Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A FETISH FOR FASHION - Folsom Street East Runway Show and Auction

Copy: Folsom Street East press release

Anthony J. Christman
Malnourished adolescents are so last season. Skins (and rubber, and spikes, and jockstraps) are in, so Folsom Street East had their annual Fetish for Fashion runway show and silent auction on February 18th, at the LGBT Community Center NY to benefit Housing Works.

Socializing at the bar while soaking in the ferocious talents of DJ Dave Huge, built up on the excitement before Master of Ceremonies Will Clark took the stage to guide us through an evening of gorgeous models showing off the hottest in fetish and fetish-inspired fashions from some of NYC’s top purveyors, including The Eagle Store, FM Leather Design, Manskins, My Lady’s Toys, E7 Rubber, Nick Stryker, and  WonderWear NY.

Devin MacLachlan, Director of Folsom Street East

This year, legendary NYC-based leather designer David Samuel Menkes (Remember Lady Gaga’s AK-47 rifle bra in the Alejandro video? Yeah, he did that.) was on hand to oversee the very-much-NOT-silent auctioning off of one of his one-of-a-kind leather jocks. The jock itself was crazy-hot and the bidding for it definitely cutthroat!

The red jockstrap fetched the highest bid, of course!
MC Will Clark auctioning off model, model's accessories

Silent auction goodies
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A real treasure to bid on

More silent auction goodies

Proceeds from this year’s runway event and auctions benefited Housing Works, one of NYC’s most recognized and well-regarded charitable organizations, working tirelessly on behalf of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Housing Works’ mission of providing and advocating for quality housing and healthcare, as well as legal protections from stigma and discrimination is one that never, ever goes out of style, and FSE is proud and privileged to participate.

Joseph Magnone, David Raper and Edward Garou of Housing Works

Of course, a runway without music is just a hallway without walls, so this year FSE was thrilled to welcome Aussie-born vocal phenom Kylie Edmond to the Fetish for Fashion stage to perform her unique brand of folk-infused pop-rock songs about her gay exes, lost iPhones, mean boys and pick-up lines.

Kylie Edmond, providing live entertainment

To see more images of this event, go to my facebook photo albums page.

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