Snapchat, Peter Copping, The Blonds & Disabilities Shine at NYFW

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Gazelle Paulo breaks down the best of the best from NYFW Fall 2015, Peter Copping's Oscar de la Renta debut, model diversity and his pick for most exciting show, The Blonds at Milk Studios. (© Janet Mayer/Splash News/Corbis photo)
Gazelle Paulo breaks down the best of the best from NYFW Fall 2015, including Peter Copping’s Oscar de la Renta debut, model diversity and his pick for most exciting show, The Blonds at Milk Studios, above. (© Janet Mayer/Splash News/Corbis photo)

Nothing feels better when you know that the end of New York Fashion Week is approaching. Yes, we all love this industry, and we are a hardcore fashion-addicts group, but if you spend nine days going uptown to the Lincoln Center and rushing back downtown to Milk Studios to attend shows and also going crosstown as some designers decide to show in different locations, you know exactly what I mean.

And add to that crazy itinerary the weather factor — this winter has been brutal in New York, which visually translate to a very large silhouette formed with unlimited layers of fabrics. We all looked like furry monsters, but who said fashion is supposed to always be easy?

Read more: NYFW: Fur, North West and Lacoste Did It First

If you read my recent article “Curves Are Here To Stay,” you will understand what I meant by the lack of diversity in the fashion industry. But this season, the very famous catwalks of NYFW presented a fashion show with models with disabilities from all over the world who were featured in one of the FTL Moda presentations, the one by designer Antonio Urzi. It is very clear most designers or companies do not create fashion thinking about the needs of people with disabilities, so although I don’t think Urzi’s designs are carrying that flag, it brought attention to the cause. I am sure that companies like Clothing Solutions for disabled people will also benefit from this exposure.

If it wasn’t enough following the NYFW shows, Twitter posts and Instagram photos uploading insanity, the real trend for the fashion crowd was Snapchat, a slideshow of videos and images that disappear after 24 hours. I couldn’t possibly create another social-media profile, so I tried to stay away from it until someone told me that NYFW Snapchat was streaming a “fab” photo of me — yes, me, Gazelle Paulo — so I had to give in to the online madness.

The Blonds. (Photo by Gazelle Paulo)
The Blonds. (Photo by Gazelle Paulo)

Although Kanye West was also in everybody’s mouth, the most expected debut at the NYFW was Peter Copping for the Oscar de la Renta brand — and he didn’t disappoint. The 48-year old Oxford, England-born designer, who was approved by Mr. de la Renta as his successor before the fashion icon passed away last October, delivered a very respectful collection with a solid presence of Oscar’s work while also carefully shaping the future to leave his mark at the legendary label. Yes, floral references were very much alive …

1. Best Trend: Snapchat and the ’70s
2. Show That Should Never Have Happened: North West crying
3. Best Runway: Marc by Marc Jacobs
4. Chicest Runway: Ralph Lauren
5. Chicest Crowd: Ralph Lauren
6. Best Front-Row Moment: Any moment with no children crying
7. Best Fashion Moment Incident: Fashion is Dangerous by David Yi
8. My Favorite Fashion Editor: Kyle Anderson
9. Best Show Inspiration: Altuzarra
10. Best Model Appearance: 83-year-old model Carmen Dell’Orefice in the Elie Tahari’s show
11. Best Over-The-Top Show: Christian Siriano
12. Best Shoes: Delpozo
13. Best Use of Furs: Jason Wu
14. Best Wraps: Ralph Lauren
15. Best Coat: Skingraft
16. Best Pants: Rodarte
17. Best Gowns: Carolina Herrera
18. Best Jewelry: Anna Sui
19. Best Prints: Carolina Herrera
20. Best Lace Work: Diane von Furstenberg
21. Best Bags: Georgine
22. Best Nails: The Blonds
23. Best Hair: Custo Barcelona
24. Best Makeup: Marc Jacobs
25. Best Styling: Delpozo
26. Best Show Music: Lacoste
27. Best Art Production: Monique Lhuillier
28. Best Fashion Show: Marc Jacobs
29. Best Show Finale: Tommy Hilfiger
30. Best Men’s Fashion: Patrik Ervell
31. Most Exciting Show: The Blonds
32. My Favorite Show: Delpozo
33. Best Runway Debut: Kylie Jenner at the Kanye West show … hello, Kendall
34. Best Phrase Heard: “Can you give that child a dog treat?” at the Michael Costello show.
35. Best Fashion Villain: Kanye West
36. Best Fashion Attitude: Anna Wintour, who didn’t move a muscle while listening to North West — sitting next to her — crying a river at the Kanye West show
37. Coolest Collection: Lacoste
38. Fashion Rocks Best Collection: Jeremy Scott
39. Worst Collection: Mark & Estel
40. Best Collection:

Gazelle Paulo is a contributing journalist for TheBlot Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and FreakChic.

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