Designer: Adi Gil, Ange Donhauser, Gabi Asfour
Location: St. Patrick's Cathedral Youth Center in Soho
Crowd: Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, Charlotte Kemp Muhl, Hamish Bowles, Cory Kennedy, Fabiola Beracasa, Waris Ahluwalia, Meredith Melling-Burke.
Inspiration: Dubbed "InSHALLOm," the designers (of Lebanese, Israeli and Russian descent) crafted clothing that showcased symbolism from Jewish, Arab, Israeli and Palestinian culture—the evil eye, the hamsa, the six-pointed star and keffiyeh prints—in a presentation that was as much about art as it was about fashion.
First Impressions: Avoiding what could have been a heavy handed execution, the trio wielded their We Are the World muse with a feather-light touch, with the aforementioned symbols used to create beautifully designed—and emotionally stirring—dresses, tunics, leggings and swimsuits that made the political feel extremely personal. As far as message collections go, it was pretty damn effective—and pretty damn wearable, to boot.
Standout Piece(s): The Meish dress with Insalaam bolero and stockings, the ragged-edged Keffiah dress with curvy waffle wool topper, the ivory jumpsuit topped by a black Star of David harness, and a pair of swimsuits with matching mesh boleros.