New York Fashion Week started early for some local teens, who got the opportunity to help put on a very stylish runway show on the High Line. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.
Instead of just doing some back-to-school clothes shopping, some local teens got a chance to help put on a fashion show on the High Line.
"We did the casting call, we did the fittings, we helped pick the looks, the jewelry, the shoes, the make up, the hair. We did everything," says Eva Polanco from the High Line's Teen Fashion Program.
The event was organized by Friends of the High Line, Harlem's Fashion Row and Caravan Stylist Studio.
It is the culmination of the High Line's Teen Fashion Program, which allowed students to work directly with New York designers for the past two months in preparation for the show.
Fourteen students learned the ropes at well known labels like Synderela, TABii Just, LaQuan Smith, Junk Food Clothing, Huminska and Boy Meets Girl.
The teens picked the looks from those collections.
"Fashion, I felt like I was never going to get to even be in it. It was just something I always saw in magazines, and to actually be behind it, you know, it's not given to you, you have to earn it," says Junemarie Gonzalez from the Teen Fashion Program.
"I get to know about the fashion industry more. The fashion industry by itself, the runway, backstage and designing from beginning to end," says Amber Nunez, another participant in the Teen Fashion Program.
So, just how real is this show?
In the backstage area, there are professional makeup artists, hairstylists and models.
It's all about being a true fashionista.
"It looked good, I mean, it was really nice to see the teens really moving the models along, dressing them, and kind of calling the shots, so I think it went well. They seemed happy about it. I think they learned a great deal, and I'm excited," says Erycka Montoya from Friends of the High Line.
Some of the students modeled as well, and while not all of the looks were for young people, they learned enough about fashion to offer their own style advice.
"Not too low cut, go simple, don't go too much," Gonzalez says.
These students are going back to school with a little bit of attitude and a lot of class.