At one point, Las Vegas was glamorous. Then it wasn’t. Tom Wolfe wrote about the region’s boom to bust story in his essay, “Las Vegas (What?),” which appeared in his much-lauded book, “Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby” that was published in 1965.
Tony Liu used Wolfe’s essay as the starting point and explored Las Vegas and its duality for his spring You/As collection. He embellished Hawaiian shirts, mechanic suits and leather Western shirts with Swarovski crystals and showed track suits — ideal for a day or night at the casino — along with bowling shirts that looked perfectly suited for a modern-day Elvis.
A skate element came through with a long sleeve T-shirt that read “Mojave” along with a denim jacket that was paired with looser denim shorts.
Liu also made sure to present his hero pieces, which he described as the foundational items his customer will wear over and over. This time around he presented a jacket — a hybrid between a mac and a trench — with metal-rimmed buttons and printed drawstring shorts.
Liu, who introduced his line only a couple of years ago, said he’s been working on finding a balance between creativity and commerce. He achieved that with this vibrant collection.
See More From the Men’s 2018 Collections:
Perry Ellis Men’s Spring 2018: The company injected performance features into its tailored clothing uniform and then layered on fashion.
Hecho Men’s Spring 2018: The spring collection expanded on singular, identifiable staples in new, still breathable, fabrics.
Boss Men’s Spring 2018: Designer Ingo Wilts used a variety of nautical references in the line.
Nick Graham Men’s Spring 2018: The designer was inspired by the ocean and Atlantis.
Descendant of Thieves Men’s Spring 2018: The designer toyed with the aesthetic of deviant Mods of the Sixties, balancing an energetic collection of colorful prints with relaxed silhouettes.