The Verge Collective at NYFW

What is queer style?

There certainly has been plenty of chatter about "gender free" and "gender neutral" clothing but to me that sounds positively unsexy. D'ya know what's gender neutral? A strait jacket, for one thing... Seriously, the fact that challenging gender norms is even part of the conversations is encouraging. But there is more to this than a slideshow in the New York Times. Gender nonconformity is not gender free - it's refusing to play by the rules that society has laid out about how you should present yourself. It's about defining your own style.

Take a look BEHIND THE SCENES at all of the transcending talent that is bringing you the Largest Queer New York Fashion Week Event and Runway Show in Partnership with Brooklyn Museum on September 17th, VERGE NYFW

Video by ChronicallyLate

dapperQ, bklyn boihood, Posture Magazine, and Die Young, Die Happy Productions (D.Y.D.H)

have partnered to spotlight eight independent designers whose work is systemically rooted in notions of gender nonconformity and its intersections with race, ethnicity, and culture. The vision of Verge is to become a platform for the un-defined and the conceptually-minded, while maintaining a prominent level of accessibility to the greater community.

The designers/labels include:

[ezcol_1third]Screen Shot 2015-09-08 at 7.42.48 PM[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end] KQK by Karen Quirion Founded in 2012 by designer Karen Quirion, KQK is a fashion label offering sophisticated and easy-to-wear apparel for the modern, urban fashionist@ who embraces a masculine aesthetic. Sober, minimalist and marked with an androgynous look, the collections blend deconstructed urban style with tailored cuts inspired by the masculine wardrobe. The structure of the garments and interplay of fabrics also represent the strong elements of KQK’s bold and nonconformist collections. An avid traveler with a thirst for discovering different cultures, Quirion has studied in Italy, Argentina, and the United States, becoming multilingual in the process. She obtained a master’s degree in Fashion Communication and Public Relations from the prestigious Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan, Italy. A music and photography enthusiast, Karen Quirion draws her creative inspiration from her travels and the diversity that surrounds her.[/ezcol_2third_end]

[ezcol_1third]Screen Shot 2015-09-08 at 7.42.57 PM[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end] Not Equal by Fabio Costa NotEqual explores creative innovation through fashion and art. Rooted in the golden ratio, its artisanal garments challenge traditional tailoring with genderless form; each piece is conceived and detailed to bring out the unique and the beautiful. NotEqual’s ambition is to push boundaries by promoting individuality, while offering rational fashion. [/ezcol_2third_end]

[ezcol_1third]Screen Shot 2015-09-08 at 7.43.07 PM[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]SUNSUN Toronto-based SUNSUN custom unisex clothing is a queer-owned brand offering casual custom pieces in bright, Kente cloth, geometric, and graphic prints. SUNSUN made their U.S. runway debut at Queer Fashion Week in Oakland last April to much fanfare. [/ezcol_2third_end] [ezcol_1third]Jag&Co[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]Jag & Co. Jag & Co. offers pieces for LGBTQ trans men, masculine identified women, the fashion forward and the fashion novice. Jag’s innovative designs are inclusive to all. Jag & Co. is the producer of New York’s famous Rainbow Fashion Week. Jag has an unmatched passion for “green” fashion. She designs, cuts, re-designs, using and re-using metal parts, buttons, zippers, cutting pieces, constructing and re-constructing into new “green forward” products. This concept of recycling is part of their “Corporate Social Responsibility”, which every team member and strategic partner is committed to. Prior Events Include: Harlem Fashion Week, NY Fashion Week Purple Carpet Event, dapperQ Unheeled at the Brooklyn Museum, Steeler’s “Alvin Ace Bowens” Magazine Cover Release Party. Press: Crain’s Gotham feat, Huffington Post Interview on Queer Fashion with Kathie Lee and Hoda, Steven Spielberg’s Red Carpet feat Luis Antonio Ramos, with Richard Pryor Jr. [/ezcol_2third_end] [ezcol_1third]Screen Shot 2015-09-08 at 7.43.25 PM[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]SAGA NYC SAGA NYC was launched in 2011 as a word-of-mouth brand, offering specialty pieces individually made by the designer, Sandra Gagalo. After several years of being sought after by nightlife personalities, musicians, and private clientele it was natural for the line to expand. The first ready-to-wear collection Universal Androgyne was launched in Spring 2014. The collection was noticed immediately and landed a spot in the boutique Allan & Suzi. At its essence SAGA NYC offers androgynous, progressive high-end sportswear. The collections are known for their otherworldly inspired designs, versatile-wear and clean modern aesthetic. The brand does not follow seasons, trends, or traditional viewpoints and instead focuses on the conception of timeless pieces made to evolve a current wardrobe into a statement. All clothing is made in NYC. [/ezcol_2third_end]

[ezcol_1third]Lactic[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]LACTIC Lactic is the fashion venture of Randi Shandroski, a Canadian born visual artist currently based in Boston. Now in its third collection, Lactic recontextualizes corporate imagery into custom gender-defying structural silhouettes. Through ongoing collaborations with emerging artists, Randi Shandroski deconstructs and reshapes the borders of art, sculpture, and fashion, creating a visual language which embraces subversion and gender fluidity. [/ezcol_2third_end]

[ezcol_1third]Screen Shot 2015-09-08 at 7.43.45 PM[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]FONY FONY has elevated the standards for utilitarian, versatile fashion, with designs equally at home on the street, workplace, gym, club, ski resort or beach. Utilizing outerwear fabrics for their intended purpose, the newest collection, Phase_1 Tantric Elementalism, is lifestyle apparel, for a lifestyle without boundaries... FONY embraces the literal and functional, the concept can be perceived in the brand’s name. FONY embarks on articulating a new future, establishing a new vocabulary and foundation. Fony translates as such: Fashion Origins (for) New York. Built for the climate and pace of the NYC Lifestyle, the bodies are modular, postgender and eminently wearable. [/ezcol_2third_end]

[ezcol_1third]MARKANTOINE[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]MARKANTOINE Mark Antoine is a graduate of the Management and Fashion design program at l’Université du Québec à Montréal, and has acquired many experiences in the fashion industry over the years. He has participated in two designer collectives, in collaboration with the students of fashion merchandising of the LaSalle College, for the presentations Are We You & Quick Perception. His studies at UQaM led to an internship in Paris as Aline Ochoa’s assistant. During this time, he worked on developing outsourced branding for the prestigious LVMH group. This year marks the launch of his namesake brand MARKANTOINE. The brand belongs to a movement of young Montreal underground designers who break down geographical barriers with their creativity. MARKANTOINE has an aesthetic that is greatly inspired by the strange and the dualities that are ever-present in our lives. His creative process first starts in the form of a dream-like chronicle that is defined by Gothic and exotic aesthetics. [/ezcol_2third_end]