On February 8, 2018 in downtown Manhattan, People’s Revolution hosted a New York Fashion Week showcase titled “Ceremony,” featuring the coming together of three incredible designers: Mimi Prober, Xuly.Bët, and Hogan McLaughlin. The Richard Magazine team was in attendance for the event – and we can confirm that we have never seen anything like this presentation. Why? Well, first of all, the runway show happened in the middle of an active Vodoun Ceremony, inspired by Haitian and African cultures.
Vodoun Mambo Sallie Ann Glassman from New Orleans joined the show, and led a beautiful ceremony of Haitian drummers, singers, and practitioners in a special tribute. Models showcased colorful and powerful styles by all three designers in one cohesive showcase, weaving between performers and leaving offerings at candle-lit altars.
Each designer celebrated the feminine form in different ways that all worked together to tell a story. Mimi Prober through texture and form, Xuly.Bët through color and pattern, and Hogan McLaughlin through silhouettes.
Why did these three designers choose to come together for this specific NYFW show? “The industry is at a crossroads. The young, emerging and highly talented artists are at risk of extinction, especially with depressed and confused retail environments,” People’s Revolution producer and publicist Kelly Cutrone shared in her show notes.
Plus, there’s the “#MeToo movement. The past five months have been incredibly painful as we hear and watch the volumes of stories from women who have come forward. As a group, we have spent our lives supporting matriarchies and promoting beauty and art. Now more than ever, we choose to insist on love and magic in our lives.”
The showcase truly was magical.
Click through the gallery below to see our exclusive photos from Mimi Prober, Xuly.Bët, and Hogan McLaughlin’s Fall/Winter 2018 showcase at NYFW.
To see our exclusive highlights reel straight from the trio designer presentation, make sure to catch the video above. You won’t want to miss out!— Kristine Hope Kowalski