"The Box" has many distinct meanings -- two of which were particularly relevant to New Yorkers this week. The first, of course, refers to the studio at Lincoln Center where many of the collections are shown during the fabulous madness known as Fashion Week. The second refers to the radio -- in this case, Hot 97, where legendary DJ Mister Cee was returned to his throne last night. After an abrupt resignation Wednesday night, Mister Cee came out of the closet during an on-air interview yesterday morning. Ebro Darden, program director of the station, begged him to return in what might be a watershed moment of acceptance and love for the culture of homophobia that pervades hip-hop. In this week's Five 'n' Five I've chosen great moments from Fashion Week and paired them with inspiring songs from DJ Mister Cee's utterly awesome "Back on the Box" mix which played last night. Much respect to a legendary pioneer -- today and always.
1. Most Awesome - Mark and Estel
"Hi Hater" -- Maino
The duo's rocker style was not only apparent in the collection -- full of awesome grunge inspired separates, tees, zipper dresses and skeletal knits -- but also in the music they chose. Designers and a band, Mark and Estel walked the runway themselves singing their own theme song alongside the models for the show's closing. So awesome.
2. Most Consistent - Alice & Olivia
"No Letting Go" -- Wayne Wonder
Every girl in New York loves Alice & Olivia. Designer Stacey Bendet has cornered the market on quirky dresses with unexpected elements -- leather here, sequins there -- that flatter and make you feel cool.
3. Most Romantic - Erin Fetherston
"I Am Blessed" -- Mr Vegas
Erin Fetherston showed her colorful, dreamy collection in her studio the night before FW officially began. Her garden-party themed collection was inspired by her own fantasy wedding in Barbados. Let's face it, if real-life Disney princesses were to be married, they'd be married in Erin Fetherston.
4. Most Fun - Stylecaster 50 Most Stylish New Yorkers Launch Party
"Where I Wanna Be" -- Shade Sheist, Nate Dogg
Of all of the best dressed lists, this year Stylecaster's 50 Most Stylish New Yorkers is the one to be on. Early in the week, the stylish set threw down at Lavo to tunes from Robyn to Diplo to Miley Cyrus to Shade Sheist -- mixed by yours truly, of course.
Photo via Just Jared
5. Dopest Integration - Style 360 Party: Just Dance/Boy Meets Girl
"You Can Make it if You Try" -- Sly & The Family Stone
One of the coolest things I saw this year didn't even happen on the runway. The video game Just Dance had an installation at the Boy Meets Girl show and Style 360 closing party -- the video game was synched along to the music in the house, bringing a whimsical party vibe that was much needed after a bonkers eight days. Til next season...