NYFWM: Garciavelez Fall/Winter 2017

by Sydney Sadick

Today, designer Carlos Garciavelez of Garciavelez debuted his Fall/Winter 2017 collection at New York Fashion Week: Men’s with a focus on cutting-edge construction and attention to architectural details. The designer looked to the work of 1970s artist Gordon Matta-Clark and used this inspiration to apply overlapping geometries on both the clothes and the space at Skylight Clarkson Sq, a theme that tied the New York-based designer’s presentation in its entirety.

Garciavelez told us he’d been embroidering the clothes with tape right up to the start of the show—he had tape in his pocket, to prove it! And clearly, it was worth it. Standouts in the collection included embroidered topcoats, sweatshirts with shearling appliqués, rain coats with geometries in pops of color, and custom wallpaper prints on silk shirts, to name a few. The line had an elevated athleisure vibe, with some dressier items sprinkled throughout, like a blazer and pant combo paired with sneakers. The combination made for a wearable yet innovative lineup, one to certainly keep an eye out for.

James Valeri styled the presentation, and Axe and See Management were on hair and makeup. According to show notes, the collection is a departure from last season’s concept of decay, focusing instead on creation.

Garciavelez is one of nine Platform 3 Emerging Men’s Designer contestants in The Daily’Up Next competition with Samsung.

A moment with Carlos Garciavelez

What’s the Fall inspo?
It’s the idea of rebuilding, and it takes inspiration from Gordon Matta-Clark. He was an installation artist who would take pieces of existing buildings or infrastructure and cut through them, take pieces out, and take them out of context. It’s about creation and creativity. It’s a lot about geometry—we have prints, and it’s the first time they’ve become part of the set.

What will we see on your inspiration board?
We have “Freaks and Geeks,” the misunderstood, but the creative. Steve Jobs and this idea of the startup in the garage. The ideas physically transcend into what they wear.

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