April 20, 2021 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

L.A.’s Premiere LGBTQ+ Fashion Week Long Overdue

The fashion industry can be rigid, tough. And until recent years, tall, white, skinny and cisgender.

But designer Nik Kacy is ready to shake that all up with Los Angeles’ first LGBTQ+ Fashion Week, which kicks off Friday night with an exclusive fashion show.

“If you want to give back to our community, this is a great way to do it,” Kacy said. “Getting the entire community together and celebrating everyone.”

Kacy is no stranger to the exclusivity of the fashion industry. Growing up trans and non binary, Kacy said that they were never able to find shoes that adequately expressed their sense of style.

“Why do products and materials have to have genders?” Kacy pondered. So they created their own footwear line. It is with this success in the fashion industry that the Montrose Hotel reached out to Kacy, asking them to help put on a fashion show.

Photo: Courtesy Nik Kacy.
Pop-up events from Saturday, Oct 6. Through Tuesday, Oct. 9 from. 4–7 p.m. at the Montrose in WeHo.

Kacy liked the idea, but they wanted to expand it to a proper LGBTQ+ fashion week, rather than a one-nigh-only event. After all, both New York and San Francisco have an LGBTQ+ Fashion Week, why not L.A.? Kacy has organized a weeklong event, gives the queer designers, models and performers more access to the Industry, with pop-up events all over L.A. throughout the upcoming week.

“It was about the fact that most of us in the queer community, we struggle,” Kacy said. “We have so many extra hurdles. Entrepreneurs have access to bigger Industry events, like L.A. fashion week. All these fashion weeks around the world are prominent in our line of work, yet we can’t afford to be in them.”

It was with this in mind that Kacy started planning and organizing. They decided that if the LGBTQ+ community couldn’t access the Industry, they’d bring the Industry to the LGBTQ+ community. Kacy was particularly mindful of being inclusive of those who are ordinarily left out of the spotlight.

“We just wanted to give priority to trans, non binary and people of color,”Kacy explained. “Those are the people we don’t get to se enough so those a are priority, but that isn’t to say we didn’t want to exclude cis-gender or non-POC. I wanted to include everyone in all of our community.”

Equality Fashion Week begins tonight with an exclusive rooftop fashion show at the Montrose Hotel. Pop-up events from Saturday, Oct 6. Through Tuesday, Oct. 9 from. 4–7 p.m. at the Montrose West Hollywood Lounge. For more information, visit the Equality Fashion Week website HERE.

Related Posts

Dogdrop A Queer Owned Local Doggy Daycare

April 18, 2021

April 18, 2021

Dogdrop a local queer owned doggy daycare prioritizes pet wellness.  Shaina and Greer are two queer women who founded Dogdrop...

SaMo Pride Announces Art Walk

April 15, 2021

April 15, 2021

In honor of Pride Month SaMo Pride has announced it’s art walk throughout June which will feature family friendly programming. ...

National AIDS Memorial Mary Bowman Arts in Activism Award Given to Westside Local

April 11, 2021

April 11, 2021

Poet, Activist, Artist, and Westside local Ima Diawara uses her art and activism to raise greater awareness about bigotry, stigma...

Lil Nas X “Satan Shoes” Controversy

April 9, 2021

April 9, 2021

Since releasing his controversially queer-positive music video “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” gay singer/rapper Lil Nas X has had...

West Hollywood Celebrates National Poetry Month

April 9, 2021

April 9, 2021

The City of West Hollywood will celebrate National Poetry Month in April with a variety of events and exhibitions honoring...

L.A. Stage Alliance To Cease Operations After Several Companies Exit

April 9, 2021

April 9, 2021

The Los Angeles Stage Alliance (LASA) announced that it would “cease all operations” following the departure of more than 25...

Trans Los Angeles A Film Full Of Queer Latinx Talent

April 4, 2021

April 4, 2021

Trans Los Angeles is an anthology composed of four short films directed and written by transgender director Kase Peña. Each...

Pride Poets’ Corner: Double Dutch Nymph By Féi Hernandez

March 28, 2021

March 28, 2021

The Pride LA and West Hollywood Poet Laureate Brian Sonia-Wallace would like to introduce Féi Hernandez featuring their latest work...

Pride Poets’ Corner: Penetrate By Terry Wolverton

March 21, 2021

March 21, 2021

In honor of Women’s History Month The Pride Poets’ Corner, curated by West Hollywood Poet Laureate Brian Sonia-Wallace, wished to...

Remembering EZTV Founder Kate Johnson Who Saved LGBTQ+ Media Work

March 21, 2021

March 21, 2021

Kate Johnson was an artist and founder of EZTV. Johnson saved and stewarded an important archive of new media work...

Sex Toy Retailer Lovehoney Launches Sale On Dildos

March 14, 2021

March 14, 2021

Lovehoney the sex toy retailer that is hugely popular thanks its regular deals of the day or week has launched...

Taimi, Largest LGBTQ+ Platform, Hits 10 Million Users

March 11, 2021

March 11, 2021

Since launching in 2018 Taimi, the world’s most inclusive LGBTQ+ platform that features a social network, dating app, and livestreaming,...

WeHo Lesbian Speakers Series

March 11, 2021

March 11, 2021

The City of West Hollywood’s Lesbian Speakers Series will celebrate Women’s History Month with a panel of dynamic lesbians and...

The Little Lion Foundation Makes Pet Care In Long Beach Easier

March 6, 2021

March 6, 2021

The Little Lion Foundation will hold a free community pet wellness event on Saturday, March 13 from 10 a.m. to...

Gender Neutral Potato Head

March 4, 2021

March 4, 2021

After 70 years Mr. Potato Head is ditching the binary and going by a new, gender-neutral name. Hasbro has announced...