WE ARE MORTALS' very first runway presentation was a success! We flew out to New York to take the stage at the 'DapperQ - iD' fashion show for NYFW, a show that unites gender non-conforming brands and challenges the apparel industry's standards. Alongside WE ARE MORTALS, the night included designers Sir New York, Thomas Thomas, Angie Chuang, Sharpe Suiting + Nik Kacy, Stuzo, The Tailory; all representing the future-minded concepts of queer fashion and gender-neutral style. The venue was none other than the beautiful Brooklyn Museum, which definitely created an 'artist's paradise / serious AF vibe' that we all thrived and bonded in. If you missed it, here's the scoop on what went down!
Walking to Burial's deep track "Raver", we presented a completely new second collection that incorporates silky-soft lightweight nylon fabrics that add a sporty feel to the line, along with a lot of metal hardware detailing. With the addition of longer skirts and a dress, we've made sure to stay true to the gender-free idea by incorporating the idea of fluidity. Owner/designer Anji Becker continues to collaborate with visual artists worldwide, this time working with Brian Vu from NY on a very cool blurred graphic of a definition from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary reading "Fluid; adjective, capable of flowing freely like water". An Austrian illustrator by the name of 'Flow' created a sketch of vogue dancers that we embroidered on several of the pieces. This sneak peek gives you an idea of what's to come... we hope to add these new designs to the WE ARE MORTALS online shop as soon as possible, so stay tuned!
This show's atmosphere was such a positive one that celebrated not only fashion but also activism, as the designers all brought together a lineup of models ranging in identities from queer, trans-gender, gay, straight, and with many different body types and ethnicities. Our eight killer models are each incredible individuals who are near and dear to us! Lux Phillips is an artist, illustrator, and musician from NY, Infinite Coles is a dancer and singer who was featured in the Dazed film 'Gang' (also son of Wu Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah), Model Charisma Glasper is a professional dancer in NY who has trained and performed with companies like Bill T Jones and the Joffrey Ballet, Bailey Skye is a Seattle-based musician and performer known as "Nightspace", Ryley Rubin Pogensky is a trans model and writer who contributes to various sites including the Huffington Post, Lulu Bonfils is an artist and young but highly accomplished model with Wilhelmina Agency NY, Nicole Bonifacio is a badass model based in NYC, and Merlot is an NY-based singer/musician as well as model. A huge thank you to them for modeling for us, to the VIPs that have helped immensely: Juan M. Garcia, Jeannette, Jen Terry, and Scott Sikora, and also to our awesome backstage team: stylist Edward Glynn and assistant Ashley Hernandez, makeup artists Raisa Flowers and Slater Stanley, photographer Oscar Ouk, and hairstylist Jenni Wimmerstedt. And of course all the gratitude in the world to DapperQ for inviting us to be part of this show!