If you think you know everything there is to know about fashion and you are looking to feel humbled, try walking into a room during Men’s Fashion Week. The experience feels pleasantly foreign — like stepping into the twilight zone replete with sartorialism at it’s best. And thanks to Motorola, I got to attend the Grungy Gentleman SS16 For New York Fashion Week Men, I found myself surrounded by artists and athletes of whom I was distinctly unfamiliar — Mack Wild, Skylar Astin, Chris Weidman, Eric Decker and the likes. But for me, it wasn’t the attendance of celebrities that impressed, but rather by their presentation, as it was quite the extensive collection; from casual, athletic to everyday attire, and as each model walked through I tried to solidify an opinion.
So of course I had to tell my story with my Motorola X Pure Edition with it’s quick speed capture and low light performance, quite the ideal experience to share. Especially since low-light performance has for years been the bane of smartphone cameras, with few manufacturers outside of Nokia able to deliver photos of any worth once the sun goes down. The Moto X Pure camera boasts comparatively few spec tricks, it certainly does perform better after dark, with much less digital noise and truer color reproduction (at the expense of a slightly slower focus time). But I digress..
Had I been familiar — had I known the brand— my words would have come immediately: “True to the brand’s identity…”; “a slight departure from last season”; etc.
But because they are still fairly new to the Fashion scene, I got to play. For once, I got to enjoy the show. I allowed myself to look at the clothes like an outsider, wondering what would I wear?
So what would I wear? I loved that they paid every attention to the details, with their signature 6 stripe ribbing on hemlines. To put it simply, Grungy Gentleman defies athletic tailoring. Every piece whether it was a topcoat, a blazer or a bomber jacket, down to the denim, were subtly urban with a fresh modern take to it.
But “my look“ by far was really the bomber style jackets — a much toned-down and everyday look to that of the Saint Laurent Men’s California skaters trend. Let’s not forget that for at least a few seasons, Rosie Assoulin has had longboards on her mind, too. (See also: my pants in Menswear Apropos.)
Am I now fluent in the field of emerging menswear? No, not really. But we can all agree that fashion is a universal language, right? While we are not always familiar with the technicalities of a certain dialogue, the moment we connect with a piece and make it ours, we find understanding through the context. It’s what makes Art a universal language.
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