Fashion inspirations can come from many sources; art, history, architecture, music, even cocktails, really.
Having known Carlos Campos personally and attended his previous shows at New York Fashion Week Mens (NYFWM), as well as interviewed him for a magazine, I have become acquainted with his style, humor and his appetite for food from Honduras! I was thrilled to be invited to his latest runway show. His new collection was inspired by singer Juan Gabriel and his ‘charro’ influence. Interpreting the laid back music vibe, he created a midnight and night sky themed collection that comprised of sleek cuts and loose fits, much like his last collection.
He captured elements of the ‘mariachi’ jacket with a plethora of black, indigo and navy blue outerwear, loose tailored cuts and silk shirts. Several had pointy collars, some with graphic statements or contrasting white piping, with a splash of sequins on one (my favorite!) and a cape like texture on collars and cape extensions on others. There was a brief transition to forest green, which again contributed to the overall scene and elemental landscape.
I quite liked the play with moonlight white, one as a checkerboard jacket with pleated baggy white pants, a total tribute to the era of retro. A cropped white blazer with navy piping was another stellar piece, as well as the curvaceous swoops of white graphics on several darker jackets. The result was a classically oversized but cropped, tailored and visually arresting aesthetic that was a cross between bohemian, tribal and street.
Carlos Campos showed that restraint and a commitment to craft could lead to a splendid, valuable and catchy collection. Once again, with a respectful nod to the Latin American way of life, this was a tranquil, charming and relaxed show where the calm radiated much after it was over, too.