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April 25 2014

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The Next Big Thing: Charles Harbison

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Everyone knows their Marcs from their Calvins. But as fashion month kicks into gear, we’ll be spotlighting the up-and-coming designers and indie brands whose names you’ll want to remember.

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Label: Charles Harbison

Need to Know: For his sophomore collection, Charles Harbison drew inspiration from a vast spectrum of cultural references, ranging from a 1953 Slim Aarons photograph of Katharine Hepburn in Montego Bay to punk icon Patti Smith’s memoir Just Kids. The result? A Spring lineup that reads one part tropical Americana, one part downtown cool. Think: oversize silk satin cabana pants, gold jacquard tribal-print tunics, and tailored silk-raffia separates appropriate for a luxe Caribbean holiday—or for, as Harbison put it, “just chilling at home.” Throughout the collection, the Michael Kors alum also gave nods to nineties-era dressing, with oversize plaid blazers, baggy metallic trousers, and plenty of cotton crop tops—the latter referencing Harbison’s muse, R&B singer Aaliyah and her 2002 “Rock the Boat” music video. As for the former architecture student’s affinity for mid-century design, his Fall ’13 double-breasted, color-blocked overcoat reappeared in a linen-blend with Bauhaus-inspired panels of navy, black, and beige.

He Says: “My girl is always connected to her masculinity, but there is something relaxed about the springtime, where she gets to show more skin and play up the sex a little more.”

Where to Find It: Satine in Los Angeles and Ikram in Chicago.

Photo: Courtesy of Charles Harbison

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