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Fashion is known for its youth obsession, but that view might finally be maturing.
At a New York Fashion Week gallery party last Friday, buzzy British-born designer Patrick Church unveiled his latest genderless creations on a roster of seniors over 70.
“I just think the older generation is often overlooked in pretty much every industry,” the artist-turned-designer tells The Post. “I wanted to empower these women through the whole process.”
Toth Gallery on the Lower East Side was the setting for the brand’s spring-summer 2019 presentation.
Titled “Drive Thru,” the show was inspired by the culture of consumerism that Church first experienced after his recent move to the States.
The graphic garb includes retro two-piece sets, dresses and catsuits, which were modeled by elder muses, including haute-to-trot Portuguese entrepreneur Lady Betty Grafstein; onetime customer Bernice Pass-Stern; and 80-something professional cougar Hattie Retroage.
Church says the models embody the boldness it takes to pull off his looks.
“My clothes are loud and have a lot of personality, but the ladies definitely wore the clothes; the clothes didn’t wear them,” he says.
The NYC-based label’s past designs have caught the A-list eyes of Madonna, SZA, Kendall Jenner and Teyana Taylor.
Church adds that his goal is to champion diversity and inclusivity for all people.
“Fashion has no limits and labels,” he says. “I want to create a safe space for anyone to be able to express themselves.”