through crowds.

Other guests included Kirby Jean-Raymond, founder of Pyer Moss, Maxwell Osborne of PublicSchool, music artist Brent Faiyaz, and model Luka Sabbat, as New Yorkers crowded doorways with a number of party-goers. Models and special invitees wore selected looks from designers who showed during this fashion week. It is a field test for fashion at these after-parties, with everyone styled for the cameras.

On Tuesday, September 13, Puma hosted a star-studded runway show with an even more eclectic guest list who came to view their creative endeavor titled FUTROGRADE, led by creative director, and famed stylist June Ambrose. The after-party converted the very same FUTROGRADE runway into a dance floor. A performance from Skepta coated the night in an ambiance of focused fun, exuded through dance moves and libations.

That same night, native New Yorker and global nightlife curator Richie Akiva, who hosted the Puma FUTROGRADE after-party, would host an “after” after-party at the new hotel hotspot, The Ned NoMad. As the new director of programming at The Ned, Akiva garners an elite guest list that included models Imaan, Winnie Harlow, and Jasmine Sanders and host celebrities like Christian Combs, Justine Sky, Latto who hosted the Flaunt magazine party, Rhude fashion designer Rhuigi Villasenor, and actor Jared Leto in a head -to-toe Gucci look.

New on the scene, Midnight Studios by Shane Gonzales presented its runway show “And Love Said No,” a collection in collaboration with the iconic goth rock band HIM The goth style was prevalent not only on Midnight Studios’ runway but even more so at its after-party, where the low ceiling and disco ball of the Lafeyette street lounge reflected an exclusivity that had long been part of the essence of fashion.

In an incognito scene, celebrities like athlete Jordan Clarkson and music artists Brent Faiyaz and Lancey Foux would slip into the Midnight Studios after-party without garnering attention. There, G-Eazy would jump on the turntables to play some of his hit songs and other popular hip hop tracks from fellow rappers. Once G-Eazy retired from his set, DJs like Odalys, Jordy Spice, and designer Shane Gonzales who goes by DJ name Shaneaveli, dove into house music to keep the party going.

As much as the fashion shows were the reason for landing in New York and being diligent about your itinerary this week, the after-parties made the city come to life in a way that called back to the essence of nightlife. This goes hand-in -hand with the aura of fashion.

Plenty of talent is found here in New York, and fashion week highlights that in a way that grants access to fashion designers and others who choose to partake in fashion for a chance to thrive. What isn’t given is earned, and the exclusivity of the “after-party” may be more accessible in this generation. Evident in the number of parties held – a key piece in bringing the fashion community together – this was a sign of the access fashion offers to its communities and cultures that appreciate the craft .

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