“I think skirts look great on masculine bodies, too,” said Cynthia Chang, the designer behind Brooklyn brand Something Happening, on Sunday night. “The person wearing my brand goes out and people are like, ‘Where did you come from?’ But that person is like, ‘This [outfit] is for me—I put this on because I need to feel good about myself’ and that’s important.”
Though Fashun Tweek 2.0 has reached an end, the designers dominating NYC’s underground fashion scene are still hard at work, and Fashun Tweek alumnus Chang is among them. Something Happening’s spring ’17 presentation brought a chic fitness class to Chinatown’s MX Gallery, complete with unlimited Cheetos puffs and a much-needed massage train. Titled, “Hate Y’all, Love Myself,” this new collection, described as an outcast’s point-of-view on teenage dreams and high school cliques, was a sporty twist on every fashion student’s recycled garments.
“As a woman of color, I think it’s hard to say to even say to yourself, ‘Hey, I deserve that thing and I need to go ask for it,'” Chang said. “If I don’t go and ask for it, no one’s going to offer it to me because that’s just the position I’m in.”
Shop Something Happening’s previous seasons, here.