Ice Hockey Meets FashionWritten and photography by: Jason Jaskot
The worlds of hockey and fashion met in September for a pre-Fashion Week event that also had an Asian element. The second annual Fashion Face Off is a benefit event for Ice Hockey In Harlem, a group whose purpose is to bring hockey to the children of Harlem who otherwise wouldn’t have that experience. The event is part runway show, part party, and features a competition between ten designers. Each designer gets three looks on the runway, and the winner gets a layout in Raine magazine among other prizes. The only catch is that their designs have to somehow be inspired by hockey.
This year, four of the ten designers were Asian, including the first and second runners up, Emily Li and Prativa Karki. Li’s work incorporated the “aesthetics of the hockey field: cleanly defined black and white lines…and fabrication of the goalie net.” Karki was inspired by the Los Angeles Kings logo and black and white color scheme, while Zhimin Zhai went with “the eminence of the New York Rangers cracking the ice with delicate grace” for her work. First place winner David Isaac incorporated a hockey puck into the headpiece for his models.
For more information on Ice Hockey Harlem visit Icehockeyinharlem.org.