Mercedes Benz Fashion Week 2013 came in like a lion and out like a lamb. All in the course of one week, there was an 18 inch snowfall with temperatures plummeting to the teens on February 8th and then soaring into the sunny low 50s by Valentine’s Day. The shows were shuffled and rescheduled and the roller coaster ride of event scrambling resulted in postponements and cancellations. Weather had nothing to do with some designers even opting to have their shows in March to avoid the million dollar price tag currently associated with “showing under the tents” at the new Lincoln Center venue.
There was one runway event that was different than all the others, simply because it had one of everything represented on the runway, which is more than MBFW can ever boast. During the weekly well-attended Sunday unlimited brunches at the Yotel Hotel in New York City, the February 10th event saw democracy, equality and non conformity strutting on the catwalk during the famed brunch affair adding new meaning to the word “fashion plates”. Fashion Diversity: Innovative Integration was the name of the runway show and it was the brainchild of Catherine Schuller who was asked to organize and coordinate her version of what she would like to see on the runway. Schuller believes everyone deserves to look amazing, no matter what!! Obviously the Yotel agreed that integration is where it’s at, so the event idea was born.
In the audience at the brunch each week are everything from toddlers to trannies, so why not create a bit of diversity on the runway during Fashion Week. There were older models, petite models, curvy models, male models, skinny models, dressed to the nines in a variety of design looks which ran the gamut from sophisticated to sexy no matter what age, size, ethnicity or gender was featured.
Designs from Jane Suttell showed collections which are fit for the curvy girl (www.janesuttell.com), Saint Chic was for the single digit fashionista who is dramatic and creative (www.saintchic.com), Earl of Finch was bespoke custom clothing with high end fabrication and tailoring (www.earloffinch.com), Duchess of Winter was a scarf and shrug line that is so interesting and different that you simply must check them out to see what they have to offer for those cold, blustering days of January and February (www.duchessofwinter.com). The finale was the GO RED theme because February is heart month so all the models walked in something red in the end…so interesting to see the array of diversity all wearing their version of a red garment to show their solidarity.
The brunch is always well attended and the theme is usually relevant to something going on in the news or event calendar in Manhattan. February 10th was right smack dab in the middle of Fashion Week, snow or no snow….the catwalk was redefined and the tone was set…everyone looked beautiful no matter what their size or age, height or ethnicity. It’s about time fashion got relevant and the Yotel showed its equality colors by staging such a forward thinking event. The Yotel was curve friendly as it provided the venue for Plus Night Out in 2012 and will do so again for 2013. The Yotel is a “hip” place so we brought our hips to its hip atmosphere. The Yotel is our new favorite safe haven showcase for curv-itude galore.