The models slated to kick off New York Fashion Week aren’t quite who you’d expect. On September 3, 15 female military servicewomen will participate in “Salute the Runway,” to raise awareness of the challenges facing military servicewomen as they transition back to civilian life. The show is sponsored by Little Black Dress Wines and Fatigues to Fabulous, a national campaign designed to support women serving in the US military and the issues they face.
The women participating in the show hail from the US Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard and will model different variations of the iconic little black dress. Design houses lending their classic creations include DKNY, Calvin Klein, Carmen Marc Valvo, Norisol Ferrari, and Mara Hoffman. Each house will have the privilege of styling a model. From combat boots to heels, these women are in for quite a transformation—and one much deserved. Of the project, Valvo said, “We can empower them in a different way and help them rediscover who they were. They’re used to fatigues and combat boots and not carrying lipstick, to wearing a dress and killer heels. Their stories are so compelling and they’ve sacrificed so much for us. They’re the unsung heroes to a certain extent.”