My favorite color is Gold.
Many know of my obsession with gold fashion, which has transcended into other elements of lifestyle. So my reaction to walking into a New York Fashion Week Mens (NYFWM) show which boasted of a gold (some argued mustard, but I stayed optimistic) backdrop and a neon arched doorway outline was evidently exciting.
N P Elliott (aka Nicholas Elliott) had his debut this season for SS17. Described as principled streetwear with an avant garde edge, his was a futuristic and long lasting take on loose cuts and intriguing prints.
Given the warmth of the gold and the brightness of the Alice Through The Looking Glass style doorway outline, the first thing that struck me was the abundance of dark hues like forest green and maroon. Both colors that had their respected place in my wardrobe. Forest green in particular was a charming one, bringing the personality of faces while retaining an enigma of sorts.
There was an interesting play going on with his choice of colors and fabrics. Everything seemed to be jumbled, much like Alice’s world, but cleverly constructed to showcase the craft and match-making behind each style. The white and forest green printed shirt of one model matched the boxers of a another. The sweatshirt of one matched with the joggers of another. And the adjacent placement of these pairs was at angular adjacencies, which made one look twice.
As I peered closer, I realized that his was a tale of juxtaposition. He contrasted fabrics with situations which differed from their origin. For instance, a pair of shorts made of a suit-material houndstooth check, or a velvet tank, which in itself was an oxymoron. A car coat had a vinyl collar, while slimming joggers and baggy retro pants stood next to each other in unison.
The contrast continued with his use of varying textures – ultra suede tanks and jackets, velour tops, wool sweaters and jumpers, cotton pants, silken shorts, and a minimal lining of buttons and zippers. The fact that wools and cottons were often combined in one outfit seemed more a testament to the unusual shifting of seasons and the indecisive weather patterns, which finally showed some sort of reflection in fashion.
A sweatshirt that had the word “Holy” on it made me realize that there was an abundance of religious imagery too – cross embroidery in golden threads on chest pockets, or peculiarly placed on the front of a jogger.
And amidst it all was a tad of pastel pink floral embroidery, a hint towards gender neutral clothing which is highly in vogue.
With a heightened curiosity and an evident appreciation for juxtaposition, I left enlightened with more ideas of how to style myself and models.
And leaving a fashion show with a set of new learnings is always a good thing.