Fashion week, above showing designers’ collections for the upcoming seasons, is a sensory experience. Designers seek to surprise, inspire and sometimes, shock. The New York Fashion Week  spring 2018 season was no exception. Between animal protesters, massive party performances and hotly anticipated model debuts, these are the news stories that has the industry talking.
1. Ralph Lauren Invited Guests to His House in Bedford

Shades of red at Ralph Lauren’s show. 
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For his fall buy-now-wear-now collection, Ralph Lauren invited the fashion crowd to his garage, which houses some of the most spectacular cars on earth ($40 million Bugatti, anyone?). As for the clothes, they included a nontraditional way to dress at night.
2. Animal Rights Protesters Disrupted Banana Republic’s See-Now-Buy-Now Show

Protesters held up signs at the Banana Republic show. 
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It was a typical fashion week show on Fifth Avenue — until it wasn’t. Presenting the Banana Republic x Olivia Palermo collection, the show was interrupted by animal rights activists protesting Palermo’s use of fur in her own life.
3. Rihanna Entertained Showgoers With Pink Sand and Bike Stunts at Fenty Puma 


Rihanna takes a bow on a bmx bike. 
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The Park Avenue Armory featured sand dunes throughout, leaving attendees curious for what was

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