Brooklyn-Based Label Marimacho Brings Reality to the Runway

"All that being said," they added, "Marimacho would like to get to a place where we can include a diversity of body sizes in our runway show. Getting there will involve additional planning and resources, but we feel this is important to fulfill our mission of 'designing for and fitting diverse bodies.'" And, indeed, the brand's website -- and the audience in attendance -- did represent a wide range of body types and sizes, all across the gender spectrum.

As for what else the future holds, Cystal and Ivette are busy fill out more orders than ever, something they attribute to the increased awareness and visibility of queer communities and their distinct, unique respective takes on fashion, style, and gender presentation. The duo says they draw inspiration from this very community. "Our muses," they told me, "are the genderqueer people we live and party with, not any one celebrity. Celebrities that adopt an androgynous aesthetic draw their inspiration from our community. We are their muses, they are not ours."

That said, when it comes to a famous name they would love to dress, their pick is Rita Indiana, lead vocalist for the Dominican Republic-based alt merengue band Rita Indiana y lost Misteriosos. And that's the beauty of Marimacho: We can absolutely see Rita rocking the hell out of next season's slouchy silhouette with the kind of swagger only select few stars can muster. But Marimacho's clothing is also grounded in reality, offering well-cut, impeccably-tailored items that look equally at home at a party in Brooklyn, at the office, out to a movie, and on the world's stage.

Check out the full collection in our gallery.

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