The “Forever” Man

Reporting for The Style Senders

The Ricardo Seco Fall 2014 menswear collection took place offsite at the oldest standing synagogue in NYC. The Angel Orensanz Foundation, in the lower east side, is a Gothic revival synagogue built-in 1849. The space reminded me of my early days in NYC, hanging out at the infamous Limelite Club circa 1993. The venue and location definitely added to the mood and vibe of the collection.

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The designer titled the collection “Forever” and it was a slight departure from the designer’s usual tailored monochromatic aesthetic. Seco drew his inspiration for the collection from timeless 1960’s cuts and silhouettes, specifically the well tailored looks from the Kennedy era. The designer said he wanted to keep the A-line silhouette Jackie liked so much, and mix it with masculine fabrics and cuts creating a metropolitan chic style her son John-John would have worn.” Channeling Jackie Kennedy (the Camelot years) the collection was full of pastel colors favored by the First Lady. Pale Pink, lavender and, baby blue colors were paired them with his customary grey and black palette. A-line cuts, and covered button closures. Oversized coats in wool, tweed, and leather, were paired with slim cut trousers, and printed knit tops and sweaters. Iconic images of the first lady Jackie Kennedy, and John-John’s farewell salute to his father, were immortalized on sweaters, tops, and scarves in the show.

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Seco sent models down the runways wearing chic and sporty “New Balance” sneakers, which added a relaxed street appeal to the lighter colors and androgynous cuts. In addition, the designer accessorized with backpacks, techy gadgets, and oversized shades. The designer created a cohesive collection with fabrics and colors that work for fall temperatures and,  transition nicely into early spring with his colorations.

xo,

BDG

 

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