ERIC WILSON

ERIC WILSON

PEEP SHOW

InStyle Fashion News Director Eric Wilson remembers his first — and fondest — runway.

Wilson at New York Fashion Week in February 2015, photograph by Ben Gabbe

I crashed ISAAC MIZRAHI’s Spring/Summer 1992 show, as a sophomore at New York University.

I was interning at Interview Magazine at the time, and one day, while I was bagging up clothes to return from a shoot, another intern noticed that Mizrahi was having his fashion show on the third floor of the building. We took the elevator down, and when the doors opened, it was wild:

Hundreds of people were crammed into this big, white gallery space with a runway down the middle.

We walked right in, didn’t usurp anyone’s seats, and stood politely in the back.

A dress from Mizrahi’s S/S ‘92 show now sits in The Metropolitan Museum of Art's permanent collection

I remember pieces from the collection very well, like one raincoat that was adorned with a big hand-painted, red poppy.

Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington and Elaine Irwin were in the show, and they didn’t just walk quietly down the runway — when they reached the end, they did some kind of shimmy or twist, or flipped up their skirt.

The show had this kind of energy that doesn’t exist today.

Whenever I’m feeling a little bit jaded from having covered fashion shows for eighteen years, I think back to this moment. It reminds me why I got excited about this industry in the first place.

— as told to The Thick

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Models on the runway at Mizrahi’s S/S ‘92 show, photographs courtesy of Isaac Mizrahi