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A Bushwick designer turned a Manhattan-bound L train car into a models’ runway last week with an impromptu fashion show.

Kim Mesches figured he could reach more people if she had her show on the city’s most popular form of public transportation instead of the stages hidden behind the velvet ropes of Manhattan’s fashion week.

“I wanted to make something that was more about art and accessibil­ity,” Mesches said.

The fashion show started at the Bedford Avenue stop. Mesches’s five models dressed up in her creations and paraded to the station from Deluxe Salon on N. Fourth Street. The models struck poses in the station for a while, and then strode up and down the catwalk of a subway-car’s aisle as the train ran between Bedford Avenue and Union Square, and did the same on a train back to Bedford, repeating the trip twice, and stopping between rides to pose on the platforms.

Pictures of the event show riders ignoring the show, taking pictures, and looking on with bemused expressions. That was mostly what Mesches expected.

“I think it went pretty well,” he said. “I am glad about the reactions and that we did not get arrested.”

Mesches said he might stage other guerrilla fashion shows around Brooklyn in the future, but that he will probably not do it on the L train again.

“It was a once-in-a-lifetime thing,” he said.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at dfurfaro@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her at twitter.com/DanielleFurfaro.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018: Updated to reflect that Kim Mesches is a man.
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Reasonable discourse

Homey from Crooklyn says:
Get outta here with that ——...
Feb. 20, 2015, 8:22 am
bkmanhatman from nubrucklyn says:
there better be some showtime to kick it off.
Feb. 20, 2015, 8:38 am
Ex-Brooklyn from Westchester says:
Did the models also sell candy?

I mean, hey, they're modeling instead of being out on the street robbin' people.
Feb. 20, 2015, 9:26 am
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
“It was a once-in-a-lifetime thing,” she said.

Promise?
Feb. 20, 2015, 9:33 am
Rudy Gazooti from The Heights says:
Too bad the transit cops weren't there to break this crap up. Go back to the midwest where you belong.
Feb. 20, 2015, 3:11 pm
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
"Pictures of the event show riders ignoring the show, taking pictures, and looking on with bemused expressions. That was mostly what Mesches expected."

I meant for that to happen!

Next time hold a fashion show in a bike lane.
Feb. 20, 2015, 3:51 pm
jay from nyc says:
isnt this illegal? Why isn't this guy arrested already? Nobody has time for this crap
Feb. 20, 2015, 11:33 pm
qwert12 from Bushwick says:
Kim Mesches is a man. Wouldn't you notice that if you apparently talked to him to get these quotes?
Feb. 21, 2015, 2:56 am
ty from pps says:
I love all of the whiners... What is soooooo horrible about this?

Are you also screeching for justice (arrest them!!) for the "It's showtime!" folks or what about the people slurping up chinese take-away next to you or the a-holes taking up 3 seats with their bags and feet or people clipping their nails?

ALL of those are more disruptive and annoying.
Feb. 23, 2015, 9:49 am

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