Eastbound & Down For MotoXMADE

Brooklyn—like fashion—can be subtle and unassuming until your eye hits the right spot. And as you followed the meandering trails of slick-dressed crews ready to declare themselves fashionably independent last Friday for the close of MADE Fashion Week, something wild occupied an all-but-abandoned Bushwick warehouse, where MADE and Motorola grabbed hold along with the electronic wizards from Kitsuné. After opening fashion week ceremonies with a Kendrick Lamar-led affair in Milk’s cavernous loading docks, we found it only fair to spread love the BK way.

The 1896 doesn’t have four walls, per se: strung together between two unmarked brick buildings and an emptied warehouse, the lucky thousands able to get inside strutted down an impossibly long walkway shrouded in purple haze as it opened up into a massive cluster of spaces. Projections, lasers and screens ignited the air with dizzying neon blasts, kaleidoscopic babes and grey clouds of billowing thunder and lightning as the fashion-conscious filled the man-made caverns with bouts of bold looks. The unlikely party space was the perfect arena for some unreal sound sets: DJ Hot Chip, Azari & III, Gildas, Kidnap Kid and HeartsRevolution all did their part to keep the night alive while the masses’ blinking wristbands matched every beat.

But just as hot was the showcase of street style all around, where leather, plaid, and chambray ruled the night. Ladies were best decked in menacing leather jackets with their male counterparts in long, flowing tees. There were odes to classic ’80s and ’90s style with mint-white Adidas and bizarrely patterned tops, and contemporary daredevils in impossible heels. Even the Moto X phone showed off a rainbow of color combos at photo kiosks where partygoers lined up all night to get their picture taken. It was a night of fashion and endless celebration as even the most jaded fashionistas were moved to scream and shout through the stuttering lights. Or maybe you guys said it best. "No longer attending parties unless they’re thrown by @madefw," tweeted @slouellette. Keep that in mind next season.

Photos by Andrew Boyle

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