Sophomore Gwyn Moore models for Coach at New York Fashion Week

Charlotte Tomlin

On an overcast day in New York City, a runway is set up on Pier 76 while passersby watch in wonder. Guests in high-fashion and unique clothes take their seats, while drummers and skateboarders perform on the side of the runway. Sophomore Gwyn Moore walks down the runway underneath the blinding spotlights. She poses at the end of the runway, showing off an eccentric green and yellow Coach design. In a cutthroat industry where only the best of the best make it big, sophomore Gwyn Moore left her mark on the modeling industry during 2021 New York Fashion Week.

In the recent New York Fashion Week Fall 2021, brands and designers debuted their Spring/Summer 2022 collections to a paying public in elaborate runway shows designed to excite. This year, Moore walked the runway for the first time.

“New York Fashion Week was one of the best experiences of my life,” Moore said. “I’ll never forget it.”

Moore got her start in modeling at 13 when she was scouted on Instagram. She was direct-messaged by Muse, a modeling agency based in New York City, who saw a photo of Moore attending the 2018 New York Fashion week with her family. And that kick started her modeling career.

“I was attending New York Fashion Week with my family because my mom’s swimsuit brand, Cover Swim, was in the Libertine show,” Moore said. “Somehow Muse, my agency now, found a picture of me at that show and direct- messaged  me about potentially getting signed with them. I thought it was fake at first but here we are now!”

Since that fateful DM, it has been full steam ahead for Moore. She attended modeling camps over the summer, traveling to New York. In the fall of 2021, Moore was invited to New York Fashion Week to walk the runway for Coach.  This year’s New York Fashion Week ran from Sept. 8-12. The show included spring and summer clothes from designers and various brands such as Rodarte, Michael Kors, Tom Ford, Brandon Maxwell, Moschino and Coach. Moore, now 15, was one of the youngest models at the show.

“My agent called me on Thursday Sept. 3 after school asking if I could fly out to New York that night, because I was requested for the Coach casting,” Moore said. “It was really stressful [trying] to get a flight last minute, but I ended up flying to New York very early Friday morning.”

“I definitely see a future in modeling. I plan on moving to New York and attending college in the city, so I can be closer to my agency and that world in general.”

Gwyn Moore

Castings, the fashion equivalent of auditions, vary depending on the brand that is holding it. For brands of prestige like Coach, the casting director picks a few people from the top modeling agencies to come audition. At the casting, digitals are taken and hopeful models walk in front of the team. After the casting, it takes multiple days to find out if the models made the “fitting to confirm.” At the fitting, models are put in the clothes, while the designer and team will confirm if the clothes work. Eventually, if the models make it past the obstacle course, it’s time for the show.

“The actual show was exhilarating,” Moore said. “The show was choreographed to resemble the busy streets of New York. During the finale all of the models re-entered the stage and went in any direction they pleased. This created a hustle and bustle feel.”

Coach debuted their Spring 2022 collection on the catwalk on Pier 76, overlooking the Hudson River. The show featured an electric array of models,  skateboarders and drummers. Models dressed in rainbow hues walked the runway in front of a masked and vaccinated, yet a high fashion, crowd. The show was broadcast onto a large TV screen on the stage, which prior to the show, featured a new episode of  “Coach TV,” a show that first debuted on Feb. 23, 2021.

Moore wore a loose fitting dress paired with black combat boots and a denim patchwork baseball cap, accompanied by a handbag, a single pink earring and a pink necklace.     

“I really loved my outfit from the show,” Moore said. “ I would definitely wear something like that [in Dallas].”

Bonnie Cashin, a designer for Coach, described the eclectic pairings of baggy outerwear and unique accessories as “something of a new language,” emphasizing the new wave of fashion that is more fun and less fastidious.

Steff Yotka, a writer for “Vogue Magazine,” wrote a review about Coach’s show, where he wrote that  “It looked like Grand Central Station at rush hour, a chaotic mass of incredibly well-dressed bodies.” Yotka later went on to write “the contrast of the sheen of the TV segments against the grit and texture of the live show made it all the more clear how lucky we are to be seeing fashion in the round, together again.”

Moore has big aspirations. Her dream shows would be with Chanel, Versace and Gucci. But she is not picky, she treasures any moments spent on the runway, no matter the designer.

“I love most of the big designers in fashion and would be beyond grateful to walk for any of them,” Moore said.

Moore hopes to continue a career in New York City, whether it’s on the runway or behind the scenes.

“I definitely see a future in modeling,” Moore said. “I plan on moving to New York and attending college in the city, so I can be closer to my agency and that world in general. I have always loved fashion and even if modeling becomes a ladder to other jobs in fashion, I would still be extremely happy.”     

Moore tends to travel to New York for her modeling opportunities, as the markets are different in Dallas and New York.

“I don’t do any work in Dallas because my agency is located in New York and they get to pick out and get the jobs for me,” Moore said. “The Dallas fashion market is more catalog than editorial, which my agent is trying to steer me away from.”

The experience of walking in New York Fashion Week, according to Moore, left her proud to be a part of the ever changing fashion industry.

“Five years ago there would never have been many models of different sizes or colors walking in runway shows or even in print as well,” Moore said. “I think it is really cool to be a part of a movement that will inevitably help kids of younger generations feel comfortable in their skin.”

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