This is my last recap for NYFW/MBFW 2014 season, for S/S 2015 collections — so sad! It’s been great recapping about some very stunning and amazing looks for both women and men next year. So without further adieu, let’s start this final recap with bold menswear designer brand Luar Zepol!
With antique chandeliers lining the ceiling and a backdrop of ringing school bells and dark primitive music, Luar Zepol’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection debuted at Webster Hall. Designer Raul Lopez kept to his signature aesthetic of raw avant-garde menswear, but also experimented with new methods that combined edgy metal pieces with patchwork and colorblocking designs.
Lopez’s mixture of materials, such as plastic and tarpaulin, with the mechanical walks of the models gave a feel of wild utilitarianism. In previous seasons, Lopez has explored themes ranging from tundra to space. However, for his Spring/Summer 2015 collection, he went with a forest atmosphere, chirping birds with hues of grey, brown & dark blue to tell his story.
Similar to previous collections, Lopez did not fail to engage viewers with his creative structure and unique uses of a multitude of fabrics. Luar Zepol’s style is unapologetically original, and his constant manipulation of what we consider wearable, shows promise that Lopez will continue to create groundbreaking collections.
Next up, Hanley Mellon.
Husband-and-wife team Matthew Mellon and Nicole Hanley Mellon looked to Kenya for their first presentation, encompassing earthy tones & bold patterns. This was definitely an abstract take on cultural inspirations and with a very diverse lineup indeed!
This collection has a lot to offer from chic separates to trendy dresses, but all still very on point with the cultural inspiration. The rich tones of browns and burgundies are spot on, and are quite unique for a S/S collection.
Finally, let’s check out dynamic menswear & womenswear designer, Ricardo Seco.
Seco’s S/S 2015 line is sporty New York City meats urban Mexico. Entitled, “Dreams,” the collection stays true to his Mexican origins, with influences of the warm-toned Wixárika tribe, and is still grounded by New York City’s effortless and simple styling. Typically Ricardo is all about menswear, but dabbling with a few women’s looks last season, he now evenly divided his presentation between both sexes. Seco described these girls as the “women versions of his menswear.”
“These women are not worried. They are strong. They just want to feel good,” Seco said. Without a doubt Seco’s women carried plenty of boyish elements throughout the collection. The looks are stylish, yet relaxed in fit. There are high stylin’ and profilin’ elements mixed with basic tees and bomber jackets.
Seco’s man was just as “boyish.” His men would find themselves in the in-between, the transition of a young boy to adult manhood. From the fabrics to the color palette, the collection as a whole was extremely coherent. “New York City is the city where you can see everything. If you can dress in New York, you can dress everywhere,” Seco said. “You can see a lot of the previous, urban ‘Ricardo Seco’ in this collection, but you can see a lot of my country here too. Touch of Mexico in New York style.”
Special guests in attendance were actor Eric West & former international pageant queen Stefania Fernandez.