15 Of The Wackiest, Most WTF Looks From NYFW

A scorpion slinks across a model's chest at Rodarte

A scorpion slinks across a model’s chest at Rodarte

Even though NYFW is known for its outrageous street style bait techniques, the shows themselves are a pretty staid affair compared to Paris and Milan (especially, of course, the couture shows).

While it’s a consistent criticism of New York that homegrown designers don’t experiment enough, we saw some pretty valiant experimentation at the Spring 2014 shows–which occasionally resulted in balls out crazy, too.

Don’t believe us? Here’s what we mean…

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 - Official Coverage - Best Of Runway Day 1

1. This look from Supima is fit for the Diva from The Fifth Element.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 - Official Coverage - Best Of Runway Day 12. Supima again, and whoa.

Peter Som - Runway - MADE Fashion Week Spring 2014

3. Peter Som offers abundantly wearable crazy.

Tibi - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014

4. The hats at Tibi were indeed wacky, but also delightful.

threeASFOUR - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014

5. threeASFOUR showed crazy volume meets monastic.

Zac Posen - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014

6. Will any actress be daring enough for this Zac Posen frock?

Libertine - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014

7. A Never Mind The Bullocks-inspired look at Libertine.

Thom Browne Women's - Front Row - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014

8. Pretty much everything at Thom Browne‘s asylum-inspired show–but these eerie, hovering pearls really took it over the edge.

Rodarte - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014

9. Okay, but actually everything at Rodarte. The very much-maligned show was inspired by LA (and cholas, who have been inspiring Gwen Stefani for a decade).

Who is this for, we wonder?

Rodarte - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014

…For example, lizard skin hot pants with zebra print frill details.

MM6 Maison Martin Margiela - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014

10. Margiela‘s MM6 diffusion line was very wearable, as diffusion lines are wont, but these sculpted bags are so weird!

Betsey Johnson - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014

11. Underwear as outerwear at Betsey Johnson.

Betsey Johnson - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014

12. And, well, this.

Opening Ceremony - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014

13. A peculiar head-to-toe (and mixed!) printed look at Opening Ceremony (we’re into it).

Tommy Hilfiger Women's - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014

14. The false waistlines at Tommy Hilfiger.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 - Official Coverage - Best Of Runway Day 5

Seriously.

The Blonds - Runway - Spring 2014 MADE Fashion Week Spring 2014

15. Looney Tunes-inspired looks by The Blonds.

The Blonds - Runway - Spring 2014 MADE Fashion Week Spring 2014

Next Spring… Tweety Bird is growing up.

Anna Sui - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014

Special Menswear Bonus: While we’ve neglected to cover menswear, this look from Anna Sui just pulled out all the stops.

(All photos via Getty)

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    • Samantha_Escobar

      Is it weird that I want to eat the hair from The Blonds? It reminds me of weird dessert dishes…