During New York Fashion Week, only one show in the Fashion District made New York its theme and had real New Yorkers model clothes by designers who entirely create and manufacture their clothes within the five boroughs. NY1's Arts reporter Stephanie Simon modeled in the show and filed this report.
Backstage at any fashion show is always hectic, especially when several designers are showing together. It's even more so when real New Yorkers are modeling, including me and Michelle Park, my former NY1 colleague. m
The New York-centric show at The Carlton Hotel in Manhattan's Fashion District was organized by Caravan Stylist Studio, which promotes "Made In New York" fashions.
"The whole concept is that it's 'Made In New York' designers. So they're not just designing and creating, but they actually produce everything in New York," says Claudine DeSola, the founder of Caravan Stylist Studio. "So that is great, to provide jobs to local workers."
The professional models tried to show us novices a few tricks for walking, but I didn't really get the hang of it, so I left the real strutting to them. The show starts with the Callula Lillibelle collection.
"All of my fabrics come from here. My sample makers are here," said Melanie Fraser Hart, the owner-designer of Callula Lillibelle. "If you have it in New York and you do a small run, it's cost-effective, actually."
Park wore one of several looks by Kahri.
"This dress is a silk velvet burnbout with polka dots. It has the chain like mine. My look is rocker chic," said Kahri designer Kahrianne Kerr.
RAE also rocked the makeshift runway.
Asked what it meant for her to be a "Made In New York" designer, Denise Gertmenian of RAE said, "It means to me to have a lot of control over my work, over my product."
The real models wore four looks, I just barely managed to do two. I changed from a Callula Lillibelle into a Tabii Just.
"I love the vibe of the city and I think there is so much talent in the city. There are some really great factories that I've been working with, so it's awesome," said Tabitha St. Bernard, a designer for Tabii Just.
"Made In New York" fashions are just one more way to celebrate New York in style.