As Day Four continued yesterday, the roster included shows with celebrities front row and backstage.
Bruce Weber focused his trained eye on Parke & Ronen‘s modern fashion throwbacks, their own Age of Aquarius. From a soundtrack serving up said song to Janis Joplin and other anthems from 1968 and on to shaggy, long-haired models sporting fringed vests, hippie bags, Birks with socks, and of course the swimwear!, there was a lot of great stuff to take in and process. It was totally Weber’s kind of all-American beach-buff motif and a great evolution into more sportswear for the design duo.
Argentine Lucio Castro hosted Alan Cumming, who was milling about among the audience during the designer’s Nollywood presentation. The inspiration was Nigerian Hollywood, the 2nd largest film industry. Prints, patterns, voluminous pants and shorts, a bit of androgyny and a vaguely insouciant way of mixing high/low styling. This was Castro’s Spring 2016.
Ricardo Seco and his sportswear-focused, print-tastic collection “Luck” was based on the Mexican card game “La Loteria,” featured in the prints used throughout from the designer’s four favorite cards — the Scorpio, the Mermaid, the Palm and the Heart. Sec always seamlessly integrates the culture of his native Mexico City into his urban-driven clothes collections.
The Siki Im “Den Im” collection was a tour de force of various edgy jeans silhouettes, from skinny to positively elephantine. Driving denim home, the German-born Siki Im, who has worked with both Karl Lagerfeld and Helmut Lang, stuck an extra pair of jeans into the back waistband, effectively creating a sort of black tie tails effect.
Craft Atlantic‘s nomadic fashion man, designed by Luis Fernandez, was a study in blues, the perfect shade for traveling. Even the Teva-style sandals were an indigo hue.
From Wednesday, Nautica returned to its sailing roots, with good, solid boating-style sportswear including awesome swim attire. The twins were a good call.
Asaf Ganot, who hails from Argentina, scored as much with his tropical casual wear as his tailored linen suits. The coconut popsicle van out front was a nice summery touch, too.