Victor Glemaud puts fashion on roller skates at Fashion Week

NEW YORK (AP) — Tourists and New Yorkers alike gathered around the Rockefeller Center ice rink on Saturday to try and catch a glimpse of the vibrant knitwear on display at Victor Glemaud’s latest Fashion Week show in New York City.

For the Haitian American designer, who grew up in New York, the show held sentimental significance but also served as a career marker as his brand continues to grow. He launched his label in 2006 and has since collaborated on a collection with Target and branched out into homewares with Schumacher.

Glemaud’s show opened with roller skaters wearing his signature knitwear, bursting onto Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace rink, laughing and dancing as guests watched. It continued with models showing off see-through looks, eye-catching cutouts, a few capes and a new eyewear collection.

Glemaud drew inspiration for his contemporary sportswear looks from a recent trip to Harbor Island in the Bahamas. Glemaud said he wanted his collection to feel effortless, cheerful and “something you want to wear in the summer.” Models strutted around the rink in skin-baring crochet blankets, looking like they had come from a beach resort.

Glemaud’s brand was one of a record 28 black-owned brands on display during New York Fashion Week.

“We’ve strived and we love this industry,” Glemaud said of fellow black designers. “And, you know, our businesses are mostly independently owned and self-funded. Fashion week means a lot. So the more the merrier, the better.

During the pandemic, the designer founded “IN THE BLK”, a non-profit collective to support black designers in the fashion industry.

“It’s about bringing together collective creative entrepreneurs, not just fashion designers,” he said.

Glemaud’s show highlighted a handful of TikTok celebrities, including fashion influencer Brittany Xavier.

“I love that her collection is so inspired by summer and being together,” she said. “The kind of energy we’ve been missing for two years.”

While Glemaud relied on a minimalist color palette and animal print, that didn’t stop the youthfulness of her designs from shining through with her playful cutouts. They enhance her dresses with a subtle sensuality and stylishly revisit swimwear.

Capes adorned with the letter “V” and skin-tight leopard prints would have been considered the stars of the evening, if not for one moment that stood out from the rest: at the end of the show, Glemaud’s mother, Julie, started tearing up with pride.

“The vibration, the love, the joy,” she says. “It’s always fun with Victor.”

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