EFW will kick-off October 5 with an exclusive fashion show on the renovated rooftop of Montrose West Hollywood, hosted by Carmen Carrera, the American reality television personality, model, burlesque performer and actress known for her work on RuPaul's Drag Race and RuPaul's Drag U. Carrera is also the first openly transgender person to wed on reality television.
Participating designers include Sharpe Suiting, Stuzo Clothing, Hologram City, DapperBoi, Fem/Haüs, Lior Boroda as well as NiK Kacy Footwear.
Beginning October 6, each featured designers’ collection will be on display at Montrose West Hollywood for public viewing. From 4pm-7pm each day, various designers will be available for a meet-and-greet during the hotels complimentary Vino & Vinyl happy hour in the hotel’s Tone lounge. A full schedule of events will be available on the Equality Fashion Week website.
Equality Fashion Week is a non-traditional event that is breaking all the rules and defying conventional standards with a loud message of diversity and inclusion. With the endeavor to create a morally accountable fashion week, Kacy is rallying fashion enthusiasts, designers, influencers, tastemakers and industry executives around the trans issue partnering with the TransLatina Coalition who will receive proceeds from the event.
“Equality Fashion Week is something I've envisioned since my very first time presenting at a queer fashion show. I've attended and presented at several queer fashion shows across the country and even in Toronto and always wondered why LA didn't have one yet. As a community, LTQ members are the most underrepresented of the group and often not visible to the mainstream and even within our own community. There is so much talent and LA has been the hub of so much queer fashion revolution. After 4 years in the queer fashion world, I finally had the opportunity to bring my vision to life with the help of the Montrose West Hollywood team. I hope that with this partnership we can build a week-long event each year that gives a platform for queer artists and designers to not only express themselves but also to help create financial opportunities for them. Creating ways to help our community obtain more visibility, exposure and work will lead to us being able to lift the rest of the community. This entire event is about bringing the larger community and our allies together to create a positive impact for everyone. That is what Equality means.”
ABOUT NIK KACY
NiK Kacy is the Founder and President of genderfree luxury brand, NiK Kacy Footwear, an LGBT certified business enterprise, which creates gender-equal and genderfree footwear and accessories for identities in all spectrums. As a transmasculine individual who also identifies as gender nonbinary, Kacy’s designs are inspired by both their personal identity, style and using fashion as activism. Since their successful Kickstarter campaign in March 2015, NiK Kacy has been featured in numerous publications including, but not limited to, FashionTimes, Forbes, Fortune, Ozy, Refinery29, and The Huffington Post. In their spare time, NiK Kacy is dedicated to the local and global LGBTQ+ community in raising awareness, visibility, education and supporting the community at large. Some of Kacy’s passions include being on the Board of the LA LGBT Chamber of Commerce and supporting the Los Angeles LGBT Center by being a committee member for An Evening with Women for 8 consecutive years. Kacy has also been featured in the Kenneth Cole “Make Now Matter” campaign to help spread the message of community and positive social impact on a large scale.