Walking into my first New York Fashion Week show was quite nerve racking. I was intimidated by the very fashionable crowd that anticipated the start of Control Sector, a contemporary streetwear brand. I honestly didn’t really know what to expect. All I knew was that the show was probably going to be awesome, especially since Complex, a well known pop-culture magazine, named Control Sector “one of the coolest brands found on Instagram.”
Seconds before the show started it went dark and silent, which definitely added to the dramatic effect of the beginning of the show. Once the DJ dropped the first beat of a remix of “Work” by rapper ASAP Ferg, the first model came out. Most of the models walked at a fast pace. There was an overall simple and minimalistic design of the show and most of the pieces. The beginning of the show started off with basic pieces that were black and white, and as the show progressed the designers incorporated other neutral tones like olive green, and very small amounts of print.
Majority of the clothing was very masculine. The different female models wore caps, leather jackets, trainers or hoodies. Then as the show progressed, the female models had on feminine pieces like satin slip dresses with layers. However, the designers seemed to have wanted to keep the masculine style by having the female models wear caps with their dresses. I enjoyed Control Sectors addition to streetwear and the diversity of the models they chose.
After the show, I took a walk around to see if I could get some opinions from the very fashionable audience. Everyone I spoke to seemed very pleased with the pieces and the overall presentation. Among the large audience there were stylists (Rihanna’s stylist from her recent VMA performance), boutique owners, and other fashion enthusiasts.
Because Hammerstein ballroom was filled to capacity, I had many opportunities to meet with different individuals in the industry. Walking around I was definitely impressed with the level of creativity of the audience’s street style. One individual in particular immediately had my attention (he had white paint on his face with a simple yet elegant design) so of course I had to introduce myself. He shared his instagram name, (@YoungParis) and told me that his style is representative of his pride of his African heritage.
Article by Sabrina Marie