Spring 2012 Menswear
June 19, 2011 Milan
John Richmond may be little known in the U.S., but his brand of rock 'n' roll-inflected sportswear has a sizable presence in Europe. His aesthetic has taken on a lot more Milanese flash than it had in the eighties, when he was based in London and designed as part of a team with Maria Cornejo. Today, in a show he dubbed a "couture reggae party," he used prints based on Japanese tattoos to liven up tees and knits, and he laser-cut intricate patterns into a black leather shirt and sand-colored jackets. The enjoyable soundtrack mash-up included a burst of Althea & Donna's cult reggae classic "Uptown Top Ranking." You can forgive a man a lot for that, though not, perhaps, the perforated fuchsia loafers.