Imagine if a single walk could make history — for one model, it did.
According to ELLE, Sudanese model Adut Akech Bior made history as the second black model ever to close out a Chanel Couture Show after she was hand-selected by creative director Karl Lagerfeld to close out the fashion house’s Fall 2018 show in Paris. Dressed in a ” mint green two-piece tweed suit featuring a foliage pattern, embellished with sequins on the front of the jacket and along the sides of the skirt,” ELLE says Bior became the second only to fellow Sudanese model Alek Wek, who accomplished the feat in 2004.
Taking to Instagram to share some photos of her historic walk, ELLE says Bior expressed her gratitude for the opportunity — and for the chance to see her dreams come true right before her eyes.
“Cannot believe I just made history by being Chanel’s second black couture bride, this is one of my most proudest achievement!!! @karllagerfeld @amandaharlech@aurelieduclos and the whole Chanel team thank you so much from the deepest bottom of my heart for once again believing in me,” she wrote. “It was a life time honour being the chosen bride to close your beautiful show in the MOST breathtaking dress I have ever seen in my life. This was just a special moment that I will always remember and cherish for as long as I live.”
Partnering with Neiman Marcus just wasn’t enough for Rent the Runway; instead of just finding a home within a department store, the luxury fashion loaner had to open their own brick-and-mortar store in Manhattan on Tuesday, Dec. 6.
According to WWD, while the company already has freestanding stores in Chicago, Washington, D.C., California and Las Vegas, the 5,000-square-foot Manhattan flagship store opened its doors for the first time at 30 West 15th Street this week, replacing Rent the Runway’s pop-up shop in the same area.
Founder Jennifer Hyman told WWD that the Manhattan flagship is the first of 15 forthcoming flagships coming in major cities in the United States. “Two units are scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2017, she said, but declined to reveal the locations,” WWD reports.
Similar to their presence in a San Francisco Neiman Marcus, Rent the Runway’s store will feature the RTR Bar, a customer relations service where shoppers can directly “ask associates about fits and styles and address issues about orders,” says WWD. With over 200,000 products from 400-plus designers, WWD reports that Rent the Runway will change their inventory daily — something shoppers can check from the convenience of the company app.
With different stylist services and rental packages available, Rent the Runway is providing a new shopping experience that, as Hyman explained to WWD about their in-house styling, is all about “discovery, having fun with your closet and getting dressed without the commitment.”
To learn more about the new flagship, head over to WWD.