OUR NYFW RUNWAY RECAP
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. This particular show is very unique because it is the one and only queer fashion show, now in its third year. 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 by either designing specifically for non-binary and/or trans individuals or, like us, designing with a complete disregard for gender. We believe that fashion should be 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.
The venue was none other than the beautiful Brooklyn Museum, which definitely created an 'artist's paradise 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 preview of our new 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, Owner/Designer Anji has made sure to stay true to her gender-free ideals and push the boundaries a little further. See Huffington Post's live stream of the show on their 'Huff Post Queer Voices' Facebook Page!
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! 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 who has trained and performed with companies like Bill T Jones and the Joffrey Ballet, Bailey Skye is a musician and performer known as "Nightspace", Merlot is an NY-based singer/musician, Lux Phillips is a non-binary artist and musician, Ryley Ruben 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, Nicole Bonifacio is a badass model based in NYC, and Merlot is an NY-based singer/musician. 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 , 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!