This August, Friends of the High Line hosted its first official public runway event – a back-to-school fashion show that was the culmination of months of work by a group of local teens. We recruited the talented teens to work with designers and create looks for our August 29 event. This select group of young fashionistas not only met with professional designers and pulled looks from their existing collections, they also designed two original pieces for Tabii Just and LaQuan Smith. Additionally, the teens were responsible for casting the models and choosing the accessories, hairstyles, and makeup that completed each look.
Keep reading for a closer look at the action.
What’s fashion without glamour? Models get their hair and makeup done to look flawless for the dazzling lights of the runway. Photos by Liz Ligon 
Jacqueline Abraham and Shawntavia Williams keep the models' outfits in order backstage, ensuring that everything runs smoothly. Photo by Liz Ligon 
As the sun begins to set, the crowd waits excitedly for the show to begin. Photo by Liz Ligon 
At left, young fashionista Dajours Schoonmaker rocks a design by Synderela. On the right, a model looks fabulous in Boy Meets Girl. Photos by Liz Ligon 
Bravo! The crowd gives our incredible teens a standing ovation. Photo by Liz Ligon 
Everyone deserves a little limelight. Our guests and staff delight in the action at our step and repeat.
A group shot of our hardworking teens. Front row (left to right): Junemarie Gonzalez, Jacob Garcia, Fabian Salazar. Center: Jacqueline Abraham Third Row (left to right): Ariel Ruiz, Regine Payne, Bryanah Manon, Amber Núñez, Shawntavia Williams Back row (left to right): Eva Polanco, Beatrice Ramos. Photo by Liz Ligon