Models take one final walk down the runway during the finale. Photo by Bob Toy.
It was 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11. As we arrived backstage at the enormous open warehouse on Jerrold Avenue, we expected to see somewhat of a manic setting as designers were preparing their looks for the first show beginning promptly at 3 p.m. Yet to our surprise, it was relatively relaxed; the atmosphere was quite intense but still very organized. Everyone was prepared, incredibly focused and excited.
This is the designers’ moment to shine, and it was finally here. As the models were dressed, last minute expertise was given from Simon Ungless, executive director of the School of Fashion at Academy of Art University, and down the rabbit hole we went. The music hit, the florescent lights flicked on and the most anticipated moment had finally begun.