One in a series on the more noteworthy moments at New York Fashion Week.
NEW YORK — The actress Leslie Jones sat in the front row of the Christian Siriano spring 2018 fashion show. And if you have borne witness to Jones’s enthusiasm on Twitter while watching the Olympics or “Game of Thrones,” you might be able to imagine her reaction to the stream of ballgowns and cocktail dresses that came down the runway Saturday afternoon.
— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) September 11, 2017
The exhortations, particularly when model Coco Rocha was on the runway, went something like this:
“You know! You know!”
— Coco Rocha (@cocorocha) September 10, 2017
And it was a delight. Fabulous. Exhilarating. It was a gust of fresh air into an industry that too often sucks the pleasure out of a something that should be, if not fun, then at least not like surgery without anesthesia. Oh, sure, Jones, the “Saturday Night Live” comedian, was not working, unlike many of the people in the audience. She was not racing around town from one show to another and trying to take appointments in between.
But still, Jones was a reminder that although fashion can feed the culture in all sorts of ways, its most basic mission is to make people feel good about themselves and about others. So, we should cheer fashion.
Indeed, a few cheers will even do a professional model a little good.
Jones made fashion news a while back when she posted on social media that she was having trouble finding a designer to create a dress for her “Ghostbusters” premiere. Siriano offered his assistance. The outreach was not unusual for Siriano. He has established a reputation for having one of the most inclusive runway shows, featuring a range of sizes.
That diversity has been good for fashion. But not nearly as good as Leslie Jones was this weekend.
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