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New York Fashion Week: Runways, robots and Ralph Lauren

New York Fashion Week: Runways, robots and Ralph Lauren
From BBC - February 13, 2018

New York Fashion Week is drawing to a close after another season of rows, runways and, err, robots.

NYFW is held twice a year - February and September - with this one focusing on autumn/winter collections.

So as we wave goodbye to the after-show parties and couture cocktails, let's look back at all the big moments both on and off the catwalk.

1. Gigi body shaming row

Superstar model Gigi Hadid has faced criticism over her weight recently on social media, with comments such as "too skinny" and "u are just bones" posted on her Instagram feed.

Having taken the catwalk by storm in New York over the weekend in shows for Prabal Gurung, Brandon Maxwell and Jeremy Scott, the star posted a series of tweets defending her size and explained that her fluctuating weight was due to her management of Hashimoto's disease, an auto-immune condition.

Will it stop the haters? Who knows, but Gigi says she wo not be explaining the way her body looks again.

So there.

2. Victoria Beckham bids farewell

It's been 10 years - 10 years! - since she made her debut at New York Fashion Week, which went down a storm with the critics after many sceptics had scoffed ahead of her first collection being unveiled.

But Victoria Beckham's latest New York outing - featuring leopard print for the first time - was her last as she prepares to join London Fashion Week in September, and it's being seen as a big blow for the Stateside event.

And while sales of Victoria's clothing range have been strong, her company is yet to turn a profit - which could be one reason why the Spice Girls reunion is on the cards.

Sadly, the former singer has dispelled rumours she might be designing Meghan Markle's wedding dress, after Prince Harry's fiancee wore a Victoria Beckham jumper in the couple's official engagement photos.

"She looked absolutely beautiful in my jumper. I am sure it will be a really fun wedding," Beckham told The Guardian. "But no, she has not asked me to do the dress."

3. Breast cancer survivors own the catwalk

Dozens of breast cancer survivors of all ages, shapes and sizes took New York by storm on Sunday as they showcased lingerie designs for women who have had a mastectomy, breast reconstruction or breast surgery from Ana Ono.

The Cancerland show was emceed by Oscar-winning actress Mira Sorvino, who recently accused Harvey Weinstein of sexually harassing her and 'derailing' her career. (Weinstein has denied any allegations of misconduct and of blacklisting Sorvino).

Some of the models hit the runway with writing on their bodies featuring slogans such as "I Am Whole" and baring their surgery scars.

The models received constant cheers and whoops as they strutted their stuff.

4. Desmond is Amazing

As is often the case, it was a kid who stole the show, winning New York Fashion Week hands-down.

5. Fashion is the future

6. Black Panther takeover

7. And relax

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