There is no question as to where the direction of the fashion spotlights are pointing. Materialistic issues seem to take up most of the light. Questions like, ‘how expensive,’ ‘who is she,’ and ‘is it past or current season,’ seems to be on the top chart of so many minds in the fashion industry. But let’s turn the light to something that is on the inside, something that relates to feelings and emotions, something eternal that does not change with the season. How many fashionable women out there struggle with a disease that makes them think about the future of their children while they smile for cameras at the front row of a fashion show? A life story well-hidden from her profession as, say, a stylist, because she simply feels that this is not the part that her industry wants to care about.
It was on a sunny spring day in May that I had the opportunity to sit with like-minded fashion professionals to hear stories about how cancer impacted their lives. While some of the stories concluded in a miraculous heal, the others ended with a sentence of painful loss. Having experienced losing his grandfather to cancer even before he had the chance to see him, Andrew Warren, the grandson of fashion tycoon, David Warren, held a runway to showcase the collection of his line, Just Drew, to support the good cause that he holds dear. In choosing the line-up of the models, Andrew settled with nothing less than the over-the-top. You would see entertainment heiress with last name Foxx and Washington walked his runway. On the guest seat, support was not any less bourgeois with the presence of first daughter Tiffany Trump and mother Marla Maples.
The way Andrew conceptualized his runway was strikingly different from how a typical New York fashion show is set up. His runway was not a line of blonde mannequins with robotic expressions, but rather liberal beauty that comes in every size, shape, and color. When asked about the ladies that he envisioned wearing his collections, he reaffirmed that he designed for “every type of girl” after noting Blake Lively as his muse and celebrity crush. If you are a fan of colors and textures, the Just Drew’s spring collection is the rack you must go to whenever you are in Kyle by Alene. On his inspiration for this spring season, he admitted on making the switch from darker colors that he usually geared towards to “pastels, bright yellow, and sequins.” The luminous color and sparkly fabrics indeed played significant roles in making Andrew’s dream of fairy tale in fashion come true.
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