New York Fashion Tweak FW ‘18: Leaving the Runway Behind

by Kelly Nyland

As NYFW, or any Fashion Week for that matter returns, we expect to see long runways, traditional models and fortress tight guest lists to a variety of ready to wear shows. Upon further inspection however, the bustling world of underground fashion is ever present, favoring hard to find warehouses, street casting and a more inclusive (but oftentimes equally exclusive) guest list. This season we attended 3 fashion events which included a dry cleaners, an opera singer and lot of really fucking cute people.

Independent label LRS designer, Raul Solis opted to inhabit Next Cleaners to present his collection; a quirky and colorful display with cutouts, texture and photographic elements courtesy of photographer Ryker Allen. Instead of the expected models wearing clothes thing, Solis sent faux dry cleaner employee cohorts down a makeshift runway with pieces in hand to be hung on a rotating dry cleaning rack. The presentation was playful and refreshing and set to the tune of fashion darling Sarah Abney’s live soundtrack.

Next we headed to V-Files Be Heard, Make Noise event powered by Adidas Originals. A sort of open stage event that included a live photo shoot by photographer Christelle de Castro, music performances, and a general embodiment of the V-Files collaborative community. Artists, musicians and personalities such as Young Thug, Jerrika Karlae, the Cleremont Twins and Smokepurpp graced the stage at Terminal 5 wearing pieces from designers like Julia Seemann, Sanchez Kane and Kim Shui Studio paired with Adidas Originals.