High Line Back To School Fashion Show


Fashion Week starts early with the first-ever public fashion show on the High Line, New York City’s elevated railway-turned-park. The Friends of the High Line will present the High Line Back-to-School Teen Fashion Show on Thursday, August 29 at 7:00 p.m. within the Chelsea Market Passage, the semi-enclosed passageway on the High Line between West 15th and West 16th Streets in Manhattan. The show will be free, and open to visitors of all ages.


Curated by Friends of the High Line and 13 local teens, with production assistance and artistic direction from Harlem’s Fashion Row and Caravan Stylist Studio, the High Line Back-to-School Teen Fashion Show will feature professional models wearing fresh fall fashions for young adults, designed and styled by local teens in collaboration with emerging and established American fashion designers, including Boy Meets Girl, Huminska, Junk Food Clothing, LaQuan Smith, Tabii Just and Synderela, and complemented by shoes and accessories selected by the teens from HSN.com and Michelle Vale.

Erycka Montoya Perez, Community Engagement Manager for Friends of the High Line, shared with me what fashionable show attendees can expect to see, hear and enjoy tomorrow evening.

Olive:  What can local residents and visitors to the High Line expect to see at the High Line Back-To-School Fashion Show?

Erycka: Guests can expect to see fun, innovative and colorful pieces that will take students from the classroom to a fun night out with friends.

Olive:  I can’t wait! The High Line resembles a catwalk, so this should be a fun event! How many teen models are walking the show? How did you cast them?

Erycka:  Three of the teen participants will actually be walking the show.  The other models are professional models who the High Line Fashion Team casted.

Olive:  What kind of vibe are you trying to set? What’s on the music playlist?

Erycka: The vibe is young, fun and urban.  The team is still working on finalizing the playlist, but I think you can expect some “Blurred Lines” and Rihanna flair in the mix.

Olive:  Who doesn’t love Robin Thicke and “Blurred Lines” the breakout hit of Summer 2013?!? Tell me more about Harlem Fashion Row’s involvement with the show.

Erycka: I attended a Schomburg Conversations series event where June Ambrose was the featured guest. The event was hosted by Harlem’s Fashion Row. A mutual friend, Julee Wilson, introduced me to Brandice Henderson, HFR Founder. We eventually talked about the kind of program that I was looking to put together. She understood from the onset that this was about exposing young fashionistas in the making to the world of Fashion and have them explore the role they could play, as well as making Fashion feel accessible to all.

Olive: What a wonderful idea! I’m so glad that it will become a reality tomorrow night. For those who can’t attend the High Line Back-to-School Fashion Show, can they follow it on Twitter?

Erycka: People can follow us via hashtag, #highlinefashion. We’re looking forward to seeing what Twitter fans will have to say and tweet.

Olive:  Well, I, for one, am looking forward to this fashion event. I may not be in school anymore, but I love being around young people and feel like I can learn so much from them.

About The High Line
The High Line is a public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It is owned by the City of New York, and maintained and operated by Friends of the High Line. Founded in 1999 by community residents, Friends of the High Line fought for the High Line’s preservation and transformation at a time when the historic structure was under the threat of demolition. It is now the non-profit conservancy working with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to make sure the High Line is maintained as an extraordinary public space for all visitors to enjoy.

The High Line is located on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th & 11th Avenues. The first section of the High Line opened on June 9, 2009. It runs from Gansevoort Street to West 20th Street. The second section, which runs between West 20th and West 30th Streets, opened June 8, 2011.


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