Tonight, FASHION held its digital runway competitors Slay The Runway II, a co-production with Karim Olen Ash and XPOSED and offered in affiliation with Tide and Jean Paul Gaultier, in help of The 519. Moderated by Twysted Miyake-Mugler, the judges – Tamar Miyake-Mugler, supermodel and Canada’s Drag Race choose Stacey McKenzie and FASHION’s inventive and trend director George Antonopoulos – watched as 10 finalists (Diseiye, Ebony Xclusive Lanvin, Gala Siriano, Hannah Arsovskihan, Mars Alexander, Nick “Miami” Benz, Oleg Kasynets, Posh Gvasalia Lanvin, Roderic Monroe and Songbird Miyake-Mugler) offered their interpretation of #FreedomFabulousness and turned their residing rooms, sidewalks, driveways and extra right into a fierce runway. Just one may very well be topped because the winner – and Posh Gvasalia Lanvin got here out on prime, narrowly clinching the victory with a formidable 30/30 rating after flooring the judges along with his submission.
“His stroll was unimaginable!” says Antonopoulos of the Vancouver-based winner. “From the second he turned the nook and began giving us a ’90s-inspired Linda Evangelista supermodel stroll, he owned each second of it. The look, which seemed prefer it was straight off the Jacquemus S/S20 runway, and when he wrapped the large hat round his physique – that bought it for me. ” Tamar agrees, telling FASHION, “Posh Lanvin did what we prefer to name in ballroom ‘waking it up.’ He demanded our consideration in a approach many others didn’t. Similar to I educate my home children, it’s a must to promote it from the second you might be seen stepping onto that runway. Posh not solely finessed the restricted area he needed to work with, he additionally used his impact (a ballroom time period for costume) to raise the general efficiency. It felt seasoned, assured and poised. Posh slayed the runway. The runway didn’t slay him.” McKenzie added, “Posh commanded the runway as quickly as he stepped out. His stroll was robust and assured with the correct quantity of playfulness, and his outfit was not solely an excellent illustration of his cultural background, it was very effectively thought out, trendy and he knew the best way to work it.”
Talking with FASHION in regards to the inspiration behind his look, Posh mentioned, “The theme of the runway problem was ‘freedom’ – which is a phrase that I imagine is sort of delicate throughout the present local weather as society is re-evaluating our systemic racism. So my approach of deciphering the theme was to rejoice my Philippine ancestry by that includes the Pina Barong (a standard Filipino garment made with pineapple fibres) and Banig (a standard flooring mat) wrapped round my waist, and to actually ‘prime’ it off with a really massive woven Jacquemus-style hat, that I really bought in Thailand.” He provides that he was “in shock” upon discovering out he had received “figuring out the expertise of the group that entered.” As for a way he’ll spend the $500 money prize? “Even previous to successful, I used to be enthusiastic about what I might do if I did win and promised myself that I might discover a solution to return the cash again into the ballroom group. I can be giving half of my money prize to The 519, because it was one of many first locations the place I used to be uncovered to Ballroom once I lived in Toronto.”
Along with the $500 money prize, Jean Paul Gaultier is gifting a restricted version bottle of Le Male to Posh, in addition to to our first 10 entrants, the winner of the fan favorite ballot and one fortunate voter. Tide is generously donating a prize pack value over $100 to the winner, in addition to the winner of the fan favorite ballot.
Tide has generously donated to The 519, and is encouraging the Slay The Runway viewers to do the identical throughout our occasion by texting THE519 to 80100 or by clicking right here.