PRESTIGE: "Knights In Shining Armor," is bringing a first-ever evening of butch and masculine of center fashion to Los Angeles.
Eleven designers from California and New York will present their creations on the runway with 30 models at the House of Gods on Sept. 28.
Nasstassia Sitze, better know as "Society's Poet," will host show while DJ Dirty Rich Kidd will provide the beats as the models strutting down the runway wearing designs by Damn Pigeon NY, Demo Designs, Fourteen, G.Q.A Clothing, Haute Butch, Immigreat Designs, JFE Creative, None Like Me, and rodeoH.
Musical artists Mary Lambert, Jenn-Jenn and Dra Muzic will appear for special performances.
"Expect to see a variety of dope gear!" said Stoney and Uzo, designers and owners of Los Angeles-based G.Q.A Clothing.
G.Q.A Clothing will present pieces from its fall collection, which includes a deconstructed blazer, equipped with a tribal print on the sleeves and topped with a light hood.
It's just one example of the 31-year old former New York lesbian designers who create handcrafted prints and clothing.
"I am crazy about androgynous fashion, and am excited to see some great clothes," said , who will be performing her recently released single, "She Keeps Me Warm", who will also be performing a sneak preview of her second single, "Bad Idea," at the fashion show, added.
"I am thrilled to be a part of a night that allows us to come together and celebrate progress," said Marshall. "Years ago, an event like this would be unheard of and unsafe to produce. We've got a lot to celebrate!"
Fashion is becoming relevant with the times as gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people gain rights around the world.
"Society has recognized that these individuals truly exist and deserve to be recognized," said Fallon Davis, CEO of The F-L-Y Society Entertainment specialized in event production, the management of new talent, product placement, new product launches, mix tape release, book signings, celebrity engagements, weddings, promotional campaigns, marketing plans, execution of ideas, themed events, press kits, seminars, business structuring, ..., and executive producer of What Is Butch? Movement, the first national travelling fashion show movement to showcase dominant lesbians, masculine of center persons, queer androgynous, and transmen bodied models giving them a place on the runway and a show to call their own.
The gender bending fashion show is produced by The F-L-Y Society Entertainment and Make Me By Joya in partnership with FiTTiD TomBoi, a retail store carrying multiple masculine clothing lines inspired by the tomboi. They sell smaller sizes in men's clothing creating comfort and confidence from the inside out!
Fashion is taking a step forward along with recent gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights and the recent media frenzy over emerging masculine-of-center fashion designers and labels representing butch style. Just last week, a fashion show dedicated to some of these emerging designers appeared along with an exhibit and book dedicated to queer designers "A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet" opened at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology to the Catwalk" during Fashion Week in New York.
"Fashion is a universal language that everyone can relate to [and it] is the perfect atmosphere to embrace individuality. Butch attire is rather fly!" said Davis, a self-identified dominant lesbian.
What is Butch? Movement is the first national travelling fashion show to showcase designs created by and for dominant lesbians, masculine of center persons, queer, androgynous and transmen bodied individuals.
Davis, 23-year-old fashion industry insider from New York City, but who is now located in North Carolina, butch fashion shows have sold out at nearly every location they've produced a show and Los Angeles isn't any different. The city of glam is embracing gender bending women and trans men.
It's anticipated that the show will be sold out based on pre-ticket sales and Davis' past experiences hosting nearly 15 fashion shows around the U.S.
"They love and appreciate our movement because it has been a voice for many who have not been able to speak out," adds Adjoa Courtney, 30, creative producer ofWhat is Butch? Movement and owner of Make Me By Joya. She is also Davis's girlfriend.
"It feels good to have a brand of clothes made [for] your own body, your own identity, and your own self," adds Davis.
Guests will be able to purchase clothing directly from the designers as well as six vendors that will also be selling their accessories and designs at the show.
Prestige begins at 6 p.m., doors open at 5 p.m., at the House of Gods, 3225 Union Pacific Avenue, Los Angeles followed by an after-party at Vanity. Tickets for the fashion show are $20 - $150.
For more information, visit facebook.com/whatisbutch.
Event: PRESTIGE: "Knights In Shining Armor"
Date: Saturday, September 28, 2013
Time: 6 p.m. - 3 a.m.
Fashion Show: 6 - 9 p.m.
After-Party: 9 p.m. - 3 a.m.
Location: House of Gods, 3225 Union Pacific Avenue, Los Angeles, California
Tickets: $20 - $150