Caroline Polachek, musician | @carolineplz | Ramona Gomez dress, Reinke Nen shoes, and JW Pei bag.
Photo: Liisa Jokinen
Coming off of three seasons of no IRL shows because of the pandemic, NYFW is back, in person and in full swing, for spring/summer 2022. After a year and a half of not having a reason to wear our favorite threads and accessories, we can finally dig into the closet and bring them out to see and be seen once again. Photographer Liisa Jokinen, creator of NYC Looks and founder of Gem, caught these stylish NYFW attendees on day three outside of Connor McKnight, Coach, and Eckhaus Latta. Scroll down to see their styles and hear how their looks came together.
Agustin Rein, textile specialist
Shirt is reworked vintage by @eat_da_rich, pants Theory, and shoes are Trash & Vaudeville.
“I’m inspired by New Romantic neo-Gothic neo-Renaissance and the unknown.”
Damon King, wardrobe stylist
Neoity sweater, mnml pants, Maison Margiela shoes, Telfar bag.
“What inspires my current style is challenging conventions and gender norms, 70s patterns, textures, and silhouettes.”
Alexis Colby, designer
Vintage crochet top from Japan, vintage Levi’s, handmade clogs from Clog Shop on Etsy.
“My Nana is my main inspiration for my style!! She gave me all my sterling pieces and is the flyest woman I know. She always my reference.”
Felah Voltaire, photographer and vintage seller
Samuel Hine, senior associate editor at GQ
Prada shoes, Celine trousers, a vintage tee, and a knit vest by Ella Emhoff.
“Ella made me the vest for my birthday and it’s my new prized possession.”
Chioma Nnadi, editor of Vogue.com
Vintage Versus skirt and Carlos Nazario for Buttero boots.
“I went to Miami earlier this year and I feel like it shook up my style ever so slightly. This look is very much in that mood, especially the skirt, I love the Matisse-style squiggles. My friend Carlos Nazario designed these boots for Buttero and they’re my new favorite thing. So comfy and just ready for anything.”
Mecca Mozelle, model and creative
Thrifted mesh top with suede black pants.
“what inspires my style right now is taking ownership in my essence, whether it’s being “risky” and revealing, fluid but sexy, and just where the world is today I want to walk every day as my highest self. Whatever makes me feel good.”
Taylor Hawkins, fashion model
Zara leather jacket, silver boots she spray painted, Buffalo Exchange earrings, Aziza Handcrafted toothpiece.
“I’m most inspired by upcycling fashion at the moment. I love thrifting, and repurposing pieces. Fast fashion has become very popular in recent years, but the effect it has on our planet is horrible. So when I can take someone else’s ‘trash’ and turn it into my own treasure, I find that really inspiring.”
Sebastien Day, stylist
Enfants Riches Déprimés top, Victoria Beckham pants, Nike shoes, and Marc Jacob bag.
“My style is inspired by my mood currently, confidence and chic is what I call it.”
Imani Randolph, model
Fancy, traveling hairstylist
Lace corset top, green High rise leather pants, cream leather boots, Balenciaga hourglass handbag, satin black elbow gloves.
“Bottega definitely inspired the color green, but I’m always inspired by vintage fashion. From the 40s to the 2000s.”
Taylor Okata, stylist and creative Director
All Coach, Lexxola glasses, and his own jewelry.
D’Mahdnes LaVaughn, celebrity stylist
Top from @saltmurphy, Jaded London pants, and a self-designed hat.
“I’m very inspired by cowboys!”
Arjun Ram Srivatsa, creative director at Condé Nast
Moscot glasses, Leila Plouffe bag, his grandfather’s lungi (tamilian loin cloth), Pleats Please shirt with tamil script.
Liana Satenstein, senior fashion writer at Vogue
Blumarine cardigan and pants, vintage Louis Vuitton bag, and Havaianas.
“I just wanna look saucy.”
Geraldine Chung, buyer and owner of @shoplcd
Eckhaus Latta top, Junya Watanabe pants, Balenciaga socks, vintage Celine shoes and Telfar bag.
“My style is inspired by comfort and the feeling of freedom when you accept yourself.”
Sophie Kemp, writer
Jil Sander blouse, an antique dress, Ferragamo heels, and a vintage bag.
“My style is inspired by 19th-century milkmaids, Vivienne Westwood in the ‘80s, fainting couches, and the writing of Renata Adler.”
Stevie Lee, DJ and stylist
Margiela, Prada, and Eckhaus Latta.
“The 90s rave scene inspires me.”
Westwood pants and top.
Lynn Yaeger, contributing editor at Vogue and Vogue.com
Amy Sall, founder and editor, SUNU: Journal of African Affairs, Critical Thought + Aesthetics
Lack of Color bucket hat, Valentino boots, Marni tote, and an Alessandra Rich dress.
Tyler Franch, vice-president, fashion director at Hudson’s Bay Company
Margiela, Dries, and Prada.
“Currently inspired by getting back to life — optimism and joy.”
Andreeva blazer dress, Valentino bag, the Attico shoes.
Larry Curran, director, personal stylist
“The inspiration was to have fun, as a nod to Moschino and to be a bit subversive, hence the white on a rainy day. Uniforms, questioning masculinity, innocence, old vs. new, discovery.”
Oscar Chavez, artist
OACHAVEZ button-up, Petrich0r tank top, GCDS jeans, Dr. Martens shoes, and vintage beret and belly chain.
“My style is currently inspired by Shelley Duvall in the ’70s, children’s school uniforms, Dolly Parton’s hair.”
Angel Emmanuel, fashion stylist
Vintage trench coat, Express jeans, Prada shoes.
Alok Vaid-Menon, author, performer, speaker
Desigual, Molly Goddard, Brandon Blackwood bag, and Kat Maconie shoes.
“I wanted to tell a compelling color story. I love how loud Moschino is, and I wanted to bring that same panache to the streets on my way to the show.“
Danielle Combs, senior creative editor at Hypebae
Norma Kamali catsuit, Namilia denim jacket and shorts, archival GCDS choker, Marc Jacobs platforms, and a Poppy Lissiman bag.
“My look draws inspiration from the glory days of disco glamour and my affinity for wearing statement-making styles.”
Livia Ishak, blogger
“If I can get to be a dress, this would be the dress: edgy, fun, and bold. I love the mixed patterns and the asymmetry of this dress. Wanted to bring fun patterns into the fall.”
Caroline Vazzana, author, fashion editor, stylist
Monse skirt, Marimekko top, Prada shoes, From St Xavier bag.
“For today I wanted something fun and feminine but with an edge. My Monse skirt was perfect because it created really cool texture in the look, while the Marimekko top brought a more playful vibe.”
Jen, lifestyle creator
Urban Outfitters T-shirt and skirt, Lioness Fashion jacket, Michael Kors sandals, Cult Gaia necklace, Gucci bag and clutch.
“My inspiration today was Gucci but making it street style.”
Faith Blackshear, fashion model
Zara, Sage Aubrey bag.
“Currently, my style is mostly inspired by off-duty looks with a hint of editorial fashion. I love looks that you can wear on and off the runway and make a statement!”
Gregoria Reyes-Lou, lifestyle influencer
Rebecca Minkoff dress, Dr. Martens shoes, Jeff Want bag, YSL sunglasses, necklace by Tova, and blazer by River Island.
“I am inspired by texture and the energy of the season. I like to feel vibrant and dress the way I feel at the moment.”
Maryam Nassir Zadeh dress and boots. Cassandra Mayela bra and bottoms.
“After spending so long in lockdown and mourning the outfits that never got to have their moment, I’m all about pulling a full look. The days of me second guessing myself and asking if something is ‘too much’ are over. Who knows what tomorrow will bring. Might as well look your best while you still can.”
Mina Alyeshmerni, store owner
Vintage pants, Hyein Seo top, Lululemon scrunchie, Maryam Nassir Zadeh shoes, Building Block bag.
“I’m always inspired by menswear, unique shapes, silhouettes, and drapes, but currently embracing a ’90s e-girl femininity. Anything comfortable with a wink. Being wrapped in swathes of summer fabrics.”
Rachel Tashijan, fashion critic for GQ
Malvika Sheth, digital creator
C/MEO Collective printed dress, Nanushka purple wrap dress, Jeffrey Campbell boots, JW Pei handbag, and Urban Outfitters sunglasses.
“I created the look knowing that I wanted to share and embody a piece of my culture. The flowers in my hair are from my traditional Indian classical dance (Bharata Natyam) ensemble. When it comes to the color combo, purple and orange is the color of one of my most special Bharata Natyam costumes. Also though, I’d definitely say the fact that we’re nearing Halloween helped!”
“I am inspired by ease. My shoes are Gucci, rest is Miriam.”
Vintage Gianni Versace top, Maryam Nassir Zadeh shorts and boots, and bag from Venice, Italy.
“My style is inspired by textures and subtle intros of color.”
Thrifted sheer orange top and purple top, thrifted zebra-print skirt and zebra-print boots from @cityjunknyc.
“Currently inspired by loud prints and lots of color.”
Marissa Baklayan, stylist and casting director
Vintage Plein Sud top, Karly Laidlaw pants, Balenciaga shoes and sunglasses, Dries van Noten bag.
1960s Afghan vest, Zimmerman blouse, vintage cowboy boots, 1940s amber resin purse, and cicada earrings.
“My style is inspired by fusing different eras, experimenting with traditionally gendered clothing, and mystic symbolism. I feel my best when my soul is reflected on the outside as well, and garments have a beautiful way of expressing that.”
Nicholas Mackinnon, stylist
Vintage Burberry shirt, vintage Jordache shorts, vintage Gucci loafers and vintage jewelry, Mulberry bag and sunglasses.
“I am usually inspired by ’80s and ’90s fashion and channeling that kind of cartoonish opulence of a certain wealthy older woman. It’s the first fashion week back since COVID started so I am trying to have fun and not take it so seriously.”
Rocky Snyda, musician
“Rihanna is inspiring me so heavy right now. But also just letting myself be inspired by the people and things around me and still being authentically me.”
Amy Julliette Levéfre, digital creator
Hellessy top and bottom.
“This city inspires me all the time, just seeing everyone’s amazing style, I’m always watching and learning different ways of street style.”
John Yuyi, visual artist
Whole look from Peter Do, except for Prada headscarf.
“I’m in the mood for long braids this week. Feeling Pisces. Gonna keep this look for a little bit longer.”
EJ Ellison, model and stylist
“My style is inspired by how I’m feeling that day. This morning I woke up and chose suiting! Good lines never go out of style!”
Peter Do two-piece faux-leather blazer, Daily Paper dress, YSL purse, Ganni boots.
“I always like to play in between what’s particularly perceived as feminine and masculine. The Row, Peter Do, or Jil Sander, etc. I have way too many oversized/structural blazers and pants that are giving me the most confidence and comfort to be in. I think nowadays fashion doesn’t always have to be painful.”
Elena Vélez top, Random Identities pants, Syro boots.
5:31 shirt and Rick Owens bottoms.
“Currently what inspires me is my friend @s.Val. I got to take her to Proenza as her first show ever. She looked at the designers’ summer and spring line and said that we needed to wear leather and I said, ‘Let’s go with it, just give me some color!’”
Anéka Aitimova, fashion influencer
Cult Gaia dress, Jonak shoes, Polene bag, Victoria Beckham sunglasses.
Becky Akinyode, stylist
ATOMIC Rework and SC103.
Photographs by Liisa Jokinen
Liisa Jokinen is the creator of NYC Looks street style site and founder of the Gem vintage search app.