This season, New York Fashion Week has been the stage for the unconventional – modern dancers, the abundance of bold, political statements and cameos from musicians. A traditional show with professional runway models and a predictable mood just doesn’t cut it anymore. From fashion veteran Young Thug to pop singer Rachel Platten, here are seven musicians that strutted down the runway at NYFW 2017.
British-born singer and model Karen Elson walks the runway during the Billy Reid Show during New York Fashion Week on Jan. 30, 2017.
For Macy’s and the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Red Dress Collection runway show (Feb. 9), pop singer Rachel Platten wore a Cristina Ottaviano gown. “I met a [7-year-old] survivor backstage named Sophia,” Platten told Billboard about the NYFW event, which aimed to raise heart-disease awareness among women. “She had an open-heart surgery, and told me that she listened to ‘Fight Song’ for hours to get ready. We burst into tears in each other's arms. That’s a huge reason why I’m here.”
Desiigner walks the runway at Philipp Plein show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at New York Public Library on Feb. 13, 2017 in New York City. In his signature style, the Brooklyn rapper forgoes a shirt with his fur coat and demin ensemble.
Young Thug, the Atlanta rapper who famously styled a model mid-runway as a VFILES mentor at NYFW 2016, walks the runway in a fur-trimmed coat for Philipp Plein.
Fetty Wap walks Philipp Plein’s NYFW runway in the Italian designer’s bold, black and white ensemble.
Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz rocks Philipp Plein’s runway in a snakeskin leather jacket, exaggerated turtleneck, and faux facial piercings.
Malaysian singer songwriter Yuna walks Mara Hoffman’s NYFW Fall 2017 show on Feb. 13 in an orange-hued ensemble, with a headscarf custom made for the Muslim musician. “I was really happy to wear one of her designs,” Yuna told Billboard about her NYFW debut. “It was something that I would actually wear – the color, the cut, everything was loose-fitting.”