24 Jul New York Fashion Week Men’s Saving Grace? Diversity, and Lots of It | W Magazine
Written by Max Lakin for W Magazine
July 14, 2017
Late on Wednesday afternoon of the New York Fashion Week: Men’s Spring 2018 shows, a parade of young men with come hither stares cut through the Eagle, the notorious leather bar on the far west lip of Chelsea, and they weren’t there for jockstrap night.
They were models walking in Willy Chavarria’s avant-Cholo collection, a double entendre splicing of low rider culture and gay fetish the designer called “Cruising.” What was notable, aside from the flowing pant legs and appropriated Marlboro graphics, was that the models were exclusively black and Latino. It had the thrill of a long-kept secret finally shared: men infrequently seen in mainstream fashion runways, modeling during a major platform for men’s fashion in a space infrequently seen by mainstream society.