Amazon launched the third season of The Fashion Fund today. The show follows the nominees for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, which awards its winning designer $400,000 and a mentorship.
David Hart, in addition to being one of our favorite up-and-coming menswear designers, was a nominee. After taking a sewing class in high school to meet girls, he headed to FIT, went on to work at Anna Sui, Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren, and in 2009 launched his own line of men’s neckties. Now, he’s got a full line and he’s trying to get the label to a point where we can all get our hands on it.
To that end, Amazon also just released some of his SS ’16 collection this morning, including the greatest tuxedo jacket you’ll see in the next five years.
This is the latest in our seasonal series on New York Fashion Week.
We headed over to Industria Superstudio yesterday to check out the latest ready-to-wear collection from David Hart, and it was just the kind of punchy-yet-playful display of reimagined classics we’d hoped for.
Kate Upton had her Esquire cover debut (sort of), Tebowmania got its close-up, and Details... continued to be Details. In short, a lot of madness. We’ve pieced through it all below, article by article and suit by suit, and come away with this, an unusually pithy executive summary.
The holiday tie doesn’t get much respect, but we’ve got a definite soft spot for them. Here’s why.
There’s nothing like the feel of wearing something you’ve bought specifically for an occasion—whether it’s your first obligatory tuxedo or just a new pair of wingtips. And since you’re guaranteed to have a few holiday parties coming your way in the next few weeks, you’ve got a jump on planning out uniquely seasonal affectations. They’re not as bad as you thought.
Take this newly arrived set of David Hart ties, for instance. It’s definitely more snowflakes and reindeer than we’re used to having in our wardrobe, but the intricate patterns that seem so unworkable in a sweater play a lot better on a three-inch tie. (They’d also play pretty well in an après-ski setting if you’re wondering when else you’d wear them.) The tricolor scheme plays nicely with a navy blazer, so they’re a lot more wearable than you might think at first.
Plaid booster and critter aficionado David Hart just unleashed a new set of tartan ties via a charming web video. The ties are ultra-thin plaids that call Ed Sullivan to mind. If you’ve got any razor-lapeled suits in your closet (or you just love jazz violin), this one’s for you.
David Hart’s been on our radar since he stitched together this offbeat Batik tie, but his latest crop is just as handsome, and a good deal of it can be found at Bergdorf Goodman now. In particular, we’re looking at madras-hued cotton ties and a crop of outsized graphic silk ties that might be the neckwear equivalent of a Hawaiian shirt. But in a good way.
The bottom have is taken up by the Apollo lander, but there’s an ejected spaceman towards the top if you’re inclined to look, and both illustrations manage to be whimsical without crossing the line into kitsch. We’re guessing they’re a big hit at NASA.