On Monday evening, Vogue treated the world to a spectacular event that was a feast for the eyes. It encompassed a New York City block, dancers, model royalty and of course Ms. Anna Wintour herself. Prior to show night, the mega fashion publication kept mum about what we should expect. There were high expectations of course but we were never quite sure what we might be in store for. What we saw was nothing short of breathtaking and it wasn’t until we rewatched the whole performance again that we were able to really appreciate and take in what we just witnessed.
Vogue World was a love letter to New York City and to all the people that call it home. Those who we see walking the streets everyday as they make their way to and from work. True New Yorkers in a true New York. Serena Williams opened the show to everyone’s delight and applause which felt all the more poignant as she had just appeared for the final time of her career in the U.S. Open that weekend. In a glittering silver Balenciaga gown and cape, she looked quite literally radiant and you couldn’t help but be in awe of this amazing woman who broke so many barriers and trail blazed a path for future generations in ways that we will never quite grasp. There was ballet legend Mikhail Baryshnikov who, at 74 years of age no less, not only walked down the cobblestone runway but even treated us to a dance move or two. Supermodels past and present gave their iconic struts including Shalom Harlow, Karlie Kloss, Carolyn Murphy, Karen Elson, Kendall Jenner, and Bella and Gigi Hadid among many other legends. Lil Nas X finished the evening off with a performance that added to the show’s already party-like atmosphere and high energy experience.
There was so much to take in that a second viewing on playback was absolutely necessary. Even on the second and third time through there were still new scenes to be discovered which only confirms how much time, effort and detail Vogue put into producing this amazing showcase of New York and Vogue’s relationship with it. It was a truly spectacular presentation and one that will be remembered for years to come.
Written By: Charles Fratto