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WHERE’S WALDO: Emerson designer Jackie Fraser-Swan made her Friday night walk-off a family affair, taking her four young daughters out for a quick lap around the runway. The family coat of arms is treasured by the designer whose great-great- great-grandfather was the famed essayist and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson.
“My favorite quote of his is, ‘Break the monotony. Do something strange and extravagant.’ That’s what I’m all about,” the designer said.
Showing off her spiked Chanel black gloves, Fraser-Swan said she wants her fall collection to encourage empowerment: “I don’t want people to worry about how you’re supposed to be or what you’re supposed to be. You know cliques, just stay away from that. People should be themselves.”
Her own style is true to that. Confessing to a serious Chanel obsession, the designer showed off a sizable Coco Chanel tattoo on her left arm, which took three sittings and about 10 hours in the chair. As her tattoo artist Luke Wessman (more widely known from the reality show “NY Ink”) walked by backstage after the show, Fraser-Swan said she definitely had more designs in mind. “I plan on having full sleeves,” she said, pointing to other tattoos on her arms. “I have my daughters’ names here, camellia flowers everywhere, some measuring tape and a mannequin back here.”