A Bunch of Models Strutted Down Orchard Street Last Night for ‘Opening Night’ [PHOTOS]
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For a brief four-hour window last night, the focal point of local fashion was centered on the Lower East Side. The third annual “Opening Night: Art + Fashion” night out – a polygamous marriage of live music, gallery galas, and runway strutting – once again attracted thousands to Orchard Street, between Broome and Grand. (Because what’s left of the bargain district no longer can)
Obsessed with astroturf for its seasonal events, the Lower East Side BID again rolled out the green carpets to welcome the models, musicians, and mainstream. Picnic benches also dotted the roadway.
Crowds jammed the stretch between Broome and Grand for pretty much the entirety of the evening, holding out for the underwhelming fashion show curated by Amy Odell of Cosmopolitan magazine. Models walked the plank to show off some street fashion, outfitted in threads designed by numerous local brands like The Cast, La Petit Mort, The Hoodie Shop, and Lost Weekend NYC. All thirty-seven “looks” debuted to a soundtrack of, not drum and bass, but the constant click of camera shutters.
Indeed, it appeared that most in attendance viewed the runway through the screen of an iPhone or digital camera, rather than in real life. Though, had Blue Steel made a comeback, that mighta been another story…