Monday, September 29, 2008
TIM HAMILTON 2009 SPRING/SUMMER
“FUTURISTIC STREETWEAR WHERE BOUNDARIES ARE ERASED”
Sunday, September 7th, 2008-Milk Studios, 6:30PM
Words, Images by Judith Ecochard
Tim Hamilton had an ear to ear Cheshire cat grin on his face-
- when we arrived at the spacious Milk Studios penthouse ,The spacious white interior space, adjoined by two outdoor terraces, was packed with a buzzy, hip group crowd sipping Bulldog gin…against a perfect NY skyline, backlit by the perfect NY sunset.
It’s a terrific collection. Truth be told, we had no idea how talented this designer is. A big WOW!
BACKSTORY: Toiled at J.Crew and Ralph Lauren, based in NYC…rocks out to Velvet Underground. CFDA Award nominee (2x)- launched own line 2006.
THE INSPIRATION: Frank Stella’s minimalist paintings, particularly his “Black Paintings from the 1960’s…“clinical and characteristically coy.”
THE PRESENTATION: We wouldn’t call these dudes prepsters but the male models- who smoked, drank, and chatted up interested parties (and there was plenty of that to go around)- while posing on white cubes or just plain hanging out on a stark white stage…were definitely well-groomed, outfitted in sporty attire.
Think: handsome separates with an edge…as the basics were covered… grey or stripped sweater/ hoodie, a black leather jacket, cashmere sweater and blazer, lots of tailored shorts, crisp cotton button down shirts, and a cool black on black, subtle stripped blazer, linen pants combo with a black/white gingham button down.
FABRICS: Showed thought…”a Daedalian edge. Burnished silks in shades of metallic shine alongside soft cashmere blends, glazed cotton –paired with checkerboard wovens and dry cotton twill.”
QUOTE: “I WANTED TO CREATE SHAPES THAT ARE GENDER AMBIGUOUS BUT INHERENTLY MASCULINE.”
We were channeling a David Bowie vibe during his B/W phase.
WHAT’S SPECIAL: The details: drawcords on the sides of shirts, perfect pleats, “hidden ruffled collars”---that were hidden but we were informed.
INFO: TIM HAMILTON