The main room of Tribeca’s DCTV Firehouse was packed. Everyone in the crowd, standing shoulder to shoulder, was drenched in sweat, but the excitement was palpable — Ms. Lauryn Hill was on stage.
“She’s an icon,” Andrea Canè, creative director of Woolrich, said the day before. Naturally, this made her an ideal figure to collaborate with on a capsule collection, and cast for a campaign. Last night was a celebration of both, with the Fall 2018 ads (Ms. Hill’s first-ever fashion campaign) splashed around the room, and her limited-edition designed jackets on display to guests for the first time.
Throughout the multiple rooms in the DCTV Firehouse Woolrich’s centuries-long history was merged with the brand’s modern identity. Guests like Dilone, Mel Ottenberg, Kerby Jean-Raymond, and Telfar Clemens, among others, enjoyed food by Ghetto Gastro, along with other performances during the evening, including the experimental jazz group Onyx Collective, step dancers Team Vicious, and Ms. Hill’s own children Josh and Selah Marley (who rapped and performed a reading, respectively).
The highlight, of course, was Ms. Hill, who is about to embark on a massive world tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of her album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Though she’ll be preforming quite a bit in the coming months, something about the evening felt extra special — a once-in-a-lifetime performance. Quite a feat for a fashion week party.
Pre-registration for the limited-edition Ms. Lauryn Hill-designed capsule collection begins online September 20. All proceeds from sales will benefit the MLH Foundation.