We walked in and were immediately inspired by the modern street-wear of Diplomacy. Creative Director of Diplomacy, Eric Archibald tells us that he was "inspired by the unique movement throughout NYC. It’s a fusion of cultures where the MetroCard is your ticket to experience the world." Fusing the high-fashion with downtown streetwear, it is the perfect unison of modern clothing. The fresh perspective gives us some of the shapes we love, but adding new colors and textures to the clothing. Our favorites are with the grey plaid, whether on the pants or shirt and the pops of red with the black. That combination can get high-school 'rocker' very quickly, but Diplomacy manages to make those colors look modernized for today's world.
11:00am- David Hart
A change from previous seasons collections on Hart's namesake tailoring, Hart went for a contemporary Parisian-inspired look. Hart tells us he took inspiration from "French New Wave cinema (while playing in the background), and the Ugly American Syndrome (aka obnoxious tourist)". We love the freshness to the collection, the fun berets, the splattered jeans which is a nod to artists. The collection still remained who Hart is as a designer with jewel tones and impeccably made clothing.
We look forward every NYFWM to see what designer Julian Woodhouse has in store for us and it was an apocalyptic shock. Taking into account the state of today's world, Woodhouse had a strong army aesthetic with camouflage, atomic bomb graphics, and a smokey eye on the male models. What we enjoy most about Woodhouse's work is that you can mix and match many of the pieces with your own basics at home. Our favorite looks contained layers of solids with the graphic tees, completing an entire outfit that can be worn in New York City and Los Angeles seamlessly.
4:30pm- Krammer & Stoudt
The afternoon session started off as refreshing delight for us by Krammer & Stoudt. The ever-blurring lines between masculinity and femininity were put in display as there was only female models wearing the 'menswear' brand. Designer Mike Rubin tells us "We also wanted to honor the fact that we have noticed a significant fan base in women, and to no longer present the expectation that only men can access Krammer & Stoudt. More than ever before, these distinctions have become very blurry. We see no reason to ignore that, and feel it’s time.” The fitted pants work well for either gender and the pops of color on the top- red, silver, greens, add a softening romantic element to the collection.
Our last presentation of the evening was a great end to a stellar showing by all. Luke Tadashi, designer of Bristol was not only debuting his F/W collection but their collaboration with sneaker giant, Adidas. The sneakers themselves were an updated version of their classics that are tried and true. The true star however, was the clothing inspired by World War II though the lens of his Japanese grandfather. What Tadashi created was simply amazing- we went crazy for all the reversible jackets, made in Japanese fabrics while assembled right here in Los Angeles. The muted color palette of beige, yellows, and creams was refreshing after all the in-your-face colors we've seen throughout the day.
All pictures were provided by Agentry PR.