By JOCELYN NOVECK, AP National Writer
NEW YORK (AP) — There was a wall that oozed chocolate, a streaker on the runway, a gallery turned into a freaky fashion cathedral, an entire armory outfitted with fake puffy clouds, and so much snow — REAL snow — that even dedicated fashionistas traded in stilettos for boots. (Well, SOME fashionistas.)
There were celebrities galore, from newly minted fashion star Lupita Nyong'o to David Beckham to Katie Holmes to Chelsea Clinton. And of course there were the clothes: from jewel-encrusted gowns destined for the Oscar red carpet to huge, comfy sweaters — which, given the weather, were frankly much more inviting. There was much to admire fashion-wise, and some head-scratchers, too.
But here are some of the non-sartorial moments — weird, wonderful, or otherwise notable — that caught our eye during Fashion Week:
A FASHION SHOW GOES TO BROOKLYN
It was the year of the great trek. Even more top designers than in the past left the tents at Lincoln Center, like Diane von Furstenberg and Michael Kors, both traveling downtown to Tribeca. But what really got attention was Alexander Wang's decision to have his show in, gasp, Brooklyn. At the Navy Yard, yet. Given the buzz surrounding Wang — who's only 30 but already a big name in fashion — it was a no-brainer that people would come. The question was only how annoyed they'd be, especially on a frigid Saturday night. Luckily, Wang put on a show, with leather that changed color on the spot when heated, a rotating stage, and a set that resembled a post-apocalyptic world — which was where, frankly, many Manhattan-centric guests felt they were.
WEATHER, WEATHER, AND MORE WEATHER
There was snow, sleet, freezing rain, and slush, melting into huge brown puddles. Nature was least kind to Ralph Lauren, whose show took place during the worst of Thursday's snowstorm, but hey — everybody came, even one woman in heels who hitched a ride on her boyfriend's back. This was Ralph Lauren, after all.
CAN WE GET SOME OF THAT?
The design house Opening Ceremony had the yummiest show of the week. Chocolate oozed down a massive white wall. Some guests dipped their fingers in it or even lapped it up. "My mind is blown," said Joe Jonas — yes, of the Jonas brothers. "It does smell like something is baking," said singer Kelly Rowland, a judge on "The X Factor."
DON'T STEP ON THE MULCH!
That was the unusual warning from a guard to guests at the Tommy Hilfiger show inside the cavernous Park Avenue Armory, with a set that evoked a winter's day in a place far more idyllic than slushy Manhattan. It included a log cabin, fir trees, and fake snow mixed with, yes, mulch.
THE CHURCH OF BROWNE
Designer Thom Browne filled a gallery space with real church pews, put huge crosses on the wall, and lit candles and incense. Models with freaky white wigs walked stiffly down the runway, looking a bit like Stepford Wives who'd stuck their hands in electric sockets. The clothes exhibited Browne's knack for craftsmanship but looked like the costume collection from a Tim Burton movie, with wildly exaggerated sleeves and shoulders and a vaguely Victorian look.
AT LEAST HE WAS FIT
Like all designers, Prabal Gurung prepped for months to put on a show that lasted less than 15 minutes. The show got a lot of attention, but not just for the clothes. A streaker wearing an animal-print G-string, a party crown, bright red tube socks and loafers ran onstage and knelt before a model, who never broke her model stare. At an after-party, Gurung responded with humor, handing out similar crowns to his friends.
CELEBS, CELEBS, CELEBS
Celebrity sightings are a major part of Fashion Week. Here are some we saw: