When anonymous fashion collective Section 8 presented their first show in February of 2017, models in skin-tight pencil skirts and cutout leather tops walked down a runway on the Lower East Side with koi fish in their mouth. It was a play on the phrase “a fish out of water,” which referenced their new pursuit of fashion.
Since then, the collective, which is helmed by Jamaica-born, New York City-based stylist and creative director Akeem Smith, has started to show in Paris, and some of fashion’s biggest stars are starting to take note. Just a few days ago, Solange let her Instagram followers inside one of her dress rehearsals for her upcoming tour—presumably for her newly released album When I Get Home—wherein she shared a bit of choreography in Section 8’s Good Hole Blazer (true to its name, there’s a cutout in the right shoulder). As Smith describes, Solange requested two looks for the tour from the label, but he’s only seen her in one so far. “I’ve seen the sets for both though and I’m glad Section 8 pieces are a part of people’s visions,” Smith says. The Section 8 collective members are definitely not fish out of water now—with a Solange seal of approval, they’re basically fashion royalty.