Tanya's mysterious (and conflicted) husband in the second season of The White Lotus series has shocked the fashion world by joining the runway in the Big Apple.
It's not news. Casting for HBO's viral series, The White Lotus, is on the upswing. And if the dramatic and shocking – I insist, very shocking – ending of the second season wasn't enough, the cast has been climbing the ladder to the most important front rows of the moment. What we didn't expect was Jon Gries, who plays Greg in The White Lotus, to hit the runway at the Eckhaus Latta Fall/Winter 2023/2024 show at the recently opened New York Fashion Week. The strange husband of Tanya in the series -who has not yet resolved his true financial intentions with the heiress- wore a look composed of a soft sweater in green and yellow tones paired with wide linen pants and two-tone loafers. A look that created a furor both inside the fashion show and on social media. Justice for Tanya! was what was heard when leaving the venue after the show.
Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta, designers of the firm, have wanted to defend the inclusivity within the casting of models since its inception, including bodies and ages of all types on their catwalks. A matter they stated in an interview for The Cut in 2018 referring to the iconic pregnant model who paraded on their spring-summer 2018 runway with her belly uncovered. "It has been another representation of a gorgeous person," is what the designers stated.
Ethan (Will Sharpe) and Armond (Murray Barlett), characters from the second and first seasons respectively, also left us with an iconic moment – very White Lotus – during the Loewe fall-winter 23 runway show when they were photographed together on the front row. Although they weren't the only cast members who also graced the runways, Albie (Adam DiMarco), Valentina (Sabrina Impacciatore), Mia (Beatrice Grannò) and Lucia (Simona Tabasco) also had a seat of honor at the Prada, Valentino and JW Anderson shows.
However, Eckhaus Latta is not the first brand to welcome a cast member as one of its models. LGN by Luis Gabriel Nouchi also dressed Stefano Gianino, interpreter of Niccoló in the second season – the series' favorite mobster – for its fall-winter 2023 runway show. With patent leather gloves and shoes, the style featured light blue and the use of tulle. Lucas Bravo, actor in the romantic Netflix fiction Emily in Paris, also participated in the show with a long black coat. A fashion show that united two of the favorite series of the Gen Z and Millenial generation.