Time is the only luxury.
Because you cannot get it back.
Time is one of those elements that I both savor and envy at once. Which is why I found it most intriguing that one of the funkiest apres-surf designers Thaddeus O’Neil chose it as the theme of his disco punk party show of sorts at New York Fashion Week Mens (NYFWM).And plus, who doesn’t like a good party?
Thaddeus and I bonded at his last show where he explained his life story and concept in impeccable detail, making this a staple to round up my season. It started with a poetry recital as a start while the glimmering models skated or strolled in, embelished in sequins and sparkles that made my heart and mind salivate, given my penchant to all things shiny. The music changed to a disco retro theme with pink neon light and a huge sign that glared “An Attempt to Survive Time”. He described it as a baroque disco punk meets Golden Voyager record, inspired by “Music From Earth” that was part of NASA’s 1997 space voyage.
The result was a heavily metallic collection, which was everything I adored in menswear. There were long velvet coats in green with full on buttons to close and resemble flight suits, shorter ones in deep purple, and metallic bomber jackets which I needed in my closet immediately. Paired with metallic or faux fur shorts and loose fit trousers, they were a throwback to the retro 70s.
And as always, Thaddeus brought in models who, for the most part, had long luscious hair that echoed his brand’s boys.
There were several details to be spotted, like a sequined wave graphic on the back of a suede shirt to remind us of the apres-surf attire, socks with Swarowski as a luxe sporty look, an upside down gender symbol, and a variety of other metallic details and accessories as neckwear, hair scarves and even shoes. The footwear were actually Vans sneakers sprayed with silver or gold to add even more dazzle to the night.
With confidence injected into the sparkling future of menswear, validated by a plethora of shows, even for formal wear, one thing was clear: the future was shiny.