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With so many shows, parties, and pop-up installations happening during New York Fashion Week, it’s hard to be everywhere at once. Unless equipped with Hermione Granger’s time turner from Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban, most fashion heads anxiously waited for designers to give their final runway bow before racing in Ubers from one show to the next.

As Paris Fashion Week continues to grow as the hotspot for men’s fashion, NYFW has still offered many great moments, collections, and collaborations to feed our itch. From John Elliott putting Nike Air Force 1’s on a Lexus to Palm Angels’ goth rave FW19 show, to A$AP Rocky and Dapper Dan celebrating Harlem’s impact on the fashion industry for “It’s (212) Day”, this year’s fall/winter event kept the fashion community pretty busy.

Incase you’re a muggle and couldn’t attend every event, here are some of the best moments you might’ve missed at NYFW 2019.

Dior x KAWS “New Concepts” Installation at Nordstrom

Apart of Nordstrom’s new installation series dubbed “New Concepts,” the hyped Dior x KAWS collaboration has set up shop at the retailer’s flagship store in NYC. The “New Concept” features a wide range of exclusive pieces from the inaugural collection that pairs KAWS’ reinterpretation of Dior’s bee emblem with a bold white-lettered Dior logo on tees, hoodies, backpacks, and other accessories.

Many fan favorite items are present including the Chuck Taylor-esque B23 featuring a technical canvas adorned with Dior’s Oblique print. For a closer look at the month long installation, peep our video above as Sam Lobban guides us through the Dior x KAWS concept.

Lexus x John Elliott “Air Force 1” Tire Installation

While John Elliott‘s New York Fashion Week FW19 show revealed strong collaborations with Nike and Caterpillar, the designer’s custom-made Nike Air Force 1-inspired car tires ended up being one of the show’s biggest talking points. Inspired by his reimagined Nike AF1 collab, Elliott partnered with Lexus to equip their latest UX model with fresh kicks.

Using layering techniques to create the illusion of color through shadows, the white leather construction with doubled and raised overlays create a clean futuristic look transforming the UX into a car straight outta Tron.

I.W. Harper’s “Harper House” Event & Panel

On February 12, insiders attended I.W. Harper’s “Harper House” at VNYL during NYFW. The premium bourbon brand hosted an intimate gathering that attracted the likes of model Ralph Souffrant and singer Raiche. The event kicked off with a panel discussing fashion and taste, which was hosted by Mark Anthony Green and featured  stylist Kesha McLeod (Serena Williams), former NFL player Andrew Hawkins, and mixologist expert Pamela Wiznitzer. Guests were also treated to complimentary haircuts, on-site grooming, and whiskey drinks crafted by the expert team at I.W. Harper.

Rowing Blazers x Nom Wah Capsule Launch

Rowing Blazer‘s celebrated the Chinese New Year with the launch of their new collection with Nom Wah, a Chinese tea parlor in NYC. Nom Wah opened its doors on Chinatown’s famous Doyers Street in 1920. Back then, the tea parlor and bakery was best known for its almond cookies and mooncakes. Since being taken over by current owner Wilson Tang in 2011, the establishment is now recognized for its dim sum.

In paying homage to Nom Wah, Rowing Blazer’s dropped a three-piece capsule collection featuring a yellow rugby, a long-sleeve graphic tee in two colorways, and hat in three colorways. They also hosted a launch party catered by the Chinese shop at Rowing Blazer’s store in Nolita. Shop the collection below.

A$AP Rocky & Dapper Dan Celebrate “It’s (212) Day” in Harlem

Dapper Dan, A$AP Rocky, Sheck Wes, Teyana Taylor and Fab 5 Freddy came together to pay tribute to the global impact of their neighborhood with musical performances, round table discussions and exuberant dance acts. The evening included a roundtable discussion moderated by the legendary Fab 5 Freddy featuring Rocky, Dan and Fear of God’s Jerry Lorenzo where they discussed how Harlem style has had an ever-lasting impact on fashion and changed a billion dollar industry from Paris to Tokyo.

There were also live performances by Sheck, Taylor, Crystal Caines, and various local DJ’s.

Palm Angels FW19 Rave & Afterparty Rap Concert

The Palm Angels FW19 fashion show felt like a nightclub in Bushwick, as Francesco Ragazzi used inspiration from goth ravers, industrial music, and club culture in the collection. Songs like Marilyn Manson’s “The Dope Show,” a track off of 1998’s Mechanical Animals, poured out of speakers as models walked the runway in trim blazers, overcoats, metallic trousers, color-saturated tracksuits, tie-dyed cargos riddled with zippers and pockets. Hot Topic-chic was in full-effect.

After, Palm Angels hosted an afterparty which transformed the rave into a rap party with many musical performances from rappers Gunna, French Montana, Kerwin Frost, Vic Mensa, and 14-year-old rapper Matt Ox.

Wardrobe.NYC’s Concept Store Launch

Designed by Jordana Maisie, the Wardrobe.NYC concept space takes New York’s infinite scaffolding off the bustling streets and into its store. The minimal interior and exposed piping present an abstract display and unique shopping experience. Customers who wish to buy Wardobe’s new “STREET” collection, are invited to find their size in the space and then order the product online. The 4-piece and 8-piece STREET wardrobes are priced at $600 and $2,400 for men and women.

“We’re in the process of building a brand, and it’s been quite clear from the three releases what our aesthetic is,” says Christine Centenera, a renowned stylist known for her work in Vogue Australia and with Virgil Abloh at Louis Vuitton. “It’s clean, it’s modern, and fresh—and this space just adds to that story.”

Patron of the New x Diet Starts Monday Pop-Up

After shutting their doors in Washington D.C., Diet Starts Monday has teamed up with NYC-based boutique, Patron Of The New for a special capsule collection during NYFW. The collection is comprised of exclusive releases such as the “Midnight Snack” trucker & the camo cargo pants as well as collaborative pieces featuring co-branded graphics on flannels, trucker jackets, hoodies and ski masks. The collab will only be available through in the store.

The pop is the first of many global pop-up activations that will either be stand-alone spaces or stores within larger stores in the future.

The UN’s Sustainable Streetwear Conference

Who would’ve ever thought we’d see Dapper Dan and NASA astronauts discussing clothing in the same room? As part of the Study Hall Summit, the UN hosted a conference devoted to sustainable fashion. The summit touched on topics covering every part of fashion, from how clothes can be made more responsibly to why eco solutions must be inclusive. Representatives from brands like adidas, G-STAR, Philip Lim, and Dyne were on hand to share knowledge before a sold-out crowd.

If you couldn’t make it to the event, here are 10 big takeaways from the study hall.

Luka Sabbat Scorching Hot “Unfortunately, Ready to Wear” Event

Luka Sabbat made a huge statement on climate change during NYFW. The 21-year-old model and influencer partnered with Milk Studios and the Natural Resources Defense Council to create a “future-facing collection” entitled, Unfortunately, Ready to Wear.

Featuring four pieces designed by Sabbat including headphones that fight heat waves, a jacket that shields against infectious diseases, a bandana to combat air pollution, and a backpack for refugees, the collection was shown off in a very educational way. To make sure climate change stayed the topic of the night, the showroom’s thermostat was purposely raised too high leaving attendees to deal with scorching heat.

“Let me explain why it’s so hot in this room,” Sabbat said to the distracted crowd. “Climate change is real, but for a lot of people it’s not a choice. I made it uncomfortably hot in this room for you to know that there’s people that go through this every day, and they don’t have a choice.”

Words by Kyle Hodge
Staff Writer

New York based writer that pops flavor and drips sauce.