Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the newest installment of the MET Fashion Photo Show called "Behind the Runway." Behind the runway is a new segment that will take you off of the runway and up close and personal to the ins and outs of the fashion industry. I will be talking to photographers, models, runway coaches, fashion designers, promoters and everyone and anyone who plays a vital role in getting the fashion shows onto the runways. Today's first edition features Fashion Designer, Model & Photographer Adrian Alicea. Adrian just completed Mercedes Benz Fashion Week featuring his latest collection, "White Lion." This show was named and inspired by two women that constantly inspired, and supported him, his beloved grandmother, Monserate, and the woman who has taught him a lot about the endangered White Lion species, Ms. Linda Tucker.
“Never one to shy away from opportunity. As a model ADRIAN walked the runways for the likes of THIERRY MUGLER, GIORGIO ARMANI, JEAN-PAUL GAULTIER, GIANFRANCO FERRE and PATRICIA FIELDS. In the late nineties ADRIAN met NICO URQUIZA. This meeting would eventually lead to the famed House of NICO & ADRIAN NY. For ten years, Adrian worked with Nico to create a collection that featured unique and outrageous designs. Together they presented runway shows that were so scandalous in their overt sexiness that many of the worlds top models and fashion photographers came calling for collaborations. Their designs would come to be photographed by Steven Meisel and David LaChappelle. Linda Evangelista graced the cover of ITALIAN VOGUE in their spiked wrestler helmet.” (AdrianAlicea.com)
The photographs that you are viewing right now were taken by Photographer Ralph Depas of Ralph Depas Photography
I also model with my baby sister Eileen Alicea. She has traveled the world with me including Europe, Asia and Canada. (Montreal, Quebec and Toronto) I want to thank her for coming back onto the scene because she stopped modeling for about ten years. Eileen and I played Adam and Eve in our last photo shoot over ten years ago. George Holz is the photographer that did the photo shoot. (You know him from Faceoff with Nicholas Cage and John Travolta) When we did the gallery, John Travolta purchased five prints. Eileen would eventually settle down and get married. She is now a supervisor at Saks Fifth Avenue in Las Vegas, Nevada.
ADRIAN: The one thing that really bothers me is the fact that some of my closest family and friends have never seen my shows, or have supported me with my fashions. I have some family members that don't even know what I do for a living.
ME: Going forward, what does the future hold for Adrian.
ADRIAN: “I want to open a boutique. I want my own brownstone in Harlem. I want my brownstone to create my fashion designs. I want my own private showcase room within my brownstone to host trunk shows and fittings.”