Death to Tennis
For seasons prior, Death to Tennis had been showcased as a streetwear brand known for its clean lines and monochromatic collections. For Fall 2018 the brand made a bold re-introduction as a “neo-classical” menswear brand showing a robust collection meant to re-direct the brands image. The collection was heavy in contemporary utilitarian outerwear and coordinating separates that were a strong hold on the new aesthetic. Shadowed palm prints brought winter in SOCAL at sunset vibes paired with chambray and denim. Floral prints were seen extensively through the collection best translated in shirting, outerwear and accessories.
For Fall/Winter 2018 menswear designer Carlos Campos looked to Mexico’s charro culture for inspiration. Cowboy boots, silk, pipe trimmed shirting and exaggerated collars went down the runway as Whoopi Goldberg, Young Paris, Emery Kelly, Ricky Garcia, and Fern Mallis watched from front row. High waist pleated pants caught the attention of many, shown in corduroy, wool and silk while check paneled shirting brought a contemporary twist to the collection. Outwear in all its vast incarnations is typically a strong suit for Campos and the designer made it clear fro F/W 2018. Oversized cape inspired outwear trimmed with silk piping were shown in various color ways but the piece de resistance was the short jacket with silk piping, exaggerated collar and bead work that really captured the spirit of the collection.
Images / video by Jim Duran and courtesy of Carlos Campos.
Former co-founder of Hood By Air, Raul Lopez showed his first runway show for Fall/Winter 2018. The designer and now CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist, showed a collection that was elevated by his own standard. The bass-line thumped as the designers signature raver-chic looks stomped the runway. Wide leg trousers with zipper embellishments and oversized sheer shirting encapsulating his model in his vision. Though the strongest statement Lopez made was the well tailored suiting and outerwear his models wore waist-side and in proper form. Lopez’s fall collection was a strong statement that left his audience applauding in a loud roar at the shows end.
Showing for the first time at New York Fashion Week: Men's, new brand on the block, Abasi Rosborough debuted a Fall/Winter collection that was indicative of the times and spoke to the resilience of man. Designers Abdul Abasi and Greg Rosborough, whom found the line in 2013, have created a brand known for its inspired sportswear, giving meaning and depth of mood to an otherwise superficial runway. With heavy fabrications and deep layers they took us on a visual journey of where man could go and hinted to where he might have been.
Layering elegant kimono inspired silhouettes under structured outerwear brought a contemporary streetwise attitude to the collection. Oversized scarves draped heavily around the models head and shoulders in bold colors deeply contrasted the core collection and hinted at a nomadic and somewhat tribal influence. The mood of the collection was heavy yet inspired. Intelligent in a way that led you to believe that their man was traveled and experienced but still optimistic about the future.
Images and Video by Jim Duran.