“Science is not only a disciple of reason but, also, one of romance and passion.”
I had never thought of science as being luxurious or stylish, until I learned of the art of fashion. Which I only brought to light and began noticing in designer works recently. Exemplified by the disparate and unique designs of Asaf Ganot. Of all the collections I had seen at New York Fashion Week Mens (NYFWM), Asaf Ganot‘s was probably what I would classify as destructive luxury. And I mean this in the most positive, creative and witty way possible. Wrapped in enigmatic design prowess, he even described his pieces as merging minimalism with luxury and a hint of effortless attitude.
I should have known that this would be an adventurous show from the palm tinged green artwork used to fabricate Asaf’s name on the runway. Much like the henna styled artwork that shown on the floor when meshed with the lighting as the audience trickled in. And eventually fading into bright white limelight as the tanned models walked the effortlessly simple runway to show a beachy and laid back but uber stylish collection.
I saw touches of frays in his clean lines, storms of cloudy blues juxtaposed with pastel hues, beach references with tanned bodies and sprayed wool and fabrics. The models were walking poetry, with the firmness of collars clashing with the sway of rosaries and feather tipped necklaces, or the oxymoron of having a Brazilian beach vibe with Italian and Japanese fabrics for straighter, un-angled lines. Hence, destructive luxury, for it was refined with a rebel’s soul.
That was a key theme: accessories. From metal beaded necklaces to rosaries to almost Indian inspired malas, the sheer quantity of neckwear for men made for an effortless jewelry statement, clearly allowing men to flaunt their bling too.
The colors were mostly dominated by whites and beiges, though a certain ink blue mohair silk tux caught my fancy and never quite left my mind since.
Of the greys, many fabrics were silks, much distinct from the linens and knits that I had seen at other shows, giving more flow, body and luxury to otherwise causal pieces. Again, destructive luxury, but resurrected in an even more platinum format.
However my favorite pieces were the outerwear jackets: leather, crocodile, often interlaced with suede, in heavy black accents on white, black and black on black hues. Bikers, bombers, all ignited the rebel within the guys in the audience, without overdoing it in a cliche tattoo format. Creativity at its best. Especially since these, along with simpler silk cardigans, were terrific layering pieces for when summer nights got chilly and begged for getting cozy.
I read that Asaf Ganot focuses on the science of fabrics when working on fashion: boiling wool, ensuring soft touch leather, literally “cooking” textiles, and formulating a melting point of cashmere, silk, cotton and the likes for a distinct, refined look. Much like my infatuation with gastronomy, I found this way of working intriguing, and will definitely pursue more of his designs for inspiration, and to add to my own wardrobe!
Hung out with some of the models after the show before they sprinted off to their next one, pumped up on energy bars and the sponsored Vita Coco. Fashion marketing and product placements at their best, and not without a swoop of envious hairstyles, on each and every one of them. As alluded to before, I have hair envy.