Hybrid fashion production house and fashion show producer Runway 7 showcased a collection of emerging and established designers to present their latest and greatest for Fall/Winter 2023 fashion. Their shows run in parallel to New York Fashion Week and with big names like Naeem Khan, Stephen Goudeau, Barbara Hulaniki and Susanne Bartsch, you know a three day fashion event from Runway 7 is going to be good.
This past NYFW for Fall and Winter Fashion 2023, the selections were even greater than last time with a whopping 45+ designers. Runway 7 has definitely upped the game this year with the latest in teen and young adult fashion, swimwear, evening wear, street fashion, emerging designers to keep your eye on, and all with their core focus on philanthropy and giving back.
Wabano is a genderless streetwear company that is indigenous and 2-spirit owned. The showcase combined the dichotomy of tribal homage and modernist street fashion in an effortless, intriguing way.
Their latest collection featured fabric printed with the Wabano logo – a tipi which is a signifier of a home for most indigenous nations. The collection also held exclusive beadwork earrings made by Indigenous artists located on Turtle Island.
Much of the patterning appeared subtle. However, each look became sharply elevated when paired with nightlife staples such patent leather and fur. They also gave us a selection of edgy looks with quotes focusing on non-binary representation.
Think About It Clothing
Think About It Clothing is a NYC based brand founded in 2012 by Queens natives. Their showcase highlighted their “Think” logo printed with a bold pattern across solid color matching sets of tops and bottoms.
The ThinkAboutIt Clothing brand has a dedicated focus on supporting the community and outputting their positive mission of uplifting others and celebrating their culture. Their intention lies in creating apparel that comes with a message while looking good.
Each of their pieces is designed in an intentional way to express faith. Their showcase featured a selection of minimalist luxury end sweatpants and tops. The Creatv Cultr logo and empowering creative text appeared on the apparel in various placements.
Grindstone Universal is a Washington, D.C. based fashion brand that started in 1998. It’s core focuses on diversity, uplifting culture and quality products. Their latest collection featured printed graphics on luxury sweatpants and shirt sets. They also had fabulous splatter paint designed pants with a bra appliqued with materials akin to organic matter.
Grindestone’s apparel component is only a part of the larger art, lifestyle and music brand. Grindstone also has a YouTube channel under Grindstone Media that showcases music from Grindstone Music and their Black Smoke Podcast.
NOCCFL is a high end streetwear brand created by Inglewood born and raised, Jordin Molock. The positivity based brand’s name stands for New Opportunity Come Consistently For Life – something we all could wish for ourselves.
Their showcase focused comfy apparel in a muted color set. Mostly made up of blacks and whites, the assortment of sweats, hoodies, and varsity jackets became elevated with the clean NOCCFL logo to contrast the look.
DLove is a fashion brand that was founded by Robert Grinage a.k.a Robbie D Love, combining his selective taste of fashion and streetwear.
His showcase featured the DLove brand’s logo upon a variety of streetwear classics such as t shirts, hoodies, crop tops, beanies and jackets with a main color palette of red, white, and black apparel. The sharp red upon the patent leather black gave sexy racer-vibes.
Ush is a motivational streetwear brand and stands for Unity, Strength and Honesty. Their showcase featured the Ush logo and text upon various apparel including matching sweatpants and top, jackets, and a jersey.
Living that USH USH life is more than the runway. Their Instagram shows the connection with the community by giving away apparel, shoes and accessories in that spirit of hustle and generosity.
Fashion brand Chalk is a negative carbon streetwear company that is made by an artist who not only designs and makes the apparel, but also created the website and website copy as well. The voice is loud, clear, and consistent across the brand. It’s refreshing and honest in its sarcastic whimsical approach to an actually serious conversation: the health of the environment and future authenticity of even calling something a “Streetwear brand”.
The land of Chalk took to the floor for the afternoon set of designer showcases. Their collection featured cropped tops, sweatpants, hoodies and totes constructed out of a multi-fabric collage. Each piece was made up of differing fabric patterns, creating an interesting glitch-like effect that also resembled paper mache. The collection carried the brand’s image with the varying fabric strips echoing the letter styling used across their website and social media.
Skai is a fashion brand that focuses on casual, comfy, luxurious wear. The brand currently focuses on streetwear with an upcoming kids clothing line.
Their showcase featured big edgy jackets and silk shorts with the Skai logo. They also had bomber jackets with a smaller Skai logo embellishment.
Roy G Biv
Roy G Biv is a streetwear brand created by Atlanta based Antione Design. The brand focuses on the usage of bold, bright colors and plays with the aspect of the uniform within the fashion space.
While Roy G Biv is absolutely known for their trucker hats, their latest collection for Runway 7 catapulted much further than head accessories. The delightful take on streetwear staples such as sweatpants and bomber jackets felt almost like watching a chemical reaction starting to form.
The showcase features an eclectic mix of chaotically combined colorful graphics, prints, patterns and shimmering accessories. Felt textured materials formed as hats and appeared on shoes. Overalls blended varying lightness of spots almost tricked the eye into looking reflective from a distance.
The showcases of the weekend could not have happened without a huge backing to support it all. From the amazing selection of models from Famous Talent Management, the official makeup artist AMA , the official hair team Rogue House and the official model glam location Sicily Osteria. You also cannot have a production without food and water which was taken care of by catering partners Greek Eats and Ess-a-Bagel and hydration sponsor RX Water. Lastly, NYFW is about enjoying fashion in a party environment, which means you need a place to stay and a place to party. INNSIDE New York Nomad was the official Runway 7 NYC Hotel Partner and Me Cabo was the official vacation hotel partner. Nightclub venue MUSICA was the official after party partner and model casting venue for Runway 7.