Interviews

Lou Dallas Turns the NYFW Runway Into Performance Art

Lou Dallas Turns the NYFW Runway Into Performance Art

More performance art than runway show, the Lou Dallas SS19 presentation was attended by a crowd seeming more ready for a swanky art gallery opening than a NYFW event. An audience sporting dyed hair, graphic t-shirts, tiny sunglasses, and berets convened in the East Village at St. Mark’s Church-In-Th ...
Sandy Liang Brought A NYFW Show to Her Dad's Restaurant

Sandy Liang Brought A NYFW Show to Her Dad’s Restaurant

Sandy Liang’s SS19 presentation at New York Fashion Week was not about clothing. It was a nonfiction story about the experiences Liang encountered in her daily life, told through clothing. “There is never one new inspiration per season, it’s always just an ongoing influence of the neighborhood and m ...
LRS Painted Clothes Onto Models at NYFW

LRS Painted Clothes and Faces Onto Models at NYFW

Tightly packed in an un-air conditioned room in NYC’s Chinatown (just down the stairs from COOLS HQ, as a matter of fact), an eager crowd watched in awe as Raul Solis of LRS sent his friends down the runway sporting his SS19 collection. Take note: the shock factor was not due to the fact that the mo ...
Christian Cowan is Ready to Dress Everyone, Not Just Cardi B

Christian Cowan is Ready to Dress Everyone, Not Just Cardi B

All green hair and smiles, if Christian Cowan was nervous ahead of his SS19 runway show at New York Fashion Week this weekend, he didn’t show it. “I love London and I think it’s great, but New York is where real power houses are and so it’s really fun when you’re a young designer here, because you h ...
Discount Universe Labels Women As Whores to Give Them Power

Discount Universe Labels Women As Whores to Give Them Power

“We’re taking the power away from the word “whore” and reclaiming it,” Nadia Napreychikov said. “The reason we use these words is because they are labels reserved for women only so we literally made labels out of them.” Along with her Discount Universe co-founder Cami James, Nadia just unleashed the ...
Tailoring Takes A Turn For the Obscure in Moon Choi’s Specimen 19 6

Tailoring Takes A Turn For the Obscure in Moon Choi’s Specimen 19

Through the courtyard of the High Line Hotel and up a candle-lined staircase, you’ll find a room covered in wooden paneling and neo-Gothic architectural detailing. This is the room Moon Choi chose to unveil Specimen 19, her version of a SS19 collection. The NYC-based, Seoul-born designer is best kno ...
Pre-Show and Backstage With Sam Linder at NYFW 1

Backstage With Sam Linder at NYFW

In the chaotic haze of leggy models and swarms of photographers, elevated by the sounds of camera shutters and shouts of, “Five more minutes! Two more minutes” it’s surprising to think that anyone could find peace. But that’s exactly how Sam Linder felt less than an hour ahead of his SS19 show a ...
The Sisters Behind Resumé on Scandi Style and Cher Horowitz

The Sisters Behind Resumé on Scandi Style and Cher Horowitz

It’s difficult to remember there ever being a time when Clueless-inspired fashion collections weren’t perpetually coming down many an international Fashion Week runway. And unfortunately, these collections are often, in Cher Horowitz’s (iconic if we do say so ourselves!) words, a full-on Monet: “Fro ...
Pia Arrobio On Authenticity In Fashion

LPA Founder Pia Arrobio On Authenticity In Fashion

LPA founder Pia Arrobio spoke with COOLS on her career, navigating the often "catty" nature of fashion, and how she's using her brand as a change agent in the industry. “If you want to make it in fashion, you have to go through being somebody’s bitch,” says Pia Arrobio of the notoriously merciless ...
The Design-Duo Empowering Guatemalan Women Artisans

The Design-Duo Empowering Guatemalan Women Artisans

Gabriela Luna and Corina del Pinal didn't even realize they had launched a fashion brand until they were asked what to label their Paris show space and had to come up with a name—eventually settling on a combination of their names: Luna del Pinal.