Ricardo Seco

Spring/Summer 2018

Last week Mexican designer Ricardo Seco showed his Spring/Summer 2018 collection during New York Fashion Week.  Seco delivered a selection of hoodies and outerwear in bold fluorescents not for the color shy.  With a clever play on words the designer continued his message of Mexican pride with a tee reading Mexseco.  The collection was also a nod to the psychedelic sixties with kaleidoscope print separates and mushroom prints.  Reminiscent of the black lit velvet images one might find in a mid-western basement den, mushrooms found their way onto hoodies and leopard print bombers, making the biggest statement of the collection.     

Images courtesy of Ricardo Seco.



Palomo Spain

Spring/Summer 2018

Yesterday designer Alejandro Gomez debuted his Spring/Summer 2018 collection for Palomo Spain in Marid.  Entitled Hotel Palomo and set at the Wellington Hotel, guests were invited to join the designer in a parade of looks inspired by Gomez's romanticized visn of characters from an old-world hotel guestbook.  The designer conceived a meeting point where visitors lodge together on a stage the calls for elegance no matter the origins of the individuals. A place where everyone from the bellman to the concierge and the countless array of glamours guest are all seduced by the charm of their environment.


Gomez equalized the use of silk, organza and sequin in a spectrum of color and texture.  In what is the designers largest collection to date Gomez introduced us to his first forray into highly competitive accessories market with a small collection of evening and travel bags.   On the catwalk Gomez once again showed us the aesthetic harmony of exaggerated elegance and contemporary philosophies.  A notion most have yet to understand but have been left completely intrigued by.    

Images courtesy of Palomo Spain.

Neels Visser, Lil Durk and Harif Guzman at Rochambeau

Since the beginning of New York Fashion Week: Men's Rochambeau has been one of the most anticipated and exiting shows of the week. From the cool kid cast of characters in the audience to the brilliant urban streetwise collections, Rochambeau is a must see. On Wednesday July, 13 designers Laurence Chandler and Joshua Cooper presented their Spring/Summer 2017 runway collection and gave the people a Moroccan inspired menagerie of luxe lounge-wear fit for the creative urbanite. Social media wonder-child Neels Visser and model Justin Gossman walked the runway while artist Harif Guzman, rapper Lil Durk and model Michael Lockley took in the sights and sounds from front row. I love going to Rochambeau because the pre and post show atmosphere is more like a party among friends rather than a bunch of industry going pleasantries. Another stellar collection fellas and best of luck with the CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund! I'll be rooting for ya! Review to follow.

Jim Duran

Pictured(top to bottom): Neels Visser, artist Harif Guzman and model Michael Lockley, rapper Lil Durk, model Justin Gossman, designer Laurence Chandler, Travis Mills, designer Joshua Cooper,  Joshua Cooper and selfie gang.

Images and video by BLKLN Clothing

Havana Nights with River, Sebastian and Frankie at Nick Graham

For Spring/Summer Nick Graham took us on a trip to tropical Havana! Last Wednesday, at nine in the morning, the designer hosted one of the most exhilarating and vivacious shows during NYFW: Men's. Complete with carnival dancers and an in-house salsa band, the hybrid presentation/runway show ended in a dance party with the designer himself pulling audience members onto the runway.  It was a celebration that included surprise runway guest Frankie Grande and supermodels River Viiperi and Sebastian Sauve. Bill Nye, yes that science guy, strolled down the runway with Amanda Roseberg on arm to join the revelry, while CFDA ambassador Eric Rutherford watched from the sidelines. It was an amazing experience that I am still replaying in my head a week later. Review to follow.

Jim Duran

Pictured(top to bottom): Gino Chun, Frankie Grande, River Viiperi. Sebastian Sauve. Eric Rutherford. Bill Nye. Billy Nye and Amanda Roseberg. Cubanoson Band.

Video and images by BLKLN Clothing

#NYFWM: Gypsy Sport

In the few years since Rio Uribe launched Gypsy Sport he has seen a meteoric rise to success within the closely guarded walls of New York's fashion community.  From showing his debut Spring 2015 collection in Washington Square Park to becoming a 2015 winner of the CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund, his is truly a fashion fairy tale. Last week Uribe presented his Spring/Summer 2017 collection at the Cadillac House during New York Fashion Week: Men's and took his line to literal proportions. Uribe's sport theme collection was delivered just in time for the Olympics but we are more likely to see these duds on the dance floor instead of the playing field. Track suits and oversized jerseys embellished with tiered lace and non-stop fringe rolled down the runway. The black mesh football jersey with endless fringe accents made for the champion club kid going long into the night. The NBA logo received a cultural make-over in the form the Ankh cross which is an Egyptian symbol for the "joy of life" and represents males and females alike. This might have been Uribe's clever way to reinforce the gender non-specific nature of his Spring 2017 all-star line up. Fashion "IT" boy Jacopo Olmo walked in the show as well as menswear favorite Marc Luloh. Admittedly this collection took a minute for me to understand but now I see the subtle and playful cultural nuances and I love it!  

Jim Duran

Photos courtesy of Gypsy Sport