Courtesy of Sarah Schecker

LUAR Spring/Summer 2022. New York, New York

Editor's Notes

After taking a three-season-long hiatus, Raul Lopez lead his (sort of) namesake brand, LUAR, into a new chapter at New York Fashion Week.

Fans and friends of the brand were hungry for Lopez's return — LUAR’s comeback show was an exuberant affair that harkened to the vibrancy of New York City’s ballroom culture of yesteryear.

Show-goers whooped and cheered as they watched their friends slink down the catwalk (Richie Shazam was among the show's hyper-cool cast). People reacted to the runway in real-time, a testament to Lopez’s ability to spur emotion with fashion.

The affair wasn’t just about clothing — it also captured the spirit of New York fashion, a scene that bridges high and low, art and streetwear, luxury and grittiness.

Lopez’s comeback was, at its core, a celebration: a celebration of the designer’s return to to the NYFW schedule, and a celebration of New York's slow-but-steady emergence from COVID, which ravaged so many sectors that shape the city's distinct style: live music, nightlife, art.

Lopez's homage to NY culture set the stage for its continued evolution. It also looked to the past — in 2017, a photo of the designer clad in a Yankees cap, puffer jacket, and thigh-high boots reminiscent of Timberlands, the shoes synonymous with the Big Apple, landed on The Shade Room.

The image was quickly picked up by meme-makers, who placed the image alongside captions including "after u fight every guy in NY this is deadass the final boss" and "the final boss of streetwear.". The hilarity of Lopez's hyper-local virality was certainly not lost on him, giving the show an air of playful self-awareness.

If thigh-high Timbs make Lopez the final boss of NY, LUAR's elegant, energetic salute to the city also makes him the final boss of NYFW.

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