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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.

C2H4 Fall/Winter 2018

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C2H4

Fall/Winter 2018

Los Angeles based menswear brand C2H4 took us on a futuristic monochrome ride to an intergalactic space colony for Fall/Winter 2018.  With an array of earth toned greys, browns, and blues, the collection told a utilitarian story inspired by a youthful perspective on style and space.  Utility vests, coveralls and cotton cargo pants grazed the runway with logo scarves, waist bags and ball caps. Young Paris and stylist Mikeil Benyamin sat front row and recording artist Jesse Rutherford closed the show with a performance as the models walked the finale. 

Front row: Young Paris.

Front row: Young Paris.

Photos and video by Jim Duran. 

NAUTICA FALL/WINTER 2017

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Nautica

Fall/Winter 2017

Creative Director Steve McSween dug deep in the company archives for the Nautica Fall/Winter 2017 presentation.  With a rich history of sportswear at his fingertips, McSween took some of the brands biggest trends from decades past and reworked them to correspond with one of today's biggest menswear trends, the nineties.  From dark demin, polar fleece and pullover windbreakers the designer opened up a new dialogue for the brand by introducing these iconic styles to a new and younger audience. 

Young Paris and DJ Cassidy stopped by and peruse the new collection as McSween greeted editors and the press while introducing them to the new collection.  In an effort to bring relevancy and new life back to the brand I would say McSween was a aesthetic success.  When a brand reaches back to its roots to revisit the elements that made that brand a success it doesn't always fair well in effort but in this case I'd say it was a home run.

DJ Cassidy and Young Paris.

DJ Cassidy and Young Paris.

Photos by BLKLN Clothing.

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.