Israeli designer Idan Cohen not only made his Fashion Week debut this season, but he also made Fashion Week history by getting married under the tents.
“It just makes sense that we’re going to get married here on Valentine’s Day in New York that we can marry here and in Israel we can’t,” Cohen said to NY1.
Cohen and Elad Borenstein have been together for three years. The couple got a marriage license back in December 2014 when they came to set up their fashion show at IMG.
“To have two men be the first ones and have them be from Israel, it’s pretty awesome,” said Kelly Cutrone.
Publicist and TV personality Cutrone orchestrated everything from the wedding to the runway.
“We’re going to run a rehearsal now, not the wedding rehearsal, we’re going to have a fashion show rehearsal, then we’re going to load in the photographers, then we’re going to have a wedding, break down the wedding, have a fashion show and we’re going to do this all within 45 minutes,” said Cutrone.
Flower girls, a ring bearer, and singing-duo Lennon and Maisy walked down the aisle before the couple exchange their vows.
“It was so beautiful, the whole thing. Ever since I was a baby, baby, I have been an activist for this, so I’m so happy to be here,” said singer Lennon Stella.
“Our uncle is gay, so it definitely means a lot to us. It’s all that matters that they love each other and it’s really hard that a lot of people are mean to them,” said Maisy Stella, a singer.
“It was beautiful, it was an amazing experience. It was just so great to be here,” said guest Cali Lehr.
After Idan and Elad said I do, it was time for the models to take their cue.
Cohen said that a women’s body and her power inspired his collection.
“I used tulle, chiffon, satins and they are all beaded by hand,” said Cohen.
As he left Lincoln Center hand-in-hand with his husband, he said, “I think it’s going to be a very good story to tell afterwards,” said Cohen.