Celebrities, social media superstars, and top bloggers -- who just happen to be moms -- strutted their way down the runway at the first ever Strut: The Fashionable Mom Show! fashion show held at Lincoln Center on the last day of New York's Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. The show, the brainchild of Denise Albert and Melissa Gerstein, aka "The Moms" of NBC New York's Moms and The City, was developed with partners Mom-entum (a division of Big Fuel) and Getting Gorgeous (founded by top bloggers Audrey McClellan and Vera Sweeney) to show that personal style doesn't end with gestation. The show was hosted by supermodel and mom of two Iman, and Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, Director of Fashion for Lincoln Center.
The show featured the "Model Moms" walking the runway to classic and current hits spun by DJ Fulano, a Gap-wearing, eight-year-old prodigy who shuttles between spinning gigs in London and New York, in over 40 looks from designers like Tory Burch, Vera Wang, David Meister, Chris Benz and Rachel Roy and retailers like Marshalls/TJ Maxx and Bloomingdale's. The looks, which were styled by Alana Kelen, were fashion forward without being over the top (which can often happen during Fashion Week).
The diversity of the models was a refreshing break. The show was definitely diverse in terms of ethnicity -- but also in terms of size, which was a refreshing break from the constant barge of minus-0 models during fashion week (the Council of Fashion Designers (CFDA) had to actually write rules that basically required Fashion Week models to eat). The very svelte Jaime Harlock rocked a slinky (and very short) one shoulder silk dress by Ramy Brook, while the curvy Amy Oztan worked the h*ll out of her Bloomingdale's dress (accented with IMAN platinum collection bag). Strut even had diversity in terms of the "momdom" spectrum; several pregnant moms (one at 37 weeks!!) walked the runway (in 4-inch platform shoes by Carlos Santana, god bless them) wearing clothing from high-end maternity brands like A Pea in the Pod.
For more information on the show, head to thefashionablemomshow.com.
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