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The Alexander Wang Spring 2018 collection is modeled on a street in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn during New York Fashion Week, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff)

NEW YORK — What, really, is a fashion show? Discuss.

Of course, there’s the well-worn formula: People wait in line for ages, sit down, wait some more, look at clothes for about 10 minutes, spend another half-hour greeting and double-cheek kissing, then go do the same thing somewhere else.

But lately, fashion shows have been stretching those boundaries. It’s not a totally new trend, but the New York Fashion Week that ended Wednesday saw a fashion show as a dance performance, a fashion show as a vintage car exhibit, a fashion show as a rap concert/burlesque show (together!), a fashion show as an excuse for a big party, a fashion show as a female empowerment group and more.

Some of it was weird, some wonderful, some both. Here are some notable moments of the week:


The Public School Spring 2018 collection is modeled during New York Fashion Week, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in the Chinatown neighborhood of New York. (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff)


If there’s any justice, actress Leslie Jones will now be invited to every designer’s front row until the end of time. She will also be dressed by every designer. This is because she was the most entertaining and supportive fan of all time at Christian Siriano’s show, whooping and hollering her pleasure at her favorite designer’s garments. (Samples: “Work it!!” and “I want that!” and pretend-fainting.) You’ll recall, Siriano was the designer who stepped up to dress Jones when she complained on social media that she was having trouble finding a designer to dress her for the “Ghostbusters” premiere. Good move, Mr. Siriano.


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