LONDON GOTHIC: Harvey Nichols staged a haunting presentation Saturday night that recalled Stanley Kubrick’s “Eyes Wide Shut,” to launch the Haculla x Trapstar Redline collection that’s exclusive to the store. The event saw a spooky troop of models clad in cloaks and hockey masks file into a room at The College, a neo-Gothic venue that was formerly part of London’s Central Saint Martins. Once assembled in a circle — all bathed in red light — the models in turn dropped their cloaks to reveal looks from the line, a collaboration between London label Trapstar and New York artist Harif Guzman, who also works under the name Haculla.
The collection itself — for men and women — is made up of Trapstar Redline’s signature silhouettes, all embroidered and printed with Guzman’s street art. One men’s leather bomber jacket had caricatured faces and eyes from Guzman’s “Dark Ages” series embroidered on the chest, while one model wore a gray cape printed with bubbles on the shoulders and eyes at the hem. “It’s very downtown New York,” pronounced Jon Koon, who owns the Haculla street-wear brand, of the collection. “It’s essentially art on a garment.”
Guests at the event included rappers Tinie Tempah and Tinchy Stryder, designer Adrien Sauvage and model Bip Ling, along with England rugby team captain Chris Robshaw and his girlfriend Camilla Kerslake. Robshaw confided that he was “taking it a bit easy,” having played and won a match for his London-based team Harlequins earlier that day.