Wednesday night marked a first for Pat Cleveland. The famous 71-year-old model and longtime Halston muse, known for championing inclusiveness, first walked the runway in Los Angeles. The occasion was the closing of the Julia Clancey fashion show, part of an LA fashion week sponsored by digital textile printing company Kornit. Film and event producer Bryan Rabin connected Cleveland and Clancy to make this moment a reality.
Known for her glamorous caftans and turbans, Clancey (who lives between West Hollywood and London) worked with Kornit to create her brand’s first prints – think rainbow martini glasses and graphic chains in relaxed silhouettes and jet set. Clancey’s clients include Jennifer Lopez and Madonna, who wore the caftans on her Madame X tour and at her 2019 Oscars after-party.
“The collection is called Joy and I wanted it to be a celebration,” Clancey said. Hollywood journalist. “Inclusiveness is very important to me. We are finally at a time when long-awaited diversity is becoming a reality. We have a long way to go for this to be more than a marketing tool. The casting was really about finding the magic in each person and really letting them express themselves and shine. (Kornit Fashion Week in LA continues tomorrow with a runway presentation of Asher Levine, known to dress music stars such as Lil Nas X and Lady Gaga, while stylist and costume designer Jen Rade will showcase a collection of digitally printed t-shirts.)
Among those who joined Cleveland to roller skate, flamenco, tap or ballet on the Clancey runway was 55-year-old actress Lisa Edelstein (9-1-1: lone star, house), 56-year-old actress Robbi Chong, 52-year-old dancer and choreographer Kevin Stea and plus-size model Stella Ellis. Stea orchestrated the show, which unfolded under dazzling disco balls to the tune of songs such as “Vogue” by Madonna and “The Rockafeller Skank” by Fatboy Slim. The looks were accessorized with 70s-inspired metallic platform sandals, chain mail scarves, floral headbands and colorful tassel earrings.
“When I was a teenager, we used to do fashion shows in [the nightclub] Danceteria in New York as club kids, and I did a few charity shows, but I’m not a model, ”Edelstein said THR with a smile.
The appearance marked Cleveland’s first runway show in almost two years – the last a presentation by Laura Biagiotti in February 2020 at Milan Fashion Week. “When the [COVID-19] virus came to Milan, I was in the first show that didn’t have an audience, ”Cleveland said THR backstage, where her husband, former model Paul van Ravenstein, stood by her side. (The couple arrived from their home base in New Jersey).
Pointing to her flamboyant flower-adorned turban and sequined orange and pink print kaftan, Cleveland said, “It’s for an elegant evening, like you’re going to meet the Queen of England. I would love to see the Queen of England in there because she would be so comfortable. Or maybe Meghan [Markle] can wear one!
After a health crisis in 2019 when she was diagnosed with colon cancer after appearing on the Tommy x Zendaya runway show during Paris Fashion Week, Cleveland focused on health and healing, in fashion and beyond.
“Julia is very concerned with what she puts in clothes to make women feel comfortable,” she said. “Sustainable fabrics and being careful what you use is very important for the environment. I had never met Julia before coming here. But we have the same feeling about nature, and we’re talking creativity jargon. She is very spiritual and loves animals and travels the world to make sure that the work that is done is done by hand by artisans. She came to my room [at The Ritz-Carlton] last night and we were flitting and dancing. She took out the clothes and made me feel like a butterfly!
Considering his life as a globetrotter, Cleveland can think of many destinations to showcase Clancey’s caftans. “My lifestyle sometimes is living in the jungle or going to these exotic places, and I want to be covered and look bright,” she says. “I mean, why only wear black?” You have to wear a touch of color because you are alive and we can see the color and the rainbows. It’s very heartwarming to wear colors and have something that sparkles. Sparkle makes you happy! And you don’t necessarily need to bring jewelry, because the embroidery is the jewelry. We need to look for clothes that will bring us joy.
The model – who took part in the 1973 Battle of Versailles fashion show, featured in Ryan Murphy’s 2021 miniseries Halston – made a statement about the lack of diversity in fashion decades ago by moving to France in 1971 and vowing not to return before the United States Vogue featured a black pattern on the cover. After Beverly Johnson landed the 1974 cover, Cleveland returned to New York, true to her word.
Speaking of the range of sizes, shapes and ethnicities on Clancey’s catwalk, she said: “Tonight in this show the beauty is in energy and humanity and inclusiveness and compassion. that we have for each other… This celebration of inclusiveness for anyone who wants to participate in the fashion world in this way, it’s just beautiful. I think all flowers have their place in the garden of love, and that’s what you call love. All these different pieces of art are human, individual and very precious. So let’s keep the beauty of expressing ourselves, no matter the size or shape .
Friend of Andy Warhol, Cleveland was known to be a Studio 54 staple. When asked if the show’s freestyle dance club format had sparked any memories, she said, “The finale was absolutely Studio 54 because that everyone was dressed, partying and dancing and individual in the way they all mingled. It was part of the cake, the joy! Everyone really came together in their dance or in their expression.
She continued, “I like the good old days, when it was 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Now it’s 24/7 or nothing. So we just have to find our place and figure out how we can move our body a little more and feel a little bit of happy joy and be more playful while doing what we have to do.
During her recovery from cancer, Cleveland learned to practice reiki and she says her latest watercolors are inspired by the chakras and the healing power of color: “I was told I should have exposure to the Beers Gallery in London with my mom, Lady Bird’s, the paintings and my paintings together, so we’ll see what happens.
This week, she is on her way to Paris with her model daughter, Anna Cleveland, for Moet & Chandon L’Officiel’s 100th birthday party and to London to take part in a BBC documentary mini-series on black history. Americans.
“That’s how you can enjoy life, it’s letting you be creative and put some action behind it,” she said emphatically, before disappearing into the night, still dressed in her scarlet glittery runway boots.