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Connie Fleming on Willy Chavarria’s F/W ‘22 Show and All Things “Uncut”

Photo by Owen Bobby.

Last Friday, Willy Chavarria—New York’s sexiest sad papi—presented his Fall/Winter 2022 collection, titled “Uncut,” at Manhattan’s gilded Prince George Ballroom. After the show, we caught up with the model and nightlife legend Connie Fleming to break down Chavarria’s signature casting choices, the show’s title, and the evening’s most enticing looks.


ERNESTO MACIAS: How was the show? What was it giving?

CONNIE FLEMING: The show is giving ethnicity and all the beauty. It’s a celebration of what we are doing and what we are going to do.

MACIAS: Tell us about the casting—what does it usually look like during Fashion Week, and what does it look like today?

FLEMING: The casting for a show usually a reflection of the clothing, and the feel of the designer. Today’s casting ranged from Native American to Middle Eastern, Mexican to Dominican, all things Indigenous. It was a gathering.

MACIAS: The title of the show is Uncut. What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear that word?

FLEMING: I’m a good Christian woman and I’m not going to answer that.

MACIAS: [Laughs] Okay.

FLEMING:  But as the Extravaganzas would say back in the day, ‘TLC—thick, Latin, cut.’ In this case we’ll say, ‘thick, Latin, uncut—but the point remains.

MACIAS: Living for that. Was there a particular look that you were gagging for? 

FLEMING: All of them. The complete Kelly Green look…that was sickening. Also the jumpsuit with a full skirt—

MACIAS:—the re-worked jumpsuit. That was hot.

FLEMING: And the jeans.

MACIAS:  Where would you wear this collection?

FLEMING: Anywhere—wedding, club, work, anywhere that you want to express your happiness in life.

MACIAS: Did you meet anyone interesting today?

FLEMING: New kids. I’m so glad that they’re here and supporting and want to be involved. Fashion gets a bad rap, but it is welcoming to young energy and young creatives. I’m glad that that’s happening.

MACIAS: What else do you have lined up for tonight?

FLEMING: I’m done. I’m going home!

MACIAS: We’re calling it a day.