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Bubble-gum girls parading with plastic toy guns. Scantily clad lingerie gals armed with Uzis. Woolly men in fuzzy sweaters assembling blocks. And psychic mimes prophesying the anti-establishment fashion trends to come.  What is all of this you might ask? Williamsburg Fashion Weekend 2011 —and anything goes!

Curator, designer, and artist Arthur Arbit has been the driving force behind Williamsburg Fashion Weekend, now in its eighth season. The success of this year’s show can be measured by the line of eager spectators wrapped around the block at Glasslands Gallery. Friday night’s bill included Ruffeo Hearts Lil’ Snotty, Mark Tauriello, Dani Read, SDN, King Gurvy, No Name Collective, Lana Weiss, and La China Loca. A live and lively musical performance by Small Time London Thug accompanied Lana Weiss’s showcase, while a more sedate Fay Victor sang a capella while SDN models sauntered on stage.

The mission of Williamsburg Fashion Weekend is to create a platform for emerging artists whose focus is on sustainability, re-couturing, upcycling, recycling, artisan crafts, and eco-friendliness. Through merging fashion, performance, theater, art, design and music, WFW triumphs in pulling off a spectacle that is diverse, cutting edge, and unique. This fashion show offered more than just eye candy and stimulated almost all the senses, especially as Lana Weiss and her gun-ho-gals blew lollipops and sweet tart kisses into the audience. Sweet!

Lana Weiss

Lana Weiss

La China Loca

King Gurvy

Dani Read

Dani Read

Dani Read

No Name Collective, Make up by Second Skin

No Name Collective, Make up by Second Skin

No Name Collective, Make up by Second Skin

Williamsburg Fashion Weekend, presented by Glasslands Gallery,  is where art meets fashion…and music. Founder and curator Arthur Arbit created WFW as a platform for emerging designers who create hand made, one-of –a-kind garments (or small collections) that emphasize fair-trade and eco-friendliness. The uniqueness of WFW goes beyond the exploration of designers who address social and environmental issues: what’s most compelling  is its presentation and delivery; these high-art threads are accompanied on stage with live music sets, spoken-word, and performance art. The models  are not hangers but instead radiate personality and a rocker attitude. There’s no catwalk, BMW sponsorships, or flimsy girls. It’s a circus with art, music and fashion and at Williamsburg Fashion Weekend one cannot be differentiated from another.

The Talent:

Marcus Hicks’s SDN is a grunge/glam, 1920s hipster inspired line that uses upcycled clothes and vintage fabrics. SDN was joined by a live performance with Brooklyn based Bad Credit No Credit, an Avant-Garde Jazz band. VON exploded on stage with fantastic colors and feathery embellishments. By far the most imaginative, VON models appeared as fanciful birds from a surrealist story tale. Other designers from Friday’s show included Noname Collective, Saddle Tramps Collection and King Gurvy who utilizes recycled artwork to create his spring 2011 line.


Photography by Carly Sioux

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