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Bella Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski Turn Into High-Fashion Loofahs at Tomo Koizumi’s NYFW Debut

Bella Hadid, Rowan Blanchard, Joan Smalls, Emily Ratajkowski, Taylor Hill, and Gwendoline Christie made the ruffles work.


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The majority of us would probably look ridiculous in dresses so spectacularly ruffled they resemble loofahs (or maybe tissue-paper peonies from your childhood?), but at Fashion Week, on models, they seem to make total sense. First loofahs showed up recently at Giambattista Valli’s couture show in Paris, and now they are at New York Fashion Week, worn by the likes of your favorite celebrity models, including Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski, and Rowan Blanchard. The setting was the Marc Jacobs Madison Avenue store, at the first New York showing from the Japanese designer Tomo Koizumi, whose NYFW appearance was masterminded by Love editor (and W‘s own) Katie Grand.

There was a lot that apparently went into the show—in addition to the stairs at the Marc Jacobs store to contend with, the collection was made largely with 400 different shades of Japanese organza—but the results had some calling it the most fun show at Fashion Week.

The show’s lineup of bold-faced names helped, certainly. In addition to the stars already mentioned, Game of ThronesGwendoline Christie and models Taylor Hill and Joan Smalls also walked wearing those short-banged wigs.

The looks have already inspired fan art on Instagram, where the brightly colored uniquely shaped dresses stand out amid a sea of the same slinky party frock again and again.

See the roundup below for all the looks from the show, ranging from “I have turned into a garden” to “I am one with the sun and the blossoms are me”:

Plus, a bonus close-up of a rainbow piece lit from behind just because it’s cool:

Related: New York Fashion Week Fall 2019 Street Style: Bright Colors, Big Coats

Go Inside W’s It Girl Lunch With Emily Ratajkowski, Katherine Langford, and Brooklynn Prince

Emily Ratajkowski at W magazine’s It Girl Luncheon on Thursday, September 6, 2018, at the Mr. C Seaport Hotel, in New York City. Photo by Lea Winkler for W magazine.

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Katherine Langford at W magazine’s It Girl Luncheon on Thursday, September 6, 2018, at the Mr. C Seaport Hotel, in New York City. Photo by Lea Winkler for W magazine.

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Elizabeth Debicki and Brooklynn Prince at W magazine’s It Girl Luncheon on Thursday, September 6, 2018, at the Mr. C Seaport Hotel, in New York City. Photo by Lea Winkler for W magazine.

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Dree Hemingway at W magazine’s It Girl Luncheon on Thursday, September 6, 2018, at the Mr. C Seaport Hotel, in New York City. Photo by Lea Winkler for W magazine.

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Debby Ryan at W magazine’s It Girl Luncheon on Thursday, September 6, 2018, at the Mr. C Seaport Hotel, in New York City. Photo by Lea Winkler for W magazine.

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Condola Rashad at W magazine’s It Girl Luncheon on Thursday, September 6, 2018, at the Mr. C Seaport Hotel, in New York City. Photo by Lea Winkler for W magazine.

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Olivia Palermo at W magazine’s It Girl Luncheon on Thursday, September 6, 2018, at the Mr. C Seaport Hotel, in New York City. Photo by Lea Winkler for W magazine.

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Lori Harvey at W magazine’s It Girl Luncheon on Thursday, September 6, 2018, at the Mr. C Seaport Hotel, in New York City. Photo by Lea Winkler for W magazine.

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Hayley Kiyoko at W magazine’s It Girl Luncheon on Thursday, September 6, 2018, at the Mr. C Seaport Hotel, in New York City. Photo by Lea Winkler for W magazine.

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Delilah Belle Hamlin at W magazine’s It Girl Luncheon on Thursday, September 6, 2018, at the Mr. C Seaport Hotel, in New York City. Photo by Lea Winkler for W magazine.

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Denée Benton at W magazine’s It Girl Luncheon on Thursday, September 6, 2018, at the Mr. C Seaport Hotel, in New York City. Photo by Lea Winkler for W magazine.

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Luna Blaise at W magazine’s It Girl Luncheon on Thursday, September 6, 2018, at the Mr. C Seaport Hotel, in New York City. Photo by Lea Winkler for W magazine.

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Lynn Hirschberg, editor at large of W magazine, welcomes guests to W magazine’s It Girl Luncheon on Thursday, September 6, 2018, at the Mr. C Seaport Hotel, in New York City. Photo by Lea Winkler for W magazine.

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Leven Rambin at W magazine’s It Girl Luncheon on Thursday, September 6, 2018, at the Mr. C Seaport Hotel, in New York City. Photo by Lea Winkler for W magazine.

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Bel Powley at W magazine’s It Girl Luncheon on Thursday, September 6, 2018, at the Mr. C Seaport Hotel, in New York City. Photo by Lea Winkler for W magazine.

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Poppy at W magazine’s It Girl Luncheon on Thursday, September 6, 2018, at the Mr. C Seaport Hotel, in New York City. Photo by Lea Winkler for W magazine.

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Nina Agdal at W magazine’s It Girl Luncheon on Thursday, September 6, 2018, at the Mr. C Seaport Hotel, in New York City. Photo by Lea Winkler for W magazine.

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The table setting at W magazine’s It Girl Luncheon on Thursday, September 6, 2018, at the Mr. C Seaport Hotel, in New York City. Photo by Lea Winkler for W magazine.

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Emily Ratajkowski at W magazine’s It Girl Luncheon on Thursday, September 6, 2018, at the Mr. C Seaport Hotel, in New York City. Photo by Lea Winkler for W magazine.

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Condola Rashad and Kelsey Asbille at W magazine’s It Girl Luncheon on Thursday, September 6, 2018, at the Mr. C Seaport Hotel, in New York City. Photo by Lea Winkler for W magazine.

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Whitney Port at W magazine’s It Girl Luncheon on Thursday, September 6, 2018, at the Mr. C Seaport Hotel, in New York City. Photo by Lea Winkler for W magazine.

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Rainey Qualley at W magazine’s It Girl Luncheon on Thursday, September 6, 2018, at the Mr. C Seaport Hotel, in New York City. Photo by Lea Winkler for W magazine.

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Manami Konishi at W magazine’s It Girl Luncheon on Thursday, September 6, 2018, at the Mr. C Seaport Hotel, in New York City. Photo by Lea Winkler for W magazine.

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Nell Diamond at W magazine’s It Girl Luncheon on Thursday, September 6, 2018, at the Mr. C Seaport Hotel, in New York City. Photo by Lea Winkler for W magazine.

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Kayli Carter at W magazine’s It Girl Luncheon on Thursday, September 6, 2018, at the Mr. C Seaport Hotel, in New York City. Photo by Lea Winkler for W magazine.

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Sofia Achaval de Montaigu and Manami Konishi at W magazine’s It Girl Luncheon on Thursday, September 6, 2018, at the Mr. C Seaport Hotel, in New York City. Photo by Lea Winkler for W magazine.

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