A model who walked in New York Fashion Week’s most “exciting show” suffered an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction – with many praising her impressive response.
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Leah Postol wore a seriously skimpy “duct tape bikini” as part of a sold out Black Tape Project event.
But while you’d be forgiven for thinking that the controversial adhesive tape failed as she strutted her stuff on the catwalk — it was actually her heels.
a video Shared by Black Tape Project Social media showed Leah confidently walking down the runway wearing a few pieces of tape to her bust, arms, thighs and lower areas.
Suddenly, the ankle strap of her right shoe pops open, but Leah doesn’t miss a beat and continues to walk, even confidently managing to strike a pose.
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“Probably our most provocative show ever. This show was an act of rebellion during NYFW,” wrote brand owner and self-proclaimed body tape “pioneer” Joel Alvarez on Instagram.
“I’m not a designer. I’m an artist. I’m here to give you some kind of feeling.
“For any of you who feel the need to steer clear of her shoe strap, just note that she never misses a step. True dragon.”
Fans of the sexy sticky tape brand were quick to praise Leah, with the clip’s comments section flooding with appreciative comments.
“You have other plans for when your strap is on your ankle. Absolutely killed it, not a single mistake,” said one.
“Such a genius,” agreed another.
The so-called “King of Tape” Joel pushed the risque fashion label to a lower-than-usual height during the show, showcasing models in spartan black-and-white swimsuits that barely concealed their genital areas.
One of the models’ bodies was crisscrossed with spike-studded black tape – an eye-catching take on the dog collar design – with black Xs acting as pasties.
Others had nothing personal to them, other than a skimpy tape “Flowers” that was unattached to the rest of the get-up.
To prevent discomfort — and perhaps when removing an unintentional bikini wax — Joel claims he uses “only skin-safe artful body tape.”
According to the Black Tape Project website, the unconventional patterns were inspired by the designer’s encounter in 2008 while working as a rookie fashion photographer.
The budding designer was reportedly working with a model who “suggested I use electrical tape on her to see one last time,” he said.
While Joel initially had no idea why she would want to do this, she decided to oblige by wrapping her in black electrical tape.
“Mind you, she looked like two Christmas hams wrapped in rubber bands when I was done,” he said.
Fast forward a few years and it seems that black tape — which retails from $9.99 for standard body tape to $29.99 for other colors — is making regular appearances at prestigious fashion events.
Despite the popularity, many are not convinced that Risk Design is really needed, claiming it is “impractical” and would certainly be “painful” to remove.
“Walking for @blacktapeproject for the second time. Thanks Joel, and to the excellent team behind all this hard work. Twelve hours of tapering and just 30 seconds of running. It’s an honor to wear your art,” wrote Chanel Rivera.
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