Brandon Sun is a furrier above all, designing in the medium for J. Mendel and Oscar de la Renta before launching his ready-to-wear line two seasons ago. So for Fall, he felt compelled to take his fur offerings up a notch. "It's what I'm best at," he said before the show, "so I aimed to push myself."
Influenced by Kazuo Shiraga, a Gutai-movement artist who paints with his feet, collection highlights included a black-and-white intarsia-print mink, a hunter-green kimono-style blouse wrapped with a rose belt, and a back-vent checked-gray turtleneck paired with a hunter satin skirt. While fur was certainly not the center point of the collection, when it was used—cut so short on a cropped jacket that it resembled velvet, or thrown nonchalantly over the neck—there was a level of expertise unexpected from a new label.
There is certainly a major market for Sun's specific look—skinny pants, lots of leather, a bit of fur, and plenty of black. Others are already doing it, but with such confidence, he may be able to carve out a niche.