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Equality Fashion Week — four days of queer fashion, models, and designers — will sashay into West Hollywood next month with events that break all the rules and defy conventional standards with a loud message of diversity and inclusion,
The groundbreaking event — the first of its kind in Los Angeles, will run from October 6 to 9. It will be hosted at the Tone Lounge on the rooftop of the Montrose West Hollywood.
The fashion show will take place from 4 – 7 p.m. during the hotel’s complimentary happy hour.
Various designers will be on hand for meets-and-greets. Here’s the schedule.
EQUALITY FASHION WEEK
Queer designer Nik Kacy of Nik Kacy Footwear, an LGBT-certified business that creates gender-free footwear, is the event producer. Kacy, who identifies as non binary and uses the pronouns they/them/their, has attended and presented their clothing line at queer fashion shows in other cities, but not Los Angeles — until now.
“Equality Fashion Week is something I’ve envisioned since my very first time presenting at a queer fashion show,” Kacy said in a statement. “As a community, lesbian, transgender, and queer members are the most underrepresented of the group and often not visible to the mainstream and even within our own community.
“There is so much talent and L.A. has been the hub of so much queer fashion revolution,” Kacy said. “I hope that with this partnership we can build a week-long event each year that gives a platform for queer artists and designers to not only express themselves, but also help create financial opportunities for them.”
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The public will be able to view the collections from seven featured designers, which will be displayed at the Montrose Hotel’s Tone Lounge during it’s Vino and Vinyl happy hour. Specific collections will be on view each day. Here is the schedule.
The seven featured designers:
QUEER DESIGNERS, MODELS
The myth of “appropriate body types” and gender identity will be dispelled during fashion week. The event will feature people of color as well as models who identify as transgender and non-binary, Kacy said.
“Creating ways to help our community obtain more visibility, exposure and work will lead to us being able to lift the rest of the community,” Kacy said. “This entire event is about bringing the larger community and our allies together to create a positive impact for everyone. That is what equality means.”