The King of Ribbon once again ensured that his show at Miami Swim Week, powered by Art Hearts Fashion, stayed with him long after he returned home. Local designer Joel Alvarez was the talk of last year’s annual celebration of all things scantily clad and he sure didn’t disappoint on Saturday night.
The former fashion photographer was at the Art Hearts Fashion show at Miami Beach’s Faena Forum, sending models down the runway in “swimsuits” made entirely of duct tape.
Before you write a strong-worded letter to the editor, you should know that no models were harmed in the making of this production. Álvarez uses a special type of skin adhesive that does not leave a residue or cause pain when removed. However, the process requires patience.
One of the models on Saturday night, Chanel Rivera, explained what happened to her followers on Instagram. Though it took her 12 hours to don her tacky black suit for just 30 seconds of catwalking, she had no regrets.
“It’s an honor to wear your art,” Rivera wrote, along with a video of the action.
Her partner Stephanie Dana shared why it was her dream to strut her stuff in her birth outfit with just a few stylish appliqués.
The Georgia-born influencer wrote that at first she didn’t think she’d be confident enough to get naked, but decided to sneak into Alvarez’s DMs with an audition video last year after dealing with a tough time in her life. She finally made it. The tape changed her life, opening the doors to other jobs around the world, Dana said in the publication.
“Thanks to my direct messages and my persistence, my life and career have changed a lot in just one year. You have to go for your dreams with everything you have.”