#MeToo x NYFW18

A macabre, angelic model led a troupe of glamorous fellow models around the runway, alluding to the similar traumas each shared, and the true spirit behind the event: #METOO Fashion Show. Attendees were advised to expect a show vastly different from what one would typically experience at other fashion shows part of the official New York Fashion Week '18 schedule. But from the time my friend, Wendy, forwarded me the invitation to this show, each of us felt a bit anxious as to what would lie ahead on the runway.

The beauty of this fashion show was the bravery and strength of each woman - the garments they wore came in secondary, unlike most other NYFW shows. After walking the runway, each woman took a second turn down the catwalk, handcuffed to a man wearing a pig mask. Lined up in single file, each model took the microphone and shared her story of sexual abuse. A horrific range of traumas were recounted, but with each story shared, layers of shame were shed. Power was building in the room, as each woman unlocked herself from her "pig." It is exciting to think how power is spreading across the U.S. (now in the U.K.), encouraging women to be courageous by saying #TIMESUP for sexual harassment, assault, or abuse, either for themselves or on behalf of others.

Here are some moments from the show!

XO Lauren

Lauren A. Oosterlinck, Copyright 2018

Marchesa NYFW FW16 Pt. II: The Show

We never thought we would get in - but we did! People herded their way in, so who would Wendy and I be to go against the herd (when that means you get to see a Marchesa show)? Ha. Anna Wintour was far across the room, but I could still see her - arms crossed, blond bob, sunglasses worn indoors - yep, that was her. And one seat over from Ms. Wintour - the gorgeous redhead (you may recall I am a fan of flamed haired women) model/singer/formerly-wife-of-Jack-White, Karen Elson. And, Zac Posen! ... Ok, ok. Star-gazing aside, you came to read about Marchesa for goodness sake!

The sparkling accessories and embroidered shoes alone have me crushing, and we had not seen all of the gowns, yet!

Minutes before showtime, a seamstress tirelessly works on finishing touches on one of the gowns - so stunning, I thought I was going to hyperventilate with glee.

This baby blue gown was like a full-length babydoll, so floaty and stunning - one of my faves.

Marchesa designers, Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, can be seen in the first image of the slideshow, above. And, oh - how the crew had crates of Fiji water on standby for everyone backstage, with those clever drilled-in straws. My show footage, below, may be rough, but you get the idea. #frowgoals

The most beautiful gowns I have ever seen stomped by, all ruffles, beads and crystals. The wedge heels embroidered with a floral design were fantastic. Honestly, my best view of it all was backstage, as we only made it in by a hair - stood on the topmost bench, mid-room. Alas, better to have seen Marchesa FW16 live than to never have been at all.

You're swooning, regardless of how fuzzy the fashion show images may be - yes, maybe? Anyway. Thanks for reading! Until next NYFW. XO Lauren

Photography and videos by Lauren A. Oosterlinck