AS NEW YORK FASHION WEEK BARRELS ON, VMAN PRESSES PAUSE IN ORDER TO HIGHLIGHT A FEW OF THE EMERGING YOUNG DESIGNERS THAT ARE PUTTING THE PULSE BACK INTO PRET-A-PORTER
This week saw the debut of a brand new range called GLAZE, designed by NYC-based menswear designer Jarrod Glaze. A former apprentice to Viktor & Rolf and Alexander McQueen, Glaze cut his teeth in New York fashion as assistant designer to Cynthia Rowley and in recent years by working with creative genius Zaldy, whose custom designs for private clients famously included costumes for Michael Jackson's final (sadly cancelled) performances.
Initially intended as designs for himself, Glaze's work soon caught the antennae of Converse, who stepped in to help fund a modest but impressive debut presentation of a new line, based on what the designer calls "romantic athleticism." Many of the pieces include luxury details in the fabrication, sometimes splicing leather, wool, and denim with varying textures, most remarkably in the form of a fuzzy fleece. The patterns jump off from a raglan-seam starting point, invoking the sporty design elements commonly found in activewear, only employing them to a more everyday effect.
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PHOTOGRAPHY ALESSIO BONI