Went for the clothes, stayed for the model…
On Sunday, Kenzo had their fall 2019 presentation in Paris. While their collection of clothes managed to stun the audience, the highlight of the night was probably the nonbinary model, Oslo Grace.
Grace wore many looks that night, with only four minutes to switch the ensembles. As part of the menswear collection, the model wore a bright pink suit with side-swept bangs and a no-makeup look. Shortly after, Grace took the runway wearing again a pink, fringe-laden dress and rocking a lavender eye makeup for the womenswear collection which they wore to close out the show.
After the show, Grace shared the looks they wore on the runway, as well as expressed their gratitude to the Kenzo designers, Humbert Leon, and Carol Lim.
Today I had the unbelievable privilege of closing the Kenzo show walking with the women, not four minutes prior having walked with the men.
The model wrapped up, writing:
thank you for having me back a second time and for making a statement that fashion is whatever you make it be- these moments are fleeting but oh so special. thank you endlessly!
While Kenzo didn’t reveal the model’s involvement in the show, however, they did previously admit that the whole production and collection was part of “progressive messaging for the brand,” especially during a “time when cultures are crossing more than ever and allowing people to spread more personal messages.”
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The non-binary model was the breakout star of Gucci’s fall 2018 presentation and has since walked for many well-known brands, including Armani and Courrèges.
Last November, Grace spoke to Refinery 29 about their approach to modeling, saying:
I usually present very binary on the runway because runways aren’t usually nonbinary. Nonbinary is sort of an umbrella term underneath transgender that means I’m somewhere in between the binary of a girl and a boy. I feel like I am a mix of the two, which makes me nonbinary.