My three sloth toes are crossed that the street style offerings of this New York Fashion Week will prove we’ve graduated from February’s documented puberty. I’m confident we have; the slow death of the see-it-everywhere trend has given way to something different. Let’s call it a newfound sense of fun and freedom. I chose those words carefully, too, because there seems to be a marked sense of creative looseness in the way women are presenting themselves these days. It’s feeling less stuffy (a consequence of overwrought minimalism or maximalism) and more honest.

Maybe it’s a result of our collective headspace. I’d be remiss not to mention that, just as it did in February, the Fashion Week train has pulled into an emotionally hectic New York and world. We may not be on the heels of Trump’s inauguration, but we’re in the trenches of the DACA repeal, Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, and the political grief and turmoil that’s stricken the whole U.S. over the past year. Last season, we saw a lot of political activism on the runway and even on the streets as a result, to mixed reactions. It will be worth noting how the industry — designers and attendees alike — chooses to address the current climate this time around: by using NYFW as a means of brief and beautiful escape or as an opportunity to participate in the conversation?

(Which would you prefer?)

Click through the below slideshow for the former (the escape) while you ponder the latter (the conversation). We’ll be updating daily to give your brain a colorful place to rest for a couple minutes, inspiration guaranteed. Comment your favorite photos below, shot by beloved MR photographer Simon Chetrit, and we’ll meet you there.

Photos by Simon Chetrit; follow him on Instagram @simonzchetrit.

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