The King of the "Bushwick Birkin" closed out New York Fashion Week with music, vibes, and two entire clothing collections. Telfar Clemens took over New York's South Street to host his coveted runway show, featuring 'Telfar TV,' a 24-hour reality TV experience/retail channel introduced in September.
Clemens welcomed us into the world of 'Telfar TV,' giving us a glimpse of what he's been working on with his crew; Ian Isiah, Aya Brown, and Jorge Gitoo Wright, for the past six months. The show featured fans calling in to win Telfar bags, artist Ian Isiah serenading us with original music, and poetry by Fred Moten.
Once the screen went blank, models came out strutting across the stage and into the crowd onto a platform, twirling Telfar's new genderless athletic collection. The line features crop tops, one-shoulder tees, stylish jersey gowns, oversized sweatshirts, and gym shorts, to name a few.
Clemens describes his brand as ”genderless, democratic, and transformative.” The clothes are deliberately utilitarian, an aesthetic choice that’s meant to challenge the idea that high fashion has to be inaccessible to most people. The goal is to create clothing that anyone can wear, regardless of gender or budget.
Just when we thought the show was over, The Liberian-Amerian designer wowed us with a cohesive denim line featuring wide-leg jeans, ripped short shorts, cropped denim jackets, and denim chaps. There were also statement-making accessories with large hoop logo earrings, new shape Telfar bags, and logo-embossed loafers.
Attendees were even treated to a QR code to buy the newest handbag. It's safe to say he is officially the king of NYFW.