New York, United States: While this year at NYFW, the shows were organized that brought some enormous new debut for designers, the ramps still went on quieter than they are during other years. New York Fashion Week, undoubtedly was attracted by the A-lister actors and models, but somehow the parties went-on more spectacular than the show themselves.
Philipp Plein brought a spaceship to his fashion week party. On Saturday night, in a gargantuan Brooklyn Navy Yard hangar, was a Winter Olympics-meets-“Barbarella” extravaganza. The smoke-belching U.F.O. descended from the ceiling, while on the other hand the rappers, models, and famous A-listed designers went on-the-floor very hard. Apart from the sci-fi look, the U.F.O. was used for, there was a drift of artificial snow and lot more spectacular than ever in those parties.
“I’ve partied here before,” said Joakim Noah, the New York Knicks center, who stripped to an undershirt in a V.I.P. area. “But I’ve never seen it like this.”
Spectacle, arriviste or not, was a rarity this New York Fashion Week. Party heavyweights like Alexander Wang, Rihanna, Public School and Purple magazine were absent from the social calendar. Others found smaller confines: Opening Ceremony hosted a Barragán party at the Standard High Line, Garage magazine parked in the Gramercy Park Hotel’s Rose Bar, and Last magazine hermit-crabbed into a Brooklyn beer hall with Burberry.
New York Fashion Week is both a corporate-fueled vehicle and a fractured vessel in a shifting industry. Brands are moving off-calendar, debuting lines on Instagram and decamping to European cities. Is the late-night scene slipping through the cracks?
“You can’t have these giant parties and go back to something small,” said Paul Sevigny, the D.J., and impresario behind Paul’s Cocktail Lounge in TriBeCa, which will host an intimate event for Calvin Klein. “Fashion week used to be for people who were involved in fashion, not your Googles.”
Mr. Wang’s show was also on Saturday. Instead of unfurling a #Wangfest with Kardashians, Cardi B, and Dunkin’ Donut towers, as he did in September, he and his retinue ended up at the Brooklyn Bazaar in Greenpoint for a dance party hosted by the Lot Radio, an internet station that operates from a shipping container.