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New York Fashion Week Pays Homage to the Late Bill Cunningham

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The godfather of street-style photography is being remembered on the runways and the street.

It's the first New York Fashion Week since street-style photographer Bill Cunningham's passing this summer at age 87, and the legendary lensman's presence is being remembered at the semi-annual event.

On Thursday morning at the Nicholas K show at The Dock at Skylight Moynihan Station, 75 videographers and photographers wore replicas of the late photographer's signature, hard-to-miss coat, turning the photo pit into a sea of blue. IMG, the driving force behind NYFW, collaborated with Villency Design Group and Made to recreate the piece.


IN HONOR OF BILL: Photographers at the Nicholas K show during New York Fashion Week on Sept. 8. (Photo: Getty Images)

"Though he's no longer with us, Bill Cunningham's legacy lives on. We see his influence every day on the streets of New York, and we miss him. As New York Fashion Week kicks off, we acknowledge this incredible man through the individuals who will carry on his passion for life and love of fashion," said Catherine Bennett, senior vp and managing director IMG fashion events in an official statement.

Elsewhere, in Bryant Park, one-time home of the fashion extravaganza, another tribute of sorts commemorating Cunningham popped up. A display of blue-backed chairs, each marked with a photo of Cunningham, paid homage to his status as a NYFW front-row fixture.

In July, New York City temporarily renamed the intersection of 57th Street and Fifth Avenue (where Cunningham often snapped his sartorial subjects) "Bill Cunningham Corner."

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