OUR NYFW RUNWAY RECAP by Anji Becker

Bailey Skye, Photos by Mariusz Michalak

Bailey Skye, Photos by Mariusz Michalak

Lux Phillips, Photo by Mariusz Michalak

Lux Phillips, Photo by Mariusz Michalak

Infinite Coles, Photos by Mariusz Michalak

Infinite Coles, Photos by Mariusz Michalak

Infinite Coles, Photo by Mariusz Michalak

Infinite Coles, Photo by Mariusz Michalak

Lulu Bonfils, Photo by Mariusz Michalak

Lulu Bonfils, Photo by Mariusz Michalak

Lulu Bonfils, Photo by Mariusz Michalak

Lulu Bonfils, Photo by Mariusz Michalak

Charisma Glasper, Photo by Mariusz Michalak

Charisma Glasper, Photo by Mariusz Michalak

Ryley Rubin Pogensky, Photos by Mariusz Michalak and Natasha O'Ryan

Ryley Rubin Pogensky, Photos by Mariusz Michalak and Natasha O'Ryan

Merlot, Photos by Mariusz Michalak and Oscar Ouk

Merlot, Photos by Mariusz Michalak and Oscar Ouk

Nicole Bonifacio, Photo by Mariusz Michalak

Nicole Bonifacio, Photo by Mariusz Michalak

Infinite Coles, Photo by Hannah Cohen

Infinite Coles, Photo by Hannah Cohen

Model Infinite Coles loosening up before the show, Photo by Jeannette Deron 

Model Infinite Coles loosening up before the show, Photo by Jeannette Deron 

Where it all went down... The Brooklyn Museum. Photo by Jeannette Deron

Where it all went down... The Brooklyn Museum. Photo by Jeannette Deron

Left: Makeup artists Raisa Flowers and Slater Stanley     Right: model Charisma Glasper giving a sneak peak of our new embroidered design 

Left: Makeup artists Raisa Flowers and Slater Stanley     Right: model Charisma Glasper giving a sneak peak of our new embroidered design 

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 YorkThomas 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!

FREE FLOW - AN EDITORIAL FOR INDIE MAG by Anji Becker

Inspired by freedom and fluidity, we worked with New York/London based dance duo Kanerflex and Melamurder on a photo series and video that gives us a glimpse of their artistic passion. Their deep connection to one another is a love that flows freely; mirroring their free-flowing moves and outpour of creativity. Blending dance genres like voguing, hip hop, flexing, and bone-breaking, they twist and push their bodies to the furthest possible limits while still remaining smooth and graceful. Their looks draw emphasis from hardware and strong textures. Metal details are paired with our liquid silver print, symbolizing the fluid movements along with the hard work and determination of the dancers. WE ARE MORTALS is paired with designs from Field of Ponies,  FeiFeiYang (pictured above), Whatever21 and others. We were lucky to get to work with these talented dancers while they were here in LA, putting together a team for this shoot that ended up on INDIE MAGAZINE! Check out the full article and editorial on Indie Mag's site here

Photographer Benet Perez @b3nnet, Video Jeannette @oyejeannette, Stylist Dominique V Richardson
Makeup Whitney Olson-Matjia @whitneymatija, Hair AmberRose @amberrosehairandmakeup
 

WE'RE HEADED TO NYFW! by Anji Becker

Our new collection will be presented on the runway for our very first fashion show in NYC for Fashion Week! We've been working non-stop to put together some new designs that will take the MORTALS look to another level! We're especially excited to debut the new graphics that will be featured on the pieces, collaborations with two amazing artists (Brian Vu from NY, and 'Flow' from Austria). We've lined up a sick music track and 8 inspirational models that will represent MORTALS as the new generation of forward-thinkers.

The show will take place inside the Brooklyn Museum on September 8 (doors open at 6pm). There is free admission to the show, which is amazing, but please RSVP through the Facebook Event Page. This particular show is very unique because it is the one and only queer fashion show, now in its third year. The show is meant to be a platform for brands and designers that don't follow the industry norm of gender conformity. All the designers showing here are either designing specifically for queer and non-binary individuals or, like us, designing without gender in mind. We believe that fashion is gender-free. Any possible style of clothing can be worn by any human across the entire gender spectrum and it shouldn't have to convey a gender or sexuality label to others. We're so excited to be a part of this show that is challenging the status quo and leading a movement that is slowly but surely promoting change. We hope that 'queer fashion' is a term that won't even be needed in the near future, as we begin to re-define gender and what style means in relation to gender. All who will be in NYC, please show up and cheer us on! If not, Huffington Post will be live streaming the show on their 'Huff Post Queer Voices' Facebook Page. 

NEW EDITORIAL FOR HIGHSNOBIETY by Anji Becker

We are so excited to see our first collection getting noticed by influential websites like Highsnobiety, a site focused on streetwear fashion, hip hop music, and lifestyle. Stylist Lorena Maza and Photographer Max Stuermer came from Berlin to shoot this editorial in Venice Beach, CA, using our pieces along with Acne Studios, Vetments, Re/Done, Ground Zero, Drome, Calvin Klein, and ACL. We love the cali sunset vibe of this shoot and the classic street style looks. Moreover, we love to see creative teams that make an effort to dress their female models in unisex streetwear looks rather than just traditional 'womenswear'.  See the full editorial here! The MORTALS pieces featured here: kimono hoodie, the future has no gender tank/dress, liquid silver patch sweatshirt, and screenprinted cover piece skirt, are all still for sale in limited quantities on our shop. (Model: Elizabeth Havird, Hair/Makeup: Christina Roberson). 

MORTALS PRESENTS AT LAFW 'REPRISE' EVENT by Anji Becker

Thank you to L.A. Fashion Week for including our first collection in their amazing installations at REPRISE at the W Hotel Beverly Hills! The four installations were styled by the LAFW peeps, who mixed a broad range of designers into these looks. Some of the designers included NamiliaPhlemunsFeng Chen WangKnortsAnika PerkinsDimepiece, Samsara Collections,  La Tokyo, Oddinary Garments, NamiliaOugetCorrineloperfido, Bcalla, and Brashydotnet; essentially a 'who's who' of new fashion and emerging brands, so we're very honored to have been included in the mix! You can spot our liquid silver shorts and coverpiece skirt, kimono hoodie, 'the future has no gender' slogan tank, and some new hardware inspired accessories we created for the occasion. We think this was a very unique and interesting approach for a fashion event and love how LAFW is making such an effort to connect with streetwear designers. 

Aside from the fashion, however, the highlight of the night was definitely the intimate performance given to us by our very own muse Le1f. By 'intimate' we're not just referring to the venue size... Le1f actually stripped down to his pink undies and came into the crowd, letting loose and eventually melting to the floor. The performance energy you get from this one is truly unmatched; intense rapping, dancing, and major attitude! The Reprise event was planned as a kick-off for LA Pride, and we couldn't have asked for a better way to celebrate than this amazing night.

Photos from Bryan Flores, David Vassal, Michael Bradley, and RPB Fun Mag

PRIDE by Anji Becker

We are proud... not just proud of who we are, but also proud of the societal progress we see taking hold. The future is now, it's exciting, and through our "We Are Mortals, We Are Equal" mantra we've connected with so many people who believe the same thing. Although there will always be conservative groups in this world who want to stunt progress, it seems progress is inevitable and the evolution of the human experience continues to unfold as we become more and more accepting and connected across the globe.

Just as the Sexual Revolution of the 1960s began the process of liberating women and normalizing sex outside of marriage, our current revolution taking place in 2016 has put us on the path to eradicating the gender binary and embracing people of all different sexual orientations. Youth culture is the leader of our gender-fluid future, and they're our inspiration as a brand as well. Talking with young people today, it's clear that they don't feel quite the same amount of pressure as the previous generation when it comes to attaching a label to their gender and sexuality. They're free to experiment with their sexuality and explore different gender identities along the spectrum, in the end hopefully settling somewhere in the middle where they can meld their different experiences together into what is most meaningful for them.  

             Photo by Brian Vu. See the entire album here.

             Photo by Brian Vu. See the entire album here.

Prior to this youth-led, open-minded climate we see today, however, a lot of work was done to help change deep-rooted phobias and discrimination. PRIDE parades and festivities were one of those things that did a lot to contribute to the changing mentalities, and ultimately the change of unjust laws, and these efforts need to continue if we want to truly see the end of inequality. Yet there are always those who question: why is this necessary? One argument is that 'special' holidays and media coverage that may contribute to stereotypes actually separate marginalized groups even more, rather than helping them be included as part of the mainstream. In the long run, though, we believe that taking a firm stance on an issue of equality and officially recognizing a group of people as a nation is ultimately essential for progress for several reasons. First, as the Huffington Post explained, we have to remember that in many countries throughout the world, being gay is still a crime that comes along with a prison sentence. In this internet age of global visibility, when we come together to send a loud message our reach extends way beyond our own city. Secondly, it all comes down to education. If Black History Month or Martin Luther King Day had never been established, would new generations of future students be taught the important lessons relating to these huge milestones in our country's past? Maybe not.  

Bullett Media's recent article about Transgender Day of Visibility, by one our favorite writers Justin Moran, gets down to the root of this same question, highlighting the feelings of two non-binary performers named Dark Matter. Their frustrations are unquestionably valid: 'why do we have to become visible in order to be taken seriously?', which goes hand in hand with the underlying criticism of PRIDE celebrations... that a special day shouldn't be necessary in order to be respected. Although that's undeniably true, it seems that visibility is always the first step on the pathway towards equality. Unfortunate but true, at each bump in the road we have to push for awareness and force people to simply recognize and understand something that they may not understand or have experienced before. From there we can then expect to gradually develop welcoming and inclusive mindsets, and eventually get to the point where we see societal change and an end to hatred and unjust laws. The story of equality is a long one. Let's celebrate all the progress and never forget the work that needs to be done to change what isn't right... not just in our own community but all over the world.

If you're in LA for PRIDE, come check out performances by two of our favorite muses, Le1f and Shamir, both on Saturday June 11. In addition to making dope music, both Shamir and Le1f have sported some MORTALS on stage in the past, so we have major love for those two! WE ARE MORTALS will be hanging at the LA PRIDE festivities all weekend, and also showing some pieces from the line in live installations at LAFW's REPRISE event that will be kicking off the Pride weekend (also featuring a performance by the one and only Le1f)! REPRISE takes place Thursday, June 9th, at the W Hotel in Beverly Hills at 7:30pm.

We'll be sending big discount codes to our supporters this week to celebrate our PRIDE, so if you haven't signed up for our email list yet do it now so you don't miss out!

CLUB CLIT X BEBE HUXLEY by Anji Becker

Back in April we got the chance to check out the very first CLUB CLIT LA. The djs, performances, and crowd were inspirational and the night had a really positive vibe! Dorian Electra and Leather Papi took the stage (you can check out Dorian's new music video recently featured on BULLETT Magazine). And one of our favorite muses, Bebe Huxley, was a featured performer that night as well; blowing everyone's minds with her passionate and comical show. Awhile back we interviewed Bebe about her experience with gender (see full interview here), so it was amazing to finally see her performance. Bebe went full drag, bulge included, dressed in all red leather! She started with a 50 Cent cover that was hot as hell, and then debuted a few of her new original tracks. As if her performance wasn't amazing enough, Bebe's songwriting skills are on-point too. She's currently working on new music and also involved with production at Love Bailey's Savage Ranch. You can get a sneak peek of Bebe's show in the above video, but you're going to have to see her perform live if you want to get the full experience! Follow her Youtube, Facebook, and Instagram, and patiently await the release of her music project. 

Club Clit is an all-inclusive lesbian and female drag party that welcomes 'all different shades of ladies', promotes a feminist perspective, and embraces the idea of ladies in drag. Basically, this is where you want to be; a place where creative people of all gender identities (trans, cis, queer) can all feel free to express themselves and embrace gender-fluidity. We love this new approach, as it's a much needed breath of fresh air in comparison to typical 'gay bars', and rare in the sense that ladies are in the forefront. Club Clit is run by Skully Rose, who has also been producing Club Fist LA for the past couple years. Club Fist has a similar queer/all-inclusive concept, but with slightly different music spinning and not specifically focused on female drag. Club Fist started out at The Lash in downtown LA and recently moved over to the spicy hot scene at Cheetah's Nightclub in Hollywood. Needless to say, the Clit and the Fist are both pushing boundaries and challenging norms, giving the underground and youth cultures here in LA a place to call home.

Check out some more footage from the very first Club Clit here. It happens again June 17th 2016 at The Safari DTLA! (See the Facebook event page here). See you there!

LIQUID SILVER ON THE RADAR by Anji Becker

Our Liquid Silver print, a textile that we created by collaborating with artist Jennifer Mehigan, turned up on the WGSN Trend Forecast for SS17 Activewear! The forecast comes out two years prior to the season it's forecasting, essentially predicting what will be trending in the future, so it's amazing to know that our ideas were well ahead of schedule (especially considering our inspiration at the time was the futuristic aesthetic). WGSN is the leading global source for fashion forecasts, and only industry professionals with membership access get these exclusive trend forecasts each season. Good to know we're on point with our very first collection with this reflective metal look! See the full 17 page forecast here.

BIBI BOURELLY PREMIERE by Anji Becker

We really love Bibi Bourelly's new track 'Sally' (Def Jam Records) because of its all-inclusive message and focus on dance. We believe self-expression is key, and Bibi uses her effortlessly powerful voice to say so too. Her video includes a wide spectrum of age groups, gender identities, and races... all dancing without restraint, because 'Sally' is anybody who stops caring what people think and decides to just be themselves! The video features many unique personalities, including Infinite Coles wearing our Liquid Silver CoverPiece Skirt creatively as a top. Infinite is an up-and-coming singer, and the son of Wu-Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah, who is emerging as a young talent that embodies everything that WE ARE MORTALS stands for. See his debut in the DAZED film GANG and watch out for his solo music coming soon! 

By the way, last year it was revealed that Bibi actually wrote several of Rhianna's hit songs including "Bitch Better Have My Money" at the age of 19. As if that weren't impressive enough, this solo project debuts to show us what an impressive voice she has to back up those killer song-writing capabilites. Read Vice's interview with her here

 

GENDER NORMS AND FASHION by Anji Becker

As we predicted almost two years ago when we first conceptualized the WE ARE MORTALS brand and coined the phrase "THE FUTURE HAS NO GENDER", the fashion world is now obsessed with the topic of gender. The bigger picture (a society that is questioning our traditional concepts of gender identity), is the more important issue. But fashion is of course at the forefront of this discussion since fashion tends to reflect human consciousness by always staying one step ahead of our cultural norms. Plus, fashion is all about self-expression and pushing boundaries. In contrast, a person's clothing selection is also the easiest way to label or categorize them when you first meet... we put people into preconceived ideas of what or who they are based on how they are dressed. Are they male or female, gay or straight? Every person decides for themselves how they want to speak to others through their outfits, and it's been fascinating to watch how this awareness is spreading and gradually beginning to trickle down to the mainstream. 

First of all, clothes have nothing to do with sexuality. In fact, gender has nothing to do with sexuality. These distinctions have begun to come to the surface now and it feels like we're finally crawling out of the Dark Ages when a guy couldn't wear anything further than a standard flannel shirt without being teased or insulted. As a society, we've already gotten used to women adopting menswear. It's no big deal for girls to rock a sporty or dapper look, but now the time has come for high-profile men to stand up for their gender's right to play with fashion. The discussion originally started sweeping the internet when Jaden Smith began tweeting about wearing skirts (and eventually posing in a skirt for a Louis Vuitton ad campaign), then rapper Young Thug talked about how he shops in the women's department, and the ball keeps rolling from there with brands like ours introducing the concept of genderless clothing with perfect timing. 

Right now the focus is on the non-binary and transgender community, as it should be. It's time for our world to start grasping the concept of gender-fluidity. When it comes to the apparel industry, though, we believe this idea should eventually go way beyond the idea of accepting a 'marginalized' community, and the changes should impact everyone; which will in turn un-marginalize those communities. We don't all want to look alike anyway, right? Why would you want your clothing selection to put you in a box and categorize you for the rest of the world to easily comprehend you? Gender is nothing more than an idea, a social construct, therefore all gender norms are arbitrary and one of the most concrete and visibly apparent ways of understanding that is through fashion. Read Upworthy's article (above) to learn some interesting history facts about perceived 'rules' of fashion across gender lines throughout the past. Is there any particular reason women are the only ones who should be able to wear skirts? Not really. And do our clothing, hair, and accessory choices have to signify something about our sexual orientation or gender identity? Not at all. As Jaden puts it, "I don't see man clothes and women clothes, I just see scared people and comfortable people".

Although gender-fluidity has made huge progress within youth culture and gender-fluid apparel is thriving within the high-fashion world, it's still mainly a concept that's only being embraced in big cities by creative, fashion-savvy people who pay attention to the runways shows, read the influential opinions of youth-culture mags like DAZED and BULLETT, and who don't shop at the mall. There is still a long way to go for this progressive mindset to reach mainstream culture. Mega-chain store ZARA recently debuted their non-gendered line and recieved a very sad reaction. Their desire to simply capitalize on a current trend was very obvious, as there was no diversity in their ads, no gender rule-breaking in their designs, and no changes being made within their physical stores. Unisex dressing rooms? Doing away with mens/womens departments? They did neither. Their attempt was pathetic and it reinforced the idea that even though gender neutrality happens to be a huge 'trend', the perspective of the average person has not changed much. What they didn't understand that it's not about adding a unisex option to your store or brand.. its actually all about removing gender from the equation all together. It's about inclusivity and blending womenswear and menswear into one.

DAZED nailed it in their recent article about the gender revolution when they stressed the need for the retail side of the fashion industry to catch up with current thinking in order for any real change to occur. In our opinion, it's not so much about the actual clothing design as much as it is about the people wearing it and the act of removing the labels. Rather than designating a special 'alternative' place for non-binary or open-minded people to shop, the idea should be to make this approach the norm and change the way all clothing is labeled, marketed, and displayed in a way that includes and welcomes all people. WE ARE MORTALS is part of this movement that represents a catalyst for this change. We realize there is still a need for brands to define their target markets, but why can't clothes be marketed based on personal taste rather than traditional demographic data like age, race, and gender? In the future, couldn't there be clothing departments organized by style direction... the 'rock and roll' look with jeans and leather jackets, the hip-hop inspired streetwear look, etc.? Those categories naturally inspire choice and freedom based on inspiration rather than our sexual organs. Our current system pressures people to limit themselves to outdated gender prototypes, and we hope to see the end of that era soon. Check out our gender-fluid clothing here!

WHIP IT by Anji Becker

BIA, aka Perico Princess, is wearing MORTALS liquid silver shorts throughout her new video for 'Whip It'. This is the second video from her album, which is produced by Pharrell's record label iamOTHER. Separating herself from other mainstream female rappers like Nicki Minaj, Bia stands out from the rest because her lyrics and image aren't all about 'selling sex'. She goes hard, and stands on equal ground as her male counterparts in the rap scene. We've got major respect for her!

JUST DROPPED - OUR LOOKBOOK VIDEO by Anji Becker

We're so thrilled to debut our official lookbook for this first mini-collection, including this dope video that brings the brand to life and shows our MORTALS in action! Over the past year designer/owner Anji has worked relentlessly so see her vision through to this point. It's been a long process running everything independently; from designing to promoting, running a successful Kickstarter campaign, and finally going into production. Now that we've finally launched the first line for retail, we couldn't be happier and more ready for the next steps! Over this past year we've seen the 'non-gendered' concept explode on runways and in the fashion magazines, so we know that we've laid the foundation for a brand that is part of a much bigger movement and has the potential to put this all-inclusive, gender-free message concretely into your hands.

The incredible team that helped put this lookbook together will always be a special part of the birth of WE ARE MORTALS. Shooting this campaign was such a blast, and it was clear that we found a group of people for this collaboration that are not only very talented, but also believe in our message and want to support our vision. We're starting small and gradually building the brand each step of the way, so we're excited to expand from here and start working on our next collection which will take this concept to a whole different level with new designs that stretch way further! 

MODELS: Oly Maly + King Saturn + Dru Acosta + Malcom Robinson

VIDEO: Jeannette @oyejeannette

STYLIST: Edward Long

MAKEUP: Sara Tagaloa

HAIR: Malcom Robinson

MUSIC CREDITS: Mix by D.el-ay  featuring tracks by Visionist (Can't Forget) and M.E.S.H. (Imperial Sewers)   

FOOTWEAR by Oak NYC

THE GUARDIAN REVIEWS LE1F by Anji Becker

Glad to see The Guardian is on top of things! Their review of Le1f's music is on point: "he looks like a million dollars and moves like a panther". We agree 100%. It was over a year ago we caught Le1f's performance at MOCA in Los Angeles and loved every minute of the high-intensity, high-style show that included a troupe of vogue dancers. Now he's touring worldwide and getting shown some major love in cities like Glasgow, where he was photographed by The Guardian Magazine performing in our Liquid Silver top, a collaboration textile print with artist Jennifer Mehigan. Click above to read The Guardian's review, see more photos of Le1f in our designs below... and if you haven't heard Leif rap yet, you should get on that immediately!

Milky IN MORTALS by Anji Becker

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MILK (@bigandmilky), from Ru Paul's Dragrace, recently performed at Vancouver's Hi-Fashion, a 'free expression fashion party' presented by Paperroute. Before hitting the stage, Milk did a little photo session wearing the MORTALS milky-white tee and short set. Milk was also just featured in the new Marc Jacobs campaign, so we're proud to say that the future is definitely here, as it's apparent that sexual and gender fluidity and self-expression rule the current scene! Photos by Marshall Heritage, Styled by Jamie Gill (@cocobae_swoosh). 

THE LAST SUPPER IN CYBER-SPACE by Anji Becker

Watch DOUBLE CUP, the debut video from singer Star Grace, featuring clothing pieces from WE ARE MORTALS. We were on set for this one watching the fun go down (see behind-the scenes photos below). Star is a young new artist who writes her own music and plays instruments in addition to singing... she's a real musician with tons of ambition. Best of all, her exceptional intelligence is evident the minute you start talking with her. 

Her dreamy 'neo-soul' first single references the Southern hip-hop culture of drinking lean in styrofoam cups, but her sound is definitely more refined. The concept is a commentary on her generation's constant interaction with media and technology. As Star puts it "we're detached but more attached than ever... to something new". Star wanted to include new brands and designers, like Giacconi Clothing and our own collection 'The Future Has No Gender', in order to represent the new generation of youth and their ideals. In their eyes, gender doesn't matter and self-expression is key. She also wanted to include lots of up-and-coming fashion-forward creatives instead of just focusing on herself. Gathered around the table at the modern-day 'Last Supper' you'll see her crew... a collection of diverse cool-kids, many androgynous or gender-fluid and all with bold style. Some of these unique personalities include Josephine Pearl Lee , Romy X, LuloJonathan Andru, and BabyTrash. We think Star did a wonderful job of getting her message across and speaking what's on these cyber-world kids' minds through her musical vision. 

> Video Directed/Edited by Nayip Ramos, Styled by Shaila Giacconi

> Song Produced by Star Grace and Marko Pen

In the studio with BIA by Anji Becker

BIA, aka Perico Princess, is already blowing up since the recent release of her first video "Bobby Brown" from her new album produced by Pharrell's record label iamOTHER.  We've caught several posts of her wearing MORTALS liquid silver shorts in the studio with Pharrell and while filming a second video that we can't wait to see! Check out her first album, Chola Season, and get ready for all the new stuff that's on the way from this talented rapper.

ZEBRA KATZ X MORTALS by Anji Becker

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A huge inspiration for the direction of WE ARE MORTALS, Zebra Katz represents the future in many ways. Always pushing boundaries, doing something fresh and new, and creating moods within both the dance and rap genres.... the gender binary is long gone for Zebra. Since he's such a stylish visionary, we were so excited to see him wearing the MORTALS X JENNIFER MEHIGAN 2-piece liquid silver set for his performance at the Bass Coast Music Festival in Canada this year! 

Photos by: AllieKat and Steven DeTray

THANK YOU TO OUR FOUNDER'S CIRCLE : by Anji Becker

The following MORTALS pledged our minimum reward tier or more on Kickstarter to become part of our founder's circle. Thanks to all of you we can finally start our first production and get these designs up for sale. Your support is appreciated so very much, thank you for making this idea come to life!

FUNDRAISING ZENITH + LIT LAUNCH PARtY by Anji Becker

Some of Los Angeles' best showed up to support the birth of WE ARE MORTALS and give exposure to our Kickstarter campaign efforts at our recent event at Rhabbitat Studio. The night included voguing and music performances by SATURN RISING (@kingsaturn), Brendan Cameron and Grave Jones. Host for the night was cyber-icon Princess Gollum, and sounds were provided by Zakmatic and Ass+Titties (Alanna Pearl and Shelby Sells). The event brought together a great crowd of LA creatives and helped WE ARE MORTALS stake it's claim as a leader of the genderless fashion movement. 

 

LAUNCHING INTO THE FUTURE by Anji Becker

It feels like a new era. Something big is happening culturally revolving around the theme of gender, and we've landed right in the middle of it. Stepping back to look at what's happening in society right now, it's apparent that the gender binary that has gone unquestioned for so long is finally being turned upside down. The very same week that WE ARE MORTALS launched our Kickstarter campaign to spread our message The Future Has No Gender, Caitlyn Jenner caused a huge buzz by debuting to the world in Vanity Fair. Other celebrity pioneers pushing boundaries include little Shiloh Jolie Pitt and even Miley Cyrus who just explained to Paper Mag that she considers herself to be completely 'fluid' when it comes to her gender and her sexuality, proving how open-minded the future generation really is. You know that mainstream interest in this topic is definitely present when even Ryan Seacrest is producing a new transgender TV show on ABC! 

WE ARE MORTALS has developed over the past two years while our society as a whole was apparently also moving in this direction. As people begin to realize that gender and biological sex are two different things, we're wondering "what does gender even mean?" If gender is basically the roles that we play in life, the clothes we wear, our mannerisms, etc., then gender is just a human creation - a system that we invented. Although gender-bending personalities have been popular in the music and entertainment industries for a long time now and androgyny has long been an appealing theme on the fashion runways, the idea of being gender-fluid isn't something that has been accepted in 'real-life'. Off the runways, in real town across the country, young people are suffering and even committing suicide due to lack of acceptance and hatred. Finally, it looks as though change may be coming. According to sources such as Trendwatching.com, our identities are becoming more limitless. “We’re moving more and more towards post-demographic consumerism, which means people are constructing their own identities more freely than ever. Consumption patterns are no longer defined by ‘traditional’ demographic segments such as age, gender, location, income, family status and more”. 

Naturally, clothing will respond to this emerging mindset. Recently Jaden Smith, son of Jada and Will, began wearing dresses and tweeting about it in an effort to challenge the outdated his/hers formula that has traditionally limited our fashion choices. As genderless apparel quickly becomes a rising trend across the fashion industry, WE ARE MORTALS strives to give a voice to the future and establish this imminent wave of change as an accessible idea for all.