August 31 2014

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Men Of Fashion Week: Rock Stars


Over the course of New York fashion week this season, a curious menswear trendlet emerged: rock climbing. Will Fall be the time to book yourself a session at the local climbing wall? Steven Alan looked to Glen Denny’s Yosemite in the Sixties for inspiration, while Band of Outsiders’ Scott Sternberg brushed up on The Stonemasters. And at N.Hoolywood, Daisuke Obana structured his entire show around a climbing motif: He’d been moved by Ansel Adams’ photos of Yosemite from the beginnings of the 20th century, and sent out rope-encircled, pickaxe-toting climbers on a set that resembled a minimal mountain range. Sternberg’s Band show even opened with a troupe of climbers rappelling down from the ceiling on ropes (above). Very Spiderman—but unlike that extravaganza a few blocks north of Sternberg’s West Chelsea show, no climbers were hurt in the making of this program.

Top row, left to right: Looks from Steven Alan Fall 2011; Band of Outsiders Fall 2011; and N.Hoolywood Fall 2011.

Photos: Amanda De Simone / (Alan); Marcus Tondo / (Band); Yannis Vlamos / (N.Hoolywood); Courtesy of Band of Outsiders (rappellers)

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