Two-legged individuals werent the only ones stealing the spotlight on Thursday, February 28, opening night of Brooklyn Fashion Weekend at Industry City in Sunset Park.
The audience was in for a treat when four-legged creatures joined the models on the catwalk displaying the intricate designs of Bandit Rubio Designs, by Anthony Rubio.
It is sopleasing to see a well-dressed person but when the petis well dressed and presentable it takes fashion to a new high, said Rubio.
Twelve, mostly small pooches surprised the fashion-lovers with shiny outfits, some matching their owners, who proudly carried them across the classy white runway.
Ilene Zeins, dog mommy to Z Zee Zeins, a four-year-old diva pooch who wore a golden cape with a glittery touch that made her the center of attention, spoke proudly of her four-legged best friend.
I usually attend Anthonys social eventsthats how I met himand I felt like I needed to step up the game. I shop Rubios designs for Z Zee, but this is the ultimate, Zeins said after a photo-shoot with the rest of the stars.
Z Zee wasnt the only star of the night. Gia Marie, a one-year-old Pomeranian and winner of NYC Doggies and Tiaras Pageant, made a stand with her fit for a royal queen design on the first night of Fashion Weekend.
There is more excitement than the fashion industry, said Victoria Ann Viscardi, the puppys owner. Everything in women wear is the same and he puts all his passion into his designs. Nobody else is like him, Viscardi, who currently works in the fashion industry, said of Rubio.
I had a choice to create and enter a field which others have been doing already,trying and maybe even struggling to fit in or stand out, but instead I chose to think outside the box, added the designer. There are so many designers following a set formula or pattern, but to bring to pets what is done in fashion for people, is a one-of-a-kind concept, he contended.
Also presenting her work was Trudy Miller, who considers her projects versatile. Miller creates convertible pieces such as the kimono dragon, a perfect companion for travel, work and play that can easily fit in your handbag. The easy-to-wear piece can be converted into six basic effortless styles which can be worn in every season.
Dont think that because its eco-friendly, its not sexy, remarked Miller about her no-waste theme, part of the SMARTER clothing initiative focused on the subject of fabric waste, and what we can do to create less of it in our daily lives to protect the environment.
Luis Valenzuela, a Venezuelan native from a family of four generations of artists, swept the spectators off their feet with his black-grey creations, following spring colors: green, orange and yellow that more than one would love to wear. His models all wore elegant masks, accessorizing and maximizing the outfits chic. Feathers were also a nice touch to his clothing line. He kissed each of his models when his portion was over.
All in all, Industry City had a full house on the first day. March 4 was the last day of Brooklyn Fashion Weekend with others designers exhibiting their masterpieces including students at William Maxwell High School, Bridgett Artise with Born Again Vintage, Amparo with Iliana Quander, Sohung Tong and Sana Hashmat Couture.