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The 13 Most Badass Things to Happen at New York Fashion Week 2016

From stunning model castings to important topics being discussed, these are the moments you actually should be talking about

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There Was a 'Stranger Things' Reunion

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13:  Winona Ryder and Millie Bobby Brown attends the Coach 1941 Women's Spring 2017 Show at Pier 76
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At Coach's Sept. 14 showcase, Stranger Things stars Winona Ryder (who plays dedicated, frantic mother Joyce Byers) and Millie Bobby Brown (who's the telekinetic wunderkind Eleven) reunited in the name of fashion. Adorably, the co-stars sat next to each other in the front row among other A-listers like Chloë Grace Moretz and Emma Roberts.

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Pyer Moss Shared a Deep, Black Lives Matter Message

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11:  Models walk the runway at the Pyer Moss fashion show during New York Fashion Week September 201
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After tackling topics like mental health and the Black Lives Matter movement in past shows, designer Kerby-Jean Raymond took this a step further for his Spring 2017 show for Pyer Moss on Sept. 11. The designer shined a harsh spotlight on the corporate and greedy side of important movements, with storyteller Cyrus Aaron opening the show with a spoken-word performance, telling the crowd that included Rick Ross: "You can't get investments with that Black Lives Matter message. You thought you was gonna get away with it. But the black dollar never qualifies. The black coin doesn't quantify, yet you still want to make money in spite."

Models donned varsity jackets and sweaters with the word "GREED" on them with one outfit displaying Bernie Madoff's face. BLM activist DeRay Mckesson praised the show and Raymond. "I hope this is only the beginning for the fashion industry to understand their role differently, " he told W Magazine. "It is clear that the fashion industry and artists in general need to think about how to use their platforms in a larger social context. It's a responsibility that artists have."

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Christian Siriano Made a Subtle Statement

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Like any other fashion show this week, Christian Siriano's Sept. 11 showcase had many models donning their spring/summer 2017 lines. But what made Project Runway star's show so remarkable was how he incorporated multiple plus-size models into the show that walked alongside the more "traditional" catwalkers. More importantly, he did so without any major press release or grand spectacle, and instead treated all his models—gasp!—equally, regardless of size.

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Hood by Air Had a Not-So-Subtle Porn Sponsorship

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The Hood by Air show was sponsored by Pornhub.com... and the best way to describe the makeup is porn-y. According to reports, the models at the Sept. 11 show were covered by "massive amounts" of M.A.C Shine Mixing Medium on their T-zones before being slathered with Clear Ultra Ice.

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Opening Ceremony Made Their Runway a Powerful "Pageant"

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: LGBT  rights activist Sarah McBride at the Opening Ceremony SS17 fashion show, a star-studded to
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Opening Ceremony's Sept. 11 show decided to go the usual catwalk and instead create a Pageant of the People, where powerful women came to the runway to answer questions on a multitude of topics, pageant-style, on the same day as the Miss America pageant aired. Sarah McBride was included among these women, who were asked to answer the question, "What does it mean to be American?" The transgender rights activist and current Human Rights Campaign press secretary gave a beautifully eloquent answer that elicited huge applause: 

"We must never be a country that says there’s only one way to love, only one way to look, and only one way to live. We must be a country where everyone has the freedom to live openly and equally. A country that says that you can be gay, you can be trans, you can be a woman, you can be black, you can be Muslim, you can be anything that this society says is mutually exclusive with dreaming big dreams, you can be any and all of those things and still be seen, still be valued, and still be respected as the equal humans we all are."

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Tracy Reese Committed to "Inclusive Sizing"

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11:  Models pose at the Tracy Reese Presentation during New York Fashion Week on September 11, 2016
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Tracy Reese's Sept. 11 event showcased models of different sizes, ages and races to debut the designer's new "inclusive sizing" initiative. Previously, Reese's clothes ran in sizes 0-12 and XS to L, and now Reese will offer a portion of her designs in sizes 0-18, and XS to 2XL. She furthered her commitment to the initiative, telling Refinery29 she's looking to offer even more options in upcoming seasons. 

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Monse Had a 'Stranger Things' Soundtrack

Monse is one of the "It" brands this NYFW so it made perfect sense for the show to incorporate yet another oh-so-buzzy phenom into its show. At their Sept. 10 showcase, models donned several sequin- and stripe-inspired looks walking down the runway to the theme song of Stranger Things. No Demogorgon was spotted in the audience.

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Namilia Made Pop Culture Commentary

models walks the runway at the Namilla runway show; September 2016 New York Fashion Week ; The Shows at The Gallery, Skylight
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At their Sept. 10 showing, British design duo Namilia showed off their unique takes on pop culture with outfits that commented on Donald Trump ("Take Down Trump" was one of the phrases pasted on a model's clothes, among other hilariously doctored photos of the Republican presidential nominee in compromising positions) and Zayn Malik (imagining the former One Direction member as a Twilight-esque werewolf).

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Iman Shumpert Made Minions Fashionable

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09:  Singer Teyana Taylor and NBA star Iman Shumpert pose before the Baja East fashion show at 25 Be
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Teyana Taylor and beau Iman Shumpert were #couplegoals at the Sept. 9 Baja East show. But we might be more envious of her NBA star's Minion accessory.

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Reshma Quereshi Opened FTL Moda

Indian model Reshma Quereshi challenged perceptions of beauty as she opened the FTL Moda show on Sept. 8. The 19-year-old is a survivor of an acid attack where she suffered severe facial burns and lost an eye. Two years ago, Quereshi was attacked by her estranged brother-in-law and two men.

The teenage beauty, who hit the runway with a long-sleeved white dress, was welcomed with cheers and undoubtedly helped bring awareness to her causes including Make Love Not Scars, and her campaign to ban the sale of substances that are known to maim thousands of women and children each year.

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Desigual Made Snapchat Filters Real

The Desigual fashion show at The Arc, Skylight at Moynihan Station on September 8, 2016 in New York City
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Desigual had their runway models not only rocking adorable outfits, but some very easily identifiable Snpachat filter-inspired makeup looks created by MAC. There's the universally adored puppy dog face, the festival flower crown, the new favorite deer look, and loads more at their Sept. 8 showcase.

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Amina Blue Stepped Out

Fashion shows and their models are not shielded from show mishaps, and no show seemed to be plagued more than Kanye West and his Yeezy Season 4 show on Sept. 8. Multiple catwalkers had shoe issues, but we applaud Amina Blue for taking matters into her own hands instead of potentially ending up in a dangerous situation and hurting herself or someone else. 

Kylie Jenner, who was at the show, later clarified that Blue's heel broke on the runway.

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Tim Gunn Made the Plea for Plus-Size

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Tim Gunn poses backstage at the Project Runway fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Sh
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Fittingly debuting on the first day of New York Fashion Week (Sept. 8), Tim Gunn penned a scathingly honest essay on the fashion industry's lack of size diversity for The Washington Post. The Project Runway mentor not only called out designers for failing to create good fashion for plus-size women ("It's a horribly insulting and demoralizing experience" he says of their limited choices when it comes to fashion) and also appealed to their business sides ("There are 100 million plus-size women in America, and, for the past three years, they have increased their spending on clothes faster than their straight-size counterparts"). 

Tell 'em, Tim.

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