Technology and abstract shapes came together for Asher Levine’s F/W menswear collection. The 24-year-old designer is best known for his custom garment creations for celebrities like La Roux and Lady Gaga. His latest collection perfectly showcased the innovative style that has gotten the young designer so much attention.
I was really taken with all the amazing textures that were created, especially in the use of angular black studs that appeared on coat sleeves, an enormous studded bag, and a creme sweatshirt. A sculpted houndstooth pattern was created in jackets and sweatshirts made of a wet-look silicone, giving the pieces a fluid, almost leather-like appearance.
Levine’s proficiency in unique structure shined in structured coats and accessories such as odd but interesting three-pronged silicon gloves. The show-stopping piece of the night was a sculpted wing leather jacket - an asymmetrical hem zipper jacket sprouting beautiful and intricate wings from the shoulders. The dragonlike appearance of the jacket was in line with the dark, macabre style of Levine’s designs. Other highlights included a sharp one-piece pantsuit and a funnel-collar wool coat with a draped back.
Levine came together with Phone Halo to embed microchip locating technology into his pieces, allowing the clothing and accessories to be tracked. After the runway, the designer took to the stage and demonstrated the locating technology. He explained that it could be useful if, for example, you were to leave your gloves behind at the club and wanted to locate them. I thought the integration of technology provided a unique edge to an already exciting collection, giving the pieces a new, seemingly futuristic function.
NYFW Coverage Alexandra Stevens
Runway Images Courtesy of Asher Levine
Group Photo Photography Chelsea Lauren
Video/Edit David Geffin
Motion Graphics Preto
Music Jim Steinman