Fashion Forward Fashion Show is just that, a fashion show but an unusual one that’s really more a local promotional event. The show was staged on a blocked off stretch of Broome St. between Orchard and Ludlow streets in a neighborhood enclave increasingly influential in the New York and international art and and fashion world. We’re talking about the neighborhood in the Below-Delancey Street (“Bel-Del”) part of the Lower East Side.
The show was set up in the middle of the block with the runway forming a rectangular path with small pedestal-like stages at each of the four corners. The models walked each of the four segments connecting the corner and then posed on each of the four stages. Surrounding this style spectacle was seating for the audience as well as the usual Saturday bustle of residents, tourists, hipsters, gallery-crawlers and brunchers crowding the sidewalks.
A cadre of photographers shot each model at various points along the circuit. The models were wearing clothes from current collections of designers with shops in the Lower East Side, including Robert James, Earnest Sewn, and James Coviello. DJs played a live-PA set during the two-hour show. Lots of fun.