By  on September 8, 2016

If you made it to your seat at the VFiles show without suffering a migraine or panic attack — having survived the mobbed-door scene at Spring Studios, which could only be likened to fashion week’s very own Hell on Earth — you were already winning, sort of. Between the whirling strobe lights and the 45-minute delay, VFiles ultimately provided all you needed to get there. Everything changed for the better once the show kicked off with a trio of performances by the Waffle Dance Crew; a few Team USA Olympians, and Unlocking the Truth, the Brooklyn-based metal band whose members have an average age of 15.

The energetic and predictably wacky show, DJ’d by A-Trak, highlighted the designs of five emerging talents, beginning with Rushemy Botter, a men’s wear designer and Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp graduate whose gender-bending styles featured elements of suspension. His opening look, a pale blue, off-the-shoulder jumpsuit styled with a headpiece that displayed the words “Enemy of Terrorism,” set the tone for his politically oriented collection, which also featured the phrases “Enemy of Racism” and “Enemy of Corruption.” (At one point, to the shock and delight of the audience, the rapper Young Thug — one of five mentors to the VFiles designers this season — stood up from his front-row seat during the show and stopped one of Botter’s models to adjust the collar of his languid white suit.)

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