It’s a wild time in the world and John Varvatos did his part to encourage the Millennials to stand up and be heard.
But the designer also had a message of his own to deliver — be adventurous and have fun despite all the challenges.
Varvatos took over the Diamond Horseshoe nightclub in Times Square for his fall show, calling it the ideal venue for his “chic and elegant” collection that still had his trademark rebellious spirit.
“There’s a wild side to all of us,” he said backstage before the show. “But young guys want to dress up again.”
He delivered to them a number of options that ranged from super-sharp tailored topcoats to velvet tuxedo jackets with shawl lapels and ultrafitted suits in double- and single-breasted models that he paired with turtlenecks.
Even so, Varvatos continued to offer his signature rock ‘n’ roll aesthetic with cropped leather jackets, an extended biker jacket and ultra-skinny waxed jeans.
But he injected more color into the offering, with hunter green, burgundy and some deep blues adding dimension to the blacks and grays.
Despite the dressier tone this season, the overall collection felt younger, a point he drove home with his liberal use of animal prints in coats, jackets, linings and shoes. Even so, he still managed to find a balance between the chic and the wild.
In a social commentary that has resonated throughout the men’s fall season, it was appropriate that Varvatos closed the shows with a clear message: “Millennials need to be heard,” he said. “It’s their world that’s going to be affected. They have a voice and they have to use it.”