On Saturday the 18th, the Nirvana restaurant in Beverly Hills was the setting for a groundbreaking, entirely new way to showcase fashion. Featuring works from cutting edge indie designers Closet Junkye, Dapper Gang, Vintage Tag and others, the event was presided over by Misster Ray of VH1’s Love & Hip Hop Hollywood. An all white affair, guests lined the corridors of the stunning Indian-themed hotspot wearing almost entirely white – making room for a runway unlike any other. Models worked the space as they walked long, winding paths around the entire establishment – a stark departure from your typical catwalk. But the star feature of this event was the silence. Inspired by silent trap parties, organizers Tesha Ofelia and J_Izreal wanted to bring the same element of the silent dance scene to the fashion world. Upon entrance, guests surrendered a driver’s license or state issued ID in exchange for a glowing pair of headphones. With three DJs stationed were in separate areas of the restaurant, you could tune in to the one of your choice by flipping the switch on your cans to match that DJ’s headphone color– red, blue, or green. Once the show got started, Misster Ray hosted on the red channel from the comfort of an unknown location in the venue.
With many of the designers featuring models of all shapes, colors, and sizes, Luxe was on the scene to get their thoughts on how quickly the fashion world has changed. “I love it… I’ve always been a plus size girl. I own it”, says Closet Junkye. “I think women should be sexy at whatever size you are.” As Vintage Tag puts it, it’s all about being inclusive. “You shouldn’t limit a style to one size. I don’t discriminate.” Monique Kennedy, creator of the women’s activewear line Polarity Brand feels the same. “I believe beautiful women come in all shapes and sizes. My clothes range from extra small to XXL. My clothing is to accentuate a woman’s body…I got something for everybody.” Plus size model Nancy Ramirez says she feels proud to see such a profound change in the industry. “We’ve come a long way…and with fashion, I’m very proud that designers are stepping up and making things that we can wear, and make us feel good and make us feel sexy.”
The evening ended with the usual fanfare as all the models from all the collections made their final pass around the Nirvana. Soon after, the runway was a dance floor…but a quiet, glowing one.