Best in Show | Most Memorable Milk Moments

After digesting 39 shows between Milk and The Standard, we’ve narrowed down our most wild and unforgettable picks from New York Fashion Week. It was tough to choose, but these are what we’d call special moments:

Best reason to cut the Grammy awards: Even though Alicia Keys won two Grammys this year, she spent her Saturday night in New York at the Alexander Wang and Altuzarra shows. “This is the coolest thing for me – going to these shows for the first time,” she smiled. “There’s no where else I’d rather be.”

Best backstage designer shoe moments: Tie between the tall black towering heels worn by Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs (who admitted to us that they wore Uggs for weeks before the show) and Philippe Blond, who ran around in spiked, silver Christian Louboutin’s before the start of The Blonds show. We assumed this fancy footwear was for his runway look, but no – this is apparently what Phillipe wears on the street everyday.

Best use of The Standard’s ice rink (and hot cider): Elise Overland, who held her show on the ice, managing to inspire not just the jaded editors but just about the entire Meatpacking District with her hour-long showcase.

Best Set: Tie between Erickson Beamon’s sublime set-up with dancers from the Russian American Foundation’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy, and Billy Reid’s rustic ode to the designer’s gorgeous studio in Florence, Alabama.

Best family moment: Sally Singer taking her 11 year-old son Malachy O’Neill to his first show at Patrick Ervell.

Best Milk cheerleader: Tommy Hilfiger. Despite his own men’s show that day, Tommy took time out to cheer on daughter Ally (who debuted NAHM with Nary Mavivong) and Peter Som (who collaborates with Hilfiger on his women’s collection).

Best hair: Those brilliant Turkey feathers at Cushnie Et Ochs. But the wigs at The Blonds were pretty damn amazing as well.

Best swag alert: Jeremy Scott. His front row received a duo of his collaboration pieces, cool watches from Swatch and the new pill print bag from his Longchamp collab.

Best special effects: Storm and lighting simulation before the start of Vena Cava.

Best backstage catering: Vegetarian feast at Sophie Théallet. Who knew that creamed grilled carrots and sweet potato sandwiches would be so satisfying?

Best model line-up: Alexander Wang. This wasn’t an upset by any stretch of the imagination, but Alex Wang still managed to pull in the most powerful model line-up of the week, casting everyone from Karolina Kurkova, Jac, Daphne, Joan, and Frida. His cast was perhaps only matched by Marc Jacobs. Wang, however, had one secret weapon: Natasha Poly, who walked exclusively for his show. “I love doing exclusives, especially if it’s for someone as great as Alex,” she told us. “Now I can save energy for Europe.”

–Valentine Uhovski

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