Artist makes NY fashion week debut- on a bus

by Edisi Viral


HOME Posted on 14 Feb 2017 05:00:26


Models display Amanda Mehl's creations inside a school bus during the New York Fashion Week, on February 13, 2017. - AFP Photo

Models display Amanda Mehl’s creations inside a school bus during the New York Fashion Week, on February 13, 2017. – AFP Photo

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NEW YORK: -Fashion shows are frequently staged in opulent, grandiose settings, but one designer chose Monday to make her New York catwalk debut on a school bus parked on a snowy street.

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Amanda Mehl sent models sashaying down the narrow aisle of a standard American yellow school bus in vertiginous gladiator-style laced-up stiletto boots in school girl cool, all short skirts and hoodies.

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And where did she choose to park it? Near Fashion Week headquarters, where moments earlier the glitterati had descended for one of the hottest tickets in town: the Monse-Oscar de la Renta show.

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Operating on a shoe-string budget, it cost her just $2,000 to rent the bus, buy lighting, heaters and blankets and even to put out brown paper bags with an apple and a carton of juice for guests.

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That’s a steal compared to the half or quarter of a million dollars that perhaps America’s most feted contemporary designer Marc Jacobs told Women’s Wear Daily it can cost to stage a catwalk show.

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“I also thought it would be really fun, I think the collection really goes with this kind of alternative, fun, retro childhood,” Mehl, an Argentinian-born artist, told AFP.

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“It’s clothes for girls who want to have fun,” she explained. “I like attention, I want people stopping me and talking about my outfit, but its clothes that you feel good in. Bold and fun,” she said.

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Guests and photographers squeezed onto the child-sized seats clapping appreciatively and egged on by an MC sitting in the driver’s seat who periodically shouted encouragement such as “very nice school outfit.”

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The models swung their hips as if walking to impress the boys at the school gates, wearing gothic makeup and hair in pigtails, pony tails of grunge-style mini buns dotted over their head.

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The clothes were sexy and playful — cocktail dresses with jewel-colored embellishment, school girl box-pleat skirts in satin, matching camis and quilted pvc jackets.

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Straps were inventive — such as an old-fashioned black twisted telephone cord on a little black dress and like those on a backpack.

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“I thought it was fun,” said friend and architect Danielle Bokor, one of those who attended the show.

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“It was completely different than anything else I’ve been to and exciting and I wanted to wear everyone of those pieces, I wanted to be one of those cool girls in school!”

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“It was dope,” agreed working model Michael Rosario, 21, though he laughed when asked if it brought back fond memories of school.

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“You got made fun of if you got in the yellow bus!”

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Mehl said she would absolutely be doing another fashion show. But on a bus? “May be. Probably not,” she said. – AFP

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