The average event experience for New York Fashion Week, is anything but glamorous. Long lines, uncomfortable makeshift bench seats, and quarters so tight you’re practically sitting on your neighbor’s lap.This AW19 NYFW season, a group of industry powerhouses once again led the way for change. Through scrappy collaboration and nimble production, they turned the dreaded “run-of-the-mill fashion week experience” on its head with their second ever #theNASTYWOMAN x EYES & EDGE x Vulgar Magazine production.
February 12th, at MDRN Intelligent living in the flat-iron district–this collaborative power house produced their NYFW Runway presentation. The evening debuted two collections, by Haus of Khendar and Freemen by Mickey. Rather than cold and over-curated, the team debuted the fashion haus collections, with a vibe that felt like a casual evening at your swaggiest bestie’s pad. Haus meet house.
More than just a fashion show, the team curated a one of a kind experience. Guests lounged about on luxe, $20,000 Italian sofas, and sipped complimentary cocktails, courtesy Ciroc Vodka. The crowd itself was unpretentious, yet a severely stylish mix of underground artists, photographers, stylists, and up-and-coming icons (including Merari Janell of Mexico City, who was recently featured in VICE and everyone’s favorite floof, the IG-infamous Pomeranian Teddy a.k.a. @whodatpom). The store’s street display area was also cleverly converted into a pop-up shop for merch, print copies of Eyes & Edge, as well as Teddy’s 2019 calendar.
Following the first presentation, Haus of Khendar, better known as the brainchild of the multi-talented designer, stylist, and artist Jay Khendar Davincii, took over the runway. The energy coming off of this collection was palpable, as an unapologetically diverse selection of models brought Davincii’s vision to life, in some cases borderline voguing in his now trademark “glitch” fabric and emitting jubilant cheers from the crowd. The innovative collection was at once part-trendy (mock turtlenecks!) and part-timeless, unmistakably bearing the mark of his frequent collaborator, celebrity stylist Domi Reina.
Embracing both a strong femininity and an elegant masculinity (without necessarily encouraging a toxic gender binary), the event as a whole proceeded in true #theNASTYWOMAN spirit. It was a celebration of art and individuality further establishing the talents of #theNASTYWOMAN Founder Tali Sanchez, Creative Director Stevie McQueen, Event Director Whitney Brielle, Fashion Show Director, Stephanie Swango, and Director of Media (and EYES & EDGE CEO/Founder) Holly Hoover. For over five months we have been tirelessly working together to craft a truly supportive team defying norms. But the bigger mission is our bicoastal collaboration on a mission for change.
Please contact EYES & EDGE magazine to request an interview w. Jay Davincii.