A Portrait Of The Oceanographer As A Young Man?
Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, it’s off to school they go. Swaim and Christina Hutson’s first full collection as creative directors of Generra (where Swaim consulted on last season’s menswear) was inspired, the duo said, by Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. But where the Disney dwarves were whiskered, the dudes who tromped through Hiro Ballroom looked years away from their first shave. The collection—like the Generra customer—was young, young, young. The colors were acid-bright, appropriate for a brand whose legacy is Hypercolor, and the emphasis on creating tension between them in single looks brought to mind the brief moments of rave revival that crop up once a decade or so. “Fuzzy rave,” mused Christina backstage after the show, and, yes, there was a softness and an ease to the collection that should help to move some of the wool suiting and slouchy knits. With their knit beanies on their heads and anoraks on their backs, the guys looked a little like young versions of that latter-day beardo, Steve Zissou. It was refreshing—if a little unexpected—to find visions of the scientist in the midst of New York menswear’s militaria moment.
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