New York Fashion Week has historically provided a wide platform for diversified culture and design, and designers have been given the opportunity to display models in atypical forms. In past years, pregnant models have been known to strut their stuff on catwalks. This time, however, Maia Ruth Lee showed off her growing baby belly during Eckhaus Latta’s NYFW show last weekend.
Eckhaus Latta’s 2018 spring collection attracted many high profile visitors including artist India Menuez, model Camilla Deterre, model Paloma Elsesser, newcomers Alex Olson and Barbara Ferris, and the musician Kelela.
Nicole Phelps, Vogue Runway’s director, posted on Instagram:
“I’ve been going to fashion shows for 21 years and I’ve seen a pregnant model on the runway exactly one other time. Something to think about.”
Wearing a long purple buttoned cardigan, Lee fully displayed her baby bump to all attendees. Although, Yahoo Style pointed out that pregnant model Bianca Balti walked in the Dolce & Gabbana show during Milan Fashion Week in 2015.
According to Vogue, casting director Rachel Chandler and Lee are good friends.
Chandler shared the good news with Vogue, saying “Maia’s due next month!”
Chandler continued, “She came in and tried on a look, and it fit.”
When asked about the original idea, Chandler replied, “I just gave birth six weeks ago, so I think the pregnant person was just where my brain was at,” she laughed.
Mike Eckhaus, the brand’s co-founder said, “It’s really beautiful just to see different stages of life. It’s fashion, but there’s a sense of how it moves with you in all these different ways.”
Zoe Latta, another co-founder, supported Chandler’s choice to demonstrate the collection under the notion of “friends and family.”
“To have a bunch of one gender that’s the same race and height and size and fit, wearing similar clothes and makeup — I don’t think we were ever interested in that,” Latta said.
Featuring contemporary and casual clothing, brand Eckhaus Latta brings its unique philosophy and value to fashion. Focusing on different groups’ needs, the brand represents and pays attention to detailed matters, which exponentially improves customers’ experiences.
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