The New York Fashion Week (NYFW) is a well-known exhibition of fashion recognized for its unexpected and unconventional elements. However, this year, the runway has seen disruptions and protests that have added a unique twist to the usual glitz and glamour. These unexpected incidents have left the fashion world and spectators intrigued and questioning the industry’s direction.
An Uninvited ‘Trash-Bag’ Model
An unusual ‘model’ took to the catwalk during a runway show, grabbing everyone’s attention. Clad in what appeared to be a makeshift ensemble—a shower cap, swimming shorts, and a plastic cape-like outfit—the man resembled a cross between a trash bag and a festival rain poncho. Despite this unconventional attire, the audience greeted him with cheers and applause, just as they would any other model.
In a bizarre turn of events, a security officer sprinted after the “model,” eventually escorting them out. It turns out that this unconventional catwalk participant was, in fact, an intruder: a YouTube prankster known as Fred Beyer.
A video of this incident went viral on social media, eliciting various reactions. Some found humour in the situation, commenting on the ever-evolving eccentricity of runway outfits.
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PETA’s Protests at New York Fashion Week
Animal rights organization PETA took action on the runway to protest the use of leather at the Coach brand’s New York Fashion Week show. Two protestors seamlessly blended into the model lineup, causing minimal commotion. One protester painted her body to resemble muscle and bones, featuring the message “Coach leather kills” on her torso. The other held a placard displaying the same message alongside the PETA logo.
However, PETA’s actions didn’t end on the runway. After the Michael Kors fashion show, supporters confronted Michael Kors himself, crashing the after-party and holding signs that stated, “Michael Kors: Angora is Torture!” This demonstration caused a significant disruption, leading to security’s removal of one protester.
⚠️ Crashed ⚠️
PETA activists confronted @MichaelKors after his #NYFW show to urge him to stop the unimaginable suffering of rabbits & goats who have their hair repeatedly ripped from their bodies while they’re alive for angora and cashmere. pic.twitter.com/KsHpgVgIBq
— PETA (@peta) September 11, 2023
These actions underscore PETA’s relentless campaign against animal-derived materials in the fashion industry. Advocating for innovative vegan alternatives, the organization cites ethical concerns and the environmental impact linked to leather and angora.
Although some fashion brands have started exploring alternatives to these materials, the challenge remains to find sustainable, durable options that meet industry demands. Consequently, brands like Coach, renowned for their leather-focused products, now face heightened scrutiny. These incidents intensify the ongoing debate over material ethics in the fashion world. Their reactions suggest they are less than pleased.
As New York Fashion Week continues its evolution, incidents like these serve as a poignant reminder of the fashion industry’s current crossroads. Whether you are a fashion enthusiast or an advocate for change, the recent disruptions undeniably raise intriguing questions. Can the fashion industry navigate the junction of ethical and sustainable practices while preserving its innate creative flair?
Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed here by the authors are their own, not those of Impakter.com — In the Featured Photo: A PETA protester holds a sign that reads “Coach: Leather Kills”. Featured Photo Credit: PETA.