Model Hanne Gaby Odiele Survives Fashion Week by Dancing It Out

A spontaneous party at Proenza’s final New York Fashion Week show.

We’ve entered the final stretch of New York Fashion Week, with just a few of the biggest shows of the season to go: Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Thom Browne, Coach. Philipp Plein has made his New York debut after seasons of showing in Milan. New York darlings like Altuzarra, Adam Selman, and Alexander Wang have done their bit. And Proenza Schouler, the label helmed by Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough, showed its New York swan song before it makes the transition overseas to Paris — fittingly, a New York-centric collection. In the front row, the duo assembled an eclectic roster including musicians Maggie Rogers and Kim Gordon, actress Jemima Kirke, New York transplant Raf Simons, and model-activist Hanne Gaby Odiele, each clad in their best Proenza looks. Before she sat down to take in the show, though, Hanne Gaby, in a slinky black-and-white dress with an ivory fur coat, stopped for a brief dance break. How else does a model get through the marathon eight days of New York Fashion Week?

Hanne Gaby Odiele in Proenza Schouler at the Proenza Schouler Fall 2017 show in New York, New York, February 2017.

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Who: Hanne Gaby Odiele.

When: Monday, February 13.

Where: Outside Proenza Schouler’s final New York Fashion Week show, for the Fall 2017 season, in New York, New York.

What: A midi-length black-and-white dress with cutouts from Proenza Schouler’s Spring 2017 collection, a fur coat, cowboy boots, and a hint of electric blue eyeshadow.

Why: Models wear it best. Odiele combines a springtime look (paired with a fur, New York Fashion Week’s most ubiquitous street style staple) with a pair of rustic boots, rather than the platform sandals with which the dress walked the runway. A pop of color on her eyelids gives the whole thing a little more energy — not that it needs it, when Odiele herself seems to have so much. The best way to pull off any look? A dance break.

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