Alexander Wang delivers yet again, bringing the race track to the runway. Wang presented a chic collection devoted to New York street-elegant sportswear with accessories like motorcycle helmets, head scarves, and backpacks. Wang’s muse for his Spring/Summer 2011 collection? Nascar racing and motocross gear. Racing suits, perforated jerseys, and mesh everything, were the better half of his androgynous collection. As the shape remained the same, the patterns took a turn. Enter ombré floral prints, exit BMX sportswear. Adding tropical flowers to the mix, softening it up some, met with leather and printed helmets kept the speed going. One last thing, let’s take a moment for Alexander Wang’s exotic pointy pumps… Ugh I’m in love!
What have ye, wizard of dark sheath bring upon us this season? “Water and sky. The relaxing feeling of blue in nature.” Rad by Rad Hourani’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection this season was mused by a color which reflects his current “happy place.” The collection in fact was a bit more chipper in theory but lacked the warm of his prior collections. Hourani, with his gender bending silhouettes, played with layers and textures, offering up more than just boxy androgynous pieces this season. Zippers on neoprene vests, skirts, and dresses. Men in skirts, bits of leather. Layers upon layers of angular shapes, and of course the shoes. Hourani’s heeled open-toe boots on both the male and female models, toting small leather pouches, clutches and attachés. Si fantastique!
Dominic Louis always manages to deliver a seemingly perfect depiction of half naked Jesus-like men, in glorious sheaths layered upon their wonderfully toned bodies. This season Dominic Louis gave us more than just godly men clothes (or lack thereof) but a presentation choreographed by Jermaine Browne. I was impressed when I laid my eyes on Louis’ Spring/Summer 2012 collection, but was completely floored when the dancers came out. Starring in awe, and with a few drinks streaming through me, I thought it the highlight of fashion week. The room stopped, and even drew the ladies and some gentlemen from starring at the models only donning briefs to the other side of the Eyebeam Gallery. The collection was clad with a very muted color palate, shredded tops, plaid pieces, and even chained feet. Animal skin was minimal to say the least,…
His future is so bright, he’s gotta wear shades. Leo Velasquez is changing the way men think about fashion with his latest Spring/Summer 2012 collection, Evident Future. Queens native and stylist to the stars, Leo Velasquez is known in the fashion world as “LV The Stylist.” His roster of clients include some big names like Usher, Miguel, Lamar Odom, and Kid Cudi. LV’s inspiration steams from designers such as Alexander McQueen, Jeremy Scott, and Gareth Pugh. With his extensive experience Velasquez promises his debut collection, Evident Future, will bring a change about the way men dress. Indeed, LV’s entire collection being a refreshing wave of what the future looks like, is going to push men to be bolder this season. With looks of leather jackets, gold vests, sleeveless trench coats, and shredded denim, I foresee fashion coming into a new era with no limits.
Spring has officially arrived for Ashish. Oversized flowers being the dominant print this season, and rightfully so. Bold sunflowers, roses, and pansies galore. I love the idea of using your boots as pots, sans soil. As much as Ashish’s Spring 2012 collection seemed girly, it was a bit punk-romance as well. The burgundy lipstick is what won me over, dark lips and messy hair. And if sequins could ever be a tough look, Ashish has managed to create that. Black baggy pants covered in a glitzy floral print, paired with a sequined tank resembling a brick wall, bad ass! Another rad piece I’m in love with is Ashish’s sequined motorcycle jacket in that same brick wall pattern. Side note: I need that shade of lipstick stat!