H-ton Filmmaker Luis Cuji Makes Mark at NY Fashion Week

Huntington seniors Luis Cuji and Celine Palermo at New York Fashion Week.

September 29, 2016

Luis Cuji is the latest in a long line of outstanding young filmmakers to have emerged from Huntington High School’s video arts program.

The senior recently filmed the Nolah Elan Runway Show during New York Fashion Week in Manhattan. Mr. Cuji made some important connections that are sure to pay dividends in near future.

“Luis is in his fourth year of taking video classes and is currently enrolled in the portfolio course,” said art teacher Heather Swan, who heads Huntington’s video arts program. “He’s very talented and has a wonderful sense of humor. He has always had a love of fashion and film so the idea to begin filming fashion shows is the perfect culmination.”

Huntington senior and
aspiring filmmaker Luis Cuji.

Held in the Church of the Holy Apostles grand ballroom in Chelsea, the Nolah Elan Runway Show had the typical glitz of a NYFW event. Prior to the show, Mr. Cuji contacted the hosts to ask if he could shoot film of it. The conversation then led to the organizer’s interest in the teenager’s footage.

After submitting a preliminary edit, the designer herself, Elle de Soleil contacted the Huntington filmmaker to use the footage for international promotions and to extend a personal invitation to the next fashion show.

“It was my first New York Fashion Week runway show and I really enjoyed the experience,” Mr. Cuji said. “The usage of sequence in Elle de Soleil’s collection was breathtaking. I look forward to attending more shows as well as hosting my own in the near future.”

Mr. Cuji was accompanied to the show by classmate Celine Palermo, a talented senior who is an aspiring fashion designer. She thoroughly enjoyed the production from start to finish.

“My love for video only grows when I combine it with other major interests,” Mr. Cuji said. “That being fashion of course! It was quite an experience and I hope this is the first of many, many, many more.”

The Huntington teenager took delight in the designer’s 22 piece collection unveiled at the show. “Her pieces really spoke to me,” Mr. Cuji said. “I was mesmerized by the shimmery dresses truly. What I loved the most about this runway was the diversity of the models. Nowadays it’s hard to find mainstream runways with diversity in color and size. I’m very happy that the Nolah Elan brand displays that.”

Visit https://youtu.be/uuhOiCKz_2g to view Mr. Cuji’s film.