For all fashion’s apparent frivolity, I believe the need to remain grounded to the community and aware of our surroundings. In Kelly Cutrone’s ‘If you need to cry, go outside, she briefly wrote about the days following September 11 in 2001 and the fashion industry’s scaling back of New York fashion week.
On one hand, it is insensitive for the show to go on, with all it’s extravagance and luxuriousness in light of the tragedy of September 11.
But on the flipside, what better way than fashion to start lifting people’s spirits and planting this sense of hope…
Similarly, yesterday evening 40 students/volunteers/friends/good looking peers walked in a well-choreographed show entitled ‘Model for Hope 2011’ with clothes provided by the Parco designers (Their runway soundtrack was pretty awesome too) in their bid to raise awareness and funds for human trafficking and sex slavery in Cambodia. The night was ushered in by a mini concert courtesy of SIXX, who flew back from Thailand especially for the event. And then a premixed trance/techno + live drummer (+ random screaming guy) *first two parts of the equation were really good*.
I like that the styling was slightly more conceptual than what the audience might have expected. Made it feel more artsy rather than a popularity contest/pageant. And it looked like they were having a blast on stage, at times unsure about their cues, but I can look past that. It’s for charity anyway (:
Felt somewhat guilty that I couldn’t rattle off the names of all the designers based on the clothing, guess I’m not sufficiently attuned to their design aesthetics and have not visited their stores in awhile.
That being said, I’m might impressed by Pauline Ning’s construction and I always have a soft spot for L’ile aux Ashby. Also saw a leather cuff that I would like to own, don’t know who designed that piece though.
All in, hope to see more of such events where fashion becomes a vessel to impact change on important issues. And I also secretly hope to somehow get my hands of the runway track. Thumbs up to the masterminds behind the event!
On a side note, that day’s outfit included a Zara Women shirt layered with a silver necklace purchased from Cambodia and a jade pendant. (Not pictured are Dzojchen black denim jeans and Dr. Marten wedges)
All this ‘for a good cause’ talk makes me seriously consider taking time off work to volunteer. And I challenge you to do so as well.
If I’m incoherent, I apologize. Please understand though, it’s 4am as I write this.