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Parke & Ronen

Spring/Summer 2018

Spring/Summer 2018 was a very special season for designers Parke Lutter and Ronen Jehezkel of Parke & Ronen.  This season marked the 20th anniversary of the beloved menswear brand and excitement filled the air as the crowd took their seats awaiting the show to begin.  Actor Andrew Reynolds and former New York housewife Kelly Bensimon sat front row and the crowd was a tutorial in how to #NYFWM from social media influencers Justin Livingston, Nathan McCallum and Marcel Floruss.

Drawing inspiration from American singer/songwriter, John Denver's folk classic,  Rocky Mountain High, this season was a look at the symbiotic relationship between man and earth.  Relaxed silhouettes and cotton knits in earth tones walked the runway alongside floral prints and signature swimwear in a variety of style had peoples heads turning in pure delight.  Celebrating their 20-year anniversary, the brand also incorporated some of their best archival pieces into the show.  Parke & Ronen is always a fun show filled with energy and excitement and we say congratulations on 20 wonderful years!

Then there was the after party.  But what happens at the Gilded Lily stays at the Gilded Lily!

Images by BLKLN Clothing / Video by FF Channel

New York Men's Day Spring\Summer 2018

Every season New York Men's Day kicks off New York Fashion Week: Men's with a group show of young and emerging menswear designers.  This season at Dune Studios in Tribeca, the group of 12 included: David Hart, Krammer & Stoudt, Wood House, Head of State, Daniel Hector, Bristol, Private Policy, Descendant of Thieves, Maiden Noir, R.Swaider, Heliot Emil, and Life in Perfect Disorder.  Its a two part show filled with the freshest models, designers and talent that is sure to inspire.

OVADIA & SONS Spring/Summer 2018



Spring/Summer 2018

It's familiar territory for a designer to share with us the the inspiration behind their latest work.  For brothers Shimon and Ariel Ovadia of Ovadia & Sons,  each season has been a lesson in the rich urban history that helped shape them and their brand.  For Spring/Summer 2018, the designers set the stage by taking us back to the late nineties when they worked at their father's children's clothing company spending their days loading and unloading pallets on the docks.  A time when LL Cool J was still sporting Kangol buckets hats, rap battles still took place in front of corner bodegas and the streets were buzzing with creative inspiration. 

This season the designers presented a collection that was heavy in knits and outwear. It was a colorful display filled with animal embellishments, relaxed silhouettes, and their signature check board prints.  From shoes to leather motorcycle jackets and a full cashmere overcoat, check-board it told a strong story in itself.  The duo also collaborated on black and white sketch art inspired prints with the Russian collective Interesni Kazki.  The collection had a more optimistic tone than previous collections.  From the lighter color palette to the playful usage of embellishments and prints.  A welcomed new direction for the brand.


Photos by BLKLN Clothing and courtesy of Ovadia & Sons.



Carlos Campos

Spring/Summer 2018

For designer Carlos Campos, it was back to basics for Spring/Summer 2018.  Recapturing the true essence of the brand, this season Campos drew inspiration from the legendary Mexican architect Luis Barragán.  Known for his clean lines and bold use of color, Barragán's style translates well into Campos' "minimalist aesthetic and it's dedication to adding Latin twists to American classics."

With sharp lines and geometric silhouettes, this season was a review of where Campos has been and a forecast of where he is going.  Graphic print tees in black and white and mason red counterfeit Cuervo sweatshirts made bold statements on the runway along side belted shorts and long line coats. Though the biggest statement made was Campos' usage of color.  Color balance is a fine turned art especially when we are in a era of fashion where designers want to use every color in the rainbow at once. Knowing when to mute a red with a simple beige or mixing electric blue with black and white in a way that's its not intimidating to every man, takes a lot of skill.  A skill that obviously runs deep in the DNA of the designer and his brand.

Far right: Young Paris front row at Carlos Campos.

Far right: Young Paris front row at Carlos Campos.

Photo by BLKLN Clothing and courtesy of Carlos Campos.

Gustav Von Aschenbach


Gustav Von Aschenbach

by Robert Geller

For Spring/Summer 2018 menswear designer Robert Geller debuted his new line Gustav Von Aschenbach.  Named after a character from Thomas Mann's "Death in Venice," a novel Geller says he read throughout his teenage years, the new line is his reflection on the current state of menswear.  A dialogue Geller has long pondered but clearly waited to perfect before making his move.  With cleaner silhouettes and less embellishments Gustav is by far a different aesthetic from the runway looks of Geller's eponymous line.  Made in Japan from Japanese materials, aside from a few bold statement stripes, most looks told monochromatic stories in red, blue and grey.  Defining the collections casual nature were oversized cardigans, shirts, outerwear and cropped trousers.  It was a bold risk by Geller in a different direction from the slender legs of his namesake line.  With apparent ease Robert Geller introduced us all to Gustav and we all say welcome!


Photos by BLKLN Clothing and courtesy of Gustav Von Aschenbach by Robert Geller