When Mayor Bill de Blasio came up to the podium Wednesday night to address the crowd at Milk Studios, he brought his wife, First Lady Chirlane McCray, with him.
“She’s very fashionable and she thinks it’s important to wear fashion that’s designed and made in New York City,” said the mayor. He asked her to tell the audience who she was wearing, and she responded “Anni Kuan,” and did a twirl to show off her white embroidered jacket and black pants.
“We are all so thrilled to be here,” said de Blasio, citing the creative energy and entrepreneurship in the room, and the fact that the industry has been going on for generations and generations.
But before he got down to business, he talked about his own family’s style sense.
“I am not the leading fashionista in my household. Of the four members of my household, I am fourth in terms of fashionista. I am well behind Dante with his signature flip-flops, shorts and T-shirts.” But the other two members of his family have registered on fashion and style. Teen Vogue called his daughter Chiara’s style “enviably and effortlessly cool.”
“I get all my news from Teen Vogue,” added the mayor.
The Daily News reported that when his wife met the Duchess of Cambridge “they took cues from each others’ closets.” He said when the fashion summit occurred in New York City, his wife was wearing Nanette Lepore, whom the mayor gave a shout-out to in the room. “The Duchess of Cambridge looked wonderful, but Chirlane, in Nanette’s coat, striking.”
He even told about his own grandmother who opened an embroidery shop and turned it into a high-class ladies’ dress shop. “I think if my grandmother were here today, she would be amazed and overjoyed about all that’s happening in New York City and what fashion has become.” So many ideas started from humble origins and became something extraordinary.
Back to the business at hand, he noted how excited his administration gets about fashion events. “When we have a fashion week event, the entire administration comes out. They’re all supposed to be at a meeting somewhere, but they’re here instead.”