`First things first: tickets to the September 10th Fashion is for Every Body runway show are now on sale! We worked hard to keep ticket prices low - just $20 - and have designated a large wheelchair section with an unobstructed view. Ticket sales are brisk; we will sell out, Nashville. Get your tickets while they last!
In my last post about IZ Collection you may have noticed in one of the photos there was another young lady wearing a pair of jeans. That's what I'm going to introduce to you today, because these jeans are specifically designed for wheelchair users as well. ALTER UR EGO jeans are poised to do just that, alter your ego in the most positive sense of the term.
The story behind Kentucky-based brand ALTER UR EGO is as remarkable as the jeans themselves. Designer Heidi McKenzie is a paraplegic who got tired of the lack of fashionable jean options for the wheelchair-dependent.
Here's a little chat she and I had about how ALTER UR EGO came to fruition and why these jeans - which are made in the USA - are a different and fashion-forward option in the realm of inclusive clothing.
When I first got these I had my reservations about them. Here's every major fashion "don't" I've ever heard. Don't wear pull-on pants with a no-zip fly and an elasticized waistband. They'll make you look dumpy. Don't wear carpenter pants with pockets that only serve to bulk you up if you use them. And a hole in the crotch - are you kidding me?
Wrong; see for yourself.
Model Ashley Hamblin is very petite and looks downright chic in ALTER UR EGO denim and a Pura Vida Vintage shirt. I'm a lot curvier than she is and the jeans don't add bulk or distortion, even with my phone in the handy top pocket. In fact, I really love the flair on these, and I think they're perfect with my Diamond Dogs Bowie Tee.
The best thing about ALTER UR EGO jeans is they will be on the runway at the Fashion is for Every Body show. That's right, adaptive fashion will be right there in the mix with Nashville's designer clothing. I think that's a pretty big deal, and I hope it's an incentive for wheelchair-dependent fashionistas to come out and watch us make history.
With the fashion show less than three weeks away I have a million details to attend to. If time permits my next post will be glimpses of the dress rehearsal.