The 10 Best Photos Of New York Fashion Week Shade

We're pretty sure if a term (slang or otherwise) is being used in MSNBC headlines to describe the Michelle Obama eye roll heard 'round the world, it requires little to no explanation. However, for clarity's sake, we're going to unpack it for you anyway. *Kanye shrug* "Throwing shade" is an expression used to describe the act of casually disrespecting people, usually in the form of a glance. A glance PREGNANT with judgement. Sometimes shade is thrown to be seen. Other times, it's a knee-jerk reaction you just can't hide. Either way, New York Fashion Week is a veritable HOTBED of it.

It makes complete sense. A week wherein every group, department, and tier of the fashion industry intermingles for show after show after show? Wherein models, editors, designers, celebrities, and bloggers are all competing for limelight? Wherein the sound of egos brushing abounds almost as much as the clatter of high heels? It's a perfect storm for every iteration of shade-throwing you can possibly imagine. The best part? There are legions of photographers posted up all over the city, ready and waiting to capture every stank face, eye roll, and grimace for all eternity. We can't say that we were able to track down all the slick side-eyes from this season (also, that post will be one billion trillion words long, and ain't nobody got time for that), but we DID sift out our top ten photos of fashion's biggest and brightest throwing shade this New York Fashion Week (plus, completely fabricated commentary about what's happening in each image). Enjoy! *blows kiss, waves*

"PACK IT IN, ANNA" SHADE

Front row at the Michael Kors Fall 2013 New York Fashion Week show.
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The legendary Anna Wintour is infamous for killing a career with a single glance, but here the shade-throwing tables appear to have turned. Wintour smiles sweetly, leaning into Vogue compatriot Grace Coddington. Unfortunately, whatever Anna's selling the other two aren't buying, as they stone-face avoid looking in her general direction, pretending not to subscribe to all that. SHADE. Realistically, these ladies were probably just trying to get out of what they presumed would be a solo dolo of Anna, but you've gotta admit that the final effect is hilarz.

"COOL PHOTO, GUYS" SHADE

Models backstage at the Timo Weiland Fall 2013 New York Fashion Week show.
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Two models link up backstage at Timo Weiland for a joint, kissy-face selfie. A third model looks at them from the sidelines visibly scorned. She's saying "Thanks for inviting me, y'all," with her eyes. SHADE.

"ARE YOU SERIOUSLY ASKING ME ABOUT CASPER?" SHADE

Christina Ricci at the Richard Chai Love & Richard Chai Men's Fall 2013 New York Fashion Week show.
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We actually have no idea what this reporter is asking Christina Ricci, but we're pretty sure that eyebrow raise means she doesn't like it.

"I, LIKE, INVENTED HER" SHADE

Models backstage at the Philosophy By Natalie Ratabesi Fall 2013 New York Fashion Week show.
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Four models line up for the Philosophy by Natalie Ratabesi show. One girl (on the far right with the red hair) gets singled out to get her picture taken (#CadyHeron). The blonde girl next to her mistakenly thinks she's in the frame, too (#KarenSmith). The two other girls behind her shoot lazerbeam SHADE through their eyeballs (#ReginaGeorge AND #GretchenWieners). Rampant girl-on-girl crime subtext.

MALE MODEL SIMUL-SHADE

Models backstage at the Asher Levine Fall 2013 New York Fashion Week show.
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Dudes throw shade, too, though. They're just more consistently open about it. Like these two models backstage at Asher Levine. The guy in the black peacoat shoots the other a death stare for monopolizing the shot, while the other model just looks back like, "You mad, bro?"

"STOP TRYING TO MAKE 'FETCH' HAPPEN" SHADE

Models backstage at the Second/Layer Fall 2013 New York Fashion Week show.
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Another perfect example of man-shade. This one's less balance, though. *sheds single tear for model on the left*

"I CAN'T TAKE YOU ANYWHERE" SHADE

Joseph Altuzarra and Olivia Palermo at the Philosophy By Natalie Ratabesi Fall 2013 New York Fashion Week show.
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Joseph Altuzarra didn't seem at all rowdy in the front row of the Philosophy by Natalie Ratabesi show, and yet The City alum Olivia Palermo appears to be APPALLED and throwing gallons of shade squarely in his direction. Our guess? Joe totally let out a silent killer, and O is NOT having it.

"THIS IS NOT YOUR SHOT" SHADE

Models backstage at the Karen Walker Fall 2013 New York Fashion Week show.
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Some shade doesn't even try to be subtle. Case and point: this model backstage at Karen Walker stuffing another girl out of her shot with an embossed clutch. *BRRRRRR* Cold-blooded.

MILEY FAUXHAWK STAREDOWN SHADE

The Rachel Zoe Fall 2013 New York Fashion Week show.
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Other shade lurks in the background, emanating bad juju from every pore. Our favorite from this week is the lady catty-corner behind Miley Cyrus, throwing SO much shade at her platinum fauxhawk.

FRONT ROW BOOKEND SHADE

The front row of the Michael Kors Fall 2013 New York Fashion Week shoe.
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Then, there's shade so unexpected you probably completely glossed over it. And to be honest, we almost did, too. Michael Kors had a seriously star-studded front row (albeit a bit of a perplexing one). Michael Douglas, Hilary Swank, Zoe Saldana, and Jada Pinkett Smith made up the meat of the front row, but we want you to focus on the bookends. Sitting on the left is major Michael Kors investor Lawrence Stroll shooting glares at a shade-RECIPROCATING Willow Smith flanking the right side. SOUND THE ALARMS. WE HAVE A SHADE WAR ON OUR HANDS.

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