J Balvin

DIM MAK by STEVE AOKI Fall/Winter 2017

After his launch in Japan and four successful seasons overseas, superstar DJ Steve Aoki decided to bring his brand, Dim Mak, stateside. But this was no normal runway show.  To make his US debut Aoki built two half pikes in the venue space and skaters donned the skater-chic clothes as they took to the ramps. Houston based hammer band Mangchi, pounded away and kept the energy hard, fast and rough.  J Balvin stopped by to check out the the show and he and everyone there was feeling the hype.  The Fall/Winter 2017 collection was a collaboration with artist David Choe who hand painted many of the dusters and jackets. This show was unconventional, loud, and brilliant!

OVADIA & SONS FALL/WINTER 2017

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Ovadia & Sons

Fall/Winter 2017

For Fall/Winter 2017 twin brothers Shimon and Ariel Ovadia, of Ovadia & Sons, took us back to their childhood in Israel to give us a lesson in smart street wear.  Their father a professional soccer player and former solider, gave the designers plenty of influence this season as J Balvin, Fabolous, Troye Sivan and Neiman Marcus' Ken Downing watched from front row.  The designers completed the sensory experience with their new smokey scent wafting through the space, soon to be available.

Center: Singer, Troye Sivan.

Center: Singer, Troye Sivan.

The collection was filled with color and textural combinations and featured new color variations of their signature checker board print seen on accessories and tees.  The first look set the tone of the collection.  A bright yellow jersey that read Ovadia & Sons in Hebrew paired with camouflage pants.  This street conscious style has become gained momentum over the last few season for its relaxed vibe, wear-ability and season-less nature. 

This season was heavy in knit and outerwear.  Silk bombers staying on trend and black and white shearling Sherpa jackets made bold statements.  We fell in love with the tone on tone cheetah print safari coats seen in black and beige.  Another highlight was a pink wool top coat and woven cheetah separates that carried over from Spring.   I had a chance to view the collection and talk to the designers the next day when I popped into their Soho store and it was as exciting to see in person as it was to watch walking down the runway.  

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Photos by BLKLN Clothing / Video courtesy of FF Channel.

ROBERT GELLER FALL/WINTER 2017

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Robert Geller

Fall/Winter 2017

Robert Geller is an immigrant and wants everyone to know.  The designer proudly wore one of his limited edition IMMIGRANT tees, which benefit the ACLU, to his Fall/Winter runway presentation.  During a political climate when the current administration has thought it necessary to red flag individuals forbidding them from entering the country, Geller wants to remind you of two things: the impact of hate fueled legislation and the diversity that's woven together to create the fabric of this country.  A poignant message of hope and honesty to make on this, Geller's 10th anniversary show while J Balvin, Young Paris and musician BORNS watched from front row.

Model, backstage.

Model, backstage.

Many military references were made for the Fall/Winter collection as a sort of designer call to attention.  Camouflage prints opened the show in muted hues of fuschia and grey.  Sweat pants and hoodies reading LOVE and WAR, also the title of the collection,  were frequent throughout the collection just as models donning trapper style hats, face masks and should guards.  Geller's signature silk trousers added a soft contrast to the dark and heavy looks and a camouflage bouclé sweatsuit added an element of comfort and ease to the collection.  It's clear where Robert Geller stands during these trying times and we proudly stand with him.

J Balvin and designer Robert Geller.

J Balvin and designer Robert Geller.

Photos by BLKLN Clothing / Video courtesy of FF Channel

John Elliot Fall/Winter 2017

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John Elliot

Fall/Winter 2017

Designer John Elliot kicked off his Fall 2017 collection to the beat of that old familiar drum.  In this case it was a marching band drum corp transporting everyone back to high school on the basketball court finished runway.  Sitting front row were Men's Week all-stars Victor Cruz, J Balvin, Colton Haynes, and Fabolous. The drummers got the crowd hyped and team Elliot was about to come strong with their A-game to deliver an impeccable win.

Kith owner Ronnie Fieg, designer John Elliot, Victor Cruz.

Kith owner Ronnie Fieg, designer John Elliot, Victor Cruz.

With the elevated production level and celeb influence at his shows, it's clear that Elliot has his sites set on one thing and that's becoming an American sportswear powerhouse.  Elliot has already helped to transform how American men view and wear fashion with his stylish and relaxed aesthetic, making him one of the first to thrive in what was once an emerging market.  His ability to hone in on what his customers want and deliver time and again made his product not only desired but coveted.      

Colton Haynes and John Elliot.

Colton Haynes and John Elliot.

Luka Sabbat (right) and friend.

Luka Sabbat (right) and friend.

This season was about the versatility of the clothing itself.  How to interchange pieces from one look to another and wearing them in new ways.  One model wore a short sleeve sweatshirt over and sport coat with shorts and sneakers.  Nike of course.  Another wore sweatpants with a knit turtleneck and sport coat.  Elliot gave his following multiple new ways to wear this season's new aesthetic or ideas on how to match previous season with current and new. Either way John Elliot wants to dominate your closet and chances are he just might.

Luka Sabbat and model Michael Lockley.

Luka Sabbat and model Michael Lockley.

Photos by BLKLN Clothing / Video by ADDY Media.

ROCHAMBEAU FALL/WINTER 2017

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ROCHAMBEAU

Fall/Winter 2017

For Fall/Winter 2017 Laurence Chandler and Joshua Cooper of Rochambeau went to old New York.  Working with art pop king Mark Mothersbaugh, this collection recalled a time when The Ramones ruled the downtown scene and 315 Bowery the epicenter of the Punk movement. Dancers wearing paint dripped ski masks and rompers frolicked side stage during the as the models walked the runway.  Sitting front row were Latin superstar J Balvin and actor Colton Haynes and artists Young Paris and Jimi Lucid.  Front row staple Luka Sabbat was also in attendance.

Front row: J Balvin, Colton Haynes.

Front row: J Balvin, Colton Haynes.

The silhouette was oversized from look one.  A floor length corduroy duster jacket hit the runway and set the tone of the collection.  Bold stripes and fish net accents made strong statements for Fall 2017.  Models donned mesh masks with safety pin embellishments and dripped paint.  Mixing texture and bold color ways added to the rebellious inspiration of the collection.  Waist cropped button-ups with bold shoulders modernized the look while balancing the baggy fit trousers.  This season was a fearless progression for Rochambeau, filled with angst, excitement and energy.  

Front row: Kerwin Frost and Luka Sabbat.

Front row: Kerwin Frost and Luka Sabbat.

Backstage: Jimi Lucid and Young Paris.

Backstage: Jimi Lucid and Young Paris.

Photos by BLKLN Clothing and courtesy of Rochambeau / Video courtesy of Rochambeau.