8 Reasons Why Fashion Week Didn't Suck

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Angela Ashman
We miss these dudes already
Another Fashion Week has come and gone. Naturally, we used all of Sunday to nap and recover from 12 hectic days of runway shows, celebrity sightings, and chain-smoking free e-cigarettes. While in deep coma, we drifted back to all of the thrilling, weird moments that Fashion Week coughed up, without which the entire event would simply be a train of super-thin models wearing overpriced clothes.

8. Cynthia Rowley

One of the most awkward photo ops was at Cynthia Rowley's presentation when Tyson Chandler of the Knicks and his wife, Kimberly, arrived. Rowley, who maybe comes up to Chandler's chest, got up on a model's platform to hug the towering basketball player. But not wanting to be left out of the photo, Kimberly, who was still standing on the floor, hugged Rowley around the stomach.

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Heather Baysa
Anya Caliendo

7. Anya Caliendo

Aside from making history as the first American milliner to host a solo show at New York Fashion week, Anya Caliendo earned our respect just by making the craziest shit we've seen on people's heads since Pre-Revolutionary France. Her Cirque-du-Soleil-ish presentation shook things up, and reminded us that this week is best when designers take chances and make bold statements. We've got a mind for the outlandish, and this collection put a hat on it.

6. Hood by Air

Backstage at the Hood by Air show, we were taken aback by the sight of brooding male models getting hair extensions and updos as if it were the 1950s. In one chair a makeup stylist applied heavy bronzer to the model's face, while another stylist pressed acrylic nails on a surprising chipper guy. And all of this before 11 a.m. on a Sunday! Then we got a glimpse of the insanely big Nike hightop boots. As soon as we got a moment to catch our breath, Kanye West made a low-key entrance, queuing about a zillion photographers' flashbulbs. The runway looks, which included tighty-whities, skorts, and HBA beaded necklaces, were beautifully inspiring.

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Araceli Cruz
Hood by Air

5. Duckie Brown

One simple word describes our emotions at Duckie Brown: awe. Perhaps that feeling can be attributed to the weird bowl haircuts, or the sight of beefy dudes wearing halter tops. Whatever it was, the show's soundtrack (Leikeli47's "Miss America") heightened the reverence. We've been impressed by Duckie Brown's collections in the past, but this one took the label's creative spirit to another level. They delivered a truly remarkable and unforgettable show.

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Araceli Cruz
Duckie Brown


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