21 Photos That Prove VFiles Is The Most Lit Show At NYFW

A lot of work goes into this blessed mess.

photographer gunner stahl

During the half-hour period before VFiles began its seasonal runway show, I ran into a writer friend wandering around beneath the ultraviolet light. He explained that it was his first time at a fashion show, and that someone had cautioned him that VFiles "wasn't exactly like the rest of fashion week." That's an understatement.

Every year, among the tightly coordinated, 10-minute-long runway presentations that have fashion people zigzagging across the city, VFiles stages a grand performance, a glamorous storm that spotlights up-and-coming designers and rappers. This year, before a front row that included Tony Hawk and Sita Abellan, VFiles' runway featured new collections from Ottolinger, Kim Shui Studio, Hardeman, and Anton Belinskiy—four designers who represent a truly wide spectrum of the young avant-garde, from the most casual denim looks to fully tailored skirt suits with fur trim. Their stunning presentations elicited murmurs of approval and delighted laughter before it all turned, somehow, into a miniature Tyga concert.

We sent Gunner Stahl backstage to document how this blessed mess eventually comes together.

21 Photos That Prove VFiles Is The Most Lit Show At NYFW Rome Fortune  
21 Photos That Prove VFiles Is The Most Lit Show At NYFW Last minute adjustments backstage  
21 Photos That Prove VFiles Is The Most Lit Show At NYFW
21 Photos That Prove VFiles Is The Most Lit Show At NYFW Anton Belinskiy's model board  
21 Photos That Prove VFiles Is The Most Lit Show At NYFW Tyga rehearsing  
21 Photos That Prove VFiles Is The Most Lit Show At NYFW
21 Photos That Prove VFiles Is The Most Lit Show At NYFW Hair & sewing backstage before the show  
21 Photos That Prove VFiles Is The Most Lit Show At NYFW
21 Photos That Prove VFiles Is The Most Lit Show At NYFW
21 Photos That Prove VFiles Is The Most Lit Show At NYFW ILoveMakonnen  
21 Photos That Prove VFiles Is The Most Lit Show At NYFW
21 Photos That Prove VFiles Is The Most Lit Show At NYFW Hardeman's opening models  
21 Photos That Prove VFiles Is The Most Lit Show At NYFW The XO Orchestra (left), and Kim Shui (right)  
21 Photos That Prove VFiles Is The Most Lit Show At NYFW
21 Photos That Prove VFiles Is The Most Lit Show At NYFW
21 Photos That Prove VFiles Is The Most Lit Show At NYFW Hardeman  
21 Photos That Prove VFiles Is The Most Lit Show At NYFW Kim Shui  
21 Photos That Prove VFiles Is The Most Lit Show At NYFW Hardeman  
21 Photos That Prove VFiles Is The Most Lit Show At NYFW Hardeman  
21 Photos That Prove VFiles Is The Most Lit Show At NYFW Kim Shui  
21 Photos That Prove VFiles Is The Most Lit Show At NYFW
21 Photos That Prove VFiles Is The Most Lit Show At NYFW Lil Yachty and friends backstage  
21 Photos That Prove VFiles Is The Most Lit Show At NYFW