October 3, 2017
I got some good time in queering my style cues at DapperQ presents R/Evolution, 2017’s incarnation of the annual queer fashion show at Brooklyn Museum a couple of weeks ago. It was the closing day of New York Fashion Week, as if I knew.
I stood on line for a drink for forty-five minutes, wondering why I was so desperate. Was it because I was flying solo while socially anxious and straight? Why do I like queer clothes? Because fuck you, normative conventions that I can never carry anyway. I was there to see the lines blurred, which they did no help from me, though a vodka lemonade by Henrietta Hudson helped blur my own just enough.
The show was on September 14 at the beautiful Beaux Arts Court at Brooklyn Museum, and included the aforementioned Happy Hour, plus pop-up-shops, vendor tables and a killer “To Exist is to Resist” photo booth. Billed as “the largest fashion event celebrating LGBTQ bodies and fashion during NYFW,” the title “R/Evolution” represented a “defiant resistance to the attacks being waged against our community and our stylish unified resistance against those attacks.”
While my own resistance may be less than stylish, there seemed to be room for everyone, with a lot of heels walking around for a show that was once called “(un)Heeled.” It was a defiantly celebratory packed house of humans every shape, size, age, color and gender-presentation, both off the runway and on, but MC Gabby Rivera told me I’m the only person I have to impress. And while I could barely see the runway over the raised iPhones and enthusiastic, many-hued heads of others, I caught inspiring glimpses of multi-shaped and colorful badasses strutting designs by Audio Helkuik, Nicole Wilson, Bindle & Keep, Clio Sage, Kris Harring, Sir New York, SDN Brooklyn, Stuzo, and The Tailory New York, with a brilliant finale mash-up of TomboyX underwear topped by Clear Coated see-through rainwear that proved everyone looks good partially unclothed.
Link on all of the above to queer your look, and here are my five reasons why you should:
- Because fuck the patriarchy, and fuck mass media for telling us how to look.
- Less boxes = more options. I want to live in the world wear boys can wear dresses and girls can wear ties.
- The world is bigger than boys and girls. Nobody should feel boxed in when adding swag to their style.
- There is nothing wrong with your current age, size, color, gender or level of ability.
- Normal is stifling, even for shy folk like me.
Thanks, queer fashion, for walking, and see you next year for another vodka lemonade!
For far better runway views (and more), link here. Presenting this annual event ain't easy. Here's who made it happen, all people you should keep track of: Runway beats by DJ M.O. MC: Gabby Rivera
Happy Hour: Henrietta Hudson Event Sponsor: dapperQ Official Lighting Sponsor: TomboyX Runway Coordinators: Colette Lee Productions Executive Volunteer Team: Anita Dolce Vita, Executive Producer Colette Lee Morales, Co-Producer Laura Wooley, Hutch Hutchinson, Tara L Cavanaugh, Senka Filipovic, and Nina Kossoff, Associate Producers