There are many designers whose shows are famous, in part, for their musical guests — think VFiles, which routinely features a performance mid-show, or Alexander Wang, whose afterparties usually feature a star-studded lineup. In the past, Maryam Nassir Zadeh has not been one of them.
But at her Spring 2018 show on Tuesday, the indie designer beloved for her curation of the coolest under-the-radar brands — as well as her namesake line of beautifully minimal shoes — showed that she can roll with the best of them. The ready-to-wear show, which took place at the East River Track, was accompanied by a surprise performance by none other than Solange Knowles.
Crooning songs like "Rise" from her critically acclaimed 2016 album "A Seat At the Table," Solange and her band provided the live soundtrack for the runway show. The collection itself featured a mixture of bright pinks and greens juxtaposed with warm neutrals like brown and taupe, all worn by a cool-girl cast that included artist/models like India Menuez and Alexandra Marzella.
The fact that all of this took place in the context of a muggy afternoon on a public track — where shirtless granddads and other sundry workout types were attempting to hit their cardio goals — somehow made it all the more charming. Isn't that the beauty of living in New York?