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The Best of NYFW Interpreted As Obscure Architecture

With New York Fashion Week drawing to a close, we thought we’d hand out a few unofficial awards to recap the week of mayhem and highlight what stood out in and around the collections. Given the branded whirlwind the event’s become, we decided to focus back on the art of it all, lest anyone forgot their proverbial way in the cab between Milk and Cafe Gitane. With comparisons to similarly inspiring work from our other favorite design discipline, we’ve given the genius some context, illustrating that the new guard is taking fashion to another level entirely.

From Prabal Gurung’s mind blowing show to the best street style moments, the week has solidly confirmed that New York City is the place to be if you’re a young designer today. Click through to see our unconventional round up of the week’s best and brightest, and then let us know in the comments what collections, events, or escapades made an impact on you.

The Best Use of Gold: Prabal Gurung and Thomas Heatherwick


Image credit: Bryan Boy; Heatherwick Studio, Seed Pavilion

The Best Use of Peacock Blue: Prabal Gurung and DOSE


Image credit: Jamie Beck; DOSE via Dezeen

The Best Prismatic Sheath: Prabal Gurung (yes, again) and La Prisme Concert Hall

Image credit: Susie Bubble; Brisac Gonzalez

The Best Street Style: Marina Muñoz and Dancing Living House


Image credit: Face Hunter; Junichi Sampei/ ARCHITECT LABEL Xain via Space Invading

The Best Eclectic Youth Culture Ambassador: Susie Bubble aka Style Bubble and the Conceptual Nightclub in Harajuku, Japan


Image credit: Style Bubble; Tiffany Dahlen and Virginia Melnyk

The Best Shade of Pink: Calla and the Paula Rêgo Museum


Image credit: Style Bubble; Eduardo Souto de Mouravia archhis

The Best Gothic Throwback: Creatures of the Wind and the Kölner Dom


Image credit: froufrouu; All things Europe

The Best Layered Look: Helmut Lang and Spaceport America

Image credit: Style Bubble; Foster + Partners via Dezeen

The Best Use of the Tribal Trend We Know and Love: Mara Hoffman and The Painted Adobe of The Nakani People


Image credit: Love is the law; Do It Yourself, Cupcake

The Most Original Use of Color: Ostwald Helgason and Avondale Heights Library


Image credit: From Me to You; H2o Architects

The Best Sartorial Comment on a Color: Scott Schuman’s Raspberry Knit Cap Post and Musée du Quai Branly


Image credit: The Sartorialist; Jean Nouvel Atelier

The Best Use of Black: Jason Wu and The Panteón Nube


Image credit: From Me to You; Clavel Arquitectos via Dezeen