"Street style has ruined EVERYTHING," a friend of mine exclaimed on GChat after spending an extensive amount of time--which is like, five minutes in GChat time--trying to think of industry eccentrics whose outfits are cooler than the typical street style fodder. What she meant, I think, was that while more people look really good during the shows, less people look really weird.
And that's too bad, because the odd ones are what make fashion week—and fashion in general—so great. Click through for seven unorthodox street style stars you should look out for at the tents.
James Goldstein He doesn't always come to New York for the shows, but when he does it's a pleasure to observe. This mysterious rich guy's metallic-cowboy uniform is unlike anything we've ever seen—and really, ever will see. If you want to strike up a conversation, ask him about his new women's collection, debuting at Milan Fashion Week.
Michelle Harper Dubbed "this generation's Holly Golightly" by the New York Times, brand consultant Michelle Harper has more fun with fashion than most of her peers. I remember the first time I saw her at a show—Y-3 in 2009. She was wearing an Opening Ceremony skirt suit from one of the store's first collections. It was cool and something I would totally wear, but she made it look so avant-garde by just being her. She has that indescribable thing.
Kyle Anderson Marie Claire's accessories director works it SO hard, you can't help but love him. Look out for extreme accessories—like this Chanel hula hoop bag—and fur in 80-degree heat.
Lynn Yaeger The iconic writer's Victorian-doll style is well-documented, but that doesn't make it any less fun to see for eight-straight days. (And if you're lucky to attend the Europe shows, a whole month.)
Patrick McDonald Known to many simply as the Dandy, McDonald was wearing bespoke suits and fancy pocket squares long before #menswear was even a thing.
Alia Wang Alexander Wang's niece Alia has become a staple at her uncle's shows, sitting front row and holding court backstage. Not only does she boast a wardrobe full of (sometimes custom-made) designer clothes that any adult would be jealous of but, I mean, c'mon, just look at her. She's definitely the cutest person on this list.
Mickey Boardman I love Mickey for many reasons, but one of the big ones is that he wears wonderful conversation pieces. One day, it'll be a Lanvin jacket. The next, a sparkling necklace. And almost always accompanied by a Stella McCartney bag. I love asking him what he's wearing, because there's almost always a story behind it.