If gross nepotism, payola, and so-15-years-ago cliquery have kept you off the fashion world, Eckhaus Latta might be the buddy who gets you back up on that bike. At last week's SS16 presentation, part of New York Fashion Week, instead of stacking their lineup with the season's most fawned for dress up dolls, the young brand—created by Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta—dressed their runway with a cool cadre of club kids, downtown artists, and even their parents' friends.
"Our casting is often just an extension of our friendships and who we find to be interesting, who wears clothes in an interesting way or who is presenting themselves in a way that seems beautiful, proud and confident," Eckhaus Latta tells The Creators Project. "That explanation can be said for every member of our cast, from Bart Dollhead, my godfather, to Ally Marzella, our friend from college, to Susan Cianciolo, someone who we greatly admire and often work with."
If those last two names sound familiar, you might recognize Marzella as @artwerk6666, model for the likes of Petra Collins, Calvin Klein, i-D, and full-time next-wave performance artist and filmmaker, and Cianciolo as the multi-hyphenate artist-designer who has been at work for more than 20 years shaping culture from New York to Tokyo. Also walking in the show were controversial Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard, musician Dev Hynes, DJ and artist Juliana Huxtable, actor and activist Grace Dunham, and artists Claire Christerson and Mike Bailey-Gates.
"To me it felt more special to be part of, 'cause it was me and friends getting to do something we usually aren't doing," Christerson tells The Creators Project. "It's more about the tone of the people making the show. When it's a family vibe, everyone is chill and there's less like 'oh, I'm the model—you're not.'"
"We think of them all as equals," Eckhaus Latta continues. "It was never really an idea, just something we've always done because we value seeing our clothes on different bodies/variations of forms."
So, how do you think it turned out? Check out snapshots of Eckhaus Latta SS16 below, and click here for more.
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