NY Daily News
A little lettuce goes a long way.
Veggie couture was good enough to eat at the second annual Project Subway fashion show Tuesday, where spinach, onions, tomatoes and peppers made their modeling debut at Eyebeam Atelier in Chelsea.
The sandwich chain challenged up-and-coming designers and Fashion Institute of Technology students to construct one-of-a-kind pieces inspired by vegetables found at Subway restaurants. A celebrity panel of judges — Bella Thorne, Nastia Liukin, Russell Westbrook and Johnny Wujek — devoured the looks.
“I was thinking, ‘How are they going to make a design out of a vegetable?’” All-Star gymnast and Olympic gold medalist Nastia Liukin told the Daily News.
As the lights dimmed, the first model laced in lettuce-looking ruffles donned a fierce olive green frock followed by a red haute tomato-inspired dress.
Next, a banana pepper-clad model worked the runway in a lime-green high-low dress that had the front row doing a double take.
“My favorite was the onion, but my second favorite was the banana pepper; we were torn between the too!” says Liukin, whose go-to Subway order is a 6-inch turkey sandwich on flatbread with cucumbers and banana peppers.
“There were so many different colors and layers just like a real onion. I loved the head piece,” the athlete said of the black, white and purple dress with tons of tulle.
This isn’t the first time Subway got crafty with food and fashion. Last year, it challenged designers to create looks out of sandwich wrappers, napkins and gift cards.
The winner took home a lot of green — a $1,000 cash prize and her original design will be displayed at a New York Subway restaurant.