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18 Photos From Fashion Week's 1994 Glory Days

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Photos: Getty Images
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In 2015, New York Fashion Week stands at a strange crossroads, but in 1994, the glorified trade show was just beginning. 7th on Sixth became known as New York Fashion Week, and excessively elegant socialites, name-making newspaper editors, supermodels, and Tupac Shakur gathered at an installation of tents in Bryant Park to watch American designers unveil their latest. Selfies weren't taken and immediately disseminated over several social media platforms; hoards of street style stars did not descend; and toilet companies were not yet sponsoring the big event. It was a simpler time. Before the craziness of Fashion Month commences, enjoy a quick turn through 1994, and see who got in on the ground level:


Leonardo DiCaprio attends the Calvin Klein show. He might look fourteen, but he was really nineteen—or in movie time, three years prior to playing Jack Dawson in Titanic.


Naomi Campbell, looking hardly different at all despite being 21 years younger, walks in an Oscar de la Renta coat that combines animal print, paisley, and a hood that someone might travel to space with. Also, pre-Uggs Uggs?


Model Kristen McMenemy kisses a fully-outfitted cop, cop sees heaven for the first time.


Supermodel Beverly Peele looks fantastic in what is probably the inspiration for slutty Santa costumes, but in baby blue. Take a moment to appreciate the heck out the amazing mustache sitting in the front row.


In a pre-"Hit Me Baby One More Time" or Clueless world, a 24-year-old Mariah Carey attends Calvin Klein's show in a cropped cardigan and plaid mini.


A blonde Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon keep each other company at Todd Oldham's show, four years before they filmed Stepmom together.


Diane Von Furstenberg and a yawning or yodeling Francis Ford Coppola share some space at Donna Karan's show.


If you were wondering why Francis Ford Coppola is present, it may have to do with his daughter Sofia, who walked that year.


Since there was no Instagram, this is how editors chose to avoid one another before the show kicked off.


How cute is Dolly Parton in front of the now-iconic tents?


Calvin Klein's show is so good that Anna Wintour smiled after it. If you look closely, you'll see she is wearing a white Chanel tee.


John Fairchild—yes that Fairchild—on his way into Oscar de la Renta's show. The then Women's Wear Daily EIC appears to be holding a paper invitation.


Legendary jewelry designer Kenneth Lane and professional classy lady Nan Kempner hang on to their paper invitations at the Oscar De La Renta show.


Robert De Niro, gazing intently at something on the runway.


For her line Label, Laura Whitcomb got the rights from Playboy Enterprises to put the bunny on crop tops and more. According to The New York Times's review of the collection, Whitcomb used images like the bunny "with the notion that appropriation equals empowerment." What do you say, Jeremy Scott? Plus, shout out the lady in the front row with a sketchbook.


Naomi Campbell walks down the runway during the Richard Tyler finale with a baby.


Richard Gere at New York Fashion Week. Period. You win.


Kate Moss walks down Calvin Klein's runway in a CK tee and the original ugly-chic sandals.