It’s fair to say Stevie Boi blew the roof off fashion week recently, upping his designer profile with a new line of high-end street style done right. For Fall/Winter ’16 the Baltimore-based eyewear designer described his collection as “Boy Scouts meets Girl Scouts, but for sexy adults.” Nondescript khaki shorts, step aside.
Inspired by the poly-nylon nightmare of his boyhood — his Scouts uniform — Boi designed a daring collection that defies uniformity. Pretty in pastel, models hit the runway at Studio 450 sporting the designer’s signature shades and playing up neutral tones with stilettos and soft socks, overcoats and loose frocks, and boots paired with fitted fur. “I want to challenge what people think is art or fashion,” he said after the show.
Later, I asked the 26-year-old designer about his take on fashion, runway dreams, and what inspires his bold style.
You talk about the nerve it takes to be bold in today’s world as being at the heart of your brand. How do you think your runway fashion reflects your approach to style?
My runway fashion is a great reflection of me and my beliefs — I cast models of all ethnicities, shapes, heights, and sizes to be a part of my brand, to showcase diversity and the idea of being fearless.
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