The moments leading up to a runway show during New York Fashion Week often mirror the frenetic pace of Manhattan’s bustling streets. However, the mood on Sunday evening ahead of Prabal Gurung’s fall 2018 show was noticeably subdued.
“It’s kind of nice that it’s quiet — after all, it is Sunday,” observed author Janet Mock, who was proud to be sitting front row for the 38-year-old designer’s latest offering. “Prabal is using his platform in a way that broadcasts messages of hope and resistance in this political climate, which is essential.”
Mock, a transgender rights activist who with Ryan Murphy is currently developing a television series centered around underground LGBT culture in Eighties New York, described working with the “American Crime Story” director as “a lesson in discipline and juggling.”
Tarana Burke, who was seated beside both Mock and political staffer Huma Abedin, noted the number of powerful women in the room. “There are some history-makers here tonight,” exclaimed the civil rights activist best known for starting the “Me Too” movement. “It makes me feel strange [to think I’d become part of history]. I’m really a worker and about rolling up my sleeves and doing the work. If that lands me a place