Walking down the stairs and into the venue, I’m hit with the hot air of anticipation. The small studio carried the dichotomy of light and darkness – a brightly lit runway with a seated and standing audience cast in the shadows. I quickly grab a vacant seat near the front of the runway, and the crowd is loud with patience and excitement. The show begins.
The designs are risqué, daring, bright, and glamorous. The models are beautiful and mysterious. The music is beating in my chest. With each passing look, I am pulled in with intrigue, yearning to see the next one. Ben Doctor has made a lasting impression with his debut collection as a part of the 2023 New York Fashion Week. After the show, I got the chance to speak with him to learn more about his emerging brand, the struggles of living in NYC, and all things fashion.