The scene at Kanye West's show/presentation/album listening party was chaotic and often times disorganized. There were roughly 20,000 people in attendance, most of whom were lay people with no formal ties to fashion or NYFW. They were there to participate in a cultural moment. The music was well received, if not controversial with a lyric about one of Kanye's former adversaries.

The clothes were more of the same from prior seasons: destroyed and overpriced. The key pieces that sell out quickest are the footwear which played on some of the most popular styles of seasons past. The clothes were, unsurprisingly, the least entertaining part of the extravaganza. The commentary was far more powerful, think refugee in tattered clothes, possibly signaling the refugee crisis in Europe. Knowing all this, people still came out to see the show and paid a lot of money to be a part of it and will likely pay a lot more to own some of the pieces. It's undeniable that there is a fascination and a demand for Yeezy. In the end, no one really came into the show thinking it would be a huge revelation in fashion but instead, as a showman, West delivered.

RUNWAY: Yeezy Season 3

Jazz and music played a strong role in David Hart's soulful FW16 collection. Trumpets and various horns accompanied many of the models as they wore collegiate inspired fashions, with a strong emphasis on the classic tailoring; the collection was suave and debonair.

RUNWAY: David Hart FW16

Classic tailoring, mix with sporty elements, and masculine silhouettes were on offer at Hickey Freeman's suit-heavy FW16 presentation.





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RUNWAY: Hickey Freeman FW16

Hedi Slimane's tenure at Saint Laurent has been fraught with rumors, gossip and spectacle. When 2016 hit, rumors in Paris started swirling that he was on his way out the door then he cancelled Saint Laurent's men's FW16 show in Paris. The rumors reached a fever pitch at that point. It was eventually announced that Saint Laurent would show not in Paris, or New York, but in Los Angeles, where Slimane has lived since departing Dior Homme nearly a decade ago. The show, at LA's iconic Palladium, was billed all-Hedi, meaning that the press-shy designer's creations would be the focus and he was not leaving (yet). This could be a turning point in the label's future, bypassing the European shows and the newly formed NYFWM to show in Los Angeles, to appease Slimane.

When the lights dimmed at the Palladium, just days before the Grammy's, the collection was a revelation in chic, albeit in super slim proportions. Slimane revived Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture, with two new couture ateliers, one of them focusing on tailoring. Though this collection is undoubtedly ready to wear, the influences of YSL couture showed here with a sophisticated collection full of opulence, take the gold mink coat or the lush embroidery on a trim jacket. After the kerfuffle over the label's name change, the banning of certain journalists, and the sometimes inability of the designer to take criticism, this collection in LA is Slimane's best argument for why he deserves to stay at Saint Laurent and why Kering, its parent company, should acquiesce to the designer's wants.

RUNWAY: Saint Laurent FW16

Tailored suits and sportswear with a flare for fur and other luxe fabrications was the crux of Brioni's FW16 collection. Classic menswear fabrics like windowpane and herringbone proliferated the moody collection while sporty elements gave the expansive collection a youthful air, thanks in part to the slightly oversized coats, some with fur trim. Other elements, like the removable hood and bib, just did not work.

RUNWAY: Brioni FW16

There was something off about Orley and that's how the trio of designers behind the label quite like it. Every look seemed off kilter: a knit too shrunken, pants too short, or jackets that looked beaten up in the wash. The label's FW16 was interesting in its embrace of things that are different. The knitwork was quite sublime while the men's and womenswear collections felt genderless without being so obtuse about it, an impressive feat for the fairly new label.

RUNWAY: Orley FW16

Big changes are afoot at Todd Snyder. A few months ago Snyder sold his company to teen retailer American Eagle Outfitters. Though his runway line was not the main focus of the acquisition, it was inevitably scooped up by the $10 million purchase. This is the designer's first outing since the news broke and would the collection be more commercial? More youth oriented? Less expensive? Loyalist to the designer can breathe a sigh of relief that the collection was very much what they have come to expect: high quality fabrics with a strong nod to military tailoring. That being said, there were more youthful elements like joggers in heathered fabrics that looked cool but definitely way out of budget for anyone who still shops at American Eagle. In the end, the collection could have been a turning point for the runway label that has struggled to capture a bigger chunk of the expanding and growing menswear market but as a whole, this collection fell short in making a compelling argument for why it should.

RUNWAY: Todd Snyder FW16

The first shirt said it all: "Vampyros Lesbos". Siki Im's dark and sex-tinged FW16 collection was centered on the story of Lesbos, off the coast of Greece, and vampires, which could easily be a metaphor for sex and bodily fluid exchange. It was then unsurprising that the collection was strongly rooted in black and blood-red hues. Fake blood dripped off the models mouths, ears, and eyes, like that of the vampires on True Blood when they cried. The collection, combined with visuals of the models and the narrative, it helped convey a subversive and blood thirsty collection that was anchored by the graphic tees seen throughout the collection.

RUNWAY: Siki Im FW16

Zachary Prell's mostly-black FW16 collection hinged on a dapper city slicker aesthetic, with an emphasis on egalitarian layers like comfy knits, oversized caps, and a sleek silhouette.

RUNWAY: Zachary Prell FW16