Yesterday I had the pleasure of attendeding the Joseph Abboud S/S 2013 show at the NY Public Library. The production of the show was excellent, as was the venue (compliments to Eyesight Group for that). The small string section was an excellent compliment both musically and aesthetically to the venue and collection (the music was great, in case you were wondering). But obviously, the focus should be on the clothing; which was also stellar. Bernardo Rojo has changed the course of what Joseph Abboud was to what it is now and what it will grow to be; which I plan on keeping tabs on.
The collection’s inspiration was rooted in somewhat of a rebel aesthetic. Rebel Without A Cause and The Wild One were the two most prevalent influences that came to my mind. My favorite piece of the collection was the neoprene motorcycle jacket; in both blue and grey. A interesting take on Mr. Brando’s (Playing Johnny Strabler) signature jacket in The Wild One. The red patent leather car coat brought to mind the former film. The remainder of the collection was spotted with unstructured sport jackets and suits in warm weather fabrics like linen and mohair. Some of the details from the collection should not go without note. Namely the shoulders on the bold striped western shirt. The stripes were set in a way that they so elegantly followed the shoulder and back line, quite nice really. And the ties on the belts, many of which were in the same fabric of the pants and tied off to the side, a nice casual touch. The show finished with the four very strong and dark ensembles, providing a nice closure to things. A strong showing indeed. Lastly, a big thanks to the people at Joseph Abboud, Eyesight and Agentry PR for their hospitality.