by Rachael Patterson
el·e·gance quality of being graceful and stylish in appearance or manner; style; the quality of being pleasingly ingenious and simple; neatness.
I’m very aware that fashion has an immense amount grey space when it comes to purpose; There’s no black and white on representation or appropriation. The only fine lines and boundaries you see are in stitching and seams. However, I personally am still suspicious of disrespect towards other cultures, regardless of its innocence over ignorance (some would say those things go hand in hand, anyways).
But as guests flowed through the doors at sixtyfivehundred, the ambience and atmosphere took a wonderful course. Every other greeting I watched was a warm embrace between two or more, laughter was bouncing off every surface in the room, happiness and excitement were tossed around like confetti, and everyone was bowing to the brilliance of the beautiful fashion of Southeast Asia. And as models started to hit the runway, I was instantly on my knees too (to bow and to take pictures). Bright colors dancing around, lengths upon lengths of fabric, garments that bounced around hips, skirts that floated like feathers, jewels and beads that glistened, stitching that grew like flowers into intricate patterns, and a roster of models of all cultural backgrounds were captivating. Each designer brought a unique and gorgeous line to the runway. My jaw was dropping with every click of my camera.
Two hours of exceptional pieces gracing the rugged concrete floors passed all too quickly. My regards and respects to all the designers who poured their time, efforts, hard work and hearts into each and every detail of the show. And a huge shout out to Leah Frazier, who invited the FASH Squad to the this epic event!