This past Thursday we attended dapperQ‘s third NYFW presentation (iD). An experience we can only describe as:
- Living our Instagram feed live.
- Attending the family reunion you’ve been waiting for your whole life.
- The most powerful experience of art, community and activism we’ve ever had.
We we’re so moved by the powerful production we decided to put together a visual recap (with some behind the scenes extras) so you could share in the experience with us.We knew the moment our Uber parked in front of this we were in for a treat.
The venue: Brooklyn Museum
Spoiler Alert: We weren’t wrong. As we proceeded into the venue and headed back stage the energy was palpable. Room after room was filled journalists, models, designers all doing the finishing touches preparing for the show. Only not with the frantic buzz you would expect behind the scenes, there was an easy calmness and camaraderie amongst everyone in house.
R-L: Elliott Sailors & Alex
New acquaintances mingled like old friends. Online friends and associates became RL friends, greeting each other like they were crossing the stage in a Maury Pauvich reunion show.
It’s hard to describe what being at a queer community event like this is like. Pressed to do so i’d say it’s like a family reunion crossed with Xmas, because of the gifts. The gifts being how we were all liberating each other through fashion. We all had a rolls to play and recognized the importance of each player. There was no one star on set, but a community of individuals all working to create something for one another together.
The show featured the work of 8 Queer design houses:
Photo Credit: dapperQ
Here are some of our favourite moments from the show.
Stuzo kicked off the show with a powerful multimedia display of their “XCollection” making a very important political statement. #BlackLivesMatter. The energy was instantly electric, the crowd hung on every message the designs and production delivered.
Anji Becker and her line We Are Mortals sent a big message to the crowd that “gender is over”. Displaying a genderfluid streetwear collection everyone in attendance was putting on their Christmas wish lists.
Design house Thomas Thomas debuted their very first collection on iD’s runway, leaving us all in batted breath. The line featured a chic blend of vintage menswear with modern twists. As seen here on Elliott Sailors.
Elliott Sailors – Thomas Thomas
Former olympian turned model Casey Legler brought real star power and a F ton of energy to the stage. Casey had us all adjusting our collars when she stepped out bringing that hot hot heat in Sir New York.
Don’t think for a second Hip Hop Artist Cakes Da Killa was about to let Casey Legler steal the show. Bringing the most sass we saw on the runway all night, Cakes Da Killa brought audience cheers to new levels.
Cakes Da Killa – Sir New York
Olivia Zetter – Angie Chuang
By the end of the night it was undeniable iD the production had set us all free. All identities, all bodies all genders are beautiful and deserving of the same rights and freedoms. A big thank you to dapperQ for setting us all free with their production.
A sincere and special thanks to our gracious host Anita Dolce Vita for being so welcoming and providing us with what we can only describe as a “world class experience”. Thank you.
Images: Courtesy of Effort-Lez where not otherwise credited.