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MBFW AW15 Ricardo Seco:
Stepping Out the Real Way

Mexican designer Ricardo Seco has been doing such a wonderful job of making cool, wearable menswear since 2012 that every season I come away wishing my husband owned and wore at least one piece of his great artistically-crafted clothing.

But I’m on a different mission now after seeing his AW2015 collection and learning that this designer’s colorful collaborative work with New Balance isn’t selling anywhere here in the States. Okay, just do it, book my flight to Mexico City, stat! These brilliant beaded trainers are the perfect ticket for some hot sales here, if I do say so myself.

There was other beautifully beaded, or bead-inspired, work reminiscent of contemporary Mexican art. Seco said he wanted to bring Real to his collection this season, interpreting the traditions and innovations of Mexico for the rest of the world. Some of his graphic black and white patterns looked like stained glass mosaics reinvented without color. Some of those patterns ended up twisted into beaded detail work on the sleeves of pony skin and leather cropped jackets or on the flaps of backpacks or used overall for patterned punch on a hooded leather and wool coats, a pair of trim narrow trousers, even as a sport jacket with impeccable tailoring.

However, those shoes were truly the show stoppers. In black and white or in color. These are kicks that will take you stylin’ every step of the way, always in fashion and beyond. Ricardo Seco certainly is keeping it Real.

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Designer Ricardo Seco

Designer Ricardo Seco

 

 

Ricardo Seco SS15: “Dreams” Come True

Ricardo Seco is dreaming big these days. The former menswear-only designer is now creating womenswear and showed both in his “Dreams” collection for Spring/Summer 2015 last night at 7 World Trade Center. Using that venue on the eve of the 9/11 anniversary, plus his collaboration with the Wixárika tribe (a native Huichol Mexican community), Seco waxed positive about the next generation’s “future dreamers.”

Seco launched his menswear here three years ago, the only Mexican designer to participate in New York Fashion Week. This season, he incorporated an urban backdrop of black and white leather, neoprene, silk and cotton set against luxurious and ebullient hand-beaded embellishment in keeping with his Mexican heritage. The designer definitely has hit his stride, combining his signature rock and roll ambience with effortless sportswear dressing that proves a perfect fashion foil for the contemporary man or woman. Both were sophisticated, cool and very New York City, styled with handmade sunnies, custom-beaded New Balance trainers, handbags, even intricately surfaced, over-the-top skateboards. When asked after the show if the designer were taking up boarding as a way of getting around the city, Seco laughed, “Maybe next month!”

Creating his own dawn of a new existence, Seco raised the shades behind the models at the end of his runway presentation, showing off the 9/11 Memorial site below amid the southern tip of the city — perhaps as a testament to the Wixárika culture’s Eye of God, perhaps signifying waking from a perfect dream. Either way, what a beautiful and positive wake up a call.

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Photo courtesy of Cathering Schetting Salfino

Ricardo Seco SS15

Ricardo Seco SS15

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Ricardo Seco SS15

Photo courtesy of Cathering Schetting Salfino

Ricardo Seco SS15

Photo courtesy of Cathering Schetting Salfino

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Ricardo Seco SS15

Ricardo Seco SS15

Photo courtesy of Cathering Schetting Salfino

Ricardo Seco SS15

Photo courtesy of Cathering Schetting Salfino

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Ricardo Seco SS15

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Ricardo Seco AW14 –
Ask Not What Your Designer Can Do for You…

Ask what the Kennedys can do for your designer!

The 35th president of the United States and his family played a major influence in “Forever,” the AW14 menswear collection of Mexican-born designer Ricardo Seco, who showed yesterday evening at the always-impressive Angel Orensanz Foundation space.

Designer Ricardo Seco

Designer Ricardo Seco

As the show started down the runway with JFK’s voice intoning over the sound system, you realized that this model was wearing a sweatshirt printed with Jackie’s face, that one was swaggering by with a young JFK, Jr. saluting on his cashmere sweater, another one was wearing what could only be described as the original Jackie Kennedy Oleg Cassini A-line coat, replete with the oversized cloth-covered buttons and 3/4 sleeves.

Then there were the scarves. Silk scarves printed Warhol-like with Jackie-O and John John were tied low around the chests of Seco’s models, almost like a bondage style shawl. Ricardo told me after the show that he was inspired by the ’60s Kennedy era for his urban man, taking Jackie Kennedy’s penchant for pastels, A-line silhouettes and classic Americana styles and working them into a masculine, tailored collection.

He definitely got that right. Some of the covered-button coats may have looked a little like a guy playing dress up in styles from the thrift store, but stranger things have happened within the rock ‘n roll set, who, at least with dressing à la Jackie Kennedy, can place the style bar high. And as the coat kept coming down the runway in various renditions, it started to grow on me. The mohair charcoal Jackie coat was super cool. And there were other elements that I liked. The pink pants rocked. A black and grey pieced car coat worn over a “Pillboxes & Peacoats” printed T, leather shorts over coordinating pieced leggings was a little bit urban, a little bit punk. And while the scarves were surely a runway scarf trick, the sweaters printed with Jackie-O and little John John saluting will be great novelty sellers.

Seco closed the show with the Simon and Garfunkel classic “The Sound of Silence,” a song written in the aftermath of JFK’s assassination, as his models took to a tableaux on the stage behind him, the better to look at and photograph the clothes.

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Designer Ricardo Seco taking his runway walk

Ricardo Seco AW13 – Hipster Hasids

Not quite sure about the crossroads connection of cultural styles that Mexican-born designer Ricardo Seco tapped into for his Autumn/Winter 2013 collection – he took his inspiration from “the corner of Hasidic and Hipster,” with each model walking the ersatz runway at the Eyebeam Gallery Wednesday night styled with yarmulke-type hats and the pe’ot sideburns indigenous to Williamsburg, where Seco just recently moved.

Yarmulke + pe'ot with emerald green city wear

Yarmulke + pe’ot with emerald green city wear

But Seco’s “Alive” was filled with deftly tailored leather pieces, chic casual wear that was layered and draped, a dark and dramatic palette of black, grey and white with bits of green, and a luxuriousness of fabrics manifested in cashmere, velvet, wool and cotton.

Designer Ricardo Seco

Designer Ricardo Seco

Seco based his oversized jackets, slender pants silhouette, and casual disheveledness on, he said, a “deep respect” for Williamsburg’s prominent religious culture’s formal dress code, interpreting that into an “Urban Orthodox” look centered around talented maneuverings featuring white cotton shirts layered under chunky or fine knitwear and stunningly skinny leather pants that zipped at the ankle for even greater skinniness, plus great leather man bags that will be as perfect for a laptop as for a religious manifesto.

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Oh, and as always, Seco’s collaboration with Converse made for some great footwear options, especially the platform sneaks he showed this season.

Snakeskin pattern and platform Converse with chunky knit

Snakeskin pattern and platform Converse with chunky knit in front of casual coolness

Designer Ricardo Seco taking his runway walk

Designer Ricardo Seco taking his runway walk

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Layers for hipster workwear

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Seco’s take on the leather bomber