For its third season in action, menswear label Landlord looked to the hip-hop fashion scene of the ’90s and 2000s. Creative director Ryohei Kawanishi took inspo from southern hip-hop artists (Outkast, Ludacris, Lil Wayne, Nelly, etc.) and the styles he sees around his Harlem neighborhood. At last night’s presentation at Skylight Clarkson Square P3, the mods hammed it up for the crowd, some throwing up deuces and others crouching down in “The Thinker” pose while Juvenile “Back that Ass Up” played on a loop. The looks ranged from nylon tracksuits to hoodies to fur vests and coats with a utilitarian vibe, which makes sense as Landlord produces the line in a factory that makes military uniforms.
This season, Landlord also debuted a capsule collection inspired by Kawanishi’s visit to the James Howard exhibit at Saatchi Gallery in London. He took cues from the artist’s cut-copy-paste style, which reminded him of Pen & Pixel, whose diamond encrusted hip-hop album covers fueled the “bling bling” era of yesteryear. Needless to say, the looks, the crowd, and the vibe were high-energy and, essentially, fun.
Landlord is one of nine P3 designers in our “Up Next” competition with Samsung and the CFDA. The winner gets the cover of our February 10 NYFW issue—if you like what you see, you can vote for the label HERE.