A work of art is an adventure of the mind.
And no other show could be a testament to the power of art, life and music, fused in one fulfilling platform. As the illustrious brother of Tommy Hilfiger, Andy Hilfiger is a rockstar equivalent. When combined with the talents of Greg Polisseni, a painter from Rochester, the Artistix Jeans fashion show to kickstart New York Fashion Week Mens (NYFWM) was a thrilling, exhilarating debut.
Stories have it that Polisseni founded his fashion company after a series of accidental splatters on his jeans, a sequence of his own painting of his clothes.
The stage was set with paint splatters everywhere, on stage and in the hallway of Bennett Studios, leading up to the show. The abstract art was in black, blue and white, symbolizing equality.
The splatters were all over the clothing: vests, dungarees, jackets, blazers, lapels, and everything. And the vibrancy of the non-stationary models, who jumped and jazzed to the DJ beats, was in rhythm with the goal of the fashion line, to symbolize modern spunk.
As a sequence into a wine soaked ambiance, the models slowly but surely stripped into hot boxer briefs, because clearly the boys of today need high end underwear as a prequel to their jewels.
With a combination of rock, sweat, muscle and a visual metaphor of pop culture, the collection brought the talents of both Hilfiger and Polisseni together. While the former designed for Nicki Minaj and Adam Levine, the latter both paints and designs clothes. I would personally label this collection as activewear or workwear for the grungy artist.
My favorites were the blazers with paint splattered lapels. With a penchant for seeking out unique blazers to break the sartorial mold, these were a perfect grasp on how to make something that is a menswear staple spring to life. And the dungarees, because if you have to pull off a dungaree, the last thing you need is neat: messy is the way to go!
With a basement level for the models to swing and sway to the tunes and a DJ mixing rock tunes, there was plenty of white wine flowing like waterfalls of art and inspiration.
A cameo with my inspiring friend Etceteramodus tied the morning up nicely.
Grungy, artsy and fun, this was the clear way to kick start a week of fun, fashion and freedom.