Wednesday, September 30, 2009



Astor Place Hair
2 Astor Place at Broadway, NYC

New York Fashion Week 7PM 9/13/2009]
Words, Images Judith Ecochard

We were so impressed with a showroom preview of the men’s label Commonwealth Utilities, that we soooooo looked forward to a runway show.

At the epitome of a hip punk NY Salon…Astor Place Hair…that amazingly, we have never been to.

And with NY Rangers, former Vogue intern Sean Avery signed on as a power play front line with label mates Brit Anthony Keegan and Aussie Richard Christiansen…the show was maybe even more packed than usual.

The RTW show was very cleverly staged…with some models ensconced on the barber chairs getting a trim…before getting a spin and eventually struttin’ the makeshift catwalk down the center of the salon…alternating with the backstage dudes.

We thought the strong points were definitely what attired the guys from the waist up…a grey WESLY blazer in tonal seersucker, terrific dress shirts, tanks in white modal/pima cotton (probably very comfy), handsome Howard trench in dark grey linen.

The “in” cardigan-- here, the WILFRED in dark grey cotton---is a staple in men’s wardrobes now.

Silhouettes were slim, regardless of the build of the model…

Additionally, there were ensembles with fitted (tight) to the knee shorts paired with a jacket…a casual suit in a way…and a look that dominated the female runways last year.

A tough look to pull off, we think…but the dapper black pinstripe cotton pants, paired with a solid NATHAN peacoat, and the HICHAM jean in a gray flat coated denim...are modern basics guys from all over the editorial spectrum would wear.

We are curious as to what Avery thought of the entire collection… will there be a slightly different (roomier) cut- when delivered the stores. We feel this label will go far.

BONUS POINTS: The pre – show bubbly and the post show creamy coffee gelato (ice cream?).