Monday, July 28, 2008

jahnhall for GEORGE McCRACKEN

Artist turned menswear designer George McCracken took his craft back home, making the Winkleman Gallery (located on 27th Street between 11th and 12th Avenues in Manhattan) a temporary exhibit / showroom for his S/S '09 collection.  In doing so, George successfully merges his established career as an artist with his second menswear collection.

The collection borrows from the 90's minimalist platform, but treads lightly, warming up a steel grey exterior with a sophisticated color palette.  Denim is slim and straight and knitwear of merino wool and cashmere makes the well-edited range extremely wearable however, don't be fooled.  S/S '09 remains loyal to a utilitarian approach inspired greatly by vintage military uniforms.

Of note, a black parka made of a 70% wool composite produced by Loro Piana, completely waterproof, is already on my list of must-haves come January, 2009.

George McCracken's inaugural collection arrives early August exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman.



Friday, July 11, 2008

jahnhall for WCAGA

Outside a near camera catastrophe and with the invaluable assistance of fellow photographer, Peter Krasowski, shooting for the men's SS09 lookbook @ What Comes Around Goes Around.  3 boys, 40 looks, 5 hours.  Quite a production  (and as if WCAGA's vast archive wasn't enough). After casting and styling the previous week, the collection was brought to Manhattan's Socialista for a Cuban / Japanese cocktail, the collection inspired by a mix of 60s Cuba and Japan.

Thanks to Taylor James, Tom @ Basic and Nicolas @ Red who all evoked a rock-star trio on the lam -- think Hair without the patchouli and a collection that infuses rather than patronizes its influences.

The collection lands early 2009 and proves once again WCAGA is on to something very, very good.  

Check out Peter's work @ peterkrasowski.com and WCAGA @ nyvintage.com