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Carlos Campos Fall/Winter 2018

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Carlos Campos

Fall/Winter 2018

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.

Whoopi Goldberg.

Whoopi Goldberg.

Emery Kelly, Ricky Garcia.

Emery Kelly, Ricky Garcia.

Young Paris, right.

Young Paris, right.

Fern Mallis.

Fern Mallis.

Images / video by Jim Duran and courtesy of Carlos Campos.

Luar Fall/Winter 2018

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.

New York Men's Day: TAAKK

At New York Men's Day you come across a lot of emerging talent.  Some you never see again, some take off like Carlos Campos, but most exciting is when you come across a young designer or brand that completely captivates you.  A few seasons ago it was Private Policy, which I still love but this season, for me personally, was all about TAAKK.  Designer Takuya Morikawa, formerly of Issey Miyake, made his US debut with a highly conceptual and crude presentation.  His high concept collection, created with experimental yet exceptional technique, aims to defy traditional notions of reality, itself. And that it did. The clothing, the striking barefoot models, the logo police tape, the large overhead lighting, the heat and energy in the room.  All these elements came together for an overwhelming and exhilarating experience.  You know that feeling when you come across a new designer and your just obsessed and cannot get enough!?! This was me.  I didn't want to leave and while making my rounds through Dunes Studios I kept coming back to TAAKK.

Jim.